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This archived information is dated to the 2009-10 academic year only and may no longer be current.

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Graduate School of Business Grades

Effective September 2000, all courses offered by the Graduate School of Business are graded according to the following five-level scheme:


Honors. Work that is of truly superior quality.


High Pass. A passing performance, and one that falls approximately in the upper quarter of passing grades.


Pass. A passing performance that falls in the center of the distribution of all passing grades.


Low Pass. A passing performance that falls approximately in the lower quarter of passing grades.


Unsatisfactory. A failing performance. Work that does not satisfy the basic requirements of the course and is deficient in significant ways.


The notation 'GNR' appears when no grade has been reported to the Registrar. The 'GNR' notation remains on the transcript until a grade has been reported (effective Autumn Quarter 2009-10).

Students in some GSB courses may elect to take the course on a pass/fail basis, where any passing grade (H, HP, P, or LP) is converted to Pass, and U is converted to Fail. Students wishing to take a GSB course on a pass/fail basis should consult the GSB Registrar for rules and procedures. Prior to 2009-10, an asterisk (*) notation was placed when no grade was reported.

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