2017-2018 Graduate Catalog


Neeley School Graduate Program Academic Policies

Transfer Credit

A student who has, prior to entering the Neeley School, completed a course that is the equivalent of a core course in the Neeley School MBA, MAc or MS-SCM degree plans may substitute an elective in the same functional area, with the permission of the executive director or associate dean of graduate programs (MBA and MS-SCM students) or the Director of the Masters Program in Accounting (MAc students). In order for such substitution to be approved, the course has to have been taken within three years of entering TCU and must have been completed at a graduate business school accredited by the AACSB. The substitution of a core course will not reduce the number of hours required to complete the MBA, MAc or MS-SCM degree. It is the student's responsibility to notify the Graduate Programs office or MAc Director prior to the first semester in the program.

A student who has completed, prior to enrollment at the Neeley School, graduate-level business courses that would qualify as electives at TCU may seek the approval of the associate dean of graduate programs or MAc Director to transfer a maximum of six hours of such coursework. Such approval will only be granted if the courses were taken at an AACSB-accredited program no more than three years before entering TCU. These transfer credits (when approved) will reduce the number of hours required to complete the MBA, MAc or MS-SCM degree on a one-to-one basis. When a course is taken outside the Neeley School for which elective credit is sought, the course must be equivalent to a 60000-level course or higher.

A student currently seeking the TCU MBA, MAc or MS-SCM degree may, under extraordinary circumstances, request approval from the associate dean of graduate programs or MAc Director to take a maximum of six hours outside the University.

Grading Procedures

The grading policy followed for all graduate business courses is based on the following scale:

Letter Grade   Grade Point Weight
A 4.0
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.0
B- 2.67
C+ 2.33
C 2.0
C- 1.67
F 0.0

Academic Standards

All graduate students are required to meet the academic standards of the Neeley School faculty. Failure to do so will result in academic probation or academic suspension.

Graduate students must achieve a grade index of at least 2.75 each semester and on a cumulative basis throughout their program. A student seeking the MBA, MAc or MS-SCM degree who does not meet this standard will be placed on probation for the subsequent semester (excluding summer for full-time students). During this time, the student must achieve the minimum grade index (2.75) on both a semester and cumulative basis to be removed from probation. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from TCU (with the right of appeal to the associate dean for graduate programs in the Neeley School).

A student placed on academic probation for one semester may be dismissed if his/her semester or cumulative grade index falls below a 2.75 in any subsequent semester.

If a student in any of the Neeley School's graduate programs receives six hours of a grade of C+ or lower, the associate dean for graduate programs may dismiss him/her from the program because of a failure to make satisfactory academic progress.

Dismissal, Suspension or Expulsion for Lack of Academic Progress or Honor Code Violations

MBA, MAc and MS-SCM students in the Neeley School must abide by the Honor Code. Students violating the Honor Code may be dismissed from individual courses with a grade of "F" for conduct deemed to be contrary to the professional or ethical standards of a field.

At such times as the student fails to meet acceptable standards of academic performance or has engaged in professional misconduct, the student may be dismissed, suspended or expelled from the University at the discretion of the Neeley School dean.

If a student is dismissed, suspended or expelled from the University, a grade of "F" or a designation of "Q" is recorded for each course in progress as determined by the appropriate academic dean.

Miscellaneous Academic Policies

Academic probation describes the status of a graduate student who is experiencing academic difficulties; this status must change during the next semester of enrollment at TCU subject to the discretion of the associate dean of graduate programs. Academic dismissal describes the action taken by the Neeley School in the case where a student has failed to meet the minimum academic standards of the faculty. Dismissal from a Neeley School graduate program is permanent; a dismissed student is not permitted to enroll for graduate credit at a later date.

Other academic policies pertaining to graduate students:

  1. In computing a graduate student's grade index, only the most recent grade is counted for courses that are repeated for credit.
  2. Grades for non-TCU transfer courses are not included in computing a graduate student's grade index.
  3. No 50000-level course may be taken for credit at TCU by a graduate student unless approved by the associate dean of graduate programs.
  4. All MBA students are required to complete the MBA START Workshop or other designated orientation prior to commencing graduate studies. MAc and MS-SCM students are required to complete the relevant orientation for their program prior to beginning their graduate studies.
  5. An MBA student may enroll for a maximum of three hours of independent study credit in one department. (Typically, these courses carry the 70970 number.) No more than a total of six hours can be taken in independent study courses. MAc students may enroll for a maximum of three hours of credit (in total) in independent study courses. Graduate students on academic probation are not permitted to enroll in independent study courses.

Graduation Requirements

At the beginning of the semester in which the student plans to graduate, he/she must submit an Intent to Graduate form to the Neeley School Graduate Programs Office or relevant program director. Graduation requires a minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA. Students who do not have a 2.75 average after completing the program have a maximum of two semesters to raise their average to this standard.

MBA and MS-SCM students are expected to complete all requirements within five years. MAc students are expected to complete all requirements within two years. Extension of time must be applied for in writing to the associate dean of graduate programs or MAc program director. Additional courses may be assigned to students who do not complete the degree within the time limit.