Grades

Grade Releases
Accessing Grades on Mosaic
What is a Grade Point Average (GPA)?

Types of GPAs
Grade Point values
Course Units
Course Points
Total Points for the Term
Types of Units
Term GPA Calculation

 

Grade Release Availability

Grades are normally available to view in the Mosaic Student Centre a approximately week after the final exam period ends.

Accessing Grades on Mosaic

There are multiple ways to view your grades in the Mosaic Student Centre.

Grades

  • Student Centre  > Academics > Grades (from the drop down menu)

accessing-grades

Check your Unofficial Transcript on Mosaic. The Unofficial Transcript shows every final grade across your academic career.

  • Academics My Academics > View my unofficial transcript

The My Course History page allows you to view the Course Code, Description, Term, Grade, Units, and Status of your courses.

  • Academics > My Academics > View my course history

What is Grade Point Average (GPA)?

GPA is the weighted average based on the grades obtained in all courses taken. Failed courses are included in the GPA calculation. Courses that are not included in the GPA calculation are:

  • Courses the student has taken at another university (Transferred Credit).
  • Courses that are deemed “Extra” to the student’s degree requirements at McMaster University
  • Courses that the student passed and in which the student has earned a non-numeric grade; i.e. P, NC, AUD or COM.

Types of GPA’s

Term Grade Point Average (Term GPA) is a weighted average based on the grades obtained in courses taken in a given term within the same career at McMaster University.

Grade Point Values

Grade point values range from 12 (an A+) to 0 (an F). The student is assigned a letter grade in each course.

The corresponding grade point values are listed in the Academic Calendar. The Undergraduate Grading system is also listed below for easy reference.

 Grade Points Equivalent Percentages
A+ 12 90 – 100
A 11 85 – 89
A- 10 80 – 84
B+ 9 77 – 79
B 8 73 – 76
B- 7 70 – 72
C+ 6 67 – 69
C 5 63 – 66
C- 4 60 – 62
D+ 3 57 – 59
D 2 53 – 56
D- 1 50 – 52
F 0 0-49

Course Units

Value, level, and time requirements of a course are assessed by the Course Units. A course unit normally consists of one lecture hour per week per term or one laboratory period of not less than two and not more than three hours per week per term.

Course Points

Course points are calculated by multiplying the number of course units by the grade point value of the student’s final grade in the course. For example, if the students received a B+ in a 3 unit course, the course points = 3*9 = 27 points. If the student’s final grade is a non-numeric grade, the course points will be ‘0’ and those points will not be factored in the GPA term or cumulative calculations. Course Points may not display on the transcript but they are captured behind the scenes and used in GPA calculations.

Total Points for the Term

Total points for the Term are the sum of all course points earned in a given Term.

Types of Units

Term Attempted Units: The total number of course units the student has registered in, in a given term, regardless of the student’s final grades.

Cumulative Attempted Units: The total number of course units the student has registered in, through-out his/her entire career, regardless of the student’s final grades.

Term Earned Units: The total number of course units the student has earned, in a given term, including units earned in courses with non-numeric grades.

Cumulative Earned Units: The total number of course units the student has earned, through-out their entire career, including units earned in courses with non-numeric grades (This is required for graduation processing).

Term GPA Units: The total number of course units the student has earned, in a given term excluding courses with non-numeric grades that are not factored in the GPA calculation; i.e. P, NC, AUD or COM.

Cumulative GPA Units: The total number of course units the student has earned, through-out their entire career, excluding courses with non-numeric grades that are not factored in the GPA calculation; i.e. P, NC, AUD or COM.

Term GPA Calculation

The Term Grade Point Average is calculated by dividing the total points for the term by the Term GPA units.

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