Per general requirements for a Master's degree, graduate students may not count more than 6 hours of course work graded C (2.0), C+ (2.33) or CR.  


Having evaluated the materials required for the examination, if the Committee feels that, although the student has demonstrated knowledge and understanding of the field, it is not quite sufficient to justify a grade of "pass", the committee may assign the grade of "Conditional Pass" and require that the student meet additional conditions before a grade of pass will be awarded. The student must meet the conditions noted on the Conditional Pass by the end of the subsequent term. However, students who plan to graduate in a specific term must resolve a Conditional Pass by the posted deadline for submission of examination results. The committee will note the conditions that need to be met by the student on the examination form.


Per UNM policy, no more than 6 credit hours of course work in which a C(2.0), C+ (2.33) or CR was earned may be credited toward a graduate degree. In addition, the Manufacturing Engineering Program will not approve the CR to be used for its core courses, and it will only permit 3 credit hours of CR total (excluding Project extensions). CR (credit) is the equivalent of at least a grade of C. Students who do not satisfactorily complete a course under pass/fail (CR/NC) grading receive NC (no credit).


According to academic policy, incomplete grades must be completed before a student is eligible to graduate from the University of New Mexico.

The grade of “I” is given only when circumstances beyond the student’s control have prevented completion of the coursework within the official dates of a semester/session.

Students should not re-enroll or re-register (for credit) in a course in which an incomplete has been received in order to resolve the “I” (incomplete) grade. If an instructor requires the student to repeat the class in order to resolve the Incomplete, the student must register for the course on an audit basis.

Incomplete grades received Summer 2005 and after must be resolved no later than one year (twelve months) from the published end day of the semester in which the grade was assigned. Incomplete grades not resolved within the time frame stated in this policy are automatically converted to an F (failure) grade.

Students who resolve Incompletes in the semester of graduation must have the process completed (including the reporting of the grade to the Records and Registration Office, SSC 250) by the deadline. Students are responsible for informing instructors that they are graduating and the grade(s) must be reported by the appropriate deadline. 

Failure to complete the process as described could result in the postponement of graduation until the following semester. The instructor of record reports the final grade for the course in which the Incomplete was assigned to the Records and Registration Office, SSC 250. Graduate students see the section on Graduate Programs related to this policy. 

(see UNM On-line Catalog, 2017)

Extension of Incomplete (link
A student may apply for an extension of the time allowed to complete the course work required to remove the “I” grade. The request for extension may be obtained in the Records and Registration Office. A student who re-enrolls in residence, may be granted a one-semester extension. If an extension is granted, it is the student’s responsibility to ensure the “I” grade is removed by the date indicated. Graduate students are required to obtain the additional signature of the Dean of Graduate Studies. The request form must be submitted no later than the last day of the term.

(see UNM On-line Catalog, 2017)

Per the general requirements for a Master's degree, graduate students must complete at least 50% of required course work after admission to the graduate program, unless further limited by the graduate program. It should be noted that UNM does not use the grades from non-matriculated courses in the calculation of the graduate GPA. Thus, 
a student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher based on MATRICULATEDclasses only.

The University of New Mexico and the Office of Graduate Studies recognizes the importance of ceremony in students’ lives. On occasion, a student is unable to complete graduation requirements in accordance with University deadlines. Students who are within one term of graduation may, with the support of their faculty advisor and graduate program, request permission to participate in the University’s commencement ceremony. This form must be submitted to the Office of Graduate Studies no later than April 15 for the Spring term or November 15 for the Fall term. In addition, each student must complete the commencement forms on the University Secretary’s website ( ~commence/).

MEP students requesting to walk in a graduation ceremony should have a near-final version of their thesis or project report submitted to their COS at the time of the request. MEP students who have not submitted a draft of a thesis or project report to their COS should not request to participate in commencement ceremonies.