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Program Graduate Academic Student Handbook


A student will be placed on academic probation at the time when his/her cumulative GPA falls below 2.50.


A graduate student may be academically dismissed under one or more of the following violations of satisfactory progress: his/her cumulative GPA remains below a 2.50 after twelve more credit hours are completed while on academic probation, his/her cumulative GPA remains below 2.50 after one year of being on academic probation, lack of progress toward degree completion, or failing the comprehensive examinations twice.

Conditional Admission

Applicants who have not yet completed one or more of the listed prerequisites may be admitted on a conditional basis while they complete the prerequisites at DePaul as undergraduate non-degree seeking students.


The same readmission standards outlined in the Graduate Student Handbook and approval of the program director are observed for students in these programs.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of two semester-based courses or three quarter-based courses  to not exceed the equivalent of twelve quarter hours may be accepted as transfer credit upon approval of the student's program director and the associate dean for graduate studies.  Credit will only be transferred for courses that have equivalents to courses offered in DePaul’s graduate program as determined by the program director and provided they did not count toward the completion of another degree at DePaul or another institution.

Undergraduate Courses

No undergraduate courses shall count toward the graduate degree.

Graduation Requirements

Requirements include, but are not limited to, twelve graduate courses (48 credit hours) at a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50, and passing two comprehensive examinations in Algebra and Analysis.  

Graduation with Distinction

A minimum GPA of 3.70 for coursework applied toward the pure mathematics degree and high performance on the comprehensive examinations - as determined by the Mathematical Sciences department - are required for graduation with distinction.

Time Limitation

The degree is expected to be completed in a maximum of six years.

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