Satisfactory Academic Progress


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

Minimum Cumulative GPA
Graduate 3.0
DPH 3.0


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 – Student must meet Pace and progress toward graduation by successfully completing 2/3 of the cumulative units attempted.

Pace = Cumulative number of hours (credit hours) that you have successfully completed
Cumulative number of hours (credit hours) that you have attempted

Credit-hours that are transferred into GSSPH 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

GSPHHP 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.