Academic Standards

IMPORTANT: The information on this site is intended to be a helpful guide for students. The official rules and regulations governing academic standards and degree requirements can be found on the Academic Calendars website.

ACADEMIC STANDARDS

To proceed from year to year in a Lassonde degree program, you must maintain a minimum overall cumulative grade point average (OCGPA).

What is an OCGPA?

The OCGPA is an average of your grades from all courses taken at York. This includes electives, required courses and even courses taken in another program at York. The OCGPA does not include grades you received in course work from another institution (e.g., transfer credits) or courses that have the notation NCR (No Credit Retained) or RLF (Course Relief). To learn more about NCRs and RLFs, please review the repeated course legislation and the course relief policy.

When is my OCGPA calculated?

Twice a year, at the end of each session (typically in May and August), the University calculates your OCGPA to determine whether or not you have met the minimum academic criteria for your program. 

How do I know if I am allowed to continue in my program?

At the end of each session, you will receive an academic decision based on your OCGPA. Your academic decision describes whether or not you can continue in your program and can be found on the online grade report.

If you have achieved the minimum OCGPA required, you will be allowed to continue in your program. If you have not met the minimum requirements, you may receive a warning or may not be allowed to continue in your program.

 


 

What OCGPA do I need to stay in my program?

Ordinary Bachelor Degree

In a 90 credit bachelor degree you need to maintain a minimum OCGPA of 4.0 (C) to continue and graduate from your program.

What if I don’t achieve the OCGPA I am supposed to achieve in my Ordinary degree?

If your OCGPA is below 4.00, you are on Academic Warning. From the moment you go on Academic Warning, you must either raise your OCGPA to a 4.00 within the next 24 credits you take, or achieve a sessional GPA of 5.00 (which means a 5.00 in all the courses you took that session). If you do not achieve either of these minimum requirements, you may be Required to Withdraw from the University for a year. 

If, after you’ve taken 24 credits, your OCGPA falls below a 2.50 then you may be Required to Withdraw from the University for a year, without an Academic Warning.

Honours Bachelor Degree

In a 120 credit (or more) Honours degree program, you need an OCGPA of 5.0 (C+) to continue in good standing and graduate from your program. The minimum OCGPA you are required to maintain depends on how many credits you have taken (that includes credits you’ve taken at York and any transfer credits you’ve received). These rules are referred to as Honours Progression Rules.

There are Honours Progression Rules for Honours BSc, iBSc, BA, and iBA students and Honours Progression Rules for BEng students.

In the Honours BSc, iBSc, BA, or iBA you need the following OCGPA for the following number of completed credits:

Credit Range

(including passed, failed, repeated, and transfer credits)

Cumulative Overall Grade Point Average Required

0 to 23

4.00

24 to 53

4.25

54 to 83

4.80

84 or higher

5.00

In the Honours BEng you need the following OCGPA for the following number of completed credits:

Credits Range

(including passed, failed, repeated, and transfer credits)

Cumulative Overall Grade Point Average Required

0 to 35

4.00

36 to 71

4.25

72 to 107

4.80

108 or higher

5.00

 

 

What happens if I do not meet the minimum requirements for my Honours program?
 
You will be exited from your Honours program. If an Ordinary 90 credit version of your program exists, you are usually automatically moved to the Ordinary version (e.g., BSc Honours Computer Science to BSc Ordinary Computer Science). If there is no 90 credit version of your program, you will need to meet with an Advisor to discuss changing your program (e.g., BEng Civil Engineering to BSc Science).
 
If your OCGPA is below 4.00, you are on Academic Warning, in addition to being exited from your Honours program, you will be on Academic Warning. From the moment you go on Academic Warning, you must either raise your OCGPA to a 4.00 within the next 24 credits you take, or achieve a sessional GPA of 5.00 (which means a 5.00 in all the courses you took that session). If you do not achieve either of these minimum requirements, you may be Required to Withdraw from the University for a year.
 
If, after you’ve taken 24 credits, your OCGPA falls below a 2.50 then you may be Required to Withdraw from the University for a year, without an Academic Warning.
 
NOTE: If you have been exited from an Honours degree, and were not automatically transferred into an Ordinary one, you will not be able to enrol in courses until you either change your program or receive an Honours Waiver. For more information on Honours Waivers see below.
 
Can I stay in an Honours program without meeting the minimum OCGPA required?
 
Depending on the circumstances, you may be eligible for an Honours Waiver. An Honours Waiver allows a student to stay in an Honours program without the required OCGPA. Continue reading to learn more about Honours Waivers. For more information on Honours Waivers, you may also click here.
 
 

 
Where can I find my Academic Decision and my OCGPA?
 
At the end of each session, your grade report will reflect your academic decision and your OCGPA. All of your grades need to be on your grade report in order for your academic decision and OCGPA to be calculated.
 
What if I want to calculate my OCGPA before the official University calculation in May and August?
 
You can use the online GPA calculator to calculate your OCGPA at any time.
 
 

 
Questions or concerns about this information?
 
We understand these rules may be confusing. If you have received or are worried you may receive a negative academic decision, connect with an Academic Advisor from the Lassonde Student Welcome and Support Centre. We can help guide you through your options.