Academic Policies & Procedures

Graduate (All Students)

Grades and Academic Standing


Quality points are assigned for purposes of determining the cumulative grade point average (GPA) as follows: A+ or A = 4 credit points; A- = 3.7; B+ = 3.3; B = 3.0; B- = 2.7; C+ = 2.3; C = 2.0; C– = 1.7; D+ = 1.3; D = 1.0; D- = 0.7; F = 0. No points are assigned for grades of I (Incomplete), S (Satisfactory), P (Pass), or W (Withdrawal).

Minimum Required Grades

Courses with grades below C do not count toward degree requirements for doctoral degrees. Courses with grades below C– do not count toward degree requirements for master's degrees. However, all grades earned in courses taken for graduate credit are included in the calculation of the grade point average.

Academic Standing

All graduate students are expected to maintain an overall GPA of at least 3.0. Students whose averages fall below this level will be placed on probation. Master's degree students who have failed to achieve a GPA of at least 3.0 by the time the credit hour requirements for the degree have been completed will be denied further enrollment. Doctoral students who lack the required minimum average will not be permitted to take the qualifying examinations.

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