Grading System

All courses taken for graduate credit are evaluated by the letter grades A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, F (failure), S (satisfactory), U (unsatisfactory), I (incomplete), IP (in progress - for capstone work only), and X (continuing enrollment). D and F grades do not carry credit toward a master's degree but are included in the cumulative average. The S grade (satisfactory) is reserved for courses that are not readily evaluated by the usual letter designations. Any course in which S or U (unsatisfactory) grades are used would be so designated by the department when offered. S grades carry no quality points and hours earned with an S grade are not included in figuring the semester or cumulative average. Hours failed with a U grade are added into the total hours for the grade point average.

A maximum of 6 credit hours with grades of S may apply to the requirements for the master's degree. Each semester hour of A carries four quality points; B, three quality points; C, two quality points; and D, one quality point. Incompletes must be removed before the end of the succeeding semester; otherwise the I automatically will become an F on the permanent record. An X grade that has not been converted to a credit-bearing grade by the end of the second regular semester after the semester for which the X was given will automatically change to an F grade. The responsibility for finishing incomplete work rests with the student. Students must fill out the "work completion contract" in the forms section of the Graduate Studies website.