Core Course Grading
To ensure parity among required course sections and to prevent grade inflation, core faculty are required to impose a 35% maximum of the letter grade of "A".
The below grades are without numerical value and are not included in the grade point average:
- IF - Incomplete Failing: Student was failing at the time grade was submitted and lapses to an "F" if not made up within the grace period of five months.
- IP - Incomplete Passing: Student was passing at time the grade was submitted and lapses to an "N" if not made up within the grace period of five months.
- N - No Credit. Used to indicate that an "IP" has lapsed or that a course taken on a Pass/No Credit basis was not successfully completed.
- P - Pass. Used only for passing grades received while on the International Management Program, for Business Writing workshops and other specially designated courses offered on a Pass/No Credit basis.
- R - Registered Auditor. Students may not retake a course for credit in which an "R" is granted. Auditor status should be noted at the time of registration or within the first four weeks of the fall or spring semester and within the first two weeks of the summer semester. Auditor status cannot be revoked once it has been requested. Students must pay full tuition for a course taken as a registered auditor. Also used for non-credit, pre-term workshops.
- S - Satisfactory. The grade is used for dissertation seminars or to indicate that a final grade is pending for a yearly course.
- W - Withdrawal. Means the student voluntarily and officially withdrew from the course and received no credit. Students may drop any course for which they are registered and automatically receive a "W" dropping the course in accordance with the Withdrawal deadelines posted on the web site of the Office of Records and Registration. Students who receive a "W" may retake the course for credit provided they re-register and pay to take the course again. A "W" has no credit value and is not a reflection on academic performance. However, a grade of "W" is included when determining a student's attempted credits, the basis by which Stern determines Free Credit eligibility.
The Stern Grading System
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Computing Grade Point Average
To determine grade point average, divide the total number of credits completed into the total number of honor credits granted. For example, a student completing 20 credits with 50 honor credits would have a grade point average of 2.5. The grade point average includes grades in all courses taken while registered in a particular program, whether or not they fulfill any program requirements.
An official grade report is available online through AIS once ALL of the student's grades for the term have been recorded and the student's record is not on any "hold." You may also check your grades for individual courses via the web.
Grades of F (including those received from incomplete - IF - lapses) are included in the grade point average and remain on a student's record even after the student has repeated the course and received a passing grade. Students may not repeat courses in which they have previously received passing grades.
Appealing a Grade
To appeal a grade received, the student must speak directly with the professor about the grade in question. After this first step, any further appeal is addressed to the Department Chair for the academic department of the course.
Non-Stern NYU Courses
Non-Stern NYU courses that have been approved for the MBA program will be included in the GPA.
Study Abroad Courses
With the exception of Doing Business in (DBi), courses taken on formal Study Abroad programs do not figure into the GPA. These courses are graded "Pass/Fail". Only a grade of "Pass" will be credited towards the MBA degree requiremtns. A grade of "B" or 80% must be achieved to be considered a "Pass".
Core Course Grade Cap
No more than 35% of students will receive grades of A or A- in MBA Core courses.
CFE Submission Requirement
MBA students who do not submit Course Faculty Evaluations by the deadline will not have access to their final grades until the grade release date, which is determined by the program. Faculty are requested not to release final grades to students who fail to submit evaluations and students should not ask. As CFEs are a vital tool for students in the information gathering phase of course registration, a committee of students determined this course of action to encourage student compliance.
The Department of Finance maintains a policy on suggested grading standards.