2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

Academic Rating System

The definition of grades and grade points is as follows:

Grade Grade Points Grade Descriptions
A 4.00 Excellent
A- 3.67 Good
B+ 3.33
B 3.00
B- 2.67 Marginal
C+ 2.33 Unsatisfactory
C 2.00
C- 1.67
F 0.00 Failing
I Incomplete
P Pass
NC No Credit
W Withdrew
Q Dropped by permission of the Dean
AU Audit

Graduate students must maintain a GPA of at least 2.75 in accordance with the provisions described under Academic Warning. All grades will be included in the computation of the GPA, but no more than two grades of "C+" or lower may be utilized in satisfying degree requirements. Schools/colleges may have more restrictive policies regarding marginal and failing grades. Students are advised to consult the policies of their specific programs.

An "I" (Incomplete) grade is recorded when the student and instructor have determined that the work required for a course cannot be completed within the term of enrollment due to circumstances beyond the control of the student. Under no circumstances will a grade of "I" be given to avoid earning a grade of "F" for the course.

The "I" grade must be removed within the first 60 days of the regular semester immediately following or it is changed to an "F." Any extension of this time must have the written approval of the instructor and dean. This policy does not apply to graduate thesis, thesis-recital and dissertation hours.

"I" grades on theses and dissertations are removed by special reporting forms when the student completes the work.

Grade Point Average

Two GPAs are maintained by TCU:

  1. A semester average based on courses taken at TCU during a particular term, and
  2. A cumulative average based on all work attempted at TCU.

A student's GPA is computed by dividing the number of grade points (grade points earned per semester hour for the successful completion of academic work) by the number of hours (total credit hours attempted at TCU, excluding those attempted on a pass/no-credit basis). Grade replacement is not allowed for repeated courses. All grades will be included in the calculation of the graduate cumulative GPA.

Transfer Credit Hours

Transfer credit is added to the total number of cumulative earned hours. Transfer credit hours may satisfy degree requirements but are not used in the calculation of the cumulative GPA.


Pass/no-credit courses are disregarded in the calculation of the student's GPA.