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 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 College of Arts and Sciences, the Kogod School of Business, the School of Education, and the School of Public Affairs. Students in MAP enroll in 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.  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 as described 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 (as described 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 MAP students are required to take an English proficiency test administered by the International Accelerator Program (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

Standards MAP students are required to meet to become degree seeking students are outlined here. As MAP students are internal transfer students, the progression criteria are set by the schools/programs. 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 the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs 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 the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Affairs 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 school):

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS)

  1. CAS requires completion of required curriculum, as designated by the school and program, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and no grade lower than a “C” in degree coursework.
    a. Grades below “B” in degree coursework for Art History, TESOL, or Statistics may not satisfy degree requirements, as per the University Catalog. Students not earning a “B” in the relevant course(s) may progress provided they meet all other requirements for CAS, but they will be required to repeat the course(s) and achieve the minimum grade to complete the degree
    b. Grades below “B-“ in degree coursework for Economics or International Economics may not satisfy degree requirements, as per the University Catalog. Students not earning a “B-“ in the relevant course(s) may progress provided they meet all other requirements for CAS, but they will be required to repeat the course(s) and achieve the minimum grade to complete the degree.
  2. Students who do not meet progression requirements on time (e.g. one semester for AMAP students, two semesters for MAP students) may receive one semester of probation in MAP only if it is mathematically possible to raise their cumulative GPA to 3.0 in the next 9 credits.
  3. Students who repeat required degree coursework while in MAP and fail to achieve the minimum grade needed for the degree in their second attempt cannot progress.

The Kogod School of Business (KSB)

  1. KSB requires completion of required curriculum, as designated by the school and program, with a cumulative 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. AMAP students must complete their curriculum in one semester, MAP students must complete their curriculum in two semesters. There are no options to repeat failed or low grade courses unless students have been granted a formal appeal.
  4. Should students not meet the progression requirements as defined above, they will be administratively separated from MAP/ AU. Students will be counseled and advised of transition steps.

The School of Education (SOE)

  1. SOE requires completion of required curriculum, as designated by the school and program, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and no grade lower than “C” in degree coursework.
  2. Students who do not meet progression requirements on time (e.g. one semester for AMAP students, two semesters for MAP students) may receive one semester of probation in MAP only of it is mathematically possible to raise their cumulative GPA to 3.0 in the next 9 credits

The School of Public Affairs (SPA)

  1. SPA requires completion of required curriculum, as designated by the school and program, with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 and no grade lower than a “B.”
  2. AMAP students must complete their curriculum in one semester, MAP students must complete their curriculum in two semesters. There are no options to repeat failed or low grade courses unless students have been granted a formal appeal.
  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.

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.