Credit / No Credit Grade Status

Credit / No Credit Grade Status

Some courses must be taken for a letter grade; others must be taken on the credit/no credit basis. If registration for a course is not limited to the letter-grade basis, then the student may choose to register for the course on the "credit/no credit" basis, rather than for a letter grade.

Graduate students who register for classes on the credit/no credit basis earn either the symbol CR (credit) or the symbol NC (no credit). Performance at the level of C or above is required to earn credit (CR) for a course taken on the credit/no credit basis. Courses taken on the credit/no credit basis are not included when the grade point average is computed.

Cr/Ncr policy for three (3) hour classes: Graduate students may register for 3-hour classes on the credit/no credit basis at the time of registration or, at the very latest, by the mid-semester deadline given in the academic calendar for the semester in question(the mid-semester deadline typically falls in mid-October during fall semesters, mid-March during spring semesters).

Cr/Ncr policy for one (1) hour classes: Graduate students may register for 1-hour classes on the credit/no credit basis at the time of registration or, at the very latest, by the mid-way point of the 1-hour class in question (for example, the deadline to make the change for a 1-hour class meeting Oct. 1-31 would be Oct. 16, the mid-way point of the course).

The LBJ School limits the number of elective hours LBJ School students can take on the Cr/Ncr basis to 6 hours total. Additionally, students are limited to 3 hours of Cr/Ncr elective course work per semester. Classes only offered on the Cr/Ncr basis (such as the PA 396K internship course or the PA 398R PR course) do NOT count towards either the 6 hour maximum limit or the 3 hours per semester limit.

LBJ School students must adhere to the following criteria when registering for a class on the Cr/Ncr basis:

  • Only elective courses may be taken on the Cr/Ncr basis- core and specialization courses MUST be taken for a letter grade.

  • A maximum of 3 elective hours (one 3 hour class or three 1 hour classes) may be taken on the Cr/Ncr basis per semester.

  • A maximum of 6 elective hours taken on the Cr/Ncr basis may be applied towards your Public Affairs degree.

To switch a class from a letter grade basis to the Cr/Ncr basis, select the credit/no credit option at the time of registration OR obtain a "Change Grade Status" form from your Graduate Program Coordinator (in OSAA) prior to the advertised mid-semester deadline (please note that the "Change Grade Status" form is NOT available online).

Students must obtain the course instructor’s signature approval on the "Change Grade Status" form before submitting the form to the respective program Graduate Advisor for final signature approval. Upon obtaining all required signatures, submit the pink copy of the form to your Graduate Program Coordinator before formally submitting the form to the Office of Graduate Studies in the Tower (Main 101) by 5:00 PM on the advertised deadline.