May 25, 2024  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Records


Metropolitan State University of Denver uses a 4.0 grading scale. Figure 2 lists the letter grade that instructors use to document their evaluation of student work and to document academic status in the class. Additionally, Figure 2 defines the meaning of each letter grade and specifies the number of quality points that correspond to each grade. Quality points are used to determine your grade point average (GPA). The procedure for calculating your GPA is described below in the How to Calculate Your Grade-Point Average (GPA) section.

How to Calculate Your Grade-Point Average (GPA)

The number of quality points awarded for a course is determined by multiplying the number of semester hours for that course by the quality point value of the grade received. The cumulative GPA is calculated by dividing the total number of quality points by the number of semester hours attempted.

To be eligible for a degree, a candidate must have a minimum number of quality points equal to twice the number of semester hours attempted in addition to meeting other prescribed requirements. The following notations have no effect on the GPA: AW, CC, I, IP, NR, W.

Departments/programs may, at their discretion use the plus/minus system but are not required to do so. Instructors are required to notify students of the grading system used for an individual course via the course syllabus. Special symbols are indications of registration or grade status and are not assigned by the instructor.

Figure 2: Letter Grades
Letter Grade Meaning Quality Points Per Credit Hour Used to Calculate GPA
A+ Distinguished work 4.00 Yes
A Distinguished work 4.00 Yes
A- Distinguished work 3.67 Yes
B+ Superior work 3.33 Yes
B Superior work 3.00 Yes
B- Superior work 2.67 Yes
C+ Average work 2.33 Yes
C Average work 2.00 Yes
C- Average work 1.67 Yes
D+ Below average work 1.33 Yes
D Below average work 1.00 Yes
D- Below average work .67 Yes
F Failure 0 Yes

Please see section below for additional information on the following notations

AW Administrative Withdrawl 0 No
CC Continuing Correspondence Course 0 No
I Incomplete 0 (until grade is changed) No
IP In Progress 0 No
NR Not Reported 0 No
P Pass 0 No
S Satisfactory 0 Yes
SE Satisfactory-Education 0 No
U Unsatisfactory 0 Yes
UE Unsatisfactory-Education 0 Yes
W Withdrawl 0 No

AW - Administrative Withdrawal

The Administrative Withdrawal (AW) notation is assigned when a student, or representative, requests to be withdrawn from a course due to unforeseen or extenuating circumstances beyond the student’s control. When the “AW” notation is assigned, no academic credit is awarded. The course remains on the student’s academic record with an “AW” notation and counts toward the student’s attempted hours. The course is not calculated in the student’s GPA or qualitypoints.

Students may request an administrative withdrawal from the Office of the Registrar after the withdrawal deadline posted in the Academic Calendar. Deadlines differ for courses offered during part of a semester, including late-start and weekend courses. Students should refer to the Student Detail Schedule via the Student Hub to review withdrawal deadlines for individual courses.

Although requests are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, examples include the death of an immediate family member, serious illness or medical emergency, or other life-altering event. The student must provide supporting documentation to substantiate the request.

CC - Continuing Correspondence Course

The Continuing Correspondence Course (CC) notation is assigned when a student does not complete a correspondence course within a given semester. No academic credit is awarded. The course counts toward the student’s attempted hours, does not count toward earned hours, and is not calculated in the GPA or quality points. If the course is not completed within the course’s designated timeframe, the “CC” notation will convert to a grade of “F.”

I - Incomplete

The Incomplete notation may be assigned when a student is achieving satisfactory progress in a course and is not able to complete all class assignments due to extenuating circumstances, such as documented illness, military leave, disability, internships that fall outside traditional semester timeframes, or circumstances beyond their control. If a student has completed, at a minimum, a majority of course work and/or course contact hours, a student may request an Incomplete after the Withdrawal Deadline. The deadline for full term courses are posted in the Academic Calendar. Deadlines differ proportionally for courses offered during a part of the semester, including late-start and weekend courses. Students should refer to their Student Detailed Schedule in their Student Hub to review withdrawal deadlines for individual courses.

Departments may have additional standards and/or criteria. Students should consult with their faculty member and department to determine additional requirements.

The incomplete notation is composed of an “I” (noted on the students transcript) as well as the student’s default grade (A, A-, B+, B, etc.), the grade the student has earned when they leave the class out of the total points of the class (the grade the student will earn if no additional work is submitted). Incomplete work must be completed within the subsequent long semester (fall or spring) or earlier, at the discretion of the faculty member. In the event of extended extenuating circumstances, the completion date for incomplete work may be extended for an additional long semester, at the discretion of the faculty member. If the incomplete work is not completed, the “I” notation will convert to the default grade submitted by the faculty member.

Determination of eligibility does not guarantee that an incomplete will be granted. Students who meet the qualifications may request an incomplete from the faculty member who is teaching the course. The decision to grant an incomplete is up to the faculty member or at the department chair’s discretion, if the faculty member is not available.

The decision to grant an incomplete as an accommodation based on a student’s disability shall be made by the faculty member or the department chair, if the faculty member is not available, in consultation with the Director of the Access Center.

If an incomplete is granted, the student and faculty member must fill out and sign an Incomplete Agreement Form to clarify what outstanding work the student should complete within the designated timeframe. Departments may have additional standards and/or criteria. Students should consult with their faculty member and department to determine additional requirements.

Graduating seniors may not graduate with an “I” on their MSU Denver academic record if:

  • The course in which the “I” was assigned is required for graduation, or
  • The default grade assigned for that course would result in an overall GPA less than 2.00.

The “I” notation may not be given for a self-paced course. If a student does not complete a self-paced course within the semester that they enrolled in the course, they must re- enroll in the course in order to complete it. In this case, the student will pay tuition and fees.

IP- In Progress

The In Progress (IP) notation is used for all graduate work (including thesis work) in progress. For thesis students, the IP notation is used until the final grade of either pass (P) or fail (F) is assigned by the master’s program. A grade of pass

is assigned to all 6995 courses if the final oral defense is passed and a grade of fail (F) is assigned to all 6995 courses if the students fails the final oral defense.

NR - Not Reported

The Not Reported (NR) notation indicates that no grade was reported by the faculty by the deadline to submit grades. Student must see the faculty for an explanation or assignment of grade. Students who receive an “NR” notation on their final grade report may be severely impacted. Financial aid, enrollment status, veterans’ status and probation/suspension depend on students receiving all of their grades. The course counts toward the student’s attempted hours, but does not count toward earned hours, and is not calculated in the GPA or quality points.

P - Pass

The Pass (P) notation is assigned when a student successfully completes a course for which the Pass/Fail Option has been requested. Course credit counts toward the student’s attempted and earned hours but is not calculated in the GPA or quality points. A student must earn the equivalent of a B- to receive the grade of P.

S/U - Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

The Satisfactory (S) notation is equivalent to a grade of “A”. Course credit counts toward the student’s attempted and earned hours but is not calculated in the GPA or quality points. The Unsatisfactory (U) notation is equivalent to a grade of “D.” Course credit counts toward the student’s attempted hours, does not count toward earned hours, and is calculated in the GPA or quality points.

These notations are limited to internships, practica, field experience courses, and workshops.

SE/UE - Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory - Education

The Satisfactory Education (SE) notation is equivalent to a grade of “B” or higher. Course credit counts toward the student’s attempted and earned hours but is not calculated in the GPA or quality points.

The Unsatisfactory Education (UE) notation is equivalent to a grade of “F.” Course credit counts toward the student’s attempted hours, does not count toward earned hours, and is calculated in the GPA and quality points.

W - Withdrawal

The Withdrawal (W) notation is assigned when a student officially withdraws from a course via the Student Hub after the drop deadline (census date) and before the withdrawal deadline posted in the Academic Calendar. Deadlines differ proportionally for courses offered during part of a semester, including late-start and weekend courses. Students should refer to the Student Detail Schedule via the Student Hub to review drop and withdrawal deadlines for individual courses. When a student withdraws from a course, no academic credit is awarded. The course remains on the student’s academic record with a “W” notation and counts toward the student’s attempted hours. The course is not calculated in the student’s GPA or quality points.