Grade Modes

Posted: April 15, 2013 at 4:28 pm, Last Updated: July 13, 2017 at 11:11 am

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Mason uses grade modes to enforce grading policies. A student registered for a course may have permission to take the course for audit (AU) or credit without grade (S/NC). This changes the individual student’s grade mode, thus further restricting the grades he or she can receive.

Patriot Web grading is designed with internal validation controlled by these grade modes. The grade mode for each student is shown on the grade and attendance rosters in Patriot Web and INB. Only valid grades according to grade mode are displayed in the drop down “grades” box on the web grade roster.

Please read the Academic Policies section of the current University Catalog for more information regarding grading undergraduate and graduate level courses and additional grade notations.

Allowable Grades by Grade Mode

Grades shown below are valid external grades. Administrative grades of SA, NA and HC are available to students in all courses via web grading, but are for internal use only. These notations frequently serve deans and administrators in student services. SA (stopped attending) and NA (never attended) are transformed to grades of F on a transcript. HC (honor charge) is transformed to a grade of NR (not reported).

Course LevelGrade ModeDescriptionAllowable Grades
UndergraduateUUndergraduate RegularA+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, F, IN*, AB
UndergraduateB**Undergraduate Special (ABC/NC)A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, NC, AB, IN*, IP*
UndergraduateIUndergraduate SpecialA+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D, F, AB, IN*, IP*
GraduateGGraduate RegularA+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C, F, IN*, AB
GraduateFGraduate SpecialA+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C, F, IN*, AB, S, NC, IP*
AnySSatisfactory/No CreditS, NC, AB, IN*, IP*
INTO-MasonEEnglish Languagevaries
Continuing EducationCContinuing Education or Non-Creditvaries
XNot Gradablenone
AdministrativeYNot for Creditvaries


* The grade of IP (in-progress) is only allowed in certain courses as shown above. A grade of IN (incomplete) is usually the appropriate grade for missing work, and calculates as an F while on the student’s record. IN and IP should not be assigned as mid-term grades.

**The grade mode of B is only available by special request and cannot be selected when creating a course proposal in CIM. Contact University Catalog if you are interested in this grade mode.

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