Master of Arts in International Affairs Academic Policies

Incomplete Marks

No student carrying two incomplete marks may enroll in additional course work without the written consent of the International Affairs program coordinator. Incompletes must be finished by the beginning of the second term after which the incomplete was awarded. There are three terms within the course of the academic year; fall, spring, and summer. Incompletes which are not finished by the beginning of the second term will automatically become an F. No degree will be conferred on a student who has an unresolved incomplete grade remaining on his/her transcript.

Repeated Courses

No student enrolled in the MAIA program nor a non-degree student taking International Affairs courses may repeat courses for credit or in an attempt to improve a grade.

Academic Standing Policy

Graduate MAIA students whose academic performance is unsatisfactory will be subject to the following:

  1. Probation — A student will be placed on probation for any of the following reasons:
    1. Student's cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0.
    2. Student earns a U or any other grade below a C.

      No student may be a candidate for the degree while on probation due to a GPA below a 3.0. Probation will be removed when the student's GPA reaches 3.0 or higher. In cases where the student is placed on probation due to grade(s), probation will be removed when the course(s) is/are repeated and the grade is S or B or greater, and the overall GPA is 3.0 or greater.

  2. Suspension — A student will be placed on suspension for any of the following reasons:
    1. Student earns more than two grades of C.
    2. Student earns a grade below a C.
    3. Student has already served three consecutive terms on academic probation.

      No student may enroll in graduate courses at North Georgia while on suspension. Courses taken at another institution during the period of suspension will be not recognized for transfer credit. A student seeking reinstatement in the International Affairs program must submit a new application and petition the International Affairs program coordinator in writing laying out a rationale for their reinstatement. They will be readmitted only upon approval of the Dean of the School of Arts and Letters and the International Affairs program coordinator.

Academic and Professional Conduct Policy

At the end of each term, the program faculty or International Affairs program coordinator may intervene to establish a plan of action for any student in the program whose competency is in question, for reasons including unprofessional, disruptive, or unethical behavior in the classroom or applied setting. The plan will be signed by the student and the program coordinator with copies forwarded to the Dean of the School of Arts and Letters.

Policy on Plagiarism

The International Affairs faculty will use a combination of methods to detect plagiarism in the program including and Google searches, among others. Any student engaging in plagiarism will be immediately removed from the program. A student removed from the program for issues of plagiarism will be banned from ever reentering the program. Students dismissed from the program may appeal following the appeal process provided in the front of the Graduate Bulletin.

Academic Regulations

Students are expected to perform in accordance with the regulations stated in the Academic Regulations section of this bulletin. All of the rules, regulations, and standards published in the "Regulations of the MAIA Program" are incorporated by reference in this bulletin. Each student is responsible for obtaining a copy of this document and for adhering to its contents.

Transfer Residency Requirement

To be awarded a Master of Arts in International Affairs, students must earn a minimum of 30 hours of credit applicable to the degree in residence, unless North Georgia has an official transfer of graduate credits agreement for international affairs in place with another institution. In addition, no more than six hours of transfer credit may be applied toward meeting North Georgia's Master of Arts in International Affairs degree requirements. All course requirements, including transfer credits, must be completed within a six-year period. The international affairs program coordinator and the Dean of the School of Arts and Letters must approve all transfer credit. Transfer credit will not be given for any course in which a grade of less than a B was earned.