GPA Calculations

Calculating Your Combined GPA Point Average

Your cumulative GPA is an average of the grades you have received for all courses you have taken for credit at MSU. Your cumulative GPA can be found on your grade report each semester.

Your technical GPA is an average of the grades you have received for all technical courses (nearly all courses taken from the College of Engineering or College of Natural Science or Biosystems Engineering courses, and selected courses from the Lyman Briggs College). For example, MTH 132 and ENT 205 are considered technical courses and are used in calculating your technical GPA. Courses in the colleges of Engineering and Natural Science that are not included in the technical GPA include:

  • Courses beginning with ISB, ISP, or NSC
  • EGR 160, EGR 291, EGR 210
  • MTH 1825
  • CSE 100, CSE 101
  • LB 300 or higher courses, LB 126, LB 133, LB 181

Your combined GPA is the average of your cumulative GPA and your technical GPA. To calculate, add your cumulative GPA and your technical GPA, then divide by 2. Your combined GPA is used for admission to the College of Engineering.

Click here for a spreadsheet to aid in the calculation.

An Example
J. Spartan (Engineering No-Pref) has taken the following courses with the following grades (t=technical GPA course): 

Course Credits Grade Credits x Grade= Point total

t ENT 205 3cr 3.5   |  3 x 3.5= 10.5

t CEM 141 4cr 2.5   |  4 x 2.5= 10

t CEM 161 1cr 3.5   |  1 x 3.5= 3.5

  ISS 215 4cr 3.5     |  4 x 3.5 = 14

t MTH 132 3cr 3.0   |  3 x 3.0= 9.0

Total 15 cr / 47. 0 pts

Cumulative GPA: Multiply credits by the grade for each course, add these together, and divide by the total number of credits:

  • (47 pts / 15 crs)=3.1333 gpa
     

Technical GPA: Multiply credits by the grade for each technical course, add these together, and divide by the number of technical credits:

  • (33 pts / 11 crs)=3.000

 

Combined GPA: Average the cumulative and technical GPAs:

  • (3.1333 + 3.000 = 6.1333 / 2)=3.0666

Note: Students should be aware that technical courses are counted twice, once in the cumulative GPA and then again in the technical GPA.  Also, remember that numeric grades at MSU include 4.0, 3.5, 3.0, 2.5, 2.0, 1.5, 1.0, and 0.0, so to attain at least a 2.9000 Combined GPA, you need to earn mostly 3.0 or better grades in your courses.