General Graduate Student Policies
Grading System for Graduate Students
In reporting grades for graduate students, graduate degree-offering
units shall use the system described herein. Grades shall be entered as
numbers, the possible values being 4.0, 3.9,. . . and decreasing by one-tenth
until 1.7 is reached. Grades below 1.7 will be recorded as 0.0 by the Registrar
and no credit is earned. A minimum of 2.7 is required in each course that is
counted toward a graduate degree. A minimum cumulative grade-point average
of 3.0 is required for graduation.
Correspondence between number grades and letter grades is as follows:
|Numeric Grade-Point Equivalent
The following letter grades also may be used:
I Incomplete. An Incomplete may be given only when the student
has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within two weeks of the
end of the quarter and has furnished proof satisfactory to the instructor that
the work cannot be completed because of illness or other circumstances beyond
the student's control.
To obtain credit for the course, a student must successfully complete the
work and the instructor must submit a grade. In no case may an Incomplete be converted into a passing
grade after a lapse of two years or more. An incomplete received by the graduate
student does not automatically convert to a grade of 0.0 but the "I" will remain
as a permanent part of the student's record.
N No grade. Used only for hyphenated courses and courses
numbered 600 (Independent Study and Research), 601 (Internship), 700 (Thesis),
750 (Internship), and 800 (Dissertation). An N grade indicates that satisfactory
progress is being made, but evaluation depends on completion of the research,
thesis, internship, or dissertation, at which time the instructor or Supervisory
Committee Chairperson should change the N grade(s) to one reflecting the
S/NS Satisfactory/Not-Satisfactory. A graduate student, with
the approval of the Graduate Program Coordinator or Supervisory Committee
Chairperson, may elect to be graded S/NS in any numerically-graded course for
which he or she is eligible. If a student does not so elect, then he/she will be
graded on a numerical basis. If approval is granted the student must elect
the S/NS option either when registering or no later than the end of the seventh
week of the quarter. The instructor shall submit a numeric grade to the
Registrar, who shall convert grades of 2.7 and above to S and grades lower than
2.7 to NS.
CR/NC Credit/No Credit. With the approval of the faculty
in the academic unit, any course may be designated for grading on the CR/NC
basis by notice in the appropriate Time Schedule. For such courses, the
instructor will submit a grade of CR or NC to be recorded by the Registrar's
Office for each student in the course at the end of the quarter. All courses
numbered 600, 601, 700, 750 and 800 may be graded with a decimal grade,
a CR/NC or N at the instructors' option.
W Withdrawal. Refer to the University of Washington
timeschedule or homepage at http://www.washington.edu/students/reg/wdoffleave.html.
HW Hardship withdrawal. Grade assigned when a graduate
student is allowed a hardship withdrawal from a course after the seventh
week of the quarter.
Unofficial withdrawal from a course shall result in a grade of 0.0
The grade W and HW count neither as completed credits nor in computation
of grade-point average.
Graduate students who withdraw from the University (dropping all courses
for the quarter) during the first week of two consecutive quarters (Summer
Quarter excepted) will not be eligible to register as a continuing graduate
student for the third quarter. Such graduate students must reapply as former
graduate students returning to the University. For example, if a graduate
student withdraws during the first week of Spring Quarter and Autumn Quarter,
he or she must reapply as a returning former graduate student for Winter
Of the minimum credits required for a graduate degree, a graduate student
must show numerical grades in at least 18 quarter credits of course work
taken at the University of Washington. These numerical grades may be earned
in approved 400-level courses and 500-level courses.
A graduate student's grade-point average will be calculated entirely
on the basis of number grades in 400- and 500-level courses. The grades
of S, NS, CR, NC, and N will be excluded, as will all grades in courses
numbered 600, 601, 700, 750, and 800, and in 100- and 200- level courses.
The graduate student may petition the Dean of the Graduate School to
modify the procedures described above. The petition should be accompanied
by comments and recommendations from the Graduate Program Coordinator or
Supervisory Committee Chairperson.