Graduation Academic Regulations

For a full list of Academic Regulations: WSU Academic Regulations 

 

GRADUATION

106. UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION FOR DEGREE

Students may apply for their undergraduate degrees online as soon as they have completed 90 credits and are certified in the major.  Advisors and the students’ major department are responsible for checking that all departmental requirements are met through the advisement report / degree audit.  A graduation fee must be paid at the time of application.  See http://graduations.wsu.edu/ for further information.

 

108. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITY FOR GRADUATION

The student has the ultimate responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements.   The student plans the program of study each semester in consultation with the advisor.  The degree requirements listed in the catalog and in the advisement report are binding.  Colleges may substitute or waive college-level requirements for individual students.  Departments may substitute or waive departmental requirements for individual students.

 

109. PETITIONS FOR UNIVERSITY-LEVEL UNDERGRADUATE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

The Provost’s Office may substitute or waive university-level undergraduate graduation requirements.  Students may petition to substitute or waive university-level graduation requirements by completing and submitting the University and College Requirement Petition form.

 

110. UNDERGRADUATE UNIVERSITY REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
The University requirements for graduation must be satisfied prior to the awarding of an undergraduate degree.  Students meet the University requirements for graduation, including general education requirements, as follows:
 
a) New students are held to the University requirements that are published in the catalog with the effective date that corresponds to their Admission term.
b) Former students who are readmitted to WSU are held to the University requirements that are published in the catalog at the time they are readmitted and reflect their most current admission term.  
c) Students who apply to graduate who are not currently enrolled will be held to the University requirements as follows:
    i. Students applying to graduate through Summer 2016 will be held to the General Education Requirements listed in the 2009 WSU Catalog.
    ii. Students applying to graduate beginning Fall 2016 will be held to the University Core Requirements listed in the 2012 WSU Catalog.
 
Students who were enrolled at WSU prior to Fall 2012 may petition to fulfill the University requirements based on an earlier set of requirements.  All students may request to substitute their University and general education requirements for the most current set of those requirements.
 
111. UNDERGRADUATE MAJOR, MINOR, AND COLLEGE REQUIREMENTS FOR GRADUATION
Graduation requirements for a student’s degree are set at the time the student certifies the major and include college requirements.  Graduation requirements for additional majors, minors, or other academic awards are set at the time of certification for those additional academic plans.  The following exceptions apply:
a) All students after the time of certification may be required by the department to meet new major or minor requirements, provided the newer requirements neither oblige a student to enroll in more than a normal complement of credit hours in any semester nor prolong the time necessary to complete degree requirements.  
b) Current students whose certification in the major or minor is more than eight years old may be required by the department to re-certify in the major or minor in order to meet current degree requirements.  This may in some cases prolong the time necessary to complete the degree.
c) Former students who must reapply and be readmitted to WSU will be admitted as non-certified regardless of their prior certification status.  These students will be eligible to recertify, on a space-available basis, when they meet the current requirements for certification set by the department.
d) Students who apply to graduate and who have not attended WSU for six or more years will need approval from their major department to complete the degree in the major in which they were previously certified.  In some cases these students may be held to more current requirements which may prolong the time necessary to complete the degree.  Students may choose to seek certification in a different major without being readmitted to the university in order to earn a degree.
e) Students shall have eight years to complete any degree, major, minor, or other academic award that has been discontinued, following the last inclusion in the WSU Catalog.
 
Department and program chairs have the authority to waive or provide substitute course work for major or minor requirements.  Colleges have the authority to waive or provide substitutes for college requirements.
 
114. REQUIREMENTS FOR BACCALAUREATE DEGREES

a. The award of a baccalaureate degree requires the student’s satisfaction of all University graduation requirements.  The degree grade point average will be posted at the time that the baccalaureate degree is conferred.

b. The award of a baccalaureate degree requires the completion of and posting to the official transcript of all outstanding incomplete work (including grades of I, X, and no/blank grades).

c. The award of a baccalaureate degree and/or diploma requires the student’s good standing in the university and satisfaction of all University graduation requirements.  “Good standing” means the student has resolved any acts of academic or behavioral misconduct, and complied with all sanctions imposed as a result of the misconduct.  The University shall have the sole authority in determining whether to withhold the degree and/or diploma in cases where the student is not in good standing due to acts of misconduct, has not resolved any acts of academic or behavior misconduct, or has not complied with all sanctions imposed as a result of misconduct.  The University shall deny the award of a degree if the student is dismissed from the University based on his or her misconduct.  Neither diplomas nor transcripts will be sent until students have resolved any unpaid fees and resolved any acts of academic or behavioral misconduct and complied with all sanctions imposed as a result of misconduct.  (See Rule 45 and the Standards of Conduct for Students.)

d.  To complete a baccalaureate degree, students shall:

1) Earn a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better in graded course work, in this or any institution for which a grade has been received.

2) Earn a 2.0 cumulative grade point average or better in graded course work in the major.

3) Complete the departmental and college requirements for an active baccalaureate degree.  Baccalaureate degrees remain active for the purpose of degree completion for eight years following the last inclusion in the WSU catalog.

4) Earn a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit.  At least 30 must be WSU hours; see Rule 6.

5) Earn a minimum of 40 semester hours of credit in 300-400-level courses; 500-level courses will count toward the 300-400-level requirement, but an undergraduate may not be required to complete a 500-level course as a requirement for the baccalaureate degree.

6) Complete the University Common Requirements (UCOREs) for Graduation.

7) Complete the university writing requirements, including two Writing in the Major courses and the Writing Portfolio.

 
115.  REQUIREMENTS FOR THE PROFESSIONAL DEGREES (DVM AND PHARMD)
  1. To earn a professional degree, students shall complete all requirements specified for the degree.
  2. The award of a professional degree requires the completion of and posting to the official transcript of all outstanding incomplete work (including grades of I, X, and no/blank grades).
  3. The award of a professional degree and/or diploma requires the student’s good standing in the university and satisfaction of all University graduation requirements.  “Good standing” means the student has resolved any acts of academic or behavioral misconduct, and complied with all sanctions imposed as a result of the misconduct.  The University shall have the sole authority in determining whether to withhold the degree and/or diploma in cases where the student is not in good standing due to acts of misconduct, has not resolved any acts of academic or behavior misconduct, or has not complied with all sanctions imposed as a result of misconduct.  The University shall deny the award of a degree if the student is dismissed from the University based on his or her misconduct.  Neither diplomas nor transcripts will be sent until students have resolved any unpaid fees and resolved any acts of academic or behavioral misconduct and complied with all sanctions imposed as a result of misconduct.  (See Rule 45 and the Standards of Conduct for Students.)

 

116. REQUIREMENTS FOR MASTER'S DEGREES
  1. The Graduate School has no residency requirement.
  2. All outstanding incomplete work (including grades of I, X, and no/blank grade) must be completed and posted to the official transcript prior to the conferral of the master's degree.  Once a degree is conferred and posted to the official transcript, no changes will be allowed on the academic record that predates the degree.
  3. The award of a master's degree and/or diploma requires the student’s good standing in the university and satisfaction of all University graduation requirements.  “Good standing” means the student has resolved any acts of academic or behavioral misconduct, and complied with all sanctions imposed as a result of the misconduct.  The University shall have the sole authority in determining whether to withhold the degree and/or diploma in cases where the student is not in good standing due to acts of misconduct, has not resolved any acts of academic or behavior misconduct, or has not complied with all sanctions imposed as a result of misconduct.  The University shall deny the award of a degree if the student is dismissed from the University based on his or her misconduct.  Neither diplomas nor transcripts will be sent until students have resolved any unpaid fees and resolved any acts of academic or behavioral misconduct and complied with all sanctions imposed as a result of misconduct.  (See Rule 45 and the Standards of Conduct for Students.)
  4. To complete a master's degree, a student shall:
    • Earn no fewer than 30 semester hours of credit with a minimum of 21 semester hours of course work for a thesis degree program or 26 semester hours of course work for a nonthesis degree program.
    • Earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a graduate program in all upper-division and graduate course work completed for the master's degree.
    • Earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 for all course work taken as a graduate student.
    • Successfully complete graduate examinations.
117. REQUIREMENTS FOR DOCTOR'S DEGREES

The Graduate School has no residency requirement.

All outstanding incomplete work (including grades of I, X, and no/blank grade) must be completed and posted to the official transcript prior to the conferral of the doctoral degree.  Once a degree is conferred and posted to the official transcript, no changes will be allowed on the academic record that predates the degree.

  1. The award of a doctoral degree and/or diploma requires the student’s good standing in the university and satisfaction of all University graduation requirements.  “Good standing” means the student has resolved any acts of academic or behavioral misconduct, and complied with all sanctions imposed as a result of the misconduct.  The University shall have the sole authority in determining whether to withhold the degree and/or diploma in cases where the student is not in good standing due to acts of misconduct, has not resolved any acts of academic or behavior misconduct, or has not complied with all sanctions imposed as a result of misconduct.  The University shall deny the award of a degree if the student is dismissed from the University based on his or her misconduct.  Neither diplomas nor transcripts will be sent until students have resolved any unpaid fees and resolved any acts of academic or behavioral misconduct and complied with all sanctions imposed as a result of misconduct.  (See Rule 45 and the Standards of Conduct for Students.)
  2. To complete a doctoral degree, a student shall:
  • Earn no fewer than 72 semester credit hours beyond the baccalaureate degree to include the minimum requirements as listed in the Graduate School's Policies and Procedures and as established by the academic program.
  • Earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 on a graduate program and in all 300-400-level and graduate course work completed for the doctoral degree.
  • Earn a minimum grade point average of 3.00 for all course work taken as a graduate student.
  • Successfully complete graduate examinations.
 
118. TWO OR MORE BACCALAUREATE DEGREES FROM WSU

One baccalaureate degree from WSU requires a minimum of 120 semester hours.  For each additional baccalaureate degree, the student must complete an additional 30 semester hours, as well as satisfy all requirements of the college and the second degree program.  For a second or subsequent baccalaureate degree, the first baccalaureate degree from WSU is understood to fulfill all University requirements for graduation, including the upper-division requirements, University Writing Portfolio, the minimum hours for the first degree (120), as well as the University Common Requirements (UCOREs).

 

121. SUMMER SESSION CREDITS

Credit earned during summer sessions may be applied toward the fulfillment of requirements for baccalaureate and advanced degrees in the same manner and subject to the same rules as credit earned during semesters of regular academic years.

 

125. DATE OF GRADUATION

Students will be recommended for their degrees at the end of the semester or term in which they complete their requirements. Diplomas will be dated the Saturday following the last day of final examination week for the fall semester, the day of commencement for the spring semester, and the Saturday following the last day of instruction for summer session.