Jamaica | International Credentials Equivalencies

Minimum GPA
Second Class, Upper Division (3/4)
A Minus GPA
First Class (3.7/4)
B Plus GPA
Second Class, Upper Division (3.3/4)
Instruction Languages
Bachelors Equiv.
Bachelor`s (Honours)
Masters Equiv.
Master`s, Mphil.
Grading System

From UWI:
First Class
Second Class, Upper Division
Second Class, Lower Division

From Utech:
Distinction 75-100%
Credit 65-74%
Pass 50-64%
Fail 0-49%

A 4.0
B+ 3.3
B- 2.7
C 2.0
F 0

Recognized Universities

Jamaica Theological Seminary
Northern Caribbean University
University of the West Indies (UWI)
University of Technology, Jamaica (Jamaica Utech; formerly
the College of Arts, Science and Technology)**

Notes for Jamaica

*If performance in the Bachelor’s degree is insufficient for the Honours designation the degree is awarded as a Pass degree.

The University of the West Indies has campuses in Barbados, Jamaica and Trinidad Tobago.

** In 1995, Jamaica Utech achieved university status. However, currently only individual programs within the institution have gained accredition. For more, and up-to-date, information on program
accredition from Jamaica Utech, see the University Council of Jamaica’s webpage at www.ucj.org.jm

Bachelor’s Degree
Bachelor degrees are generally three or four years in duration, but degrees in some fields, such as dentistry and medicine, are longer.

The first year includes some general courses, but the majority of courses taken are related to the degree subject. A dissertation or project may be completed in the final year. Programmes in applied subjects usually include a placement or internship.

Master’s degree
Master’s degrees are one to two years in duration when studied full-time. A Bachelor Honours degree is required for entry.

Taught Master’s programmes are offered in a range of disciplines and include a research project or dissertation. Professionally-oriented Master’s degrees may also include an internship.

Research-based Master’s degrees, which focus on the completion of thesis, are also offered. Students must defend their thesis in an oral examination.

Doctor of Philosophy
A Master’s degree is usually required for entry to a doctoral programme; in some cases students may be admitted with a Bachelor Honours degree if they have relevant research or professional experience. Students who initially registered for a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programme may be permitted to transfer to a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).

PhD programmes usually take three years to complete. Students are required to complete a thesis which makes an original and significant contribution to knowledge within their field and defend it in an oral examination. Programmes may also include a small number of taught courses.

Last Update: September 13, 2020

Last modified: September 13, 2020