Master of Music Academic Policies

Satisfactory Progress

MM students progress through the program of study as long as a minimum of a B is earned in each graduate course. Students who earn a grade of C (or below) in a course must repeat the course with a grade of B or greater before advancing in the program.

Grades of Incomplete are only allowed for non-academic reasons and will be addressed on a case-by-case basis. No degree will be conferred on a student who has an unresolved incomplete or in-progress grade remaining on his/her transcript.

Academic Standing Policy

MM 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 3.00.
    2. Student earns a U or any other grade below B.
      No student may be a candidate for the degree or complete capstone requirements while on probation due to a GPA below a 3.00. 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 a low grade, probation will be removed when the course is repeated and the grade is S or B or greater, and the overall GPA is 3.00 or greater. Students who are on probation may not register until advised.
  2. Suspension — A student will be placed on suspension for any of the following reasons:
    1. Student earns two grades below B (including U's).
    2. 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 not be recognized for transfer credit. If suspended, a student must apply to the North Georgia Office of Graduate Admissions for readmission. After serving a suspension period of one calendar year, a student seeking to reapply who have been suspended must submit a new application and a letter written to the Dean of the School of Arts and Letters presenting a rationale for readmission. The student may petition for re-admission as a probationary student. The student will be readmitted only upon approval of the Dean and the MM program coordinator.

Academic and Professional Conduct Policy

At any point in the program, the program faculty or MM 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 should be signed by the student and the program coordinator with copies forwarded to the Dean of the School of Arts and Letters.

Transfer Residency Requirement

To be awarded a Master of Music degree, students must earn a minimum of 24 hours of credit applicable to the degree in residence. In addition, no more than nine hours of transfer credit may be applied towards meeting North Georgia Master of Music degree requirements. All course requirements including transfer credits must be completed within a six year period. The MM 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.