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Graduate Grading System

The following grading system applies to graduate courses.

GradeGPA ValueDefinitions
A+ 4.0 Outstanding
A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3 Good
B 3.0
B- 2.7 Unsatisfactory
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
F 0.0 Failing, No Credit
XF 0.0 Academic Integrity Policy Violation, No Credit
P Pass*
I Incomplete*
NG No Grade for GPS 798 and GPS 898 Continuous Enrollment*
WP Withdrawn Passing*, No Credit
WF 0.0 Withdrawn Failing, No Credit
WD Withdrawn * No Credit>/td>
AU Audit* No Credit
AF Audit Not Completed* No Credit

* Not computed in Grade Point Average (GPA)

The shaded lines all indicate unsatisfactory performance and may lead to grounds for academic probation or dismissal.

The Graduate Grading System goes into effect with the fall 2010 semester. 

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Cumulative grade point averages are figured only on the basis of those credit hours for which letter grades were given. Courses for which the grade is Failing [F, XF, WF] are included in the GPA and are assigned a GPA value of 0.0. Courses for which the grade is Pass [P, WP] are not included in the GPA. Classes taken with Audit status are not used for the GPA calculation.

To remain in good academic standing within a current degree or certificate program, students must meet ALL of the following conditions:

•   Maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher, AND
•   Avoid earning a grade lower than B (e.g., a B-, C+ or C, F, XF, or WF) in any course that fulfills a program requirement, AND
•   Avoid earning two grades lower than B (e.g., a B-, C+ or C,F, XF, or WF) for courses that do not fulfill a program requirement.

When a student's good academic standing is jeopardized, the department chair (in consultation with the student's advisor, program director, and/or advisory committee) will make a recommendation to the graduate dean on an appropriate action, which can include academic probation or academic dismissal.

If a student receives a grade below B in a course that fulfills a program requirement, the student must repeat the course and earn a grade of B or better. Upon completion of the one- time retake of a class, the student's transcript will show both grades but only the higher grade will be calculated in the GPA.

If a student receives a grade below B in a course that is not used to fulfill program requirements, the student does not need to repeat the course. However, a student cannot have two or more grades below B across all courses within a program, whether or not the courses fulfill a program requirement.

A grade of Incomplete [I] is given only when student performance in a course has been satisfactory, but the student is unable to complete the requirements of the course. The decision to give a grade of I is made by the instructor. To be eligible for credit in a course in which an I is recorded, students must complete the requirements of the course by the end of the final day of classes of the following semester or a date agreed upon in writing with the instructor; otherwise, the grade will automatically become an F. The student and instructor must provide the Registrar’s Office with written notification of the agreed upon date before the time limit indicated above.

Course and degree program withdrawals are initiated by the student and require signatures from the course instructor, in the case of a course withdrawal, as well as the academic advisor and the Graduate School dean. Withdrawal from a degree program at any time must have the concurrence of the dean of the Graduate School. WP indicates the grade recorded when a student with passing grades withdraws from a course after the first four weeks of the semester. WP grades are not included in the GPA calculation. WF indicates the grade recorded when a student is failing at the time of withdrawal after the first four weeks of the semester. WF grades are counted as a 0.0 GPA Value in the computation of the GPA. WD indicates official withdrawal from a course before the end of the fourth week of a semester. WD grades are not counted in the GPA calculation.

Courses may be audited following the regular registration procedure. To audit a course, the student must obtain permission from the instructor, register, and pay the regular tuition and fees. A change from Audit status to credit course may not be made after the add/drop period. Should students wish to change from a credit course to Audit status, permission from the instructor must be obtained and appropriate forms submitted to the Registrar’s Office by the end of the fourth week of the semester. Students who register for Audit status are required to attend and participate in all class activities without earning a grade or receiving credit towards a degree. Audited courses are not counted as credit courses and are recorded as AU on the student’s transcript upon successful completion of the course. If the course is not completed successfully, the AU grade will be changed to an AF. AF grades are not counted in the GPA calculation.

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