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Provisional Admission Statuses

Provision 1

Admitted provisionally by the program of study. This is a temporary classification that a student may remain for a period of two semesters following admission and no longer. If the conditions of the provisional admission are not met within this time, it may result in termination from the academic program.

 

Provision 2

Admitted provisionally by the Graduate School. This is a temporary classification until official confirmation of the baccalaureate degree or other post-secondary degree documentation is received that meets the Graduate School's admission criteria. An official transcript showing the degree conferred and date awarded or an original diploma must be submitted to Graduate Enrollment Services by the deadlines outlined on your status page. International students will need to provide original documents such as graduation certificates, degrees, or diplomas. Notarized or certified documents are not acceptable to remove a provisional admission classification. If these documents are not provided it will result in termination from the academic program.

 

Provision 3

Admitted provisionally by the Graduate School. This is a temporary classification until official confirmation of a master's degree or other appropriate master's level documentation is received and meets the Graduate School's admission criteria. An official transcript showing the degree and date awarded or other requested documents, as appropriate, must be provided by the deadlines outlined on your status page. International students will need to provide original documents such as graduation certificates, degrees, or diplomas. Notarized or certified documents are not acceptable to remove a provisional admission classification. If these documents are not provided it will result in termination from the academic program.

 

Provision 4

Admitted provisionally by the Graduate School. This is a temporary classification that a student may remain for a period of two semesters following admission, and no longer, until one of the following conditions is met: 1) submission of an official TOEFL score of 550 or greater (paper-based test); 2) submission of a minimum score of 80 with a 19 or greater on the speaking section of the TOEFL internet-based test; 3) submission of a minimum composite score of 6.5 on the IELTS; or 4) completion of specified remedial English courses ESL 114G (American Oral English for Academic Purposes) and/or ESL 116G (ESL/Composition for Academic Disciplines) and attainment of a grade of B or higher. If the conditions of the provisional admission are not met within the time period, a registration hold will be placed on the student's record and may result in termination from the academic program.

 

Note: All provisional conditions (1, 2, 3, or 4) must be met before a student reaches an academic benchmark. Benchmarks include completion of a master's program, the doctoral candidacy, and the comprehensive and final oral examinations. A STUDENT WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO GRADUATE with a provisional status remaining on his or her record.

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