UCSF Graduate Division Grading Policy

Instructors are required to assign grades for all students, based upon work actually accomplished, irrespective of circumstances that may have contributed to the results. Grades are filed with the registrar by instructors at the end of each quarter.

UCSF's grade categories for graduate students are A, B, C, D, F and S/U (Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory).

Grades are reported as follows: A=excellent, B=good, C=fair, D=barely passing, F=failure, S=satisfactory, U=unsatisfactory, I=incomplete, and IP = in progress. Grade points per unit are assigned by the registrar as follows:
A=four points, B=three points, C=two points, D=one point, and F=zero points.

Graduate students must maintain at least a 3.0 (B average). A course in which a student gets a D or F or U grade cannot count as part of the total unit requirement for the graduate degree and cannot count towards satisfactory completion of the course if that course is required by the program. The D or F grade, however, is calculated in the total grade-point average. Even if a student repeats a course where a D or F or U is recorded, that original grade remains on the student's record.

Courses graded S are counted toward satisfaction of unit requirements but are not calculated in grade-point averages. An S is recorded when a B or better letter grade would normally be given, and a U recorded when a letter grade of C, D, or F would be given. A course in which a student gets a U grade cannot count as part of the total unit requirement for the graduate degree and cannot count towards satisfactory completion of the course if that course is required by the program.

An incomplete will appear as an "I" on the student's record until the work is completed and will convert to an "F" (or "U") if it is not completed after one academic year has passed or, if a student has been out on a leave of absence, after four terms with a registered status have elapsed. Students must submit a "Removal of Provisional Grade" petition and pay a $5 processing fee to remove an incomplete. Students may not graduate with an "I" on their record.

S/U-only Courses and Maximum Number of S/U Units

The TICR Program First Year Seminar (EPI 230) and Masterís Seminars (EPI 220 and 221) are available only on an S/U basis. In addition to these seminars, a maximum of 6 other units in course work graded S/U is acceptable as credit toward a graduate degree. Note that following required TICR Program courses are also only offered on an S/U basis: Responsible Conduct of Research (EPI 201; 0.5 unit) and Publishing & Presenting Clinical Research (EPI 212; 1 unit). These 1.5 units count towards the 6 unit maximum of S/U grades. Therefore, students may elect to count a maximum of 4.5 other units as S/U toward their graduate degree. As long as a student does not intend to count course credits towards the required number of units needed for the graduate degree, he/she may take any other courses as S/U. In other words, courses taken above and beyond the requirement in the studentís respective program can be taken as S/U.

Summary:
Minimum number of units required to complete the Masterís Degree Program: 36 units
Number of Seminar-based units available only as S/U: 6 units*
Maximum number of non-Seminar-based S/U units that can count towards degree: 6 units
Minimum number of letter grade units required: 24 units
*Note: On the student portal view of grades, both the Seminar-based units and any other S/U course units will appear in the Optional Units Completed box.