Academic Standing and Degree Completion

Academic Standing

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 with no failing grades in core or concentration classes in order to graduate.

Academic Probation

If the overall GPA falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation. Once on academic probation, a student must earn a semester GPA of greater than 3.0 in order to bring the overall GPA at or above 3.0 or higher, and in order to avoid being disenrolled from the College. If the semester GPA is 3.0 or lower while the student is on academic probation the student will be disenrolled from CISA. If the semester GPA is sufficient to bring the overall GPA to 3.0 or higher, the student will be removed from academic probation.


CISA reserves the right to disenroll students from the CISA academic program for reasons such as unsatisfactory progress toward a degree, failure to prepare a thesis satisfactorily, violation of the time limit for completing the degree, violation of academic integrity policies, or failure to follow other academic policies.

Time for Degree Completion and Procedures for Extension

All CISA students have seven years from initial admission to complete the MASSS degree. 

A student who has not complied with the time limits as defined by the Master’s degree program will be terminated from degree candidacy, unless an extension of time to complete the degree is approved by the Academic Policy Council. Those wishing to file an extension should submit a written request to the Academic Policy Council no later than six weeks prior to the start of a new academic year. Courses taken beyond the seven year deadline may be invalidated and subject to repeat.