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Academic Standards

Academic Standards of Progress Toward Graduation

Students enrolled at Missouri Southern are in good academic standing when they meet the standards of progress toward graduation. Those falling below the prescribed norm will be placed on academic probation. Persons failing to achieve normal progress toward graduation during the probationary period are subject to academic suspension.

A student's cumulative GPA is used to evaluate progress. If the GPA falls below the minimum standards of progress, the work is considered unsatisfactory. Support courses not applicable to the baccalaureate degree are not calculated in the GPA hours. Students graduating with an associates degree must have a minimum 2.0 GPA.

Progress toward a degree is computed on the following GPAs*:

1-22 semester hours 1.5
23-44 semester hours 1.6
45-66 semester hours 1.7
67-88 semester hours 1.8
89-110 semester hours 1.9
111 & above semester hours 2.0


*Students who receive financial aid must comply with federal standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress which differ from MSSU's academic standards of progress.

Academic Probation, Suspension, and Reinstatement

Each student should consider a GPA of less than 2.0 as a warning. 
Those falling below the standards of progress toward graduation will be placed on academic probation. If the GPA is not raised to the minimum standard of progress during the probationary semester, the student is subject to immediate academic suspension from the University.

Notification of academic probation and academic suspension is mailed to a student's mailing address on file with the Registrar's Office at the close of each regular academic term.

To view academic standing in LioNet:

  • Select "Student Menu" from the Student Quick Links menu
  • Select "Student Records"
  • Select "Academic Transcript"
  • The transcript level should be "All Levels" and the transcript type should be "Web Transcript-Unofficial." Click submit.
  • The academic standing in effect will be shown with the most recent semester attended.

A student receiving academic suspension may not enroll at Missouri Southern for one semester. Re-entry may be denied by the Vice President for Academic Affairs, if the student cannot present evidence that indicates a high probability of academic success.

To appeal academic suspension, students must file a suspension appeal form with the Registrar's Office. Failure to file an appeal for academic suspension will result in the cancellation of a student's schedule for the following term.