Grades and Course Credits

University Policy

College of Engineering Policy

Course Definition

A minimum of 4 quarter hours or 2.50 semester hours of credit constitutes a course.

Graduate Policy

The College of Engineering uses a system of letter grades for evaluating coursework as shown in the chart below. Only grades of P, F, or J will be assigned to 900-level coursework for PhD students.

Grade Honor Points Explanation
A 4.0 Excellent
A– 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0 Good
B– 2.7
C+ 2.3 Considered failure for PhD students
C 2.0 Satisfactory
C– 1.7 Considered failure for MS and MEng students
D 1.0 Low pass
F 0 Fail, no credit
H Not applicable Honors
P Not applicable Pass with credit; seminars and 900-level research only
I Not applicable Incomplete; additional work required
J Not applicable Registration in same or continuing course necessary to complete requirements
AU Not applicable Audit; no credit
N Not applicable No credit; course not acceptable for degree
W Not applicable Withdrew after five weeks
MG Not applicable Missing grade; grade not assigned

Incomplete Coursework

When, for good reason, the work of a course has not been substantially completed within the semester of registration, an incomplete, or grade of I, may be requested by the graduate student using the appropriate contract form available in the Engineering Graduate Programs Office or department/division office.

At the time the I grade is submitted, the signed contract between the student and the instructor must be submitted to the Engineering Graduate Programs Office. The contract defines what must be completed and the time frame for completion. A maximum of one semester for completion is permitted (exclusive of Summer Term).

Grade Changes

Grade changes are intended to correct inaccuracies arising from miscalculations and grading errors. College of Engineering policy does not allow grade changes from one academic grade (A–F) to another academic grade (A–F) more than six (6) months after the completion of the course. Grade changes from one academic grade (A–F) to another will not be considered on the basis of work completed and/or submitted after the course has ended. Graduate students’ grades cannot be changed beyond the end of the following semester or after a student has been made an official graduate.

Academic Standards

To graduate, a student must present a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (A = 4.0) for all courses attempted. Any student who receives grades of C or lower in two semester courses (or a total of 8 credit hours) is automatically placed on probation. Once this student’s overall GPA returns to 3.0 or higher, probation is removed.

Grades of C– or lower are not acceptable for master’s degrees.

Grades of C+ or lower for PhD students are interpreted as failures. Students in these programs who receive such grades in more than two semester courses (or more than a total of 8 credit hours) are withdrawn.

Academic Conduct Code

All graduate students are responsible for becoming familiar with the Academic Conduct Code. A copy of the Graduate Academic Conduct Code may be picked up in the Graduate Programs Office, 44 Cummington Mall, Boston, MA 02215 and is available here.