2011-2012 Graduate Studies

Grading and Requirements for Graduation

The scholarship rating of the student in each course is reported by the professor. The grading system shown below is employed for most courses, but is subject to modification by the faculty member responsible for each specific course. For example, some professions may incorporate a +/- grading scale in accordance with the grading system shown below:

Grade GPA Recommended Numerical Average
A 4.0 93-100
A- 3.667 90-92
B+ 3.333 87-89
B 3.0 83-86
B- 2.667 80-82
C+ 2.333 77-79
C 2.0 73-76
D+ 1.333 67-69
D 1.0 60-66
F 0 59 or below

(If receiving a “F” the course must be repeated in its entirety. Continuation in the program is subject to Graduate Studies Council approval. If approved, a grade of “C” or better must be made. If, after repeating the entire course one time, a grade of “C” or better is not earned, the student shall not continue in the program.)

WF = Withdraw Failing – zero (0) quality points per semester hour

I = Incomplete – zero (0) quality points per semester hour

A grade of “I” (Incomplete) is given only when part of the work required is missing and arrangements have been made in advance with the professor to complete the work. Normally this means that an “I” grade should be given only if circumstances arise which are beyond the control of the student, e.g., illness, accident, or other unforeseen circumstances. If the work is not completed by the end of the following semester, the “I” grade will be changed to an “F” unless the professor submits another “I” grade.

The following letters denote grades which are not included in the computation of the GPA:

P = Pass AU = Audit
W = Withdrawal WP = Withdrawal Passing

Any student dropping a course within the time limit noted in this Catalog, while performing satisfactorily, will receive a grade of “WP” (withdrawal from a course, having completed work to that point satisfactorily); otherwise a grade of “WF” (withdrawal, having done unsatisfactory work) will be assigned. The computation of the overall grade point average treats “WF” and “F” grades identically; grades of “W” or “WP” do not affect the computation.

Any student who discontinues class attendance and does not officially withdraw will be assigned the grade of “F” in that course or courses. To withdraw officially, a student must obtain the signatures of the class professor and his/her advisor on a “Withdrawal Form.” Failure to follow proper withdrawal procedures may result in a student’s receiving an “F” in these classes.

To audit a course, the student must obtain permission from the Program Director. Audit must be clearly marked on the registration form and, if a change from audit to credit is desired, the change must be made prior to the second class meeting.