Graduation Requirements

To qualify for graduation, a student must:

  1. Successfully complete a minimum 65 semester hours credit of prerequisite coursework, as stipulated, for admission to the program;
  2. Successfully complete the program of professional and experiential coursework as approved by the CSU–COP Faculty and Dean;
  3. Attain a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 (C) for all professional coursework at the CSU–COP;
  4. Complete, at a minimum, the last two didactic semesters and all advanced pharmacy practice experiences at the CSU–COP;
  5. Settle all financial accounts with the institution; and
  6. Attend the commencement exercises for conferral of the degree unless excused by the Dean, CSU–COP.

Candidates for graduation must be of good moral character consistent with the requirements of the pharmacy profession and the CSU–COP faculty. It is the position of the faculty that anyone who illegally uses, possesses, distributes, sells, or is under the unlawful influence of narcotics, dangerous drugs, or controlled substances, or who abuses alcohol or is involved in any conduct involving moral turpitude, fails to meet the ethical and moral requirements of the profession and may be dismissed from any program or denied the awarding of any degree from CSU–COP.

Dean’s List

Following each semester, Dean’s List recognition will be provided to all students in the College who achieved a GPA of 3.50 or better for the term.

Graduation Honors

Graduation honors are awarded to candidates for the Doctor of Pharmacy degree who have distinguished themselves by virtue of high academic achievement while enrolled in the College. Only grades of courses taken at the College will be included in determining graduation honors. Degrees with honor are awarded based on the level of academic achievement (cumulative GPA) as follows: 

Summa cum laude 3.90 – 4.00
Magna cum laude 3.75 – 3.89
Cum laude 3.50 – 3.74

Student Awards

A number of awards that are sponsored by the CSU-COP, professional pharmacy organizations, pharmaceutical companies, and other will be presented each year at the graduation banquet. For a complete listing of these awards, contact the Office of the Dean.


A number of scholarships are available for students in any professional year. For a complete listing of the available scholarships, contact the Office of the Dean.


The following includes all grades, grading options, numerical equivalents, and corresponding definitions that may be issued in courses taken at the CSU-COP:

A 4 Excellent
B 3 Good
C 2 Fair
D 1 Poor
F 0 Failure
P 0 Pass
W/P 0 Withdraw/Passing
W/F 0 Withdraw/Failing
W/A 0 Withdraw/Student Attended One Class Session
W/N 0 Withdraw/Student Never Attended
I 0 Incomplete
X 0 No Grade Issued
I/F 0 Missed Incomplete Deadline

The CSU–COP students will be subject to the CSU-COP policies regarding academic monitoring, standing, and probation. All students will be given a copy of these guidelines and regulations upon entry into the program.

Credits, Quality Points, and GPA

Courses will be recorded in terms of semester hour(s) of credit. One semester hour of credit is equivalent to one hour a week of lecture throughout the semester. In laboratory courses, however, a ratio of three to five hours of laboratory work a week per credit prevails in different departments. In case discussion, workshop, or recitation, a ratio of two to three hours of meeting time a week per credit holds.

Multiplication of the credits for a course with the numerical value for the grade awarded gives the number of quality points earned for a course. Dividing the total number of quality points earned in courses by the total number of credits in those courses gives the grade point average.

Grades reported as W and P are recorded on a student's permanent record, but are not used in the calculation of a student's grade point average. Similarly, a grade of I may be assigned and is used only when special/extenuating circumstances exist (i.e., prolonged illness, family crisis, etc.), which prevent a student from completing the necessary course requirements on time in order to receive a grade. Under such circumstances, the student is responsible for providing the department with a written request notifying the department of the circumstances, documenting the problem(s), and asking for authorization to extend the period allotted to complete the unfinished coursework.

Any request for an extension to complete required course or rotation requirements must be approved by the course coordinator, department chair and the Assistant Dean. Unless otherwise specified, a grade of I must be resolved within 10 days from the end of the semester or rotation or the incomplete grade is automatically converted into a grade of F, which signifies failure of the course. It is the responsibility of the student when receiving an incomplete grade to complete all of the course requirements within this period, unless otherwise specified.

Please refer to the College of Pharmacy Student Handbook for policies of the College related to D and F grades received.

A student's academic standing will be determined on the basis of his/her GPA. Inclusion on the Dean's List, honors at graduation, placement on probation, and dismissal depend directly on the GPA.