Grades and Course Credits

University Policy

School of Management Policy

Undergraduate

The following variation from the University’s grading symbols has been approved by the School of Management.

Incomplete Grades

An incomplete grade (I) is used only when the student must miss the final exam or final assignment due to a family or medical emergency. The student must confer with the instructor prior to the submission of grades and establish acceptable reasons for the incomplete work. The instructor must submit an online Incomplete Grade Report to the Undergraduate Program Office regarding the reason for the I grade, the nature of the work to be completed, and the deadline for completion (if different from the default deadline). If the work to be completed is not received by the instructor by the last day of instruction in the following semester, then the I grade is permanently changed to an F grade. All I grades in SMG courses must be resolved before graduation.

H and P Grades

The H and P grades are not approved for any courses applied to the BSBA degree other than SMG SM 108, SM 208, SM 209, SM 308, and SM 408, which are graded on a Pass/Fail basis.

Repeated courses can receive credit toward degree requirements only once. The grade received for a repeated course does not replace the grade for the original course; both grades are computed in the student’s cumulative grade point average.

Cumulative Grade Point Average

A student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) is based only on grades earned while the student is enrolled at Boston University. In the case of an intra-University transfer student, the cumulative average includes grades earned in all Boston University academic courses.

Graduate

Most credit courses at the School of Management are graded on a letter scale according to the following criteria:

Level

Grade

Honor Points per Credit

Superior Performance A 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C 2.0
Lowest Grade Acceptable for Credit C- 1.7
Failing Grade F 0.0
Incomplete: “I”

A grade of “I” indicates that course requirements, such as a final exam or written coursework, have not been completed by the end of the semester. An “I” grade is given at the instructor’s discretion. The student must arrange with the instructor to complete the remaining requirements no later than the end of the following semester by completing an Incomplete contract with the instructor. When the work is completed, the instructor will determine the final grade. Note that cohorted students who receive an “I” in a core class (excluding Executive Skills classes and PL 700) cannot continue to be cohorted the following semester, unless the “I” is resolved before the start of the next semester.

If work is not completed and a final grade is not submitted within one full academic semester of when the “I” was issued, the “I” will be converted into an “F” grade. In extenuating circumstances, a student may petition for an extension of the time limit to complete the work. The instructor who gave the “I” grade must endorse the written petition, which must then be submitted to the Graduate Programs Office. Students with incomplete grades in core classes, excluding Executive Skills courses and PL 700, are not eligible to be inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business honor society.

An “I” grade has no honor points; therefore, it is not calculated into the cumulative GPA (CGPA). When the professor reassigns the grade once the student completes the work, or when the Graduate Programs Office Senior Systems Administrator (Registrar) converts the “I” to an “F” following the procedures outlined above, the grade for the course is then included in the calculation of the GPA. A student may not graduate with an “I” grade on his or her transcript.

Course Withdrawal: “W”

A grade of “W” in a course indicates that the course was dropped after the semester deadline to drop a class without a “W.” A student who withdraws from a course forfeits the right to complete the course in that semester and to receive a grade. Note that cohorted students who receive a “W” in a core class (excluding Executive Skills classes and PL 700) cannot continue to be cohorted the following semester.

Students are charged full tuition for “W” grades.

Course Failure: “F”

A grade of “F” indicates failure to pass the course. A student who earns a grade of “F” in a core course (including Executive Skills classes) must repeat that course with a passing grade. A student who earns a grade of “F” in an elective course must subsequently repeat that course or take another elective and earn a passing grade. When a course is repeated, both the “F” and the subsequent grade remain on the student’s permanent record, and both grades are included in the calculation of the cumulative grade point average (CGPA). Note that cohorted students who receive an “F” in a core class, excluding Executive Skills classes, cannot be cohorted the following semester.

Retaking Courses

MBA and MS·MBA students cannot retake a GSM course that has been successfully completed in order to improve their grade performance and/or CGPA. MBA and MS·MBA students also cannot audit a class first and then retake it for credit. Courses in which a grade of “F” or “W” have been received can be retaken, because “F” and “W” grades cannot be used to satisfy MBA or MSIS degree requirements. MBA and MS·MBA students can also retake non-GSM graduate electives at Boston University in which they have received a grade below “B-” because only non-GSM electives with grades of B- or higher can be used to satisfy MBA or MSIS degree requirements.

Grading Guidelines

The School of Management has the following schoolwide voluntary grading guidelines for MBA core courses:

• No more than 40% of the grades in a given MBA required course should be in the A or A- range

• Grades in the C+, C, or C- range are legitimate passing grades, and they should be used in the case of very low performing students

Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

All graded graduate-level courses taken at the Boston University School of Management to fulfill the MBA or MSIS requirements are included in the computation of the cumulative grade point average (CGPA). Grades are computed on a 4.00 scale. Please note: ES 700, ES 701, ES 707, ES 724, and PL 700 (PEMBA sections only) are Pass/Fail courses. The grade of Pass does not count toward the GPA, but the grade of “F” does count in the GPA. Coursework taken outside the Boston University School of Management will not be calculated into the student’s CGPA. If a student drops from the MS·MBA program, all MSIS courses taken would count toward the student’s MBA CGPA.

Calculating CGPA for single and dual degree (excluding MS·MBA) MBA students

Dual degree students will have cumulative grade point averages calculated separately for each degree.

• Divide the number of honor points earned in GSM courses by the number of GSM credits attempted (do not include “W” or “P” grades);

• The grades and credits of all repeated courses are calculated in the GPA;

• The following grade symbols are not given honor points, and credits associated with any of these symbols are not used in the calculation of grade point averages: AU, P, W, and MG;

• “I” grades are not computed until all required work is completed and an appropriate letter grade assigned:

(Honor points for grade) x (credits in course) = Honor Points in Course

(Total honor points from all GSM courses) / (total GSM credits attempted) = Cumulative GPA

Calculating CGPAs for MS·MBA students

MS·MBA students will have two cumulative grade point averages calculated: one for the MBA portion and one for the MSIS portion of the MS·MBA program. The two CGPAs are calculated individually, based on coursework taken at the Boston University School of Management, toward the 44 MSIS credits and 40 MBA credits. The computation of the CGPAs takes place as follows:

• Divide the number of honor points earned in GSM courses for each of the MBA and MSIS degrees by the number of GSM credits attempted for each degree (do not include “W” or “P” grades);

• The grades and credits of all repeated courses are calculated in the GPA for either the MBA or MSIS degree;

• The following grade symbols are not given honor points, and credits associated with any of these symbols are not used in the calculation of grade point averages: AU, P, W, and MG;

• Note that “I” grades are not computed until all required work is completed and an appropriate letter grade assigned;

(Honor points for grade) x (credits in course) = Honor Points in Course

(Total honor points from all GSM courses for the MBA portion of the degree) / (total GSM credits attempted for the MBA portion of the degree) = Cumulative MBA GPA

(Total honor points from all GSM courses for the MSIS portion of the degree) / (total GSM credits attempted for the MSIS portion of the degree) = Cumulative MSIS GPA

Grade Verification

Federal law prohibits staff members from giving grades over the phone. Students may receive their grades in one of the following ways:

• Students may obtain an unofficial or official copy of their grades/transcript by logging on to the Boston University Student Link (click on Academics, then on Transcript Preview and Ordering);

• At any time, a student may request a grade mailer in person at the Office of the University Registrar.