Students receiving mentions above "passable" generally may be considered admissible to the Graduate School; however, particular attention should be given to the trend in the record and the last two years. When class rank is available, it may be given more weight than the grades. For applicants who have only the Licence before beginning studies here, see below.
Grading on a scale of 0-20.
French grades and mentions
17 - 20 Tres bien Very Good
14 - 16 Bien Good
12 - 13 Assez bien Fairly Good
10 - 11 Passable
Information from the Embassy of the Ivory Coast indicated that 9 is a "D" or "pass" for individual subjects and that with a grade of 7 or 8 the student is allowed to retake the examination. We will consider for admission those who already have the Licence, although this is not accepted as the equivalent of the U.S. bachelor's degree. Applicants who have only the Licence would be expected to have averages of Bien or better.
Usually two years of study are required for completion of one of four or five "diplomes." These two years are general and preparatory in nature. The Licence requires an additional one or two years of specialized study -- the length depending upon one's major.
For some programs the licence may be by-passed, and the Maitrise completed in two years following the two-year preparatory study.