GRADUATE ACCELERATOR PROGRESSION REQUIREMENTS

The Progression Plan is the guiding principle for the courses of action taken for students as they progress from one program level to another.

Students are expected to meet academic standards enumerated and detailed below.

MAP Overview

The Masters Accelerator Program (MAP) is a non-degree academic pathway program comprised of two distinct program tracks: Advanced MAP (AMAP) and MAP. Students are placed in a program track based on English language proficiency.

Students in MAP may select from participating graduate programs offered by the School of Public Affairs, the Kogod School of Business, School of International Service, School of Communication and the College of Arts and Sciences. Students in MAP take at least two (2) degree seeking courses in their graduate school of interest, plus English language coursework through the English Language and Training Academy (ELTA) and the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) department.  Sample curriculum for Advanced MAP and MAP participating programs can be found here. Upon successful completion of the MAP curriculum and meeting progression requirements, MAP students transfer to the university as degree-seeking students. MAP students are not required to enroll in coursework in the summer term, but may be granted permission in consultation with MAP advising.

 

Curricular Tracks Within MAP

Advanced MAP:

Students in Advanced MAP have up to two semesters to complete at least 2 credit- bearing courses and other required coursework (defined below); most Advanced MAP students complete the program requirements in one semester.

Curriculum: Advanced MAP

Required Courses

  • Professional Development (SPEX-065)
  • Academic Writing for Graduate Students (TESL-010)
  • Two (2) approved departmental courses (see Advanced MAP website for course details)

 

MAP:

Students in MAP have up to three semesters to complete at least two 3 credit- bearing courses and other required coursework (defined below); most MAP students complete the program requirements in two semesters. 

Curriculum: MAP

Required Courses

  • Professional Development (SPEX-065)
  • Graduate Academic Communication (ELTA-080)
  • Academic Writing for Graduate Students (TESL-010)
  • Graduate Academic Research (ELTA-081)

At least two (2) approved departmental courses (see website for course details)

 

Attendance Requirements

  • Regular class attendance as defined by course syllabi for all MAP students is required to ensure students meet the goals of the program;
  • Students must maintain legal F-1 status; failure to attend and/or complete a full course of study may result in dismissal and termination of the SEVIS record at any point in the program. Students who receive grades of FX and ZX will be administratively separated from American University.

 

Language Proficiency Placement

Upon arrival on campus, all admitted IAP students are required to take an English proficiency test administered by the IAP. This test is administered for placement confirmation or adjustment and to develop individualized academic support for student success through the IAP as needed. Placement and replacement procedures are detailed in the K8 document.

 

Progression Plan for the Masters Accelerator Program

“Progression Criteria” refer to those standards required for (non degree) MAP students to become degree seeking students.  As these students will be considered as internal transfer students, the progression criteria are set by the schools/programs.  The progression criteria cannot be more stringent than the criteria for students seeking direct admission to the university. Students may apply a maximum of 12 credits from MAP to the degree program (see: Regulation 2.7).

 

MAP term-to-term progression:

  1. Grade of B or higher in all English language coursework (ELTA XXX and TESL XXX)
  2. Grade of P in SPEX-065 (Professional Development)
  3. Permission by Academic Director to repeat non-degree coursework on a case-by-case basis
  4. Compliance with AU immigration standards, AU Graduate Academic Regulations, and AU Student Conduct Code
  5. Program specific requirements as follow:

 

AMAP  Progression Requirements:

  1. Grade of B or higher in all English language coursework (TESL XXX)
  2. Grade of P in SPEX-065 (Professional Development)
  3. Permission by Academic Director to repeat non-degree coursework on a case-by-case basis
  4. Compliance with AU immigration standards, AU Graduate Academic Regulations, and AU Student Conduct Code
  5. Program specific requirements as follow:

 

Progression Requirements to degree seeking status (by program):

The Kogod School of Business

  1. The Kogod School of Business requires completion of required curriculum, as designated by the school and program, with a GPA of 3.25 in Kogod School of Business courses, and no grade lower than a “B”.
  2. Kogod will consider students with a 3.0 (no grade lower than a B) on a case-by-case basis with a holistic review of students’ records.
  3. There are no options to repeat failed or low grade courses unless students have been granted a formal appeal. For more information on the appeal process, click here.
  4. Should students not meet the progression requirements as defined above, they will be dismissed from MAP/ AU. Students will be counseled and advised of transition steps.

The School of Public Affairs (SPA)

  1. SPA requires completion of required curriculum, as designated by the school and program, with a GPA of 3.25 and no grade lower than a “B”.
  2. There are no options to repeat failed or low grade courses unless students have been granted a formal appeal. For more information on the appeal process, click here.
  3. SPA will consider students with a 3.0 (no grade lower than a B) on a case-by-case basis with a holistic review of students’ records.

School of International Service (SIS)

  1. SIS requires a 3.25 GPA and no course grade of lower than B at any time
  2. Successful completion of the English language and Professional Development courses
  3. If a student does not meet the progression GPA requirement, the student’s performance will be reviewed by the graduate program director, and the following options may be considered:
    1. SIS will consider students with a cumulative GPA of a 3.0 and no grade of lower than B for progression on a case by case basis at the discretion of graduate program director.
    2. A maximum of one semester of probation may be allowed. Probation is defined as an opportunity for students to be allowed to repeat an additional semester in MAP, and repeat courses and/or take additional courses to improve GPA; retaking courses is acceptable if the GPA is mathematically possible to raise to 3.25 in the next 9 credits.

MAP General

  1. MAP General requires completion of required curriculum, as designated by the school and program, with a GPA of 3.0 and no grade lower than C in departmental courses.
  2. One semester of probation is standard operating procedure. Probation is defined as an opportunity for students to be allowed to repeat an additional semester in MAP, and repeat courses and/or take additional courses to improve GPA.
  3. Retaking courses is acceptable if the GPA is mathematically possible to raise to 3.0 in the next 9 credits.
  4. Students should retake the course if possible next term, if not, another course is acceptable, but they will need to retake that course and get better than C if it’s a core course.

MAP STEM

  1. MAP STEM requires completion of required curriculum, as designated by the school and program, with a GPA of 3.0 and no grade lower than C in departmental courses.
  2. One semester of probation is standard operating procedure. Probation is defined as an opportunity for students to be allowed to repeat an additional semester in MAP, and repeat courses and/or take additional courses to improve GPA.
  3. Retaking courses is acceptable if the GPA is mathematically possible to raise to 3.0 in the next 9 credits.
  4. Students should retake the course if possible next term, if not, another course is acceptable, but they will need to retake that course and get better than C if it’s a core course.