What you need to know
Graduate students may register for a total of no more than one subject per term in which they choose to receive P/D/F grading instead of standard letter grades. P (passing) indicates a C- or better.
Departments may disallow P/D/F grading in any of their graduate degree programs. Instructors may also disallow graduate P/D/F grading in the subjects they teach. This information can normally be found in the class syllabus.
Some key points to remember:
- You cannot use subjects designated as P/D/F to fulfill degree requirements, including the required units for any degree program.
- You will not receive graduate-level credit for a subject designated as P/D/F.
- P grades are not used in calculating your term and cumulative GPAs, but D and F grades are.
- Registering for a subject specifically designated as P/D/F in the MIT Bulletin and Subject Listing & Schedule does not count toward your one subject per term Graduate P/D/F option.
What you need to do
- Designate a subject as P/D/F during registration.
- After registration, request P/D/F changes through our Add/Drop application.
- An email notification will be sent to your advisor. He or she must approve your request.
- After your advisor has approved your request, return to the Add/Drop application to submit the change.
- After Add Date, submit change requests by petition. Petitions require the approval of both your department and the Office of Graduate Education (OGE).