MA Academic Policies

Incomplete Grades

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

Graduate courses may not be repeated in an attempt to improve an earlier grade.

Academic Standing Policy

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

  1. Probation – A student will be placed on probation if a student's overall cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0.

    No student may be a candidate for the degree while on probation due to a cumulative GPA below a 3.0.

  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 History program must submit a new Graduate Admissions application and petition the History program coordinator in writing outlining a rationale for reinstatement. A decision on readmission will be made by the Dean of the School of Arts and Letters and the History program coordinator.

Academic and Professional Conduct Policy

At the end of each term, the program faculty or History 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 History program coordinator with copies forwarded to the Dean of the School of Arts and Letters.

Policy on Plagiarism

The History 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 section of the Graduate Bulletin.

Academic Regulations

Students are expected to perform in accordance with the academic policies regarding Academic Integrity as outlined in the Graduate Bulletin. Each student is responsible for obtaining a copy of this document and for adhering to its contents.

Transfer Residency Requirement

Transfer students must apply to the History program and meet the criteria for admission. To be awarded a Master of Arts with a major in History, students must earn a minimum of 24 hours of credit applicable to the degree in residence, unless North Georgia has an official transfer of graduate credits agreement for History 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 with a major in History degree requirements. All course requirements, including transfer credits, must be completed within a continuous six-year period. The History 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.

Time Limit, Residence Requirement

All work must be completed within a continuous six-year period. It is expected that the student will complete the program with reasonable continuity. Students called into military service, stricken by serious illness, or the like may apply for an extension of time. Students who have been absent from a program for 18 months will reenter under the graduate bulletin that is currently in effect.

Part Time Status

In exceptional circumstances, students may carry less than the usual credit load. The student should notify their major professor and the coordinator of the History program.

Leaves of Absence

Should circumstances warrant, students may apply for a leave of absence by submitting a petition to the coordinator of the History program accompanied by a letter of support from their major advisor. If a student fails to register for any fall or spring semester without having the coordinator's permission to take a leave of absence, the Department of History and Philosophy may drop him/her from the program. Students so dropped who wish to reenter the program will have to apply for re-admission. Students who have not been enrolled for three consecutive semesters will be dropped from the program and will need to reapply through the Office of Graduate Admissions.


All courses for the degree will be offered within a two-year cycle.