The APUS grading system is provided in the following chart. Additional information regarding the posting of grades and the petitioning of grades is available in the Student Handbook.

Master's Grading Policies

Grade Quality Points Description
A 4.0 Very high quality, clearly above average work
A- 3.67
B+ 3.33
B 3.0 Expected performance level
B- 2.67 Minimum passing grade for End of Program requirements*
C+ 2.33
C 2.0
C- 1.67 Failing
D+ 1.33 Failing
D 1.0 Failing
D- .67 Failing
F 0.0 Failing
PD NONE Graduate Comprehensive Exam Only: Pass with Distinction
FAIL NONE Graduate Comprehensive Exam Only: Failed the Exam
I NONE Incomplete
DP NONE Dropped
W NONE Withdrawn
WF NONE A Withdrawal that was allowed but instructor requested a failing notation
X NONE Audit grade: No Academic Credit awarded
R NONE Previously failed course that was retaken
S NONE Satisfactory: No Academic Credit awarded
U NONE Unsatisfactory: No Academic Credit awarded
PLA NONE Credit awards for prior learning

Graduate End of Program Requirements: For all capstone courses that begin after January 1, 2017, graduate students must earn a B- (80%) or better on their capstone thesis/project/paper and a B- (80%) or better in their capstone course to pass the course. This policy aligns with the comprehensive exam, which also requires a B- (80%) or better to pass. Graduate students must have at least a 3.0 GPA in order to graduate. Please see the End of Program Assessment Manual for more information.

Doctoral Grading Policies

Grade Quality Points/Grading Percent Description
A 4.0/100.00 - 94.00 Very high quality, clearly above average work
A- 3.67/93.99 - 90.00 Accepted performance level
B+ 3.33/89.99-87.00 Accepted performance level
B 3.0/86.99-84.00 Accepted performance level
B- 2.67/83.99-80.00 Below Average
F 0.0/79.99-0 Failing
I NONE All: Incomplete
S NONE Satisfactory progress during dissertation course
U NONE Unsatisfactory progress during dissertation course
DP NONE Dropped
W NONE Withdrawn