For the purpose of computing a grade point average, grade points are as follows:
No credit for the master’s degree will be allowed for grade less than “2.0” even though the grade is computed into the student’s grade point average.
Upon request, a grade of incomplete (“I”) may be given in a course for which the course requirements are normally expected to be completed in the semester of enrollment. To qualify, a graduate student must have been in attendance for at least three-fourths of the semester and have been prevented from completing all of the requirements for the course. Prior to the time the instructor submits grades, the student must provide adequate written evidence to the instructor as to the reason(s) why he/she was unable to complete the course requirements. All work for removal of the deficiency must be specified in writing by the instructor and must be completed within one calendar year from the end of the enrollment semester. Extensions to this time allotment may be requested by a student petition, recommended by the instructor and unit chairperson, and approved by the MSU Billings Graduate Committee.
An incomplete grade not made up within the prescribed length of time will automatically be converted to an “F” grade. Once the grade of incomplete has been converted to an “F” grade, the course must be repeated in order to have the grade changed. An “I” grade will not be included in the computation of the GPA.
In instances involving extended leave or resignation of the instructor of the incomplete course, the unit chairperson may act to establish an appropriate grade and verify completion of the coursework within the approved time frame.
A grade of “T” (work in progress) is given by the instructor to indicate that the graduate student’s work in a course is in progress and the requirements of the course are of such a nature that the assignment(s) could not be completed by the end of the semester of enrollment. “T” grades will be allowed for the following courses: Thesis, Internship, Capstone, and Clinic. Enrollment/registration in these courses is restricted to students who have an approved plan of study on file in the Office of Graduate Studies.
All work for removal of the “T” grades must be completed before graduation. A “T” grade will not be included in the computations of the GPA. A “T” grade that has not been completed before the end of the six-year plan of study will turn to an “F.” A “T” grade given for a pass/no pass course that has not been completed before the end of the six-year plan of study will turn to an “X.” A student may petition for an extension.
Courses in a student’s degree program plan of study may not generally be taken on a Pass/No Pass basis. Each program has exceptions to this which are articulated in the program pages of the catalog.
A Pass (“P”) grade indicates that a student has satisfied all course requirements and has earned the course credits. A No Pass (NP) indicates that the student’s performance in the course is below passing. The grade received (P or NP), however, is not calculated into the MSU Billings grade point average. Pass/No Pass grades from other institutions will not normally be used in the plan of study. Courses taken on a P/NP basis at MSU Billings may not be changed to a letter grade at some future time. A Pass is indicated on the academic transcript as a “P.” An “X” indicates a No Pass.
Students’ grades are available over the web. Students who wish to have their grades mailed must leave a self-addressed stamped envelope at the Office of Admissions and Records.
Graduate students are placed on academic probation when their cumulative graduate GPA falls below 3.0. Students on academic probation who fail to earn at least a 3.0 GPA during the next semester in courses on the approved Plan of Study are dismissed from the graduate program. All students on academic probation MUST meet with their academic advisors to review their respective course schedules. In order to be eligible for graduation, all graduate students must meet the graduate program GPA requirement.
At the end of the returning semester if the student has met all the requirements he or she will be reinstated. However, should all the requirements not be met, the student will be dismissed a second time. This dismissal will be final.
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