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.

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)

Graduate Retake Policy

University policy does not limit the number of courses that may be retaken by graduate students, nor does it limit the number of times any particular course may be attempted. Academic units are nevertheless free to impose specific restrictions according to their needs. All retaken courses, including the original attempt, will be shown on the student’s transcript. With permission, however, graduate students may retake a single course, one time, and have the lowest grade excluded from the calculation of their cumulative quality-point average.

If an "F" grade is received in a Foundation, Core or Capstone class, the student must repeat the class and earn a passing grade. To exclude a grade of C or F from their cumulative quality-point average, matriculated graduate students may retake at most one graduate level course of no more than four semester credit hours. For students who pursue more than one graduate degree at the University of Dayton (e.g., a master’s degree followed by a doctoral degree, or multiple masters degrees), at most one graduate level course per graduate degree program may be retaken for purposes of grade exclusion according to this policy. In all cases, the course(s) in question must have been taken at the University of Dayton and must be retaken at the University of Dayton.

 Courses may be retaken for the purpose of grade exclusion only once and only with the prior written permission of the student’s graduate Program Director or Department Chair. In the event that the Chair/Director was the student’s original instructor, permission to retake a course for the purpose of grade exclusion may be sought from the student’s academic Dean, or Dean’s designee.

 When permission to retake a course is granted according to this policy, the lowest grade for that course will be excluded from cumulative quality point average calculations. Note that, in the event that the grade received on the approved retake attempt is not better than the original grade(s), the grade for the approved retake attempt shall be excluded from the cumulative quality-point average calculation. While all attempts at the course, including corresponding grades, will be shown on the student’s graduate transcript, the excluded grade will be annotated with an “E” (i.e., Grade Excluded). For all other retaken courses, the grades for all attempts will be shown and included in the calculation of the cumulative quality-point average.

 Students must demonstrate that a course retaken for the purpose of grade exclusion contains essentially the same material as the original course in which a grade of C or F was earned. In all cases, retake requests must be approved prior to enrollment in order for the grade exclusion policy to apply. Moreover, within 30 days of completing the retaken course, the student’s Department Chair or Program Director must communicate with the Registrar’s office to initiate the grade exclusion designation and subsequent recalculation of the student’s cumulative quality-point average.

Special Provisions

1. One course taken in pursuit of the Master in the Study of Law (M.S.L.) degree may be retaken according to this policy. All courses leading to the Juris Doctor (J.D.) and Master of Laws (LL.M) degrees are, however, excluded from this policy.

2. Also excluded from this policy are all graduate courses taken by undergraduate students for undergraduate credit (i.e., graduate courses taken to satisfy one or more undergraduate program requirements which are also included in the calculation of undergraduate term and cumulative quality-point averages). This exclusion applies to, but is not limited to, students enrolled in approved Bachelor’s Plus Master’s (BPM) degree programs.

3. Students enrolled in the joint Accounting plus MBA 150-Hour Program may, according to this policy, retake one graduate level course taken for graduate credit (i.e., a graduate course taken to satisfy a graduate program requirement which is also included in the calculation of graduate term and cumulative quality-point averages).

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.

An "I" in a graduate course must be removed within one calendar year from the date listed on the grade report or it will be changed to an "F" on the student's permanent record and the quality-point average adjusted accordingly.  The time limit may be extended under exceptional circumstances, with the approval of the dean, if application for the extension is made within the one year period noted above.

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 and expectations for achieving good academic standing.  The probationary period will be one academic semester and may be no more than nine (9) semester hours.

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.  Under no circumstances, however, will students be permitted to take more than nine (9) credits beyond the 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

TIME LIMIT FOR APPEAL - Grade appeals submitted by students in the School of Business Administration will be objectively and promptly reviewed.  A grade appeal may be initiated, provided that it is done within 14 calendar days following the end of the 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 received 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.

PROCEDURES FOR APPEAL- If a student wishes to appeal a grade and can provide evidence that one of the criteria above has been violated, the following appeals procedure is to be followed:

  1. The first appeal is made directly to the course instructor awarding the contested grade. No appeal will be further considered if this first step is not followed.   If this appeal is unsatisfactory to the student, he/she may then register a second appeal.
  2. The second appeal is to be submitted in writing by the student to both the Department Chairperson and MBA Director with fully supporting facts and documentation for review.  The appeal to both the Department Chairperson and the MBA Director must be filed within 14 calendar days immediately following the conclusion of the first appeal.
  3. A third and final appeal may be made to the Associate Dean for Graduate Programs, School of Business Administration, by either the student or the course instructor.  This final appeal must be filed within 14 calendar days immediately following the conclusion of the second appeal.  The Associate Dean will appoint and chair a Grade Appeal Review Committee to gather the facts and make a recommendation. The Committee will make a decision based on the evidence presented. The student, course instructor, Department Chair, and MBA Director will be advised of the Committee's finding.

CHANGE OF GRADE - If a grade change is warranted, either the Department Chair, MBA Director, or the Associate Dean will execute a change of grade form.