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What you need to know about MSM's grading procedures.

Major Lesson/Jury Examination Grading

If a student receives a grade between C+ and D- for major lessons or a Jury Examination, the Vice President for Academics & Performance, Dean of Students, Department Chairperson, Registrar and major teacher may meet to discuss the general quality of applied work. If it is agreed that the grade is not representative of the student’s work, probation may not result, but the grade will remain on the student’s transcript. If probation results, it will be for one semester. The student is then reevaluated through a Jury Examination at the conclusion of the following semester. If the student receives a B- or higher, he or she is taken off probation; if the grade remains between C+ and D-, probation continues until the Jury Examination at the conclusion of the following semester. If the quality of work does not improve by that time, the student may be dismissed.

Students who receive a failing grade for major lessons or Jury Examination may be immediately dismissed from the School.

Classwork Grading

If a student receives either a D+, D, D-, F, in one class, he or she receives a concern or warning letter from the Registrar. If a student receives more than one of these grades, the student will be subject to probation or dismissal.

English Language Program Progress Grading

If a student receives below a B- for an English language course or fails to progress satisfactorily, he or she may be placed on probation. A second semester of non-satisfactory progress will result in dismissal of the student.

Credit Grades Percentile Equivalent Numerical Equivalent
A Excellent 93-100 4.00
A- 90-92 3.67
B+ 86-89 3.33
B Good 83-85 3.00
B- 80-82 2.67
C+ 76-79 2.33
C Fair 73-75 2.00
C- 70-72 1.67
D+ 66-69 1.33
D Poor 63-65 1.00
D- 60-62 0.67
Non-Credit Grades
F Failure
I Work Incomplete (by petition only)
W Withdrawn
Q Qualified (level of proficiency demonstrated through examination without taking course)
P Passing (used for deficiency courses or when a letter grade is not required to show successful completion of work)
A Audit Class

Incomplete Grades

Incomplete grades can be given only with the approval of the Dean of Academic Affairs in consultation with faculty members. An “I” will appear on a student’s permanent transcript indicating late completion of the course. Once the work has been completed and a grade has been issued by the faculty member, the “I” will be changed to a permanent letter grade. Students receiving incomplete grades are required to complete all work by the end of the following semester; if the work is not completed, the “I” will be changed to an “F” automatically.




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