Obtaining your grades

Final grades
You may access your grades through Aurora.  Final grades are available soon after your course ends. Approved final grades are released each morning.  If you do not see your final grade(s), please check again the following day.

In Progress (IP) notation
Final grades not submitted by the appropriate deadline will be assigned an IP (In Progress) notation until the approved final grade has been received.

Term work/mid-term grades
Grades for term work including mid-term tests are posted by instructors in class or through UMLearn.

Incomplete grades
If you are unable to complete the term work in a course you may apply to the instructor prior to the end of lectures for an incomplete grade and time extension to complete your work. 

Auditing a course 
If you are auditing a course, you will not receive academic credit for that course. You are admitted for the purpose of attending courses for personal or professional interest. No documentation other than the information requested in the application form is required for admission. Please note that you will be assessed the University of Manitoba fees.

Continuing in course (CO)
For certain graduate courses that continue beyond the normal academic term, the instructor will recommend that a grade of “Continuing in course” (CO) be used until the final grade is assigned. The final grade will be assigned in the term in which you complete the course.

Grading system

Final grades in most courses are expressed as letters, ranging from D, the lowest passing grade, to A+, the highest. Each letter grade has an assigned numerical value that is used to calculate grade point averages.

Some courses are graded on a pass/fail basis and because no numerical value is assigned to these courses, they do not affect grade point averages. Courses graded in this way are clearly identified in course descriptions and course outlines.

Letter grade Grade point value Performance
A+ 4.5 Exceptional
A 4.0 Excellent
B+ 3.5 Very good
B 3.0 Good
C+ 2.5 Satisfactory
C 2.0 Adequate
D 1.0 Marginal
Fail 0.0 Failure
Pass Pass Pass

For minimum grade levels, especially as they affect progression requirements, see the faculty or school regulations in the Academic Calendar or consult an advisor.

Grade Point Average

Quality Points
Quality Points is the grade point value of the assigned Letter Grade multiplied by the credit hours of the course; e.g. 3 credit hours with a grade of “B” (3.0 points) = 3 credit hours x 3.0 = 9.0 Quality Points.

Grade Point Average (GPA)
The average grade of courses completed at the same level, which is calculated by dividing the total quality points earned by the number of credit hours attempted. This calculation can be applied to determine the following types of GPA:

  • Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA)
    Cumulative Grade Point Average is the calculated GPA of all courses, institutional and transferred, completed at the same level.
  • Degree Grade Point Average (DGPA)
    Degree Grade Point Average is the calculated GPA of all courses accepted for credit by the university towards a designated degree.
  • Sessional Grade Point Average (SGPA)
    Sessional Grade Point Average (SGPA) is the calculated GPA of all courses completed at the same level during the Fall and Winter terms of one academic year.
  • Term Grade Point Average (TGPA)
    Term Grade Point Average is the calculated GPA of all courses completed during a single term at the same level.

Repeated courses
When a course has been repeated or an equivalent course is taken, the highest grade will count towards the degree grade point average (DGPA). All attempts of the repeated course (or equivalent) will be included in the Term and Cumulative GPAs. Previous attempts of the repeated course (or equivalent) may be included in DGPA depending on faculty/school/college policy.

Challenge for Credit
Challenge for Credit is a process where you have the opportunity to demonstrate command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or skills that would normally be found in a university-level course. Please note that you will still be subject to the University of Manitoba fees.

Time extensions for incomplete grades

If you are unable to complete the term work prescribed in a course, you may apply to the instructor prior to the end of lectures for an incomplete grade and time extension for work completion. Even if you are granted an incomplete grade ("I") and an extension for work, you will still need to write the final examination if one is scheduled for the course.

Taking into account the results of the final examination, the value of the term work completed, and the extent of the incomplete term work, the instructor will calculate your temporary grade using a zero value for incomplete work. In no case will the satisfaction of the incomplete requirements cause a grade to be lowered.

The following maximum time extensions are allowed:

  • August 1, for courses terminated in April
  • December 1, for courses terminated between May and August
  • April 1, for courses terminated in December

If a final grade is not reported within one month of the extension deadline, the letter “I” will be dropped, and the grade will remain as awarded. Your opportunity to improve the grade will have lapsed.

Methods of evaluation

Within the first week of lectures, instructors must inform the class of the method of evaluation to be used in each course. In departments where a course is offered in more than one section, the department offering the course endeavours to provide instruction so that all sections cover similar topics and that all students achieve a similar level of competency in the topic. However, there will be differences in evaluation as well as in teaching style, readings and assignments from one section to another. You may contact the department for additional information before registration.

Grades policy and procedure documents