Graduation Requirements

Minimum credit hour requirements are 60 hours for an associate degree, 120 hours for a bachelor degree, and 32 hours for a master’s degree. Applied associate degrees generally exceed 64 hours and may be as high as 73 hours. Most students exceed minimum requirements for graduation. In addition, for the bachelor degree, the student must take at least thirty-three (33) hours at the 30000-40000 level unless exception is made for the program by the Academic Policy Committee. Associate degree candidates must complete the General Education Program and an area of concentration for the Associate of Arts Degree or the prescribed program for an associate degree in a technical area. For the bachelor degree, students must complete the General Education Program and at least one of the following: (1) a major and minor program, (2) a comprehensive major, or (3) an approved teacher licensure program. Students seeking a degree from the University and Community College must fulfill the following requirements:

  1. Declare and complete the prescribed program of studies;
  2. Achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 for all courses, for each major, and for each minor. Some programs or parts of programs may require higher grade point averages for graduation.
  3. For an associate degree, a student must be enrolled in the University and the Community College for the last 20 hours and must take at least two courses in the area of concentration. Students seeking the Associate Degree in Nursing must complete all degree requirements within five years of their semester of initial enrollment in the Nursing Program. Students seeking the Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree must complete all degree requirements within seven (7) years of their semester of initial enrollment in the R.N. – B.S.N. Program.
  4. For a transfer student seeking a baccalaureate degree, a minimum of 30 hours must be taken at the University. At least 20 of these hours must be in upper level (30000 and 40000) courses. At least 10 of these 20 upper level course hours must be in the major.
  5. Credit earned through experiential learning (i.e., Life Experience Credit) does not count toward the residency requirement for any degree or program.
  6. Apply for awarding of degree and for participation in the Commencement upon senior standing.
  7. Complete assessment activities for appropriate major and General Education. The results of such assessment activities will in no way affect a student’s grades or academic status, but will be utilized by the University Assessment Program to assess and further improve the quality of instruction and student learning.
  8. Where any major/minor combination has certain identical course requirements for a baccalaureate degree, then said courses may apply to applicable areas, except the BSW. However, the school(s) involved reserve(s) the right to recommend to the Academic Policy Committee additional/special requirements.