FAQ

Last Modified: May 27, 2020

FAQ For Students

All students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisors and their programs to determine possible implications of their choices.

 

FAQ Specific to Graduate Students

All students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisers and their programs to determine possible implications of their choices.

  • Q: How can a student determine if a course for which they received an S grade for will count towards their degree? 

    For graduate students, if the underlying numeric grade is 3.0 or higher, there is no impact on how this course grade contributes towards your degree requirements. If the underlying numeric grade is 2.0 or 2.5, the program and college will determine how this course grade figures in degree requirements. Professional and graduate programs are strongly encouraged to take into consideration the unusual circumstances of the current situation when making this determination.

  • Q: Are there any possible negative effects if a student chooses to take an S grade in a course?

    There are no possible negative consequences for choosing to take an S grade instead of a numeric grade in the context of studies here at MSU. However, depending on our future plans, outside parties may view an S/NS grade differently from a numeric grade. If there is a concern tied to this, it is largely mitigated by the particular circumstances which are resulting in a large number of universities allowing alternative grading schemes. Moreover, the registrar retains the original numeric grade and can make that available to third parties upon a student's request.

    Note that colleges and programs may use the reported numeric grade to monitor and ensure your successful progression through the program and may enforce degree progression policies, if the underlying numeric grade falls below their standards. If a college or program chooses to apply such an action, that decision is independent of the grade recording choice. Professional and graduate programs are strongly encouraged to take into consideration the unusual circumstances of the current situation when interpreting and applying any such policies and enforcement actions.

  • Q: For a linked Bachelors/Masters student or a dual enrollment Bachelors/Masters student, can a course in which they receive an S for be shared between their Bachelor’s program and graduate program?

    Yes, but to do this a student must have earned at least 2.0.

 

FAQ for Faculty

 

FAQ for Advisors

All students are strongly encouraged to work with their advisers and their programs to determine possible implications of their choices.