General Academic Policies

Matriculation Status: A matriculated student is one who is officially enrolled in a certificate or degree program. Students who wish to take only a single course or a combination of courses are welcome as non-matriculated students.

Class Attendance: Faculty members will include their course-specific rules about absences, grading, and makeup work in each course syllabus. Each instructor may excuse absences for good cause and determine to what extent absences will affect grading. Certain absences will be excused automatically if reported in a timely fashion (such as military students called to active duty).

If illness, accident, or similar circumstances require absence for two or more consecutive class sessions, the student must notify the Director of the M.B.A. program and the faculty member to make up missed work. Documentation of the circumstances may be required.

Consistent engagement in the online course is the key to effective learning. M.B.A.. students who take online courses are required to engage regularly with their professors and peers, typically by logging into their courses at least three times each week. Specific guidelines for each course are available through the course syllabi, but generally it is expected that these log-ins will occur on separate days throughout the week rather than on a single day, and that students will spend significant time in the online course on substantive academic activities, including posting to discussion forums, reviewing digital content, uploading assignments, and taking assessments.

Students who are withdrawn for a failure to attend and participate will receive a grade of WP or WF for the course(s), depending on whether the student was passing or failing at the time of withdrawal. This may affect the student's financial aid eligibility.

Required Tutorial for Online Course Enrollment: Students in the M.B.A.. in Management program may take some or all of their courses online. Prior to registering for their first online course, students are required to complete a short online tutorial that equips them with the tools and strategies needed to be successful online learners.

Academic Time Commitment: Coursework performed outside of the classroom (such as reading, studying, writing papers, and doing projects) is critical to academic success. While the time requirements for individual students may vary somewhat, a general rule of thumb is that students should spend about two hours outside the classroom for every hour required in it. For more information, please see the Berkeley College Semester Credit Hour Assignment Policy.

College Closing: The College seldom closes due to inclement weather. In cases of extreme weather or emergencies, however, the closing of each College campus will be made available over the Internet at and by phone as an option on the automated phone menu at each campus.

Closings only apply to on-site students. Work will continue in the online platform for both online and on-site students. On-site students will be contacted by their instructors regarding the week’s online requirements.

Schedules for delayed openings due to inclement weather are posted on the website, sent out via the BerkAlert System, and posted at Campus Closing Info.

Add/Drop Policy: Students may add a course or courses to their schedules prior to the start of the second week of the semester. Students may drop a 15-week course prior to the start of the third week of the semester. A seven-week course may be dropped prior to the start of the second week of the semester.


Fifteen-week courses dropped during the first two weeks of classes and seven-week courses dropped during the first week of classes do not appear on the student’s transcript. Students who drop a course or courses prior to the enrollment status determination should notify the Financial Aid Department.


Students taking courses both session A and session B must register for both by the end of the Add/Drop Period applicable to the corresponding semester. Any credits added, on rare exception as a result of special academic approval, after that date will not count toward financial aid eligibility. Students taking session B without first having taken Session A may register for session B and add credits up to week 10 of the corresponding semester.

Canceled Classes: The College reserves the right to cancel courses or scheduled sections of courses at its discretion.

Leaves of Absence: Students must file an application for a leave of absence with the Director of the M.B.A. program if they expect to miss two consecutive semesters. Leaves of absence will not be granted for more than one academic year. The decision of the Director of the M.B.A. program concerning leaves of absences is final.

Program Withdrawal: Students must file an application for withdrawal from the M.B.A. program with the Director of the M.B.A. program. A student who does not take courses for two consecutive semesters and who has not filed for a leave of absence will be withdrawn from the program.

Seven-Week Sessions - Intent to Return: A student registered for both sessions A and B who chooses to withdraw from session A but intends to return for session B should complete the Intent to Return statement on the Course Withdrawal eForm and submit.

Program Reinstatement: Students who withdraw or have been withdrawn from the program must file a petition for reinstatement with the Director of the M.B.A. program. The decision of the Director of the M.B.A. program concerning reinstatement is final.

Graduation: Graduation with Distinction is awarded to M.B.A. students who have completed all the requirements for graduation and have achieved an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.67.

Academic Probation: M.B.A.. students who, after completion of a minimum of 12 M.B.A.. credits, have a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or less will be dismissed from the program. Students may appeal to the Director of the M.B.A. program for reconsideration. If approved, the Director will provide a written response outlining the conditions under which the appeal is granted. The appeal decision of the Director of the M.B.A. program is final.

Once a student completes more than 12 credits, the student’s cumulative GPA must be a minimum of 3.00. If the cumulative GPA is below 3.00, the student will be placed on academic probation. The student must bring his/her cumulative GPA above 3.00 the following semester. If the student does not attain satisfactory academic standing in the following semester, he/she may petition the Director of the M.B.A. program to maintain enrollment in the program. Based upon the approval of the Director, the student may be granted one additional semester in which to remove himself/herself from academic probation. Students who remain on probation for two consecutive semesters will be dismissed from the program.

An M.B.A.. student who does not successfully pass a required course after the maximum three attempts will be dismissed from the program. 

Grade Appeal: A student wishing to appeal a course grade must submit a completed grade appeal eForm to the faculty member by the end of the first week of the academic term following posting of the disputed grade. The faculty member shall respond to the student’s appeal as soon as practical. All responses should be entered into the grade appeal eForm.

Should the student disagree with the faculty member’s decision, then no later than two weeks after receiving the faculty member’s decision, the student may appeal that decision to the Director of the M.B.A. program. The Director will respond to the student’s appeal as soon as practical and shall have the authority to modify the grade as the Director may deem appropriate. The Director's decision shall be final.

When submitting an appeal to the Director of the M.B.A. program, the student should continue to use and submit the original appeal eForm, containing the response received from the faculty member. The student should indicate on the eForm why the student believes the faculty member’s decision was in error. 

Time for Completion of Degree Requirements: Students are required to complete all requirements for the M.B.A.. within seven years of admission to the program. The Director of the M.B.A. program may approve an extension of one year. Students who do not complete the M.B.A.. within this time period will be dismissed from the program.

Course Load: The Berkeley College M.B.A.. course load designations are:

  • A full-time course load is nine semester credits per semester
  • A ¾ load is six semester credits per semester
  • A ½ load is three semester credits per semester

Students who enroll in nine or more credits during a semester are considered full time.

Transferring Berkeley M.B.A.. Credits to Another Institution: Issues concerning the acceptance of transfer credits are determined solely by the institution to which a student transfers and are outside of Berkeley’s control.

Please note: Berkeley College reserves the right to make changes to academic course offerings and students’ schedules.