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WP Withdrawn Passing*, No Credit
WF 0.0 Withdrawn Failing, No Credit
WD Withdrawn * No Credit
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, graduate students must meet ALL of the following conditions:

  • Maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or above,
  • Earn no more than one grade of B-, and
  • Earn no grades below B- (including C+, C, F, XF, or WF). 

Failure to meet any of the above conditions will call for the graduate program/department to review the student's academic performance and make a recommendation regarding academic probation or dismissal to the Graduate School dean.  

To satisfy the conditions above, the department must recommend the graduate student retake the course or its equivalent and earn a grade of B or above.  Upon repeat of the course or its equivalent, the student's transcript will show the grades for both attempts, but only the higher grade will be calculated in the GPA.

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.

Academic Fresh Start Policy

Students who enroll in a new graduate degree or certificate program or are readmitted to a program at Gallaudet University have the option of requesting an Academic Fresh Start if they have grades for prior graduate courses or program(s). To request an Academic Fresh Start, the student must complete a Student Action Form, which is to be signed by the program director and department chair, and submitted to the Registrar's Office. The student may seek advice about the Academic Fresh Start option from the program director. If the student does not request an Academic Fresh Start, all prior graduate courses taken at Gallaudet University will be included in the student's subsequent GPA.

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