The Catholic University of America


Master's Programs: Academic Policies

All students are responsible for knowing academic and university policies.  Policies specific to MSPS Graduate Programs and the Busch School M.S.M. include the following:

  • Transfer of Credit

With approval from the dean of MSPS, matriculated students may take courses at other regionally-accredited institutions of higher learning on a limited basis. Students may transfer in no more than a total of 6 credits, which includes all transfer credits pre- and post-matriculation. Transferability of credit is determined at the discretion of the program based on course equivalence, date of completion (typically, no more than 5 years prior to entry into program), and grade (minimum B/3.0). Students entering MSPS graduate programs as Metropolitan Bachelor's to Master's Scholars may apply a total of 9 credits earned from 1) 500-level courses taken as an undergraduate student and/or 2) pre-approved, graduate-level transfer courses taken at other regionally-accredited institutions, with a maximum of 6 credits of the latter.

Students planning to take courses at another regionally-accredited institution (during any academic semester or summer session) must obtain approval from the dean of MSPS before the end of the semester prior to the semester in which they plan to take the transfer course(s). Approval is granted on a case-by-case basis depending on the student's need for the course(s), degree requirements, etc. Without prior approval, transfer of credit is not guaranteed. Students hoping to take courses at another institution should also contact the Office of Financial Aid at (202) 319-5307 to determine how funding may be impacted.

  • Probation and Dismissal Policies

Any student who falls below a 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA) is on academic probation for the following regular semester (i.e., a student whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 at the end of the spring semester is on probation through the end of the following fall semester, even if the student takes summer courses to raise his/her cumulative GPA. A student whose cumulative GPA is below 3.0 at the end of the fall semester is on probation through the end of the following spring semester.). A student on academic probation may be required by the academic dean to take a reduced course load during the time of probation. See below (i.e., Requirements for Graduation) for additional policies relevant to probation and dismissal.

  • Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty may take the form of cheating, data fabrication, plagiarism, etc.  The university treats the expectation for academic honesty with the greatest seriousness.  As such, for graduate students, the presumed sanction for the first offense of academic dishonesty is dismissal.

  • Requirements for Graduation

All students are responsible for knowing academic and university policies. Policies specific to MSPS's graduate programs include the following:

1. to graduate, students must earn an overall grade point average of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) on course work applied toward a master's degree, which may include no more than one course completed with a grade of C. Students are permitted to retake, no more than one time each, up to two courses for which they earned less than a B. The grade from the second enrollment in the course will replace the original grade for the purpose of determining academic standing. Any student who earns less than a B- in more than three courses, or whose grade point average falls below a B for two consecutive semesters, is subject to dismissal from the program.

2. students must complete the program's capstone course with a grade of B or better.

There are numerous academic policies that apply to students enrolled in MSPS. These policies may be found in various Catholic University and MSPS documents, including these Announcements and the university's web-based policies page ( Students are responsible for familiarizing themselves with these policies and will find the information very helpful in understanding academic regulations, responsibilities, and expectations. Students are also encouraged to contact their MSPS academic adviser at (202) 319-5256 for additional information.