SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS (SAP)
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) is a standard used to measure a student’s successful completion of coursework toward a degree. CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Policy is required via Financial Aid federal regulation to establish a satisfactory academic progress policy to determine whether an eligible student is making SAP in his or her educational program. Students who are found to be in violation of the parameters set forth by the SAP policy are ineligible to receive most forms of federal financial aid.
All students (whether aid recipients or not) will be measured against the Title IV Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards at the end of each academic year (spring semester), in order to determine eligibility for the upcoming year.
Those who fail to meet the academic standards will have their federal aid
Automatically suspended until they meet the minimum standards that are listed below.
NOTE: Private scholarships, tuition waivers, and departmental scholarships are not subject to SAP standards. Merit scholarships have their own set of academic standards.
You must successfully meet the minimum cumulative GPA as shown below:
A) Minimum GPA – Student must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 or better
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B) Maximum time-frame – All students are expected to complete their respective educational programs within a specified timeframe. Once this timeframe has elapsed, students are no longer eligible to receive most forms of financial aid.
Master’s Degree: All requirements for the degree must be completed within 5 matriculated years.
Doctoral Degree: All requirements for the degree must be completed within 8 matriculated years
C) Pace of Progression – You must meet Pace and progress toward graduation by successfully completing 2/3 of the cumulative units you attempted Student must accumulate credits greater than or equal to two-thirds of the cumulative credits attempted at the institution.
Pace = Cumulative number of hours (credit hours) that you have successfully completed
Cumulative number of hours (credit hours) that you have attempted
All students must earn a minimum of seventy-five 2/3 (66 percent) of their cumulative attempted credit hours. Credit-hours that are transferred into SPH and successfully articulated towards the completion of their degree will be counted as both earned and attempted hours for the purpose of this standard. Courses that are listed as Incomplete (I) or Withdrawal (W) will be counted as attempted but not earned. Repeated courses will always be treated as attempted hours.
Academic Programs Total Credits Required to Graduate
MS– Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences 46
MPH in Community Health Education 45
MPH in Environmental & Occupational Health Science 46
MPH in Epidemiology and Biostatistics 45
MPH in Health Policy & Management 45
MPH in Public Health Nutrition 45
MPH in Public Health Geographic Information Science 45
DPH in Community, Society, and Health 60
DPH in Environmental and Occupational Health 60
DPH in Epidemiology 60
DPH in Health Policy and Management 60
Frequency of SAP Evaluation
SPH will evaluate SAP on an annual basis following the completion of the spring semester. In general, students who are in violation of the parameters set forth by the SAP policy upon an evaluation are not eligible to receive most forms of financial aid during subsequent payment periods. Students who are deemed ineligible upon an evaluation are designated with a status of “Not Meet” and are notified immediately by email upon the status being assigned.