Briercrest Seminary was founded in 1983 and exists to provide Christ-centered graduate education designed to equip students with the biblical perspectives, personal vision, professional skills, and theological convictions necessary for Christian life and ministry in their generation. Briercrest Seminary has been accredited by the Association of Theological Schools since 1998.

Graduate Grade Scale

Grade Percent Grade Point Value Description
A+ 90-100% 4.0 Exceptional Achievement
A 85-89% 4.0 Excellent Achievement
A- 80-84% 3.7 Superior Work
B+ 77-79% 3.3 Very Good Work
B 73-76% 3.0 Good work
B- 70-72% 2.7 Moderately Good Work
C+ 67-69% 2.3 Solid Average Achievement
C 63-66% 2.0 Average Achievement
C- 60-62% 1.7 Marginally Acceptable Work
D+ 55-59% 1.3 Below Average Work
D 50-54% 1.0 Poor Work
F 0-49% 0.0 Failure
Other Grading Notations

AU – Audit.
EX or IN – Incomplete / Grade Outstanding.
P – Course passed, no effect on GPA.
RC – Requirement Completed, no effect on GPA.
RP – Course Repeated.
W – Withdraw, no effect on GPA.
WF – Withdraw Fail, which counts as a 0.0 toward a student’s GPA.

Graduate Grade Scale (prior to Fall 2023 term)

Grade Percent Grade Point Value Description
A+ 98-100% 4.0 Excellent Achievement
A 93-97% 4.0 Very good work
A- 90-92% 3.7 Very good work
B+ 87-89% 3.3  
B 83-86% 3.0 Good, sound work
B- 80-82% 2.7  
C+ 77-79% 2.3 Acceptable work
C 73-76% 2.0 Needs improvement
C- 70-72% 1.7  
D+ 67-69% 1.3  
D 63-66% 1.0 Passing, but marginal
D- 60-62% 0.7  
F Below 60% 0.0 Unacceptable work

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the Grade Point Average (GPA) for a semester calculated?

  • multiplying the credit hours for each course by the grade points earned, resulting in a sum of quality points
  • adding up all the quality points earned in one semester
  • dividing the sum by the total number of attempted credits for that semester

The same calculation can be applied to the total number of credits and quality points a student has earned during her/his time at the seminary.

When can students expect to see final course grades on their transcripts?

Briercrest’s faculty and administration strive to confirm final grades as soon as possible following the completion of each course. In general, final course grades should appear on student unofficial transcripts within six weeks of the due date of the final course assignment. Please contact the Seminary with questions about final grade availability.

What do “Academic Probation” and “Required to Discontinue” status mean on transcripts?

The purpose of Academic Probation (AP) or Required to Discontinue (RTD) status is to notify the student that they are currently not on track for successful program completion (i.e., graduation) and to encourage the student to take steps toward achieving academic good standing as soon as possible. Since the required cumulative grade point average (GPA) for completion is 2.5, a student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.5 will be placed on Academic Probation. The student will then be required to discontinue unless they increase their GPA above 2.5 within a certain period of time. For the full details of how AP and RTD work, see the Briercrest Seminary Academic Calendar.

What does “Honours” status mean on transcripts?

Students who complete their seminary program with the following cumulative GPA will graduate with honours as below:

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.70 – 3.79 – Cum Laude
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.80 – 3.89 – Magna Cum Laude
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.90 – 4.00 – Summa Cum Laude

This achievement is recognized at commencement and is noted on the student’s transcript.

For more information about Briercrest Seminary’s academic policies, see the Academic Calendar.