# Graduate Grading System

The Graduate Grading System at UM-Dearborn will change from a 9 point system to a 4 point system beginning with the Summer 2014 semester. All students who are admitted, enrolled or active for the Summer 2014 term forward, are being moved to the 4 point scale. To view the complete announcement, visit the GPA Conversion Announcement page.

The method of grading graduate students is the letter grade system (A, B, C, D, E). Courses in which grades of D, E, or U are earned cannot be used in fulfillment of degree requirements.

Grades of + and - may be given to graduate students whenever such fineness of discrimination is possible. These letter grades are translated into honor points for each hour of credit in a course as follows:

**Graduate Grading System Effective Summer 2014 (May 1, 2014)**

*Please note that this 4 point grading system is only valid for students admitted, enrolled, or graduated beginning with the Summer 2014 semester (May 1, 2014) forward. All students enrolled, admitted, or graduated prior to this term/date should refer to the 9 point grading system below.*

Letter Grade | Honor Points |
---|---|

A+ | 4.0 |

A | 4.0 |

A- | 3.7 |

B+ | 3.3 |

B | 3.0 |

B- | 2.7 |

C+ | 2.3 |

C | 2.0 |

C- | 1.7 |

D+ | 1.3 |

D | 1.0 |

D- | 0.7 |

E | 0.0 |

**Graduate Grading System Effective through Winter 2014 (April 30, 2014)**

*Please note that this 9.0 grading system is only valid for students admitted, enrolled, or graduated no later than Winter 2014 (April 30, 2013). All students enrolled, admitted, or graduated beyond this date should refer to the 4 point grading system above.*

Letter Grade | Honor Points |
---|---|

A+ | 9.0 |

A | 8.0 |

A- | 7.0 |

B+ | 6.0 |

B | 5.0 |

B- | 4.0 |

C+ | 3.0 |

C | 2.0 |

C- | 1.0 |

D and E | 0.0 |

The honor points earned for a course are calculated by multiplying the number of credit hours for which the course was elected by the number of honor points earned on the above grading scale (e.g., if a grade of B+

is earned for a 3 credit hour course, the total number of honor points for the course is 3 credit hours times 6, or 18 honor points).

Additional symbols used in the grade reporting system are: **F**, failed (pass/fail option election); I, incomplete; NR, grade not reported; P, passed (pass/fail option election); **S**, satisfactory (courses graded S/E or S/U); **NC**, No Credit; **U**, unsatisfactory (courses graded S/U); **UE** or **ED**, unearned fail; **VI**, audit; **W**, withdrawal; **X**, absent from final examination; **Y**, indicates the course extends beyond the term.

When courses are repeated at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, the grades for all attempts remain on the transcript and are averaged into the cumulative GPA.