Calculating your GPA

An important skill is calculating grade point average!

Figuring GPA can seem frustrating, but once you know what goes into your GPA and you practice figuring your GPA a few times, you should feel more confident about what grades you need to earn academic goals.

Let's use the catalog to get some information about figuring a GPA.

Grade Point Average

Op3.04-29 Grade Point Average

Undergraduate and graduate grade point averages are maintained. A student’s Missouri State grade point average is based only on courses completed at Missouri State. A combined grade point average, based on work completed at Missouri State and in transfer, is also maintained by the office of the registrar. This combined grade point average is used in determining a student’s academic standing and eligibility for graduation and scholastic honors at graduation. Refer to the sections on "Academic Status" and "Scholastic Honors" as well as the individual degree and program descriptions for more details on grade point average requirements.

Grade point average is calculated by dividing the total quality points earned by the total credit hours attempted. The semester grade point average is calculated by dividing the quality points earned for the semester by the credit hours attempted for the semester. See "Grading and the Credit Point System" and "Repeat Policy" sections for more details on grade point average calculation. The grade point average of graduate and nondegree-seeking students is based only on graduate level courses (those numbered 600 and above). If a graduate student enrolls in undergraduate courses, grades earned in those courses will be included in the calculation of the undergraduate grade point average.

Cumulative, Semester, and MSU GPA

  • Cumulative Grade point average is calculated by dividing the total quality points earned by the total credit hours attempted across all semesters of coursework.
  • The semester grade point average is calculated by dividing the quality points earned for the semester by the credit hours attempted for the semester.
  • MSU also keeps track of your GPA in your MSU courses. All students need a 2.00 GPA in MSU courses to earn a Missouri State University diploma.

Calculating your GPA

Watch this on-demand video to see how to calculate your GPA at Missouri State.

Achieving your goal GPA

If you still have questions about figuring a grade point average, please go back through this section or ask your academic advisor to help. Watch this on-demand video to see how to achieve your goal GPA at Missouri State.

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