Academic Standards

The faculty of the University of Dayton School of Business Administration is committed to a rigorous learning environment which challenges MBA students to achieve high levels of performance. This environment fosters the development of contemporary business skills and abilities among students.

Theory & Practice in the MBA

Foundation courses present fundamental knowledge about various business functions and provide a solid base for moving to higher-level MBA core classes.  Core and elective courses expand students' knowledge and enhance their abilities to apply this knowledge. For these latter courses, the faculty use teaching methods that act to advance students' understanding of practical business situations. While students are exposed to the relevant concepts and theory in each course, experiences that complement this material engage students as active participants in the learning process. These may take the form of case analyses, teamwork, business simulations, projects and consulting experiences with practicing business executives.

Expectations & Evaluation

The faculty maintains high expectations of students. By creating and maintaining a climate of challenge, faculty help students to demonstrate significant academic achievement. These expectations are shared with students early in each semester and those challenging goals are then reinforced as the term progresses.  The faculty then carefully examines student performance in light of these objectives and will use the full range of possible grades below to evaluate that performance. A GPA of 3.0 or higher must be maintained and is the minimum required for graduation. Grading is based on a point system in which corresponding letter and quality points are the following:

A    Excellent (4.000 quality points)
A-   (3.667 quality points)
B+   (3.333 quality points)
B    Average (3.000 quality points)
B-   (2.667 quality points)
C    Poor (2.000quality points)
F    Failing (0 quality points)

If an "F" grade is received in a Foundation, Core or Capstone class, the student must repeat the class and earn a passing grade.  All retaken classes, including the original attempt, are shown on the student's transcript and in most cases the grades for both the original course and all retake attempt(s) are included in cumulative quality-point average calculations.  Consistent with University policy, however, graduate students may retake a single course one time only during the course of their program and exclude the lower grade from the calculation of their cumulative quality-point average, although both attempts will be shown on the transcript.  Please refer to the Graduate Retake Policy for more details.

Other Possible Grades Assigned

W (Withdrawal) - During the fall and spring terms, a student may withdraw from a full-semester course without record during approximately the first three weeks of the term. During the accelerated summer sessions, withdrawal without record may take place during approximately the first two weeks. Thereafter, a student in a full-semester course may withdraw with record through approximately the eleventh week of a regular term or the fourth week of a summer session. For half-semester courses, contact the MBA Office

I (Incomplete) - A student in good standing in a course may, after the official withdrawal deadline, petition to the professor for an "I" grade. This grade is appropriate only if extraordinary conditions beyond the control of the student have led to an inability to complete course requirements. This must be documented and approved by an instructor who may then assign an "I" grade if  a) the reasons presented by the student are deemed acceptable, b) the student has completed a sufficient amount of coursework to justify this grade in anticipation of completion of the work, and c) the professor and student agree to a one-term plan of action for completing the coursework.

In the School of Business Administration, the additional coursework must be completed and graded within one regular (non-summer) academic term from the date listed on the grade report or that "I" grade will automatically change to an "F" on the student's transcript.

X (Audit) - The "X" grade indicates that the student has registered to audit the course. No credit hours or quality points are awarded. Any course taken for audit may not be retaken at a later date for credit. Therefore, a course required for graduation may not be audited.

N (No grade) - The "N" grade indicates that no grade was reported by the instructor. Questions should be directed to the instructor.

Academic Probation

A student will be placed on probationary academic status if his or her cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0 (see University Academic Standards Policy).  While on probation, a  student may not transfer any coursework from another university or college and may not receive financial assistance administered by the School of Business Administration.   That student must complete a written academic recovery contract, approved by their graduate program director.  This plan will specify goals, expectations, and a timeline for achieving good academic standing.  It must also specify the duration of the probationary period, which may not be shorter than one academic semester nor longer than one calendar year.

A student on academic probation will be returned to good academic standing if their cumulative grade point average reaches 3.0 or better at the end of the probationary period.  If a student remains below a 3.0 upon completion of the academic probation period, they will be dismissed from the program.  Finally, a student who has returned to good academic standing, but whose GPA again falls below 3.0, must complete a plan to return to good standing and have it approved by the program director if they wish to continue in the program.  In no circumstances, however, will students be permitted to take more than 9 credits beyond initial degree requirements in order to return to good standing.  Likewise, all must be eligible to graduate within the five-year limit for post-foundation credits.   Failing this, a student will be dismissed. 

Grade Appeals

A grade appeal may be initiated, provided that it is done within 30 calendar days following the end of that academic term in which the grade was assigned and provided further that one of the following three criteria is met:

  1. That the grade received appears to be inconsistent with the performance of the work required and recorded for that course;
  2. The grade is inconsistent with what has been recorded for the course;
  3. The grade received was explicitly determined by criteria other than the stated criteria system for that course.

The appeal process must be initiated by consulting directly with the faculty member involved. No appeal will be further considered if this first step is not followed.  If agreement is not reached at that point, however, the appeal may be submitted in writing by the student to the department chairperson(s) with fully supporting facts and documentation for review.