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Academic Policies


Academic advising will be accomplished through the Associate Dean.


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Course Load


The normal course load is one course per six-week term. Only on an exception basis will a student be allowed to take two courses per six-week term.

Minimum GPA

The minimum cumulative grade point average for the MBA degree is 3.00. No grade below a "C" will apply toward graduation. Grade points per letter grade are as follows:

A - 4.0

B - 3.0

C - 2.0

D - 1.0

F - 0.0

Good Academic Standing

To remain in good academic standing, the student must maintain a cumulative 3.00 GPA and a 3.00 GPA on the most recent nine semester hours of work.

To graduate from Anderson University, an MBA student must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 overall.

Grade Appeals

If a student perceives a grade to be unfair, he/she may submit an appeal in writing. The appeal must be initiated within one month of the grade assignment and must include a clear rationale for the appeal. For the appeal to have merit there must be some evidence that the student has been treated inappropriately with regard to administration of the University's policies. The line of appeal is the instructor in the course, then the Dean of the College of Business or their designee, and finally the office of the Provost. Each person to whom an appeal is made has five working days in which to communicate the decision to the student. Students should understand that mere unhappiness with a grade is not grounds for an appeal.

Incomplete Grades

The student must request a grade of incomplete in writing when circumstances beyond the student’s control prevent the completion of all course requirements on time. A student may not receive a grade of "I" where there are no extenuating circumstances. The professor must approve the request before the grade of "I" can be assigned. The request for an Incomplete Form is available on the Registrar's page of the AU Website. The form must be approved by the instructor and the Dean of the College, and must be filed with the Registrar prior to the final exam for the course. The course work must be completed within 30 days of the last day of the term. The professor will notify the student and registrar of the final grade within 10 days of its completion. Incomplete grades not completed on time will result in a grade of "F" for the course.

Provisional Status

Students who are admitted provisionally are on probation. Provisional students must comply with the requirements below in order to transition to good academic standing.

Academic Probation

Academic standing is reviewed at the conclusion of the fall and spring semesters. All students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00. Students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.00 will be placed on academic probation. A probationary student is required to achieve a 3.00 cumulative GPA at the completion of the 9 hours of business graduate courses. If the requisite GPA is attained, the academic probation status will be removed. If a cumulative GPA of 3.00 is not attained, the student will be suspended from graduate studies (see below). The student may appeal such action to the Dean.

A graduate course in which a student has earned a "D" or "F" must be repeated at AU. These unsatisfactory grades will provide no credit toward the degree. A student may not repeat graduate courses with grades of "C" or higher unless the student has been suspended and is later readmitted to the program.

Academic Suspension

Students whose cumulative GPA remains below 3.00 after the probationary period will be automatically suspended. Students who have been suspended only once may apply for readmission after being out of school for one term [or session]. Students who are suspended a second time may not be readmitted until at least one calendar year has elapsed, regardless of reason. Suspended students who are readmitted must retake all courses that have grades of "C" or below.

Students may appeal their academic suspension by writing to the Dean of the College. Following the Dean's ruling, if the student desires a second review of the suspension decision, the appeal may be addressed to the Office of the Provost. Suspended students who miss the deadline for appeal will not be eligible to return until the next term when the necessary courses are offered.


Prompt and regular class attendance is expected for seat MBA courses. The maximum number of absences allowed is two. Three or more absences will result in an automatic "F" for the course. Students are responsible for any work required during the absence. Online students are responsible for following the guidelines of the course syllabus when completing their coursework.


Students who withdraw from a course must contact the Dean of the College. If the notification to withdraw occurs before the first class begins in a term, the student will be removed from the class roster. Students who withdraw between the first class and the mid-point in the term may receive a "W" for the course. Students who withdraw after the mid-point of the class will receive a grade of "F" for the course.

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