USC Price School of Public Policy

Repeating Courses

The following provides information on repeating courses for:

» Graduate Students
» Undergraduate Students

Graduate Students

Graduate students may repeat a course in which a grade of C? or below was received, but both grades will be calculated into the student’s grade point average. Graduate students who want to repeat a course in which a grade of C+ or C was received and have the subsequent grade calculated in the grade point average must petition the Committee on Academic Policies and Procedures (CAPP) for permission to do so prior to re-registering in the course. Post hoc approval will not be granted.

In no case will additional degree credit be allowed for repeated courses or duplicated work. No student may repeat a course in which a grade of B- or better was received.

Repeating Courses/Conditions of Admission
Graduate students who are admitted with conditions and who do not earn the requisite grade in a specific degree requirement may be asked to leave the program or take an additional class to measure their ability. They should not be asked to re-take the course unless they earned a C- or less.

Undergraduate Students

Students who enter as first?time freshmen may repeat a maximum of three courses taken during the first two semester of enrollment at USC in which grades of D+ or below (including UW and IX) were received. Only the subsequent grade, even if lower, will be calculated in the grade point average. The course must be repeated at USC, and both courses and the grades received will appear on the transcript. The same course may be repeated no more than once for the benefit of substitution of grade. For this policy as well as the one below, the prerequisite policy will apply. Undergraduate students must notify the Degree Progress Department that they wish to utilize this policy on repeated coursework for first?time freshmen.

Undergraduates may also repeat other courses taken in which grades of D+ or below were received but, in these instances, both grades will be calculated in the grade point average. Students who have been assigned a grade as a result of a Student Conduct Sanction may not repeat the course under the provisions of first?time freshmen.

Undergraduate students who want to repeat a course in which a grade of C+, C or C? was received and have the subsequent grade calculated in the grade point average must petition the committee on Academic Policies and Procedures (CAPP) for permission to do so prior to re?registering in the course. Post hoc approval will not be granted.

For additional information, go to the Academic Standards page in the USC Catalogue and look under repeated course work.