Academic Regulations

In addition to the academic regulations found in the Student Handbook, the following regulations apply to all Silberman College of Business students.

Cumulative Grade Point Ratio

A cumulative grade point ratio of 3.00 is required for graduation from the graduate programs of the Silberman College of Business.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for graduation, students must be matriculated, must have completed a minimum of 30 nonwaivable credits, must have completed all required courses in the program, including unwaived core courses, and must have a cumulative grade point ratio of 3.00 or better.


The grade of Incomplete ("I") must be removed by the third week of the next full semester (excluding summer sessions). An Incomplete that is not removed within this period is automatically changed to an "F."  In case of well-documented extenuating circumstances, an instructor and a student may jointly petition the dean for additional time in which to complete the course work. Such petitions must be submitted within the same period. The grade of "I" cannot be removed by registering for the course at Fairleigh Dickinson University or by taking its equivalent elsewhere.

Matriculation Status

At least 75 percent of each student's nonwaivable credits must be completed at Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Residency Requirement

Matriculated students must maintain residency with the University during the period of time required to complete the course work required for the graduate degree. Residence means that students must be enrolled in the fall and spring semesters. Summers are not counted in the residency requirement. In addition, a total of 30 nonwaivable credits must be completed in residency. A student who fails to enroll in a fall or spring semester without filing an approved leave of absence is considered to have broken residency and must apply for readmission. In this case, all rules and regulations effective at the time that the student applies for readmission are applicable to the student. MBA. students are permitted two one-semester leaves of absence. The total time permitted to complete the degree is six calendar years, excluding leaves of absence. Any extension may be granted only under extenuating circumstances and only by the MBA program director.

Second MBA

Award of a second MBA is not permitted; however, students with an MBA degree may receive certification in a second major upon completion of the 10 required and elected credits for that major. Students seeking a second area of concentration should consult with the MBA program director. A 3.00 GPR is required for the 10 credits.

Scholarship Requirements

Grades for graduate work may be found in the academic regulations section in the front of this bulletin. An average of 3.00 or better is required for graduation. A graduate student who receives a grade of F is required to present cause for consideration by the MBA program director (in the case of non-MBA. students the program's director) as to why continued studies should be permitted. Documentation must be presented and approved before commencement of the next semester or the student will not be allowed to continue the graduate program. A graduate student receiving the grade of F in a required course must repeat the course and achieve at least the grade of B. (Such a retake does not expunge the grade of F and it remains part of the student's records.) Should this level of performance not be attained, the student will be denied further registration.

Probation, Suspension and Dismissal

A student who completes 9 or more credits with a cumulative grade point ratio (CGPR) of less than 3.00 will be placed on academic probation. If at the completion of an additional 9 credits the CGPR is still below 3.00, the student will be subject to suspension or dismissal. This decision will be based on the student's overall academic performance and the student's likelihood of obtaining the minimum CGPR of 3.00 needed for graduation. Subsequently, if the student is allowed to continue his or her studies, the student's records will be reviewed each semester in which the CGPR remains below 3.00. The student will either be dismissed or be subject to credit limitations and minimum grade point requirements in order to be permitted to continue his or her studies.

Please Note: A student who is suspended has a right to apply for readmission after the lapse of one 15-week semester, not including the summer sessions. To be readmitted, a student must submit evidence to the MBA program director of the student's likelihood of successfully completing all remaining degree requirements. A student who has been dismissed may not apply for readmission. The student is dropped from the University, both its full-time and part-time programs.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of 6 nonwaivable credits of graduate course work required for a degree may be approved for transfer from another accredited college or university under the following conditions: the course work must be approved as part of the student's program of studies; it must not have been applied to the completion of the requirements for another degree; it must have been taken at the graduate level; it must have been taken within the past two years; and the student must have received a grade of B or better. Approval of transfer credit will be made by petition to the MBA program director. A transcript of the course work must be on file before the petition can be considered.