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Academic Credit & Progress Toward a Degree

Degree Plans

Degree requirements are outlined in the catalog and students are responsible for understanding\ them and monitoring their progress toward the degree. Degree plan worksheets are available in the Graduate Studies office for students to use as a tool in tracking their progress.

Withdrawal/Temporary Leave of Absence

Full-time students:
Students of record are eligible to take a leave of absence or withdraw from the College. A full-time student of record is defined as one who attends until October 15 or March 15 and has a permanent MICA record of enrollment. Any student wishing to withdraw permanentlybor take a temporary leave of absence must contact the graduate studies office to complete the proper paperwork.

Students enrolled in low residency programs:

Temporary leave of absence from the MAAE, MFAST and MPS programs is granted only under unusual circumstances and requires the approval of the program director. This policy is based on the unique low-residency program structure. If unusual circumstances have argued for granting a student a temporary leave of absence, the student must be able to resume studies n the MAAE or MFAST program in the calendar year following the absence. If unusual circumstances have been successfully argued for granting a temporary leave of absence for a student in the MPS programs, the student must resume studies within two program cycles.

Readmittance Policy

Students who voluntarily leave the school while in good academic standing may apply for readmittance by completing an application for readmittance in the Office of Enrollment Services. Students applying for readmittance may be subject to space limitations within their graduate program.

Dismissal Appeal

Students from any School for Professional and Continuing Studies graduate program who are academically dismissed may appeal to the Dean of the School for Professional and Continuing Studies. Students from any other program who are academically dismissed may appeal to the Dean of Graduate Studies for readmittance. The appeal must be in writing, explain the reasons the dismissal should be reconsidered, and be addressed to the graduate studies office. All such appeals will be considered within the time set by the Dean of Graduate Studies.

Recommendations are made by the Dean for Graduate Studies to the Office of Graduate Studies, which reviews for approval the proposed course of action. If the Dean for Graduate Studies upholds the dismissal, the student may confer with the Office of Graduate Studies, which will outline a proposed course of action for potential future readmission, according to the readmission policy.

Appeal for readmittance may have three outcomes:
1. The dismissal will be upheld.
2. The student will be readmitted, possibly on academic probation.
3. The student is admitted on a conditional basis to be outlined in a probational pass contract.

Graduation

It is each student's responsibility to understand and track progress toward completion of degree requirements by review of transcripts, degree requirements, and meetings with the Office of Graduate Studies, in the case of the MPS or joint MBA/MA programs, with the School for Professional and Continuing Studies, or in the case of MAT, MAAE, MACA, AND MFAST, with the Center for Art Education. Questions or perceived discrepancies should be brought immediately to the attention of the graduate studies office, in the case of the MPS or joint MBA/MA program, with the School for Professional and Continuing Studies, or in the case of MAT, MAAE, MACA, and MFAST, to the Center for Art Education. Participation in the Commencement is approved by the student's program director. Students will receive their diploma immediately following the ceremony if their financial obligations to MICA have been met. May graduates will receive their diploma in May. December graduates will receive their diploma through the mail during the winter. Summer graduates will receive their diploma through the mail during the fall. Summer graduates from the MFAST, MAAE, and MACA programs may participate in the College-wide graduation ceremonies held in May even though they may already have received their diplomas. Graduates from the MPS and MBA/MA programs will receive their diplomas at commencement, at the conclusion of their program.