Grade information

A letter grade system with pluses and minuses is used. The numerical values assigned are as follows:

  Excellent Very Good Good Passing Failing
Letter A A- B+ B B- C+ C C- D+ D D- F
Value 4.0 3.7 3.3 3.0 2.7 2.3 2.0 1.7 1.3 1.0 0.7 0.0
  • NR = Ongoing: a grade of NR in practica must be converted to an earned grade one year from the date of registration. After one year, the NR becomes a W and the student must register again and pay full tuition.
  • S = Satisfactory
  • U = Unsatisfactory
  • W = Withdrawal prior to seventh week of class
  • WP = Withdraw passing—after the seventh week of class
  • WF = Withdraw failing—after the seventh week of class

A cumulative grade point average of “B” (3.00) is required for admission to degree candidacy and for graduation in the following graduate programs: Business Administration, Counseling, Creative Writing, Education, English, Forensic Science, Health Education, Humanities, International Peace and Conflict Resolution and Public Health. A cumulative grade point average of “B–” (2.70) is required for graduation in the following programs: Doctor of Physical Therapy, Genetic Counseling and Medical Science (Physician Assistant).

A grade below “C” may not be applied toward a degree. Only 6 credits of “C” will count toward a degree in the following programs: Business Administration, Counseling Psychology, Education, English, Health Education, Humanities, International Peace and Conflict Resolution and Public Health. A student must petition to repeat a course; however, the original grade remains on the transcript. No more than two concentration courses may be repeated.

If a failing grade is received (“C–” or below), the course may be repeated one time only with the adviser’s permission.

A grade below “B–” is not permitted for Education Department courses required for certification, and students must obtain permission from their adviser to retake a certification course.

A grade of “B” or above is required to meet certification standards for the following courses:

  • ED 470 Graduate Student Teaching Practicum, Early Childhood PreK-4
  • ED 471 Graduate Student Teaching Practicum, Secondary
  • ED 474 Graduate Student Teaching Practicum, Art Education
  • ED 520B Intern Practicum
  • ED 583 Fieldwork for Special Education
  • ED 583B Fieldwork
  • ED 583E Special Education K-8 
  • ED 583S Special Education 7-12 
  • ED 590 Fieldwork in Inclusive Education
  • ED 592 Graduate Student Teaching Practicum: PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8
  • ED 595 Literacy Seminar/Language and Literacy Project
  • ED 600 Practicum: Supervision
  • ED 639 Practicum: Principalship
  • ED 649 Practicum: The Superintendency

NOTE: These policies also apply to non-degree-seeking graduate students enrolled in certification programs.

Incomplete Grades

In circumstances such as illness or personal emergency, a grade of “I” (Incomplete) may be approved by the Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies if the student is unable to finish the course requirements by the end of the term but is passing the course. Students who have received an Incomplete grade must meet the conditions for its removal the semester following the original course enrollment or the date indicated on the official Incomplete card. If the Incomplete is not removed by the specified date, the default grade indicated on the Incomplete card will be recorded for the course. No more than two Incomplete grades may be received in a given semester, one of which must be removed before the student is allowed to enroll in more courses. Instructors must obtain an “Incomplete Grade Request” form from the Office of Graduate Studies and return it to the Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies for approval.

Academic Standing

To continue in good academic standing, students in Business Administration, Counseling, Creative Writing, Education, English, Forensic Science, Health Education, Humanities, International Peace and Conflict Resolution and Public Health are expected to maintain a 3.0 cumulative grade point average. If the cumulative average falls below 3.0, the student is placed on probation and notified by the Associate Dean of Graduate, in writing, of the conditions that must be met in order to be removed from probation and continue in the program. If the cumulative average falls below 2.7, or if a student in good standing receives a grade of “C–” to “F,” the student may be dismissed from the program.

A student must be in good academic standing with a 3.0 cumulative average in order to apply for admission to degree candidacy. If, after admission to degree candidacy, the average falls below 3.0, but no lower than 2.75, the student may be placed on probation. If the average falls below 2.75, the student may be dismissed from the program. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is required for graduation. Students in the Doctor of Education program must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Please refer to individual programs for additional policies on academic standing. To continue in good academic standing, students in Genetic Counseling, Medical Science (Physician Assistant), and Physical Therapy are expected to maintain a 2.7 cumulative grade point average. Please refer to the program listing for degree-specific academic requirements.

Credit by Examination

Students are permitted to earn credit by examination for any undergraduate deficiencies they may have, but not for credit to be counted toward a graduate degree.

Grades Review

The Grade Appeal process applies only to the final grade of a course. If a student believes that a final grade has been incorrectly determined, the student may appeal her or his grade, according to the following process.

The student should try to resolve the situation with the course instructor, within ten working days of receiving the final grade. If the dispute cannot be resolved, the student should file an appeal with the department chair or program director (if applicable), indicating in writing the grounds for the appeal; this appeal must be filed within ten working days of the course instructor's decision. The program director or department chair will review relevant materials from the student and instructor, make a decision, and notify the student and instructor of the decision. If the dispute remains unresolved, the student should file an appeal with the dean of the college or school, indicating in writing the grounds for the appeal; this appeal must be filed within ten working days of the program director's or department chair's decision. The dean will review relevant materials from the student and instructor, as well as any additional information from the program director or department chair. The dean will then make a decision and notify the student, instructor, and department chair or program director of the decision.

Generally, the decision of the dean will be final. However, the student may choose to appeal to the Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, if and only if, s/he is able to present substantial new evidence to support a claim of academic injustice. The student initiates the review by submitting a Request for Grade Review Form (available on the Graduate Studies web site) within ten working days of the dean's decision. The Associate Dean of Graduate Studies will refer the request to the Graduate Academic Standing and Appeal Committee, which is chaired by the Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies, for review. The committee will consider all relevant materials in its review. Once the committee has met and made its determination, the student will be informed of its decision. The decision of the Graduate Academic Standing and Appeal Committee is final and there are no further steps for appeal.