Scholastic Standards

Graduate students must earn grades that meet the scholastic standards of the Graduate School in order to apply the credits earned to a graduate degree or graduate certificate. Courses taken as a graduate student with grades that have not met the scholastic standards of the Graduate School may be repeated.

To apply credits earned in non-research courses to a graduate degree or graduate certificate, the courses:

  • Must be graded. Pass/fail, audit, or satisfactory/unsatisfactory grades cannot be used on a degree schedule, except for research credits.
  • Must have a grade of “B” or better. This requirement can be adjusted at the discretion of a student's graduate program to allow for use of BC, C, or SCV grades in up to six (6) credits. At the discretion of the graduate program, an additional three (3) credits of SCV may be allowed to count toward degree requirements.

Students must also maintain good standing to continue pursuing their degree.

Overall GPA Calculation

Any regularly graded course will affect overall GPA even if it is not listed on the submitted degree schedule. If a course will not be used to meet the degree requirements it may be audited or taken pass/fail so as to not affect GPA. A GPA Estimator is available on the Registrar's page.

Other Grading Policies

Grades are assigned in accordance with University procedures. The following resources address the University policies regarding grades.


Senate policy 418.1; Note that programs may set higher or additional scholastic standards.