Grades and Scholarship (Graduate)

(Graduate Handbook 1.3)

Grades (Graduate Handbook 1.3.A)

Grades for all students are reported to the Office of the University Registrar. Grade submission deadlines and dates by which grades are viewable are listed on the academic calendar.

Standard Letter Grade Grades Points Per
A+ 4.00
A “Excellent” 4.00
A- 3.70
B+ 3.30
B “Good” 3.00
B- 2.70
C+ 2.30
C “Satisfactory” 2.00
C- 1.70
D+ 1.30
D “Poor” 1.00
D- 0.70
F “Failure” 0.00

If a student is found responsible of academic dishonesty, and the resulting sanction is failure for the course, a notation of academic dishonesty will appear directly beneath the class on the academic record. (Refer to section on Academic Integrity)

Other grade symbols include:

I     =    Incomplete; calculates as an F in grade point averages.

IG  =    Incomplete work at the graduate level; not included in the calculation of grade point averages.

IGY     =    Incomplete work at the graduate level in a credit/no credit course; not included in the calculation of grade point averages.

IU  =    Incomplete work at the undergraduate level; not included in the calculation of grade point averages.

IUY     =    Incomplete work at the undergraduate level in a credit/no credit course; not included in the calculation of grade point averages.

L    =    Audit; not included in enrollment status hours; not included in the calculation of grade point averages.

N   =    No grade submitted by the instructor; not included in the calculation of grade point averages.

P    =    Passing; carries no credit points; not included in the calculation of grade point averages (used for student teaching, thesis hours, dissertation hours).

S    =    Satisfactory progress; carries no credit points; not included in the calculation of grade point averages (used for courses in research, independent work, special problems, thesis hours, dissertation hours, and undergraduate honors courses); changes to a final grade by the instructor when the work is completed.

U   =    Unsatisfactory progress; carries no credit points; not included in the calculation of grade point averages (used for special projects as described above under grade of S); changes to a final grade by the instructor when the work is completed.

W  =    Withdrawal; assigned to a student who officially withdraws from the University or drops a course after 60 percent deadline; carries no credit points, not included in the calculation of grade point averages.

X   =    Credit in a course taken credit/no-credit in which a grade of C or better is earned in an undergraduate course, or in which a grade of B or better is earned in a graduate course; not included in the calculation of grade point averages.

Y   =    No credit in a course taken credit/no-credit in which a grade of C- or less is earned in an undergraduate course, or in which a grade of B- or less is earned in a graduate course; not included in the calculation of grade point averages.

Z    =    Course grades preceded by Z indicate the Fresh Start policy has been applied.

Scholastic Regulations for Graduate Students (Graduate Handbook 1.3.B)

Academic Actions (Graduate Handbook 1.3.B.1)

Academic actions are defined as academic probation; removal of academic probation; and academic dismissal. Academic actions occur on the basis of semester or summer term and/or cumulative grade point averages as computed by the Office of the University Registrar at the end of a semester or summer term. No academic actions are associated with winter term. Academic actions will be taken on any graduate student regardless of the number of hours taken in any semester or term with exclusions as noted below. Good academic standing is defined as maintaining a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average.

Student Classification for Academic Action Purposes (Graduate Handbook 1.3.B.2)

Only graduate-level Miami grade point average hours recorded on the academic record are considered in the classification of a graduate student for academic action.

Academic Probation (Graduate Handbook 1.3.B.3)

A graduate student with 9 or more cumulative Miami graduate-level grade point average hours is placed on academic probation at the end of any semester or summer term in which his/her cumulative grade point average is less than 3.00.

Removal of Academic Probation (Graduate Handbook 1.3.B.4)

If a graduate student has a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better at the end of a semester or summer term, the student shall be removed from academic probation.

Continuation on Academic Probation (Graduate Handbook 1.3.B.5)

A graduate student who is on academic probation and who has a semester or summer term grade point average of 3.00 or better, but has a cumulative grade point average of less than 3.00, is continued on academic probation.

Academic Dismissal (Graduate Handbook 1.3.B.6)

A graduate student who is on academic probation will be dismissed if his/her semester or summer term grade point average is less than 3.00. Academic dismissal is usually considered a permanent action.

Restrictions for Students under Academic Probation (Graduate Handbook 1.3.B.7)

A graduate student under academic probation may not hold an assistantship. The student may, with the support of the unit that awarded the assistantship, petition the Graduate Council for an exception to this policy. A new petition is required each semester while on probation.

Graduation Requirement (Graduate Handbook 1.3.B.8)

A student under academic probation is not eligible to take a comprehensive examination, final examination (as defined in sections 4.1.A.4 or 4.5.A.5), or to graduate. A student’s cumulative Miami graduate-level grade point average must be at least 3.00, and a student may not have grades of incomplete, to take a comprehensive examination, to take a final examination (as defined in sections 4.1.A.4 or 4.5.A.5) for any graduate degree, or to graduate.

Certificate Completion Requirement(Graduate Handbook 1.3.B.9)

A student under academic probation is not eligible to receive a graduate certificate. A student’s cumulative Miami graduate-level grade point average must be at least a 3.00, and a student may not have any incomplete grades to receive a graduate certificate.

Exceptions to Scholastic Regulations(Graduate Handbook 1.3.B.10)

A graduate student may petition Graduate Council for an exception to any of the above scholastic regulations. Follow the petition process outlined in Section 1.4.B.

Change of Grade (Graduate Handbook 1.3.B.11)

A final grade once reported may be changed only upon recommendation of the instructor with the approval of the dean of his or her division. A change of an incomplete grade requires only the instructor’s signature. It is the right of any student to consult with the instructor concerning the instructor’s evaluation of the student’s performance in a particular course. If such consultation does not satisfy the student, it is his or her right to confer with the department chair of the instructor concerned.

Removal of Incompletes (Grades of I, IG, IGY, IU, and IUY) (Graduate Handbook 1.3.B.12)

Until removed, a grade of I will remain as an I, but will not be computed in the student’s grade point average. Incompletes not removed will be changed to an F at the end of the following semester, excluding summer and winter terms. Incomplete grades may be removed by completing the course requirements. This must be done by the last day of classes of the next semester, including summer term, but excluding winter term. Incomplete grades may be removed during periods of non-enrollment including academic suspension and dismissal. Incomplete grades may not be removed during periods of non-academic suspension or non-academic dismissal.

Incomplete grades may also be removed by repeating the course when, in the instructor’s judgments, this is the most suitable course of action for completing the requirements of the course. The course must be taken for a letter grade. Once the course has been completed, the grade of incomplete will remain on the record but be taken out of the calculation of grade point averages. This arrangement must be reported to the Office of the Registrar in writing prior to enrolling for the course for the second time. If not reported, the student must petition Graduate Council.

Academic Action and Incomplete Grades (Graduate Handbook 1.3.B.13)

When there has been no instructor grade change by the last class day of the semester following the assignment of the incomplete, the incomplete grade is administratively changed to the grade of F and calculates in both the term and cumulative GPA. Grade point average calculations occur at the conclusion of each term and are recalculated for the term in which the grade of incomplete was awarded. Academic actions (warning and dismissal) will also be determined. Dismissals will not be assessed retroactively.

Computation of Averages and Definition of Earned Hours, Attempted Hours, and Grade Point Average Hours, President’s and Dean’s Lists (Graduate Handbook 1.3.C)

Earned Hours. Earned hours are credit hours for courses passed at Miami University and credit hours accepted in transfer from other institutions or sources.

Attempted Hours. Attempted hours are credit hours attempted in any course taken at Miami University.

Grade Point Average Hours. Grade point average hours are hours in courses taken at Miami University receiving standard letter grades including grades of the incomplete grade of “I”. Grade point average hours do not include transfer hours, AP/CLEP hours, pass/fail, credit/no credit, audit, proficiency credit, English portfolio, or standard letter-grade course hours dropped with a W. Grade point average hours are the only hours included in the computation of semester and cumulative averages and in determining academic actions.

Semester or Term Average. A student’s average for any semester or term is computed by dividing the student’s total credit points for that semester by the number of grade point average hours attempted.

Cumulative Average. A student’s cumulative average is computed by dividing the total Miami grade points by the total number of grade point average hours at Miami, treating Incompletes as stated above.

Truncating Grade Point Averages. Grade point averages are truncated to the second decimal point (e.g., 2.856 to 2.85).

President’s and Dean’s Lists.  The President’s List recognizes the top three percent of undergraduate students within each division registered for 12 or more credit hours attempted for grades (A+ through F) in a semester or term (excluding winter term). The Dean’s Lists recognize the next 17 percent of undergraduate students within each division registered for 12 or more hours attempted for grades (A+ through F) in a semester or term (excluding winter term).

Students within each academic division must achieve the following grade point averages:
Division President’s List Dean’s List
Arts and Science 4.00 3.70
Creative Arts 4.00 3.70
Education, Health, and Society 4.00 3.80
Engineering and Computing 4.00 3.60
Farmer School of Business 3.95 3.60
Professional Studies and Applied Sciences 4.00 3.60

The grade point standards used for the President’s and the Dean’s Lists approximate the average grade point average of the highest three percent of students in each academic division and the next 17 percent of students in each academic division, respectively, for the past three years. These criteria will remain unchanged.

Note: Undergraduate students in non-degree programs who meet these same criteria will be included in the College of Arts and Science divisional calculations.

Miami University’s News and Communications Office notifies the hometown newspaper of each student eligible for the President’s or Dean’s Lists. Note that a confidentiality hold on a student’s record will prevent his or her name from being published in the hometown newspaper or on the Miami University website. Dean’s and President’s lists are considered finalized approximately 30 days after the end of the semester and are not subsequently recalculated.

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