You are here

GPA Policy for Master's Applicants

You are required to provide an undergraduate grade point average (UGPA) in the Academic History section of your application.

How to Submit

Enter your UGPA in the online application and upload a copy of the conversion used for that calculation.

How to Calculate Your UGPA

We require the calculation of your UGPA if you have:

  • Attended a college or university outside of the United States for all or part of your undergraduate degree program (do not include study abroad)*
  • Transferred 12 or more credits from another institution toward your bachelors degree
  • Failed a course and it appears on your transcript but is not included in your school’s calculation of GPA.

There are two options for calculating your UGPA:

  1. Utilize the GPA Calculator from Scholaro to create a line-by-line assessment of your UGPA (do not simply convert your overall average, or semester averages). If you use the GPA Calculator from Scholaro, please copy and paste the full converted results (class, credits/hours, grade, US grade, and GPA) into a word processing or spreadsheet program to create a PDF document for upload.

    Video: How to Self-Calculate Your GPA

  2. Purchase a credential evaluation from one of the following vendors and upload the official evaluation results: ECE, Scholaro, or WES

You will be required to upload a copy of the conversion used for the calculation.

Below are some important points to remember when calculating your UGPA.

  • It is not necessary to pay for a credential evaluation if you are using the Scholaro GPA Calculator. Therefore, we suggest this method. You will need to cut and paste the converted results into a word processing or spreadsheet program to create a PDF document for upload. Otherwise, the results will be cut off. This may result in a significantly longer processing time.
  • The UGPA should include all undergraduate course work completed at the time of submission of the application.
  • If you attended more than one school, you must include the grades from all undergraduate schools in calculating your UGPA. If your schools are in different countries or use different scales, please run the Scholaro Reports GPA Calculator for each school. To arrive at a cumulative GPA, use the example below:
    • School 1:  20 credits x 3.9 GPA = 78
    • School 2: 123 credits x 3.5 GPA = 431 (rounded)
    • Cumulative GPA = (78+431)/(20+123) = 509/143 = 3.6 (rounded)
  • Do not include courses that were dropped or courses that did not award letter grades (e.g. satisfactory/unsatisfactory, pass/fail, credit only).
  • If you repeated a course or did not pass it (e.g. received an F or E grade), you must include both grades in your UGPA calculation.
  • Do not include graduate-level courses that you have completed unless they counted toward your undergraduate degree requirements. There is a separate place on the application for you to provide your graduate grade point average.
  • If you do not find a grade scale that exactly matches your undergraduate institution’s scale, please use the scale that matches it most closely (e.g., applicants who have attended an Indian university that use a 70-100 point scale may use the United Kingdom scale, while students in China who attend a university on a 4.3 scale should use the China 4.0 scale - while not perfect, it's the best approximate match).  Be sure to indicate your methodology so that we can replicate your calculation. 
  • You do not need to include study abroad classes.
  • If you are concerned about the validity of your results, remember that you may pay for an official conversion if you like.


*If you graduated or will graduate from a US college or university, you should report the cumulative GPA and GPA grade scale that is stated on the degree-conferring transcript.