Fall 2020: How to Convert Your CGPA to GPA for USA, Germany, & Canada

Dear MS aspirant,

Do you have a dream university list on your mind?

Do you know what it takes to get admits from these universities?

No, I don’t mean a broad understanding, I mean, specifically what is the required GRE score, what is the minimum GPA needed, or how long should your SOP be?

Understanding your dream university’s requirements accurately helps you clinch an admit by enabling you to make more informed and timely decisions.

Broadly speaking, the parameters upon which the universities assess your application are as follows:

  1. Your academics (CGPA/GPA, Projects etc.)
  2. Your Scores (GRE/GMAT/TOEFL/IELTS etc.)
  3. Practical Exposure/ Professional Experience/ Co-curricular activities
  4. Statement of Purpose and LoRs

While these aren’t the only factors to consider, this is a good starting point.

If you wish to understand where you stand in the race for your MS, you can get your complete profile evaluated by admissions experts now.

How Important Is Your CGPA in Getting a Top University Admit?

Your academic performance tells the university a lot about your potential as a prospective student there. Apart from the  qualitative aspects of your academic profile, such as your projects and internships, the admissions committee will look at your marks to assess your capabilities in handling their course-load and adapting to their academic regime.

In India, we calculate CGPA on a ten-point scale, with 10 being the maximum attainable CGPA. Some universities also use a system of percentages, where students are scored out of 100.

Similarly, various universities abroad also have their own marking system to evaluate the incoming international applications.

Let’s look at these variations in some of the major study destinations one-by-one.

How Do US Universities Calculate Your CGPA?

Universities in the US assess your scholastic abilities in terms of GPA.

However, there is no official standardized or uniform grading system there and it is left to the individual university or other regulatory bodies to choose and follow a set method of evaluating their applicants.

Commonly, a four-point grading system is followed by universities. This means that a student is graded on a scale of 0 to 4, with 4 being the maximum attainable CGPA.

However, some universities have been known to follow a nine or ten-point grading system as well, e.g:, Rackham School of Graduate Studies at the University of Michigan, till 2013, after which they also switched to the widely-used four-point system.

Do You Really Have to Convert Your CGPA?

Most universities will accept your score on a 10-point scale, in fact, some mandate you to report your grades as they are without conversion.

One of the exceptions is the University of Columbia, as it asks you to convert your score into the four-point scale.

There are also a set of universities that require you to get a third-party evaluation of your transcripts (official statement of your marks) from agencies such as WES (World Education Services), who will report your CGPA/GPA for you, after converting it into the university’s prescribed form, for a fee.

For example, WES also provides a credible free online evaluation of your scores, which you can use to plan your options.

NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) is annother association with several member organizations and agencies that provide such services, these include International Education Research Foundation Inc. (IERF) and Educational Credential Evaluators Inc among several others.

Universities often suggest one or the other third party with whom they are affiliated for such evaluations.

So, third-party evaluation is definitely one credible way to convert your CGPA into the scale accepted by the university.


How Can You Convert Your CGPA at Home?

Even if the university doesn’t demand a conversion for the application form, you can do a rough at-home calculation to determine your eligibility to apply and your chances of admission, by using the formula below:

For example, if your transcript (statement of marks provided by your university) says your CGPA is 7.8, and your batch topper’s CGPA is 8.2, then you can calculate your score as this:

(7.8/8.2) X 4 = 3.8

AdmitEDGE Admission Tip: You must submit your topper’s GPA along with your own GPA when you fill your online application for admission.

If your current university uses a scale out of 100, then use the following scale to understand where you stand in the American four-point scale.

10 Point SystemEquivalent 4 Point GPAUSA Grade Equivalent
8.0 - 8.43.7A
7.5 - 7.93.3B+
7.0 - 7.43.0B
6.5 - 6.92.7C+
6.0 - 6.42.3C
5.5 - 5.92D+
5.0 - 5.41.7D
<5.00 - 1.3F

Note that most universities do not ask you to convert your GPA to the 4-point system and there is a scientific transcript evaluation method that takes into consideration a host of factors before determining what your equivalent GPA would be according to the US grading system!

Disclaimer: The above table should only be used to get a rough estimate of what your GPA would be under the 4-point grading system. The actual equivalent GPA varies on several factors like university name and course pursued, among others. For exact equivalent GPA, one should request for a WES (World Education Services) evaluation

For Germany

How Is Your CGPA Calculated in Germany?

Calculating your CGPA in Germany is very different from that of US or India.

Germany uses a 5-point system for CGPA calculation of their enrolled students, where 1 is the best and 5 is awarded for insufficient performance.

This system is based on the Modified Bavarian Formula.

This formula takes into account the best and the least scores, possibly attained in the applicant’s native educational system, and convert your grade in correlation to these.

Have a look at the table below for a broad understanding of where your CGPA stands.

PercentageGerman GradeDescriptor
90-100%1,1.3"sehr gut" (very good: an outstanding achievement)
80-90%1.7,2,2.3"gut" (good: an achievement substantially above average requirements)
65-80%2.7,3.0,3.3"befriedigend" (satisfactory: an achievement which corresponds to average requirements)
50-65%3.7,4.0"ausreichend" (sufficient an achievement which barely meets the requirements)
<50%2.7"mangelhaft" / "ungenügend" / "nicht bestanden" (insufficient / failed: an achievement which does not meet the requirements)

While the table above can help you with the conversion of your CGPA, it is important to factor in variations such as:

  • Variation in the grading norms in universities.
  • Variations in curriculum

That is, if your university is more stringent than others, scoring a 5060% may be a high score within your university, but a German university may not look at it the same way.

Since the education systems vary, most universities do not require students to convert and report their CGPA as they have their own mechanism in place to do so internally. In such cases, students are only required to send the transcripts and report their scores as it is.

You can visit https://www.daad.de/en/ to know more about the required CGPA to apply to German universities.

For Canada

How Is Your CGPA Calculated in Canada?

In Canada, every university has its own grading system and the parameters are not common across universities or even regions. Students may be advised to report their scores as it is or convert it.

Some universities provide guidelines for applicants to make the conversions.

For example, McGill University chooses to give equivalencies to your CGPA based on your country on their site. Here is the table for Indian students.

Keep in mind that a university can internally evaluate your CGPA based on the GPA of your core subjects alone, or favor some courses in your transcripts over the others.

So, while reporting your CGPA to the universities, you must stick to what is mentioned in your transcript and on the university website.

How Can You Find Out How the University Evaluates Your CGPA?

STEP 1: Become aware of the university’s past admission trends.

STEP 2: Study the data on academic scores of students who have made it to your dream universities.

STEP 3: Make a more informed prediction of how your CGPA will be seen by the university.

You must be wondering, ‘how does one gather such complex information?’

Unless you plan much ahead, you might want to seek help from those around you especially those who have helped others gain admissions before. This will help you research on your choice of universities to apply, while also preparing your documents and filing your applications without any glitch.

Eventually, a successful admit is but a summation of several informed decisions taken at the right time, for which you must not hesitate to take help and guidance from your well-wishers and experienced professionals.

Fall 2020: How ready are you for a top admit?Evaluate Now

You may also like...

45 Responses

  1. Rajat Thakur says:

    MS in project management….Scope related to it’s job opportunities, salary etc….which area should i look for studying
    MS in project management….Scope related to it’s job opportunities, salary etc….which state in U.S should i look for studying ?

  2. Ayushi Shukla says:

    Job prospects in US two years from now, considering the new immigration laws. Also, is it a good environment for immigrants considering Trump’s presidency

  3. Spoorthy says:

    Is it required to know german to go for german universities and what is the advised CGPA for german universities?

  4. Naman Jindal says:

    Hey I am in second year. I wanted to know how much concerned I should be about cgpa. How much cgpa should i maintain

  5. Spoorthy says:

    Also i wanted to know what IELTS score is needed for Germany?

  6. ankitha says:

    is 65% good enough to get into a german university for ms in biotechnology subjects

  7. Guru says:

    My cgpa is 7 and i hav two interships is it easy to get admitted for masters in germany??

  8. Rohit Chaudhari says:

    I have 3 years of experience in IT. Will I get intership while studying in Canada for CS?

  9. Thamizh says:

    How easy it is to get a job in canada for computer science?

  10. Sachin Sreekumar says:

    I want to know more about the various scholarships offered in canada.
    I cant afford on my own. So im somewhat forced to consider only germany. I have 8.67gpa and no internship so far. Im in my final year now. Please help.

  11. gurveer says:


  12. Lokesh says:

    What are the requirements to get admitted in Germany for masters in computer science?Which field in computers is having a great future?I’m having a CGPA of 7.6

  13. Shema says:

    B.Tech in Chemical engineering from NIT, Surat with 6.99/10. Gre 311 and Toefl 98 …Two research internships from Petroleum Insititute Abu Dhabi related to my course itself…can you suggest few universities in us and canada and australia for ms in chemical engineering…???

  14. Karthik says:

    On behalf of my friend – she already have a masters and 2 years of work experience.. How good is to do MSc in Canada? Will be there a problem in getting a student visa since she already have a master?

  15. Ayushi Shukla says:

    Job prospects in US two years from now, considering the new immigration laws. Also, is it a good environment for immigrants considering Trump’s presidency

  16. Rahul Singh says:

    Does making our profile more varied beneficial? How to start building my profile from the start itself.
    P.S I want to do MS in USA

  17. pooja says:

    sometimes when we apply for a PhD we might end up with a MS offer from the university right?

  18. gurveer says:

    ms degree of either 1 year or 2 year in canada fo PR in canada ? please reply

  19. Rohit Chaudhari says:

    Will I get work in campus, So I can earn money whle studying?… I have 3 years of exp in IT.

  20. Rajat Thakur says:

    I have a CGPA of 6.76 and I have no backlogs
    Course i have pursued is B.tech ECE(Dr. A.P.J Abdul kalam Tech. University)
    Co-authored one research paper and published it on IJSER
    NO 6 months internship only 1-2 months of industrial training.
    Do I need work experience now to build my profile?

  21. Prithvi Prasad says:

    My GPA is 8.2.Can I know the preparations required for pursuing ms in Germany.

  22. M Farazulla Baig says:

    Hi.I did my engineering in Electronics and Communication and I had a couple of backlogs and i have a percentage of 50 and completed my degree in jan 2017. Did a couple of software courses(offline and online) and i am working as a web developer in a startup and plan to work for a year and then want to do MS in CS.Which country would be most accommodative to my profile and what would be the post degree scenario(JOB) in that country?

  23. Akhilesh Yadav says:

    How good is Germany for MS in Renewable energy ? How good is job prospect after MS?

  24. Naman Jindal says:

    Is there any benefit of writing research paper? If yes how to proceed having no knowledge on how to write one. Also how to build my profile from the start itself me being in second year and want to do MS in USA.

  25. shubhang says:

    looking for ms in AUTOMOTIVE MANAGMENT IN EBS COLLEGE IN GERMANY AND i have done automobile engg with 7.8 cgpa. i have 2 internships. please revert back for details

  26. Guru says:

    Does work exp matter a lot in case of Canada?? I am interested in doing MS in embedded systems may I know the list of universities which offer good scope in that field???

  27. Kamal says:

    Is gre score valid in Canada for MS Biotechnology?

  28. Prateek Uttreja says:

    What are the chances of person getting admission in MS Pharmacy in Canada ? What are the requirements and eligibility ?

  29. Prakash says:


    My cgpa is 8.4 no backlogs with 3 years of experience as an electrical design engineer .

    I am having an year gap in my career . Could you recommend me the universities for fall 2018 in US for pursuing ms in electrical and computer sciences. My GRE score is 305. I am looking for scholarship assistance as well.

  30. Ketaki says:

    What are the chances of getting admit from top canadian universities with average academics + 2 plus years experience in IT for MIS course and what are job perspective for MIS..?

  31. chirag says:

    10th- 87.82%
    cgpa-6.95 (BE electronics ) mumbai univ
    2 backlogs
    MS in engineering management (canada)
    Is it safe to apply to University of Ottawa?

  32. Karthik says:

    I have a CGPA of 6.5 and ielts 6.5, additionally I have 4.5 years of work experience in IT, could you please comment the possible Universities for my profile?

  33. Chanda Nikhil Kumar says:

    What is the list of universities which are really good at research in Machine Learning and Data Science?

  34. Aryan Bhardwaj says:

    I am currently in the 5th semester(3rd year). When should i start practicing for GRE Exam and when should I give it?

  35. Kennedy says:

    H1B Request for evidence is made when the USCIS (U.S Citizenship and Immigration services) request additional evidence from an applicant, when an immigration or visa application lacks the required information. USCIS routinely accepts Expert Opinion Letter from a professor or a credible person in the field to respond to your Request for Evidence (RFE) on H1B petitions. Expert Opinion Letter Services by Saygist.com is only $399 and credential evaluation for $ 199, delivered within 3-5 days.


  36. Yash Kumar Singh says:

    I have 4.95 cgpa out of 10 cgpa in my undergraduate course in Ece.I have Gre score of 316 and Toefel score of 101.Please advise which all US university will qualify me for my MS course in US.

  37. Ishaa says:

    Which are the good universities for studying Ms Physiotherapy?

  38. OBI says:

    How can I convert 3.95 CGPA out of 5 to 1-10 scale. Thanks

  39. Rumpi Ghosh says:

    In usa system is 3.5 cgpa sufficient for p hd

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *