Plus/Minus Grading System for Graduate Courses


Graduate faculty may use the plus/minus grading system.  Plus/minus grades are recorded only for graduate courses taken by graduate students.  Faculty are not required to use this system, but many do. The following information describes how to calculated the grade point average (GPA) using the plus/minus grading system.

Letter Grades with Decimal Equivalents

A (4.00)
A- (3.67)
B+ (3.33)
B (3.00)
B- (2.67)
C+ (2.33)
C (2.00)
C- (1.67)
D+ (1.33)
D (1.00)
D- (.67)
F (0.00)

The GPA is calculated by dividing the number of hours taken into the number of grade points received.  For example, a student who makes an "A" in ARH 396L and a "B" in ECO 382L earns 12 grade points for the "A" and 9 grade points for the "B".  Adding those points together and dividing by the total number of semester hours (21 points divided by six hours) results in a GPA of 3.5.   The cumulative grade point average for a graduate student includes all graduate courses taken in residence, certain upper-division undergraduate courses taken in residence, and all graduate extension courses taken while enrolled in the Graduate School, for which a letter grade has been recorded. Not included are lower-division courses, upper-division courses taken in the fall of 1999 through the summer of 2008, coursework completed by correspondence, courses in which credit was earned by examination, undergraduate-level extension courses, and recital, thesis, report, dissertation, and treatise courses. A course in which a symbol, rather than a grade, is recorded is not included.


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