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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.