Grading Policies

The academic policies of the UW Bothell Education Program align with the academic policies of the Graduate School of the University of Washington.

Grading Scale for Graduate Students

Grades recorded below 1.7 are recorded 0.0 by the Registrar and do not count toward residency, total credit count, or grade and credit requirements. A minimum of 2.7 is required in each course that is counted toward a graduate degree. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 is required for graduation.

A 3.9-4.0 C+2.1-2.4
A- 3.5-3.8 C 2.0
B+ 3.1-3.4 C- 1.7-1.9
B 3.0 E 0.0-1.6
B- 2.5-2.9  

Incomplete Grades

An Incomplete shall be given only when the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within two weeks of the end of the quarter. The student must also furnish proof satisfactory to the instructor that the work cannot be completed because of illness or other circumstances beyond the student’s control.

Graduate students will complete the work necessary to convert an Incomplete into a passing grade no later than the last day of the following quarter. For Spring Quarter, the following quarter is considered to be Autumn Quarter. Courses graded Incomplete (I) will not be considered as indicating satisfactory progress toward completion of their graduate degree.

Change of Grade

Except in cases of error, no instructor may change a grade which he or she has turned in to the Registrar. However, if a student believes a grade is incorrect because of instructor or recording error, then the student should first discuss the matter with the instructor within ten days after the grade has been awarded.

A UWB student who is not satisfied with the instructor’s response may submit, no later than ten class days after his or her discussion with the instructor, a written appeal to the Program Director, with a copy of the appeal to the instructor. (If the instructor is the Director, then the student should submit his or her complaint to the Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs.) Within ten calendar days of the receipt of the appeal, the Program Director shall consult with the instructor to determine whether the evaluation of the student’s performance was fair and reasonable or whether the instructor’s conduct in assigning the grade was arbitrary or capricious. Should the Program Director believe the instructor’s conduct to be arbitrary or capricious and should the instructor decline to revise the grade, the Program Director, with the approval of the voting members of his or her faculty, shall appoint an appropriate member (or members) of the faculty of the program to evaluate the student’s performance and assign a grade. The UW Bothell Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs shall be informed of this action.

Repeating Courses

Graduate students may repeat any course. Both the first and second grades will be included in the cumulative grade point average (GPA). However, the number of course credits earned will apply toward degree requirements only once.

Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory

Graduate students earning grades of 2.7 or above receive a grade of S (Satisfactory), while 2.6 or below is recorded as NS (Not Satisfactory). With the approval of his or her graduate program advisor, a graduate student may elect to take any course for which he or she is eligible outside of his or her major academic unit on an S/NS basis. Neither S or NS is included in the cumulative grade point average.

Did You Know?

UW Bothell has awarded more than 14,000 degrees.