Repeat Policy

According to McMaster’s new Course Repeat policy, effective September 1, 2018, students may repeat a course twice (i.e., attempt a course three times).  Cross-listed courses count as attempts. Grades from every attempt will appear on the academic transcript.  The Cumulative GPA will include only the grade earned on the most recent attempt.  Units earned will be counted once toward the student’s program requirements, regardless of the number of times the course is repeated. Prior to September 1, 2018, the grades from all attempts are included in the GPA calculation (unless the code EXTR is assigned to the course).

To facilitate implementation, beginning January 21, 2019, the following new repeat codes will appear on your personal Academic Advisement Report and the Student Summary Report, a document typically used by staff in Faculty, Program and Departmental Offices:

Code: Used as Earned Units Included in GPA
C1YN Yes No
C2NY No Yes
C3YY Yes Yes
C4NN No No

As a reminder, the following codes will continue to be used on the Academic Advisement and Student Summary Reports:

Code Used as Earned Units Included in GPA
EXCL No Yes
INCL Yes Yes
EXTR No No
AREC No Yes
NALW No Yes
PERM Yes Yes

Example of how these codes appear in an Academic Advisement Report.

If you have any questions related to the new Course Repeat policy or the above codes, please contact an Academic Advisor in your Faculty/Program Office.

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