Graduate catalog: 2023/24

Criteria for Awarding Grades

The University awards letter grades in recognition of academic performance in each course. Students are graded according to their individual performance in the course and not on a curve.
The grading criteria listed below are illustrative and subject to the specifications in a given course. These are described in each course syllabus. Criteria for awarding grades as described in the course syllabi may include, but are not limited to:

  • Quality of assignments and peer assessments
  • Participation in the Discussion Forums and the quality of the postings
  • Performance on quizzes
  • Excellence of projects, papers, analysis and documentation of case studies
  • Quality of Portfolio Assignments
  • Class Presentations and Group Work
The Grading System

At the end of each course, a letter grade will be given by the Course Instructor for the course, based on the student’s performance.

  • The minimum passing grade for a course is a C.
  • Grades above F and below C will be recorded on the student’s transcript with the letter grade but with a zero grade-point as they are not considered satisfactory performance.

The University has established the following graduate-level grading scale. All instructional personnel are expected to comply with this scale:

1. 67

Grade Grade Scale Grade Points
A+ 98-100 4. 00
A 93-97 4. 00
A- 90-92 3. 67
B+ 88-89 3. 33
B 83-87 3. 0
B- 80-82 2. 67
C+ 78-79 2. 33
C 73-77 2. 00
C- 70-72 1. 67
D+ 68-69 1.33
D 63-67 1.00
F Under 60* 0.00
Summary of Transcript Notations
Withdrawal (W)

Withdrawal from a course within the withdrawal period is reflected on the student’s official transcript; a withdrawal grade is not computed in GPA calculations.

Grade Point Average (GPA) and Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)

All course credits where a letter grade is issued are factored into a student’s term and cumulative GPA.

A student’s grade-point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the number of grade points earned by the number of units attempted. The total grade points earned for a course equals the number of grade points assigned times the number of course units. For example, if a student takes three 3-credit courses and receives grades of A-, C+, and F, then the GPA for the term equals the total grade points (3.67*3) + (2.33*3) + (0*3) = 18 divided by the total course units (9). The resulting GPA is 2.00.

Students are required to be in good academic standing and must earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.50 in all coursework attempted at UoPeople and earn an overall grade point average of at least 2.00 in all courses taken in the major area of study in order to graduate from University of the People.