Pass/Not Pass Spring 2020

The deadline for submitting Pass/Not Pass requests has passed. 

Questions about Pass/Not Pass requests submitted before 11:59 pm May 1, 2020 should be directed to

Questions about the Appeal Process should view the information on the Academic Appeals Procedures webpage. 

Pass/Not Pass grading option

The university policy regarding Pass/Not Pass has been adjusted for the spring 2020 semester in response to the changes made to course delivery due to the campus COVID-19 response. The exceptions that have been approved by the Academic Leadership Council for the spring 2020 semester are outlined on this page. This policy is applicable to undergraduate classes only and does not apply to graduate courses. 

The exceptions on this page are in effect only for the spring 2020 semester. The drop deadline has been extended until May 1, 2020, (one week before classes end) for students to elect to drop a class or move a class to Pass/Not Pass or Audit.

Exceptions to the standard Pass/Not Pass policy that will be in effect for spring 2020 classes:

  • All Spring 2020 undergraduate courses will be eligible to be taken Pass/Not Pass, including those that specifically state in the catalog that they cannot be taken Pass/Not Pass.
  • Spring 2020 classes placed on pass/not pass will be eligible to meet general education, major, minor, and professional education requirements.
  • Spring 2020 classes taken Pass/Not Pass that result in a Pass grade will meet prerequisite requirements for future classes.
  • Spring 2020 honors classes can be taken Pass/Not Pass.
  • These spring 2020 exceptions apply to classes taken both at Missouri State University and transferred from other regionally accredited colleges and universities.

Things you should consider when changing a course to Pass/Not Pass

  • Missouri State considers a D grade or above as passing and anything below a D as a not pass grade for undergraduate courses. Consult with the grading scale posted in each course syllabus.
  • Students must continue to attend classes, complete assignments and participate in order to be eligible to receive a passing grade in their course.
  • Consult with your academic advisor before changing classes to Pass/Not Pass to make sure that it will not cause any unforeseen issues. Your advisor is listed on the Registration tab of My Missouri State.
  • Courses changed to the Pass/Not Pass option cannot be used to count toward a students’ GPA requirements, and therefore cannot help them to meet specific GPA requirements for their program, nor will they count toward Dean’s List requirements. 
  • This option can be applied on a course-by-course basis.  A student does not have to move all courses to Pass/Not Pass and can choose to move a single course to Pass/Not Pass.
  • The decision to take a course on a Pass/Not Pass basis cannot be reversed.
  • MSU cannot guarantee that a future school will accept Pass/Not Pass courses as incoming transfer work. If you are planning to transfer your course elsewhere, you will want to reach out to your other school to make sure they will accept it prior to switching your class to Pass/Not Pass. 
  • MSU does not know how Pass/Not Pass will be reviewed by future graduate programs. If you are planning to apply to graduate school, you will want to check with that school prior to switching your class to Pass/Not Pass.

Procedures for requesting Pass/Not Pass

The procedures listed below are for reference only. The deadline for submitting Pass/Not Pass requests has passed. No additional submissions for spring 2020 classes are being accepted. 

Questions about Pass/Not Pass requests submitted before 11:59 pm May 1, 2020 should be directed to

Questions about the Appeal Process should view the information on the Academic Appeals Procedures webpage. 

Option 1 (preferred method)

Submit the Online Pass/Not Pass Request Form using your Missouri State login


Option 2 (recommended for Dual Credit students who have not created a Missouri State student account login)

Download Pass/Not Pass Request Form

  • Be sure to sign the form before returning it to the University for processing
  • Email form to; or
  • Mail to Office of the Registrar, Missouri State University, 901 S. National Ave, Springfield, MO 65897

All Pass/Not Pass requests for the Spring 2020 must be submitted electronically by 11:59 pm on May 1, 2020 or postmarked no later than May 1, 2020.

Please allow 3 to 5 business days after submitting your request for processing to complete the changes to your grading status.

The standard policy for the Pass/Not Pass Grading Option can be viewed in the Academic Policies and Procedures section of the Undergraduate Catalog.

Questions about Pass/Not Pass should be directed to

Updated May 7, 2020