In order to make satisfactory progress towards the MSPA Studies degree, each student must satisfy academic, professional, and technical standards on an ongoing basis.
A. Academic: Students are required to make satisfactory academic progress in terms of units taken and passed, courses and clerkships successfully completed, timely completion of other requirements, and correction of deficiencies.
- Units (based on 2017-2018 matriculation)
- Students must take and successfully complete a per-quarter number of units and are as follows:
- Quarter 1 (Autumn): 34 units
- Quarter 2 (Winter): 20 units
- Quarter 3 (Spring): 20 units
- Quarter 4 (Autumn): 22 units
- Quarter 5 (Winter): 24 units
- Quarter 6 (Spring): 12 units
- Quarter 7 (Summer): 12 units
- Quarter 8 (Autumn): 12 units
- Quarter 9 (Autumn): 14 units
- Unit requirements for financial aid eligibility are not necessarily the same as for satisfactory academic progress for graduation. Students should also refer to financial aid policy, and consult with the University Financial Aid Office.
- Number of Years
- If a student plans to take more than three years exclusive of time spent during an approved Leave of Absence, the student must petition for and receive approval by the Student Progress Committee. The student’s petition must provide reasons for the requested extension and submit specific plans for completing the degree, which plans are subject to the review and approval by the student’s academic advisor.
- The maximum time allowed does not include periods of approved Leave of Absence, but no combination of program extensions and approved Leaves of Absence shall exceed five years without prior Student Progress Committee review and approval.
- Scholarly Concentration: Students must make satisfactory progress in meeting Scholarly Concentration requirements, as are outlined in Section 4.4 of this handbook.
- Examinations: Students must make satisfactory progress in meeting examination requirements, including the clinical clerkship End of Rotation exams.
- Academic Deficiencies
- All academic deficiencies must be corrected within one year (or otherwise within a time limit specifically set by the Student Progress Committee in the individual case).
- Note that some deficiencies may be considered to be unable to be remediated and may result in immediate dismissal. Such circumstances may include (but are not limited to) when one or more of the following conditions apply:
- failure of two clinical clerkships
- three marginal passes in clinical clerkships
- Failure of 3 or more pre-clerkship courses in any given academic year or over the course of the pre-clerkship curriculum (whether or not remediated)
- Three marginal passes in courses of eight or more units (e.g., PCM or POM)
- Failures in 3 or more courses during the program (pre-clerkship, clerkship or a combination of both, whether or not remediated)
- A student’s failure to attend required meetings, comply with Student Progress Committee directives for remediation, or meet Student Progress Committee deadlines may preclude remediation and result in immediate dismissal from the Stanford School of MSPA Studies program.
B. Professionalism: Students are required on an ongoing basis to satisfy professionalism standards, as those standards are outlined in Section 2.4 of this handbook. A serious breach of professionalism may result in immediate dismissal from the Stanford School of MSPA Studies program.
C. Technical Standards: Students are required on an ongoing basis to satisfy technical standards, as those standards are outlined in Section 2.3 of this handbook. Continued fulfillment of such standards is a requirement for ongoing registration in the Stanford University School of Medicine.