Carnegie Mellon University

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The following information appears on the back of all official Carnegie Mellon transcripts:

Please direct all questions to the University Registrar’s Office:

Carnegie Mellon University
University Registrar’s Office
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

Phone: 412-268-4138
Fax: 412-268-6651

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 as Amended

This record is released on the condition that the student information contained herein will not be transferred to a third party without the written consent of the student.

Carnegie Mellon University is an accredited member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, 3624 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19104.

College and department accreditations include:

  • Accreditation Board for Engineering Technology (ABET) – Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Engineering and Public Policy, Mechanical Engineering, and Materials Science and Engineering
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) – Architecture
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) – Art and Design
  • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) – Music
  • American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and Middle Atlantic Association of College of Business Administration (MAACBA) – David A. Tepper School of Business
  • American Chemical Society (ACS) – Chemistry
  • National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NAPAA) – H. John Heinz III College.

Language of Instruction

All Carnegie Mellon University courses are taught in English.

Teaching Location

This transcript reflects all Carnegie Mellon coursework, independent of campus or teaching location.

Carnegie Mellon observes the semester system with two six-week summer sessions. Courses may be taught in other shortened sessions.

Each Carnegie Mellon University course number begins with a two-digit prefix which designates the department offering the course (76-xxx courses are offered by the Department of English, etc.). Although each department maintains its own course numbering practices, typically the first digit after the prefix indicates the class level: xx-1xx courses are freshmen-level, xx-2xx courses are sophomore level, etc. xx-6xx courses may be either undergraduate senior-level or graduate-level, depending on the department. xx-7xx courses and higher are graduate-level.

Degrees are awarded upon satisfactory completion of residence requirements, all requirements in the approved curriculum(a) and by recommendation for degree(s) by the faculty of the appropriate college(s).

Three units equal one semester hour of credit.

Quality Point Average (QPA) Calculations

Carnegie Mellon University defines a quality point as a point value times units for a given course. QPAs are calculated according to the following formula:

Semester QPA: quality points divided by factorable units.
Cumulative QPA: total quality points divided by total factorable units

Undergraduate courses are not factorable into the QPA for graduate students.

Units Carried vs. Passed vs. Factored

Units Carried refers to the total number of units for which the student is registered.
Units Passed is the total of all units that have a passing grade. Grades of ‘R’,’N’,’ and ‘I’ are not included in units passed.
Units Factored is the total of all units factored into QPA. See Grading Standards for grades not factorable into QPA. Undergraduate courses are not factorable into QPA for graduate students.

Cumulative QPA

A separate cumulative QPA is calculated for undergraduate and graduate records. If a student attends for a combination of undergraduate, graduate studies, and/or non-degree studies, a cumulative QPA may not be calculated.

Cumulative QPA may not be available on transcripts for semesters prior to 1989.

4.0 Grading Standards

Undergraduate students (and graduate students in CFA, CIT, CMU, MCS, and SCS who entered before fall 1995):

Grade Point Value Description
A 4.0 Excellent




D 1.0 Passing
R 0.0 Failure
X 0.0 Conditional Failure
S non-factorable Satisfactory
P non-factorable Passing
N non-factorable Failure in Pass/Fail Course
O non-factorable Audit
W non-factorable Withdrawal
I non-factorable Incomplete
AD non-factorable Credit by Examination
TR non-factorable Transfer Credit

4+ Grading Standards / 9.0 Grading Standards

The 4+ grading scale is applicable to graduate students who entered in and after Fall 1995.The 9 .0 grading scale is applicable only to certain graduate students who entered before Fall 1995: Students in the Graduate School of Industrial Administration (GSIA, now Tepper School of Business(TSB)), the School of Urban and Public Affairs (SUPA, now Heinz College (HC)), and graduate students who were admitted to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (H&SS, now Dietrich College (DC)) after August 1986.

Grade Point Value (4+) Point Value (9.0) Description
A+ *




A- 3.67 7
B+ 3.33 6
B 3.00 5
B- 2.67 4
C+ 2.33 3
C 2.00 2
C- 1.67 1
D+ * 1.33 -
* 1.0 0
R 0.0 0 Failure
X 0.0 - Conditional Failure
S non-factorable non-factorable Satisfactory
P non-factorable non-factorable Passing
N non-factorable - Failure in Pass/Fail Course
O non-factorable - Audit
W non-factorable - Withdrawal
I non-factorable - Incomplete
AD non-factorable - Credit by Examination
TR non-factorable - Transfer Credit

* DC and CIT graduate students are not permitted to receive an A+. TSB and HC graduate students do not receive D or D+ grades.

Grading Scale & QPA Conversion

We are unable to provide conversion to other grading scales, such as percentage. A guide to our grading scale is provided on the back of all official transcripts. While we do provide overall semester QPA and cumulative QPA, we are unable to provide an “in-major” QPA (i.e. QPA for courses only in your major).

Pass/no pass grade conversions

Note: After the mid-point of the spring 2020 semester, a global pandemic caused a significant disruption that warranted temporary changes to our grading policy, which were for the spring 2020 semester only. These changes offered broader use of our Pass/No Pass (P/NP) grading option and the acceptance of passing grades to fulfill degree requirements.


If the pass/no pass final grade option is elected, any grade of D or above will be reflected on the student record as a P and any classes for which an R has been assigned will be recorded as an N grade.

Graduate Students

When graduate students elect the pass/no pass final grade option, grades are assigned per the student's home college policy. Students in CIT and SCS will receive S grades instead of P grades. S grades are the equivalent of a P grade, and vice versa.

Pass/No Pass Grade Conversion for Graduate Students by Home College
A+ P S P P P P S P P
A- P S P P P P S P P
B+ P S P P P P S P P
B- P S P P P P S P P
C+ P S P N P P S P P
C- N N N N P N N P P
D+ N N N N N N N N N
D- N N N N N N N N N
Comments Includes ETC & III

Includes Comp Finance

Code Department Name Course Prefix *
AFR Aerospace Studies-ROTC 31
AIT Information Technology AUS: Sch of IS & 
ARC Architecture 48
ART Art 60
BA Business Administration 70
BCA Computer Science and Arts 62
BEA Engineering Studies and Arts 62
BHA Humanities and Arts 62
BMD Biomedical Engineering 42
BSA Science and Arts 62
BSC Biological Sciences 03
BXA BXA Intercollege Degree Programs 52
C00 General CIT
CAS Center for the Arts in Society 64
CB Computational Biology 02
CEE Civil & Environmental Engineering 12
CFA CFA Interdisciplinary 62
CHE Chemical Engineering 06
CIT CIT Interdisciplinary 39
CMU Carnegie Mellon University-Wide Studies 99
CMY Chemistry 09
CRM Creative Enterprise:Sch of Pub Pol & Mgt 93
CS Computer Science 15
DES Design 51
DRA Drama 54
ECE Electrical & Computer Engineering 18
ECO Economics 73
ENG English 76
EPP Engineering & Public Policy 19
ETC Entertainment Technology Pittsburgh 53
F00 CFA Undeclared
H00 General Dietrich College 65
HC Heinz College Wide Courses 94
HCI Human-Computer Interaction 05
HCP Health Care Policy:Sch of Pub Pol & Mgt
HIS History 79
HSS Dietrich College Interdisciplinary 66
IA Tepper School of Business 45
IA3 Tepper School of Business Flex Time
IAE Electronic Commerce 20
ICT Information & Communication Technology 04
III Integrated Innovation Institute
INI Information Networking Institute 14
IPM Information Security Plcy Mgt:Sch of IS 
ISH Dietrich College Information Systems 67
IPS Institute for Politics and Strategy 84
ISM Information Systems:Sch of IS & Mgt 95
ISR Institute for Software Research 08
ITM Information Technology:Sch of IS & Mgt
LTI Language Technologies Institute 11
M00 General MCS
MBT Biotechnology Mgt:Sch of Pub Pol & Mgt
MCS MCS Interdisciplinary 38
MED Medical Management:Sch of Pub Pol & Mgt 92
MEG Mechanical Engineering 24
MIS Miscellaneous
ML Modern Languages 82
MLG Machine Learning 10
MSC Mathematical Sciences 21
MSE Materials Science & Engineering 27
MST Military Science-ROTC 30
MUS Music 57
NVS Naval Science - ROTC 32
PE Physical Education 69
PHI Philosophy 80
PHY Physics 33
PMP Public Management:Sch of Pub Pol & Mgt 91
PPA Public Policy & Mgt AUS:Sch of Pub Pol &
PPP Public Policy & Mgt:Sch of Pub Pol & Mgt 90
PRQ Summer Pre-College Qatar
PSY Psychology 85
QBA Qatar Business Administration
QBS Qatar Biological Sciences
QCS Qatar Computer Science
QIS Qatar Information Systems
ROB Robotics 16
SCS SCS Interdisciplinary
SDC Student-Defined Major MCS
SDF Student-Defined Major CFA
SDI Student-Defined Major TSB
SDM Student-Defined Major HSS
SDS Social & Decision Sciences 88
SDU Student-Defined Major CMU
SE Software Engineering 17
SHS Science and Humanities Scholars
STA Statistics 36
STU StuCo (Student Led Courses) 98
SV Silicon Valley 96
XRG Cross-Registered
 * See note on course numbers above.

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog for a listing of all degrees offered.

Code Degree
BA Bachelor of Arts
BAC Bachelor of Architecture
BCA Bachelor of Computer Science and Arts
BDES Bachelor of Design
BFA Bachelor of Fine Arts
BHA Bachelor of Humanities and Arts
BS Bachelor of Science
BSA Bachelor of Science and Arts
DA Doctor of Arts
DDES Doctor of Design
DPP Doctor of Professional Practice
EMBA Executive Master of Business Administration
MA Master of Arts
MAC Master of Architecture
MAM Master of Arts Management
MAT Master of Arts Teaching
MBA Master of Business Administration
MBME Master of Biomedical Engineering
MBS Master of Building Science
MCDS Master of Computational Data Science
MCH Master of Chemical Engineering
MCIDD Master of Computer Interaction Desgn Dev
MCM Master of Computer Music
MCP Master Chemical Engineering & Colloids, Polymers and Surfaces
MDE Master of Design
MEIM Master of Entertainment Industry Management
MET Master of Entertainment Technology
METAL Master of Educational Technology and Applied Learning Science
MFA Master of Fine Arts
MHC Master of Health Care
MHI Master of Human-Computer Interaction
MIIPS Master of Integrated Innovation for Products and Services
MISM Master of Information Systems Management
MITS Master of Information Technology Strategy
ML Master of Letters
MMM Master of Medical Management
MMU Master of Music
MPD Master of Product Development
MPH Master of Philosophy
MPM Master of Public Management
MPS Master of Professional Studies
MS Master of Science
MSE Master of Software Engineering
MSP Master of Statistical Practice
MTID Master of Tangible Interaction Design
MUD Master of Urban Design
NOD Non Degree Candidate
PHD Doctor of Philosophy

Physical Education Courses are considered Units Passed in the student’s overall semester and cumulative QPA; they are not considered Units Factorable and are not used in calculating the student’s overall semester QPA, rank in class or for academic actions.

Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap or disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, ancestry, belief, veteran status, or genetic information.  Furthermore, Carnegie Mellon University does not discriminate and is required not to discriminate in violation of federal, state, or local laws or executive orders.

Inquiries concerning the application of and compliance with this statement should be directed to the Vice President for Campus Affairs, Carnegie Mellon University, 5000 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, telephone 412-268-2056.

Obtain general information about Carnegie Mellon University by calling 412-268-2000.