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Grade Labels & Grade Point Calculation

All advanced-degree students (master's or doctoral programs) are expected to make satisfactory progress toward the specific academic degree to which they were admitted. Advanced-degree students are required to maintain a cumulative minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher in all courses listed in their graduate program plan of study and in all courses taken as a graduate student. Some departments or programs have established higher grading standards which must be met by students in those programs.

Students in a credential-only program must maintain a GPA of 2.5 and have a cumulative average of 2.5 or higher to clear their credential. Students in a basic teacher education credential-only program who wish to do directed teaching in an internship must maintain a 3.0 GPA. (See Graduate Catalog: Scholarly Standing for specific details regarding this policy).

Grade point averages are calculated on the following point equivalents :

A=Exemplary

Exemplary achievement of course objectives clearly and significantly above the requirements.

A=4.0
A-=3.7

B=Satisfactory

Satisfactory achievement of the course objectives. Adequate performance on stated requirements

B+=3.3

B=3.0

B-=2.7

C=Marginal

Minimal achievement of course objectives.

C+=2.3
C=2.0
C-=1.7
D= Unsatisfactory
D+=1.3
D=1.0
F=0.0
F= Failure

I

Incomplete work from extenuating circumstances that prevent completion of the work assigned.

This is a temporary grade that automatically reverts to a grade of "F" after three months. Petitions to extend incomplete grades beyond this time must be approved by the Graduate School office.

P

Passing work on a pass/fail basis

N

Deferred grading for thesis, dissertation or research work, for courses numbered 297, 299, 397, and 399. Advisors change the thesis/dissertation grade upon the successful completion of the thesis or dissertation defense by submitting the Thesis Grade form with the Graduate School. See the Forms Page to download this form, or request one from the Graduate School office.