Grades

You will be graded on a 10-point, H-F scale. Pluses (+) and minuses (-) can be added to any grade (with the exception of LP). In addition, all core courses are graded on a forced curve. Faculty members can apply the curve within one section or across all sections taught.

The curve for core courses is:

H 25-30% of students
HP 55-65% of students
P, LP, F 10-15% of students

During the academic review process at the end of each semester, the Office of Student Affairs monitors the academic performance of all students and makes available a support system for those in need of assistance.

Students whose GPAs fall below the minimum requirements are subject to probation or dismissal.

GPA calculations are weighed by the number of credits and based on the following: H+ = 11.0, H=10.0, H- = 9.0, HP+ = 8.0, HP = 7.0, HP- = 6.0, P+ = 5.0, P = 4.0, P- = 3.0, LP = 1.0, F=0.0.

Minimum GPA requirements by term and for graduation are as follows:

Timing GPA Requirement Consequence
After Term 1: GPA equal to or less than 5.900 Warning
GPA equal to or less than 4.800 Probation
GPA equal to or less than 4.400 Dismissal
Subsequent Terms: GPA equal to or less than 5.900 Warning
GPA equal to or less than 5.20 Probation
GPA equal to or less than 4.80 Dismissal
Graduation: GPA greater than or equal to 5.50
   

Please Note:

- A student can be on probation for one semester, at most. A second probation implies dismissal.

- A student can appeal his/her dismissal to the Academic Standards Committee that could allow the student to stay in the program under certain conditions.

- A student who was dismissed from the School might apply, via regular admissions procedure, to the program. If admitted he/she might have the option of using credit for certain past courses taken at the School.

Students must complete at least 67% of credit hours attempted each semester to remain compliant with Satisfactory Academic Progress policy (SAP). Credit hour progression is based on a cumulative total of attempted credits to earned credits. For example, a full-time student who attempts 18 credits in a semester must successfully complete at least 12 credits to meet the 67% requirement. However, credits that are not completed will count towards maximum credits attempted towards degree objective.

For more information visit http://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/current-students/academic-essentials/policies/academic-standards

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