University of Wisconsin–Madison

Grade Point Average (GPA) Requirement

The Graduate School requires that students maintain a graduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) for all graduate courses (excluding research) to receive a degree. Many programs impose higher standards. Students should check with their program.

Courses taken for audit (S/NR), credit/no credit (CR/N), or pass/fail do not affect the GPA. Research courses graded on a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) basis do not impact GPA. However, U grades are monitored by the Graduate School for satisfactory progress. A Permanent Incomplete (PI) grade does not impact the GPA. A No Report (NR) or Incomplete (I) grade does not impact the GPA, but in a graded course this is a temporary grade, indicating the instructor has not yet submitted a final grade.

See Auditing CoursesCredit/No Credit GradesNo Report (NR) GradesPass/FailPermanent Incomplete (PI) GradeSatisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) GradesAppendix 3 – Grading SystemAppendix 4 – Grade-Point Average Calculation