Scholastic & Graduation Requirements

Students need to submit assignments and complete a course in fifteen (15) weeks for the four (4) credit courses. If a student completes and submits assignments for each course in less than the minimum requirements, he or she may complete the program in less time. DSC Students are expected to complete the program in no less than two (2) and no more than ten (10) years. Student conferences must be completed as close to the end date of the course as possible and no later than two (2) weeks after their final assignment is graded. All DSC courses end with a proctored conference.

Hawthorn is obligated to report graduation statistics based on formulas defined by the CA BPPE. Using their guidelines, a 100% completion rate for the DSC program is defined as successful completion the program within sixty-seven (67) months. Students who complete their courses within one hundred and one (101) months are defined as 150% completers.

Some students have extraordinary life circumstances that take them over published completion rates. Students are encouraged to complete coursework in a timely manner and proceed to graduation! Students experiencing extraordinary circumstances can review leave of the absence policy or petition for a program extension in this catalog or the student handbook. 

A total of sixty (60) credits are needed to graduate. A doctoral dissertation must be approved by the instructor advisor and the dissertation committee and must be satisfactorily completed. To graduate, students must complete all assignments and achieve an average grade of B or better. Students must clear all financial obligations, and their student file must be complete before the degree is awarded. 

Hawthorn University has a cumulative final examination at the completion of all course work followed by a dissertation and an oral defense. 

Course Grading Scales

Letter grades are determined according to the following scale:

Grade
Score
Description
Grade Points
A
100-94
Excellent
4.0
A-
93-90
High Quality
3.7
B+
89-87
Very Good
3.3
B
86-84
Good
3.0
B-
83-80
Acceptable
2.7
C+
79-77
Fair
2.3
C
76-73
Poor
2.0
C-
72-70
Very Poor
1.7
F
Below 69
Failure
0.0

Grade Point Average

Students in a graduate program must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or above to graduate. The registrar calculates grade point averages according to the point values in the grading scale. A grade of W (Withdraw) does not calculate into the GPA. Withdrawals, however, may be counted toward credits attempted for academic progress requirements.

Students who deserve recognition for excellence in academic performance will be identified at graduation with the following designations:

Summa Cum Laude - 3.90 - 4.00

Magna Cum Laude - 3.80 - 3.89

Cum Laude - 3.70 - 3.78

Repeating a Course

Students who receive an F (Fail) grade in a course may repeat that course one time in order to earn a passing grade. Failure of the same course a second time may result in dismissal from the University. GPA will be computed by the grade earned in the second attempt. Both course grades will remain on the transcript.

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