Southern Polytechnic State University

Graduate Academic Catalog 2012-2013

Cumulative Grade Point Average

Computing the GPA

The cumulative grade point average determines the student's scholastic standing. The cumulative grade point average is computed by dividing the total quality points earned by the total number of credit hours for which the student has received a final grade of "A", "B", "C", "D", "F", or "WF".

Quality Points are assigned as follows:


Quality Points


Four quality points are assigned


Three quality points are assigned


Two quality points are assigned


One quality point is assigned


Zero quality points are assigned


Zero quality points are assigned

Graduate student grade point averages, for the purpose of graduating from a program are computed using only those courses in the major department and those courses approved by the program faculty. Academic standing and other computations depend on all graduate work taken unless work is excluded via an official petition to the faculty where allowed.

Courses Taken at Other Institutions

Only courses taken at Southern Polytechnic State University, or courses completed under the cross-registration program, are computed in the cumulative grade point average. Credits earned at other institutions, credit by examination, credits for which quality points are not assigned, institutional credit courses, and courses otherwise excluded by institutional policy are not considered when calculating the cumulative grade point average for graduation purposes.