Academic Standing Requirements: Any student who is admitted to the program but is unable to matriculate during the semester admitted must request in writing permission to defer admission until a later term. Deferred admission, if approved, will be honored for one calendar year. Students wishing to begin their studies more than one year after admission is granted must reapply for admission and be evaluated under current admission standards.
Any student who must take time off from graduate studies is required to submit a written request for a leave of absence to the Center for Organizational Leadership Academic Director if the student expects to be absent for more than one semester.
Graduate students are expected to make steady progress through the program. The academic director of the center will review the progress of students who do not satisfactorily complete at least five graduate courses in an academic year (fall term through summer term). A student not satisfactorily completing at least one course in three consecutive terms will be declared “inactive” and must reapply for admission before being permitted to return to the program.
A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on all MAOL coursework is required for graduation. Undergraduate courses required as prerequisites for some graduate courses are not calculated in the cumulative graduate grade point average. Grades earned in graduate courses taken as electives within the University, but outside the center, will be calculated in the overall grade point average, if accepted for credit toward the MAOL degree program. Generally, any student who receives two F grades is dismissed automatically from the Center for Organizational Leadership. If a grade of F is received in a required course, that course must be repeated. If the student receives a grade of F on the second attempt, the student is automatically dismissed from the program. Any course taken on an audit basis will not count toward degree requirements and cannot be repeated for credit. Fully matriculated students must earn a cumulative GPA of 3.0 in order to graduate. A student fully accepted into the Center is expected to progress satisfactorily.
The following model is provided in order to ensure students a successful and timely completion of the program:
1-12 hours & less than 2.75 GPA
13-24 hours & less than 2.95 GPA
25 hours - graduation & less than 3.00 GPA
1-12 hours & less than 2.25 GPA
13-24 hours & less than 2.75 GPA
25 hours - graduation & less than 2.95 GPA
- Academic Warning status is an early warning to students who are in danger of being put on academic probation, and as such, does not carry any restrictions.
- Academic Probation status limits students who are in academic trouble to enroll in no more than 9 credit hours per semester. Students under Academic Probation are not eligible to represent the University in extracurricular activities.
- Academic Probation policy applies to fall, spring, and summer semesters. Upon the completion of the probationary terms, Academic Probation is lifted at the end of a semester. Failure to remove Academic Probation status the following semester may result in the student being dismissed from the program.
- Students that have been dismissed will be on Academic Suspension for one semester. During the suspension period, students will not be allowed to take any graduate classes. After the suspension is lifted, the student may return to classes under Academic Probation status.
- If a student receives a “failing” grade in any course during the first semester of enrollment, he or she may be dismissed from the program.
- The decision to dismiss a student for failure to meet the required standards of progress does not preclude the student from returning to Harding University in a later semester.
- In all cases, a second dismissal will be final.