Schulich School of Business graduate programs use a nine-point letter-grading system; the top grade is A+ and the minimum passing grade is C-. Each letter grade for a course is assigned an Index Value, and the Index Values are weighted by the credit-hour value to derive a weighted average. This weighted average is calculated on a cumulative basis, and is called the grade point average (GPA).
The Schulich School of Business does not use a percentage scale. When instructors award marks on a percentage basis, the instructor converts the percentages to letter grades. There is no prescribed conversion formula from percentages to letter grades. For example, a cumulative percentage mark of 50% in a course does not necessarily mean that a student will pass a course. Students should clarify any uncertainties about grading with the course instructor.
|Letter Grade||Index Value||Interpretation|
|P||0||Pass (Exchange courses)|
Grading Guidelines for Individual Courses
- Normally courses entail 36 contact hours for 3.00 credit-hour courses and 18 contact hours for 1.50 credit-hour courses, not including the final examinations.
- Normally, student presentations should not take up more than a total of 6 hours of a 3.00 credit-hour course or 3 hours for a 1.50 credit-hour course. The expected length of student presentations should be defined.
- Normally, course outlines should present a clear outline of the topics to be covered, readings to be assigned, and problems/cases to be discussed in every class.
- (a) The grading scheme (i.e. kinds and weights of assignments, essays, exams, etc.) should be announced, and be available in writing, within the first two weeks of class. (b) With the exception of courses explicitly required for certification by a professional body, or other exceptions agreed to by Senate, students pass or fail a course on the basis of their final course average, without the additional requirement of having to obtain a passing grade on a final examination. This policy does not exclude the possibility of a final examination representing more than 50% of the final grade in a particular course or the requirement that a student pass a specific course lab component. (c) Normally, there should be more than one component contributing to the course grade. (d) The way in which the final course grade will be computed should be clear to students:
- the percentage contribution to the final grade of every graded element; multiple elements should not be combined into a single percentage component
- the mapping of individual grades into a numeric form for combination into the final grade
- the mapping of final numeric grades into a final letter grade
- if grades are to be standardized or curved in some way, this should be stated in the outline – the student should be able, after each graded assignment is returned, to understand what the grade on that is worth in terms of a standardized letter grade. Alternately, the course outline should specify what class standing levels will receive what grade – students should be able, after each graded assignment is returned to know their relative class standing
Every component of the final grade should be reported separately to students (this includes class participation grades)
- Normally, class participation should not account for more than 20% of the final grade. Instructors should ensure that students know the basis for the assessment of class participation and should keep appropriate documentation as the course progresses. Instructors must retain documentation for twelve months. Participation should be based on more than attendance.
- Normally, students must receive graded feedback worth at least 15% of the final grade for 3.00 credit-hour courses prior to the withdrawal date from a course without academic penalty, with the following exceptions: 1.50 credit-hour courses, courses on a compressed schedule, practicum courses and courses where the course work typically consist of a single piece of work.
- Sections of required core courses are normally expected to have a mean grade of between 4.70 and 6.10 grade points. Elective courses (excluding the Individual Study category) are expected to have a mean grade of between 5.20 and 6.20 grade points. Grade distributions that do not meet the guidelines must be reviewed by the Area Coordinator or appropriate Program/Specialization Director. The Course Director and the approver should be prepared to explain the basis for the grade distributions that do not meet the guidelines.
Students receive a letter grade as a final mark for a course. For GPA calculation purposes, letter grades are translated to their corresponding Index Value on the above nine-point scale. The average of the Index Values, weighed by the credit hours of the corresponding courses, constitutes the GPA.
A student transcript or grade report will contain all courses taken and their final marks. The grade report will also list the cumulative GPA (including all courses to date) and a sessional GPA (including only the courses for the session most recently completed).
The GPA will be calculated based on the required courses as laid out in each program’s requirements along with the elective courses with the highest grade where surplus elective course(s) exist. Additional elective courses will appear on the transcript but will not be included in the GPA. Courses with NCR designation will not be calculated into the GPA.
- Students will be reviewed as follows to determine whether or not they have met promotion requirements below.
- Full-time MBA and IMBA students will be reviewed at the end of their first two terms or after completing 18.00 credit-hours of coursework, whichever comes first; or after completing 12.00 credit-hours if they have Advanced Standing.
- Part-time students will be reviewed after completing 12.00 credit-hours of coursework, excluding Advanced Standing.
- Post-MBA Diploma students will be reviewed upon completion of 6.00 credit-hours of course work.
- MSc in Business Analytics and Master of Finance students will be reviewed upon completion of the Fall term.
- Master of Accounting students will be reviewed after completion of 19.50 credit-hours, or upon completion of the Summer term (including the Interim Term).
- To maintain their standing in the program, all students must maintain a GPA of at least 4.20.
- Students who receive a grade of F in more than 3.00 credit-hours of coursework will be debarred.
- Students who fail a required course must retake it. Students who fail an elective course may retake it, or may elect to take another course. Students who re-take a failed course and receive a second failing grade will be debarred.
- Students may take more than the minimum number of electives.
- Grades for all courses taken will remain on the official York University transcript.
Probationary Admittance and Promotion Standards
In some instances, the Schulich Admissions Committee may recommend admission for an applicant who demonstrates considerable academic or professional ability, but does not quite satisfy the normal requirements for admission. The committee makes such admissions decisions very selectively.
Such applicants are admitted as probationary students and must receive a GPA of 4.20 by the end of Term 1 (full-time students) or by the end of Term 2 (part-time students). If a probationary student achieves the required GPA by the specified time, that student will become a regular student. If the required GPA is not achieved within the specified time, the student will be debarred from the program.
To graduate, a student must achieve an overall GPA of at least 4.40 (B-).
For specific requirements in Schulich graduate-level programs, see ‘Graduation Requirements’ on the SSIR website
Dean’s Honour List
Students with a GPA of 6.95 (A-) or above will be placed on the Dean’s Honour List upon graduation.
Notification of Intent to Graduate
Students who intend to graduate at the end of the current academic year must apply to graduate online (www.yorku.ca/mygraduation/
) or obtain, complete and submit an ‘Application to Graduate’ form
. All grades for completed course work must be received by Student Services at least four weeks prior to the date of convocation.