Do grades matter in graduate school? In my area of social science they really don’t. You have to get an A or a B to pass the class (some schools will do it by GPA instead so a C here or there is ok so long as you get enough As to balance), but there’s really no bonus to getting straight As. Nobody looks or cares. The only grade I actually remember from graduate school is the B I got in a class that I was almost positive I was going to fail. In my area of study grades seemed pretty random… the 3-hour exams at the end of the semester generally had nothing to do with the lecture which had nothing to do with the homework (which generally was not graded for credit).
Straight As help if you’re trying to go from an MA to a PhD but graduate school Bs are not going to kill your chances to get into a PhD program if you got straight As as an undergrad. Graduate school classes are supposed to be harder than undergrad classes.
Apparently what’s true in my area of social science is not true in the humanities. Notorious PhD, girl scholar, has a really interesting post on how Bs in an English program mean you should leave graduate school entirely.
Man am I glad I’m not in English!
I can’t even imagine that kind of pressure. What if you’ve got an obnoxious prof that’s just a low grader*?
How do grades work in your discipline? Does a B mean you should give up?
*On a separate note: This year’s class sure cries a lot. My world is awash in the salty tears of entitlement.