303.18 - Grading System for Graduate Programs

University Group Policy #303.18

Policy Statement

Grading System

The grades which may be assigned to graduate credit courses are as follows


Letter Meaning Grade Point Per Sem Hr
A Commendable 4
B Average 3
C Marginal 2
F Failure 0
P Passing *
I Incomplete *
IP Grade Pending *
S Satisfactory *
U Unsatisfactory *
AU Audit, no credit *
W Withdrawal *

Grade Pending: An IP is assigned only for thesis or project research or similar courses to indicate that a grade is pending until the sequence of courses is complete. A grade of "S" or "U" is then assigned to each course by instructor.

Graduate credit is accepted in fulfillment of the requirements for a graduate degree must not average lower than 3.0. A grade of "F" or "U" will not be credited toward the degree. Course work reported as "Incomplete" must be completed within one calendar year of receiving the incomplete. If the student fails to complete the assignments within a calendar year, then a grade of "F" will be assigned.


This policy is applicable to graduate students at Winston-Salem State University.

Responsible Division: Provost & Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs

Authority: Board of Trustees


  • Adopted: December 10, 2010