Academic Status

A graduate student is expected to maintain at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average while pursuing a graduate degree. A student will be placed on departmental academic probation at the beginning of the first semester after his or her cumulative grade point average falls below 3.00 and will remain on probation until the cumulative grade point average rises above 3.00. If the student's semester grade average for any subsequent semester while the student is on probation is below 3.00, then the student will be dropped from the degree program. A student dropped from degree program status because of a deficient GPA can continue to complete graduate course work as a non-degree student. Upon earning a GPA of 3.0 or better, the student can apply for admission to the degree program.

Reappointment of a student as a research assistant when the student is on academic probation will be reviewed carefully by the student's adviser, the Graduate Program Officer, and the Program Chair.

If a student is on academic probation, he or she must see his or her adviser and the Graduate Program Officer for the Graduate Program in Acoustics at the beginning of the semester and reassess the choices of the courses that are to be taken that semester. The Graduate Program Officer is authorized by the Program to require the student to take various remedial courses in conjunction with or before enrolling in specified courses administered by the Program.

If a student should be dropped from the program, it may be possible for a student to enroll as a non-degree student and take selected courses to better prepare for graduate work and then to apply for admission.



Founded in 1965, Penn State's Graduate Program in Acoustics has become the leading resource for graduate education in acoustics in the United States. The interdisciplinary program leads to the degrees: Master of Engineering in Acoustics (M.Eng.), Master of Science in Acoustics (M.S.), and Doctor of Philosophy in Acoustics (Ph.D.)

Graduate Program in Acoustics

College of Engineering

The Pennsylvania State University

201 Applied Science Building

University Park, PA 16802