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The graduate grading system is alphabetic. Following are the grades given in graduate courses, along with the GPA points for each grade and an explanation of what the grade means:

Letter
Grade

Descriptor

Grade
Points

Numerical Guidelines

A+

Outstanding

4.3

94-100

A

A-

Very Good to Excellent

4.0

3.7

87-93

80-86

B+

B

B-

Acceptable to Good

3.3

3.0

2.7

77-79

73-76

70-72

C

Minimally Acceptable

2.0

60-69

P

Pass in Courses on P/F Scale

Neutral

 

F

Failure

0.0

below 60

F*

Failure Resulting from Academic Offence

0.0

 

NCR

This mark indicates no credit, repeat and is allowed in certain courses graded only on the Pass/Fail scale

Neutral

 

NXM

This notation is given in full unit courses for which no December grades are given

Neutral

 

INC

Incomplete with Deadline for Completion
(Regulations and deadlines noted below)

Neutral

 

IP

In Progress at End of Term
(Regulations and deadlines noted below)

Neutral

 

DEF

Deferral for Illness
(Regulations and deadlines noted below)

Neutral

 

W

Withdrawal without academic penalty
(deadline driven)

Neutral

 

WP

Late withdrawal without academic penalty
(deadline driven) Regulations noted below

Neutral

 

WF

Withdrawal with academic penalty
(deadline driven)

0.0

 

 

IP

When a final grade notation of IP is given in seminars, independent and directed studies at the graduate level, students must complete the required work within four months of the month the notation is given in lieu of a final grade. If the course is not completed within this time, the student must re-register for the course (and pay another course tuition) in order to receive credit for the course.

A grade of IP will be assigned to a thesis course or continuation that is incomplete at the end of the appropriate academic term. Please see section 2.2.5 Thesis Requirement.

INC

The notation “INC” (Incomplete) is given according to the following regulations:

  • When a student is unable to complete course requirements for other than medical reasons and the faculty member agrees to a schedule for the completion of the outstanding requirements.
  • When a student is unable to complete course requirements, which may or may not include a final exam, due to illness, an appropriate medical certificate must be presented to the Registrar and accepted by faculty at the time that the final examination was to have been written, or no later than the last day of classes for a course with no final examination.

Arrangements for course completion are made on an individual basis and in the case of illness, must be made as soon as the student is sufficiently recovered to complete the outstanding requirements. Normally, when sufficiently recovered, the student will be permitted to write the examination or complete the outstanding requirements on application to the Registrar.

Under no circumstances can work be accepted after the last day of the month following the end of the session in which the “Incomplete” (INC) is earned, but faculty can set an earlier deadline within that period. If these arrangements are not completed in the specified time, the INC notation shall be changed to Failure (F) unless the coursework completed to the time of receiving the INC warrants a passing grade. In such cases the faculty will assign the grade.

In exceptional cases, a grade of INC may be changed to a grade of Deferred (DEF). Please refer to the regulations governing the grade of DEF.

DEF

A notation of “DEF” (Deferred) can be given through the Registrar’s Office in exceptional cases when a student is unable to complete course requirements due to medical or other reasons during the time frame provided for completing an INC grade.

Normally, in accordance with INC grade regulations, a grade of INC will be initially assigned by the faculty. A student whose circumstances warrant a grade of DEF must submit a Petition to Request a Grade of Deferred (DEF) form to the Registrar’s Office no later than 15 days prior to the expiration of the INC grade. See Academic Add/Drop Dates for exact deadlines. The Registrar, Dean and faculty member will determine whether the petition will be granted or the grade of INC will remain.

If the petition for the DEF is granted and the student cannot or does not subsequently complete the examination or coursework, the notation of DEF remains on the transcript indefinitely. A notation of DEF that can be cleared must be cleared within six months of the date the DEF notation is made. If this is not done, the student must retake the course or a substitute to earn credit. This means another formal course registration and payment of tuition.

WPA student who withdraws from a course due to exceptional circumstances after the withdrawal date for academic penalty may petition to the Dean for a grade of WP. If the petition is granted and the student has earned a grade of C- or above in the coursework to the point of withdrawal, a grade of WP will be recorded. Students must complete the Petition to Request a Grade of Withdraw Pass (WP) available online and submit to the Registrar’s Office. The deadline to apply for a WP is the last day of classes for each term – see Important Dates in the University Year for the “Last day of Classes” notation.


This web-based calendar information is applicable for the 2018-2019 academic year which runs from September 01, 2018 to August 31, 2019.

For the complete 2018-2019 Academic Calendars, please consult the PDF versions of the Undergraduate Academic Calendar and Graduate Academic Calendars.

 

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