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Grading Standards - Graduate

Grade points are earned as follows for each credit hour:

A - 4 grade points - Excellent or Superior

B - 3 grade points - Good

C - 2 grade points - Satisfactory

Grade designations for which grade points are not earned include:


Failure. The subject may be repeated, and in the case of non-elective courses, it will be necessary to do so in order to complete a program.


Incomplete. The student did not complete all requirements of the course at the time of grading.


Withdrawal. The student voluntarily withdrew from the course or was dropped from the course before completing 60 percent of the academic term. This grade has no bearing on the grade point average but may affect eligibility for financial aid.

Grade point average is determined by dividing total grade points earned by total hours attempted. GPA may be figured for each quarter (quarterly GPA), for all hours attempted at the university (cumulative GPA), or for courses in a major (major GPA). Credits and grade points earned at other universities or colleges are not included in GPA calculations at National American University.

Students will be informed of their progress in each course on a regular basis by grades given on tests, papers, and other assignments.

The requirements for obtaining a graduate degree are as follows:

  • Successful completion of at least 54 quarter-credits composed of nine core courses and a minimum of three elective courses. If the student selects the thesis option, he/she must complete both thesis courses for nine credits, and
  • Successful completion of MT6650 with a grade of "B" or higher, and
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 in the core and elective courses, and
  • A grade of "C" or below in no more than two core and elective courses. Courses in which a "C" or below is received may be repeated a maximum of two times by the student at his/her discretion. However, no program of study with more than two core and elective courses in which a "C" or below is received as a final grade in a graduate-level course will be approved for graduation.