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Section 4.2 of the Graduate School Handbook
The following marks and grades are used for graduate students at this university: “A,” “A-,” “B+,” “B,” “B-,” “C+,” “C,” “C-,” “D+,” “D,” “E,” “EM,” “EN,” “I,” “K,” “P,” “R,” “S/U,” and “W.” Graduate students cannot receive a mark of “PA/NP.” All marks and grades are described in University Rules 3335-8-21.
The descriptions for audit, credit by examination, and transfer of credit pertain only to graduate students.
Audit. A student may audit a course with instructor and advisor approval. The student should confer with the instructor regarding any course requirements that must be satisfied in order to audit the course. If a student does not complete an audited course, the student’s course enrollment as an auditor is withdrawn by the University Registrar.
The permission form or change ticket must be marked as an audit in the course-option column to indicate that the student is enrolled in the course as an auditor. The course title and mark “R” appear on the student’s official permanent record indicating registered audit. If the student does not meet the requirements to earn the mark of “R,” the instructor may not award credit, and the course will be dropped from the student’s record.
Credit by Examination. A student may earn either graduate credit or non-graduate credit on the basis of examinations taken after admission to the Graduate School (“EM” credit). The achievement level necessary to earn “EM” credit is determined by the Graduate Studies Committee.
In order for “EM” credit to be added to the student’s official permanent record, it must be approved by the student’s advisor, the Graduate Studies Committee, and the Dean of the Graduate School. “EM” credits count in the student’s total earned hours, if taken for graduate credit, but do not count in the student’s graduate cumulative point-hour ratio. The course title, credit hours, and mark “EM” appear on the student’s official permanent record. “EM” credit is not given to a student for a course in which a grade already has been received at this university.
Transfer Credit. Graduate credit earned at another university may be transferred to this university. The Graduate School places no limit on the graduate credit hours that may be transferred. However, residence and minimum degree requirements determine the number of graduate credit hours that may be counted toward a graduate degree at this university.
The following conditions must be satisfied in order to transfer graduate credit:
- that the graduate credit was earned as a graduate student at an accredited university
- that the student earned at least a grade of “B” or satisfactory in each course for which credit is to be transferred
- that the Graduate Studies Committee approves the transfer
Credits should be transferred at the time the student is admitted but no later than the end of the second semester of enrollment in the Graduate School. Transfer credits count in the student’s total earned hours but do not count in the student’s graduate cumulative point-hour ratio. The credit hours and the mark “K” appear on the student’s official permanent record.
For any transfer credit to count toward a master’s degree, the courses transferred must have been taken within the time limit established by the Graduate Studies Committee. A master’s degree student must complete 80 percent of the program at Ohio State.
For transferred graduate credit to count toward the 50 post-master’s graduate credit hours required for the doctoral degree, it must be in excess of the master’s degree requirements in a field in which the doctoral degree is awarded at the other university. It must be course work normally taken by doctoral students at the other institution. Note that a minimum of 24 graduate credit hours required for the PhD must be completed at this university.
On receipt and evaluation of a transcript listing courses completed, the Graduate Studies Committee chair initiates the request for transfer of graduate credit via GRADFORMS.
Grade Grievance Procedure. Grade grievances are handled following the process described in University Rule 3335-8-23.