Academic Performance

Students enrolled in the EMP must achieve a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in the courses counted toward the master’s degree or a certificate. This is a requirement of both the Graduate School and the EMP. If your GPA falls below 3.0 you will be placed on academic probation. Students may not take the master’s exam or graduate while on academic probation and are subject to dismissal from the EMP.

The policy of the EMP is that a student may apply no more than (i.e. a maximum of) one (1) course toward the master’s degree with a grade of C+.

Absent extreme and extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student, no student may repeat any EMP course more than once. This means that if, after a maximum of two (2) attempts, a student fails to earn a minimum of a C+ in any course required for the master’s degree, they cannot be granted a degree in the EMP.


Faculty teaching courses have complete authority for calculating and assigning final grades in courses they teach. The university has a standardized grading system which is identified below (credit points for each hour of credit is in parentheses).

Letter Grade

Quality Points













Good/Better Than Average












(Minimum Passing Grade in Many Pre-Requisite Courses)









(Minimum Passing Grade if Not Pre-Requisite Course)



Failing Grade

Grade Point Average (GPA) is calculated by dividing the quality hours into the quality points. The difference between earned hours and quality hours is that quality hours include coursework used to calculate the GPA (which includes failed courses but not courses passed under the pass/fail grade option). Earned hours include transfer hours awarded and University of Colorado courses passed under the pass/fail grade option as well as standard grading. GPAs accumulated at other institutions do not transfer to the University of Colorado.  GPAs from courses taken as a non-degree seeking student at the University of Colorado do not towards your graduate GPA.

Occasionally, instructors must change the original grade they recorded on their final grade list. To do this, the instructor must complete a Change of Record (COR) form which may be obtained through department offices or the Dean’s Office. For security reasons, students are not allowed to be in possession of this form. Faculty or instructors must fill out the Change of Record Form, with a reason for the grade change indicated, and submit it to the student’s Dean’s Office for final approval before it is forwarded to the Registrar’s Office. The Dean’s Office will not approve a grade changed for personal considerations or for work submitted after the course was completed, for extra credit or extra time not offered to all class members. Under exceptional circumstances, a student may be placed directly on academic suspension if retroactive grade changes lower the cumulative or prior semester grade point averages.

Incomplete grades are given only when students, for documented reasons beyond their control, are unable to complete course requirements. A substantial amount of work must have been satisfactorily completed before approval for such a grade is given. An Incomplete Grade Record Form must be completed by the instructor and student. In addition to reflecting the course and term taught, it also states what work must be completed to award the final grade and when the work must be finished (not to exceed one year). The Incomplete Grade Record form is available online as well as in department offices and the Dean’s Office. In all cases, the course with the incomplete grade must be completed on the campus in which the Incomplete was earned.

Incomplete grades are not calculated into the GPA. If a student does not complete a course assigned an Incomplete grade within one year, the Incomplete grade will automatically convert to an F grade. Students cannot repeat an equivalent course at another campus of the university or at another institution and expect the CU-Boulder grade of “I” to be removed, changed, or excluded from conversion to an F. A student is expected to complete any course with an “I” grade and not to re-enroll in an engineering course in which a grade of “I” was awarded. Once the work has been completed, the instructor must complete and submit a Change of Record form. However, it is the student's responsibility to verify that the grade change was processed and is reflected properly on the transcript.

A course taken for no credit cannot be used for fulfilling graduation requirements. Once a course has been taken for no credit it cannot be repeated for a grade. Consequently, a student must petition through the college before enrolling for any course no credit. A student is still subject to course tuition and fee expenses when registering for a course with the no credit option.

The EMP does not allow students to take courses pass/fail.

EMEN 5000: Engineering Analysis is considered a prerequisite course and does not count towards the Engineering Management Master’s degree.  The EMP requires students to receive a B or better in this course.  All other EMP prerequisites (i.e. writing course, English proficiency, etc.) also require a grade of B or better.

Honor Code

Engineering Management Program Honor Code Philosophy

Honor is a primary aspect of the Engineering Management Program (EMP) academic mission when educating leaders and managers for business, government and industry. An understanding of the importance of Honor is part of what we teach. Therefore, the Honor Code is discussed at the beginning of every EMP course.

Honor Code infographic that reads be honest, be true, be proud, be Boulder

CU Honor Code Mission

As citizens of an academic community of trust, CU-Boulder students do not lie or cheat whether they are on campus or acting as representatives of the university in surrounding communities. Neither should they suffer by the dishonest acts of others. Honor is about academic integrity, moral and ethical conduct, and pride of membership in a community that values academic achievement and individual responsibility. Cultivating honor lays in the foundation for lifelong integrity, developing in each of us the courage and insight to make difficult choices and accept responsibility for actions and their consequences, even at personal cost.

CU Honor Code Vision

An honor code establishes a fundamental social contract within which the university community agrees to live. This contract relies on the conviction that the personal and academic integrity of each individual member strengthens and improves the quality of life for the entire community. The presence of an honor code is vital to protecting the value of our academic accomplishments at the university. Through mutual trust we may create an environment in which our work is honest and respectable.

The honor code works by receiving the support and participation of all members in the university community. Each member of the university community pledges to personally uphold the values of the honor code. As citizens of an academic community of trust, respect, and honor, University of Colorado Boulder students do not act dishonestly while on campus or while representing the university in surrounding communities. Nor should students suffer from the dishonest acts of others. Together we may create a community in which we take pride in our honest work and can trust each other to act honestly at all times.

All students of the University of Colorado at Boulder are responsible for knowing and adhering to the academic integrity policy of this institution. Violations of this policy may include: cheating, plagiarism, aid of academic dishonesty, fabrication, lying, bribery, and threatening behavior.  All incidents of academic misconduct shall be reported to the Honor Code Council (; 303-725-2273). Students who are found to be in violation of the academic integrity policy will be subject to both academic sanctions (including but not limited to reduced assignment grade, reduced course letter grade, or failing the course) from the faculty member and non-academic sanctions (including but not limited to university probation, suspension, or expulsion). See the CU Boulder Honor Code Website.

The development of the Internet has provided students with historically unparalleled opportunities for conducting research swiftly and comprehensively. The availability of these materials does not, however, release the student from citing sources where appropriate; or applying standard rules associated with avoiding plagiarism. Specifically, the instructor will be expecting to review papers written by students drawing ideas and information from various sources (cited appropriately), presented generally in the student's words after careful analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. An assembly of huge blocks of other individuals' existing material, even when cited, does not constitute an appropriate representation of this expectation. Uncited, plagiarized material shall be treated as academically dishonest. If the student is confused as to what constitutes plagiarism, s/he should review the CU Honor Code on this topic, and refer to the following excellent resources:

Students agree that by taking this course all required papers may, at the discretion of the instructor, be subject to submission for a Textual Similarity Review to for the detection of plagiarism.  All submitted papers will be added as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers in the future.

The faculty of the Engineering Management Program (EMP) believe that a culture of integrity is essential to both the long-term, personal success of our students and to the economies and countries in which they live and work.  Therefore, EMP has created an Honor Code Violation Policy that specifies its academic consequence of the CU Honor Code:

Any and all violations of the CU Honor Code in EMP classes will be reported to the Honor Code Council.  As per CU’s policy, the faculty member will determine the academic sanction for an offense.  The CU Honor Code Council will determine any additional, non-academic sanctions.   This portion of EMP’s policy is a restatement of the Honor Code policy approved by the CU Board of Regents.
A second violation of the CU Honor Code by any students enrolled in Engineering Management courses will result in the academic sanction of not being allowed to enroll in any future Engineering Management courses.