Satisfactory results in courses totaling 48 credits (8, 3 credit F&ES courses are required) and four semesters of full tuition are required for the two-year master’s degree programs.
Satisfactory results in courses totaling 24 credits and two semesters in residence are required for completion of one-year master’s degree programs.
For joint degree candidates: three semesters of full tuition and a minimum of 12 full courses (36 credits, equivalent to one and one half years in residence) must be taken while enrolled at F&ES eight full credit (3 or more credits) courses of which must be taken at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. The student’s course schedule must meet the curriculum requirement of one of our programs that should be so designated on the registration form.
Only work completed under the supervision of a Yale University faculty member is accepted as credit toward these degrees.
A full semester course load normally consists of four courses totaling 12 or more course credits. Taking more than five courses in a semester is strongly discouraged and rarely approved. Anyone seeking to take more than five courses must have approval by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.
The basic requirement for recording an official Audit is attendance at a minimum of two-thirds of the class meetings, but the instructor may make additional requirements and may, in fact, require that the student do all of the work of the class including exams. However, if the instructor requires more than two-thirds attendance, auditing students should be so informed early in the semester. Part-time students are permitted to audit one course per semester.
At the end of the semester, the instructor is asked to certify whether or not auditing students have satisfactorily completed the course. Satisfactory completion is defined as meeting the two-thirds attendance standard and the work requirements (if any) set by the instructor. Only audits certified as satisfactory are entered on the student’s transcript.
The system used at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies to evaluate the work done in regular and project courses provides for grades of H (Honors), HP (High Pass), P (Pass), and F (Fail). This is a subjective classification, based on the professor’s overall appraisal of the student’s work.
Honors Work of exceptional character, not only as indicated by examinations, reports, and project work, but coupled with assurance of the student’s ability to perform work of similar character in association with professionals, following graduation. (Approximate numerical range 90–100)
High-Pass Work of outstanding character, as indicated by examinations, reports, and project work, coupled with an indication of interest, attitude, and ability decidedly above average. (Approximate numerical range 80–89)
Pass Work of acceptable professional character, as indicated by examinations, reports, and project work, including satisfactory completion of all work assigned. (Approximate numerical range 70–79)
Fail Work below professional character, or failure to complete assigned work on time without adequate reason. If a student fails a course, it may not be made up. (Approximate numerical threshold 69)
Satisfactory Completion (sc) Is used to record the required summer training modules and any modules taught during the academic year by a faculty member.
Course Withdrawal (w)
Grade point averages and class rank are not calculated nor are any numerical equivalents assigned to grades.
It shall be generally understood that all of the work to be done by any students in a given semester shall be completed, with all reports, papers, and examinations in the hands of the instructor, on or before the final day of that semester. No exceptions may be granted in the case of students expecting to receive any degree at the conclusion of the semester involved. Any course recorded as Incomplete must be completed by the end of the next semester or the Incomplete becomes a Fail.
A student who wants an extension of time beyond one semester must apply, before the end of the semester, in writing, to the instructor for permission to use all or part of the ensuing vacation for the completion of specific named items of work. The granting of any such extension of time shall be at the discretion of the instructor and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. Extensions beyond the end of a given vacation period can be made only in the event of illness or other problems beyond the control of the student. Failure to comply with these procedures will result in reduction of grades or failure in the courses involved. A grade of Incomplete can only be recorded in cases where permission for an extension of time has been granted. If an extension has not been granted, incomplete work shall be recorded as a Fail.
The practice of reporting temporary minimum grades shall be restricted to cases in which a student has finished all required work for a course in the final semester, but there has not yet been time for the instructor to evaluate it thoroughly and to give a final grade. The temporary minimum grade indicates that a student has met the minimum standards to pass the course and allows for timely conferral of the degree.
Appeals for departure from these procedures involving unfinished required work shall be to the faculty Masters Program Committee.
If a student receives a Fail grade for any semester, a copy of his or her transcript will be sent to the Academic Advisor and to the Masters Program Committee. The student will be consulted about the reasons for substandard performance and counseled regarding corrective action that may improve academic achievement.
If a student has failed two or more courses (regardless of credit weight), he/she will be considered ineligible for the master’s, and will be obliged to withdraw. This applies to students enrolled in all F&ES degree programs including joint degree programs.
To be eligible for financial aid, a student must be making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in the degree program. Financial aid includes all Federal Student Aid funds (Federal Direct Stafford Loan, Federal Direct Grad PLUS Loan, Federal Perkins Loan, and/or Federal Work Study) as well as institutional funds. The following requirements apply to all students receiving financial aid regardless of degree program or enrollment status (full-time, half-time, etc.).
Frequency of evaluation
A student's SAP is evaluated at the end of each semester by the Registrar. In the event a student is not making SAP, the Registrar will notify the Director of Financial Aid, the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, and the Assistant Dean for Student Services. A joint degree student’s SAP is evaluated at the end of each semester for which the student pays tuition to F&ES. The joint school is responsible for SAP evaluation for those semesters for which the student pays tuition to the joint school.
Failing Grades (qualitative requirement)
If a student fails a course (regardless of credit weight), the student is immediately placed on Financial Aid Warning, as defined below. If a student fails two or more courses, the student will be obliged to withdraw. See Course Failures.
Pace of progression (quantitative requirement)
For a student enrolled full time (12 or more credits in a semester), failure to meet the following standards will immediately place the student on Financial Aid Warning:
Pace is calculated by dividing the cumulative number of hours the student has successfully completed by the cumulative number of hours the student has attempted. These standards are pro-rated accordingly for students enrolled less than full-time. For example, a student enrolled half-time (6 to 8 credits in a semester) must have completed 4.5 credits at the end of the first semester, 10 credits at the end of the second semester, and 16.5 credits at the end of the third semester.
A student with different enrollment statuses in different semesters is evaluated according to the standard appropriate for the student's enrollment status in the semester having just ended.
Meeting these standards ensures that a student will complete his or her degree program within the maximum timeframe, which is defined as follows:
Course Withdrawals: If a student withdraws from a course prior to the midpoint of the semester, the credits for that course are not counted in determining the pace of progression. If a student withdraws from a course after the midpoint of the semester, the credits for that course are counted as attempted, but not completed.Course Repetitions: Both the repeated course and the original attempt are counted as attempted credits in determining the pace of progression. Only the second attempt, if completed, will be counted as earned credits. Transfers of Credit: Transfer credits from other institutions are not accepted and therefore do not affect SAP. Status definitions and notifications
Restoring Eligibility for Financial Aid
A student can regain eligibility for financial aid only by taking action that brings the student into compliance with these SAP standards or by successfully submitting an appeal. Paying tuition without financial aid or taking a leave of absence will not restore a student’s SAP standing.
A student who fails to make SAP after a semester on Financial Aid Warning may submit a written appeal to the Assistant Dean for Student Services. A committee consisting of the Assistant Dean, the Registrar, and the Director of Financial Aid will review the appeal and decide to approve or deny it.
Appeals will be accepted only on the basis of extreme circumstances, such as the death of a student’s relative or injury or illness of the student. Though supporting documentation is not required to submit the appeal, the committee reserves the right to request documentation upon review of the appeal. Such documentation may include a letter from a physician in the case of injury or illness of the student, for example.
The appeal must also include a specific plan for making SAP. If it is clear at the time of appeal that the student will not be able to make SAP by the end of the following semester, i.e., the semester on Financial Aid Probation, the plan must include standards for an alternative pace of progression that will take the student to successful program completion within the maximum timeframe. For example, for a student enrolled full-time:
Students are expected to follow a continuous course of study at the School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. However, a student who wishes or needs to interrupt his or her study temporarily may request a leave of absence. There are three types of leave–personal, medical, and parental–all of which are described below. The general policies that apply to all types of leave are:
A student who wishes or needs to interrupt study temporarily because of personal exigencies may request a personal leave of absence. The general policies governing all leaves of absence are described above. Students who are current with their degree requirements are eligible for a personal leave after satisfactory completion of at least one term of study. Personal leaves cannot be granted retroactively and normally will not be approved after the tenth day of a term.
To request a personal leave of absence, the student must apply in writing before the beginning of the term for which the leave is requested, explaining the reasons for the proposed leave and stating both the proposed start and end dates of the leave and the address at which the student can be reached during the period of the leave. If the Assistant Dean of Student Services and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs find the student to be eligible, the leave will be approved. In any case, the student will be informed in writing of the action taken. A student who does not apply for a personal leave of absence, or whose application for a personal leave is denied, and who does not register for any term, will be considered to have withdrawn from the School.
A student who must interrupt study temporarily because of illness or injury may be granted a medical leave of absence with the approval of the Assistant Dean of Student Services and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on the written recommendation of a physician on the staff of University Health Services. The general policies governing all leaves of absence are described above. Students who are making satisfactory progress toward their degree requirements are eligible for a medical leave any time after matriculation. The final decisions concerning a request for a medical leave of absence will be communicated in writing by the Assistant Dean of Student Services.
The School of Forestry and Environmental Studies reserves the right to place a student on a medical leave of absence when, on the recommendation of the chief of Student Health or the chief of the Department of Mental Health and Counseling, the dean of the School determines that the student is a danger to self or others because of a serious medical problem.
Students who are placed on medical leave during any term will have their tuition adjusted according to the same schedule used for withdrawals (see Tuition Rebate and Refund Policy). Before re-registering, a student on medical leave must secure written permission to return from a Yale Health physician.
Requests for transcripts must be in writing to the Registrar indicating the correct mailing address. Typically, a week’s notice is required. There will be a charge of $5 per transcript.
24-Hour Processing Charge
An additional $10 per address will be added to the transcript and delivery charges for all requests that require processing in a less than 24-hour period.
Unofficial transcripts also will be issued upon written notice of one week; no payment is required.
Requests for copies of undergraduate or other graduate school transcripts in student files will not be honored unless they will be used within the Yale University community. To obtain copies, a week’s notice is required.
Letters of Recommendation that are used to gain admission to the School may not be used for any other purpose in compliance with the Buckley Amendment.