Some programs require that applicants calculate their grade point average for a previous degree. Learn more about how to complete this calculation.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
UCalgary staff are unable to review your GPA calculation ahead of submission. After receiving your complete application and GPA calculation worksheet, the Graduate Program office will review your Application and GPA Calculation.
- This depends on a couple of factors, including course weighting scale, type of degree, and how courses are organized on your transcript.
- If your transcript is for a graduate degree, include all of the courses taken in that degree, except the thesis course (if applicable).
- If your transcript is for an undergraduate/bachelor’s degree, and it does not specify the order that the courses were taken, include all of the courses taken in the degree.
- If your undergraduate/bachelor’s degree transcript is from a North American institution that uses a three credit weighting scale, include 60 credits of graded courses.
- If your undergraduate/bachelor’s degree transcript is from a North American institution that uses a 0.5/1 unit weighting scale, include 10 units of graded courses.
- If your transcript does not fit any of the requirements listed above, include all of the graded courses in the second half of your degree, typically the last two years.
If the last course of the 60 credits/10 units is the last course of the term, you can stop your calculation.
If the last course of the 60 credits/10 units is in the middle of the term, include all of the graded courses that you took in that term even though it will take you over the minimum number of units/credits/courses required for your calculation.
You still need to do a GPA calculation for transcripts showing "First Class Standing" or "Second Class Upper". When the worksheet asks for you to enter a Letter Grade Equivalent or Final Ranking, enter the Class or Standing that your degree was awarded with in that field.
If your transcripts only has letter grades with range of percentages, please use the midpoint of the range for your Grade Point. If you received an "A+" with a range between 92%-100%, please enter 96% as Grade Point.
If your transcript from the institution where you received your degree includes enough courses, you only need to complete the GPA calculation for the awarding degree transcript.
If your transcript from the institution where you received your degree does not include enough courses, you need to do two separate calculations to have the correct number of courses:
- One for the awarding degree transcript, and
- One for the remaining courses (without splitting a term or semester) on the transfer degree transcript.
Please duplicate the GPA Calculation Sheet to do a calculation for your other transcript.
The grading scale of the institution usually can be found on the back of the transcript. If the grading scale is not provided with the transcript, check the institution's website.
Please contact the graduate program you are applying for to determine which transcript should be used.
If you are applying for a Doctoral program with Master’s degree, please do a GPA calculation based on the entire Master’s degree, but do not include the thesis grade on a graduate (Master's-PhD).
Non-graded courses earn credit toward a degree but not honor points. Therefore, "Pass" (or "Credit") grades do not enter into the computation of the term or cumulative grade point averages.
If you have retaken the exact same course, include only the grade from your second/final attempt in your calculation.
If you have retaken the same course for a “F” grade course, please only include the retaken grade from your second/final attempt in your calculation.
If you didn’t retake the “F” grade course and the failed courses/courses with an F grade are within the last two years of your program, please include the “F” grade in your GPA calculation.
If you took courses at another institution (Exchange Program, Study Abroad, Letter of Permission) during the second half of your degree, and a grade (other than Pass/Fail or Transfer Credit) is listed on the transcript you are using for your calculation, these courses should be included. If you received a grade of Pass, credit received or transfer credit, do not include these courses.
Yes, courses taken as “extra to degree” within the second half of your program should be used in the GPA calculation.
No, courses taken after completing your degree should not be included in your GPA calculation.