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Grading System

The grading system in the Graduate School includes the letter grades A (+/-), B (+/-), C (+/-), D, and F. A student will not be granted graduate credit for any course in which a grade less than C- is received. The letter I (Incomplete) may be used at the discretion of the instructor in those cases in which the student is not able to complete work in the normal time.

Letter grades are assigned grade point values as follows:

A+ = 4.0           B– = 2.7

A = 4.0             C+ = 2.3

A– = 3.7           C = 2.0

B+ = 3.3           C– = 1.7

B = 3.0             F = 0.0

A grade point average of 3.0 is necessary for graduation. Students who fall below an average of 3.0 are placed on academic probation for one semester. If the student’s performance does not improve during that semester, the Graduate School and the appropriate department chair will decide whether to dismiss the student or to allow the continuation of probation. If at the end of the second semester the grade point average is still below 3.0, the student may be advised to withdraw or face dismissal. Students who earn a grade point average of 2.0 or less during their first semester of residence are subject to dismissal at the end of that semester. Accumulation of three U grades in research courses can lead to dismissal.