Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Course requirements for graduation are listed under each individual program.

A student who is continuously enrolled, i.e. is registered for at least one course in a year, may choose the degree requirements to be satisfied from:

 

  1. 1. the catalog in effect when the student first enrolled or
  2. any subsequent catalog.

A readmitted student may choose degree requirements to be satisfied from:

 

  1. the catalog in effect when the student was readmitted or
  2. any subsequent catalog, provided the student is continuously enrolled after readmission.

The total number of credit hours from courses taken at UNVA (except those on an S/U basis) and presented to meet the requirements for a specific degree, divided into the total quality points received, must equal 2.0 or greater.

A student who satisfies the requirements for two majors shall be awarded a degree listing a double major, and both majors shall be noted on the diploma. Students who wish to be granted two undergraduate degrees not only must fulfill all the requirements specified for each individual degree, but they also must earn a minimum of 30 credit hours in addition to the requirements for the first degree.

A candidate for a degree, upon registering for the final term of enrollment, must announce graduation candidacy to the Registrar by filing a formal Declaration for Degree. At that time, the Registrar must be furnished with a list of all courses the student wishes to submit in fulfillment of the requirements for the degree. It is the responsibility of the candidate, after consultation with the major department and the Registrar, to make sure that the courses fulfill all requirements for graduation. The student's major advisor, who certifies that the courses taken meet the requirements for the degree specified, must sign the final Declaration. Any arrangement involving a departure from the regular requirements for graduation requires the approval of the dean of the school.

All fees and financial obligations to UNVA must be paid before a student will be awarded a degree or receive a transcript.

The university reserves the right to make curriculum changes. Assurance is given to students that proper measures will be employed to avoid hardships that may result from such changes. An annual degree check is available to undergraduate students who wish to verify their progress toward a degree.

Terminal transfer credits, i.e. credits earned at another college or university in order to complete the last degree requirements at the university, are not allowed except by approval of the dean when unusual circumstances appear to justify it. A student who anticipates the need for requesting terminal transfer credit should do so as soon as practical and in no event later than the time of filing the Declaration of Candidacy form for a degree. The request should be addressed to the dean. It should contain a statement of the circumstances which, in the student's judgment, justify the request, and a specific statement of the program proposed for obtaining the terminal credits.

Approval, if granted, will be of a specific program. The student is responsible for providing an original transcript of completed coursework from the approved institution. No degree will be awarded without completion of all conditions identified in the approval letter.

All degree programs require the successful completion of a minimum of 42 credit hours with a cumulative 3.0 G.P.A. for master's degrees and a minimum of 120 credit hours with a cumulative 2.0 G.P.A. for bachelor's degrees. Candidates for the doctoral degree must complete a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the master's, with a minimum G.P.A. of 3.0. The appropriate department must approve the course sequence and program completion. All obligations to the university must be fulfilled before a student will be permitted to graduate.

Double Major and Double Degree

A single UNVA bachelor's degree with a double major is awarded when the student satisfies all curricular requirements for two UNVA bachelor's degree programs but does not qualify for a second degree.

A second bachelor's degree (that is, the non-simultaneous granting of two UNVA degrees) is awarded when the student:

 

  • Satisfies all degree requirements for two different UNVA Bachelor's degree programs.
  • Has a minimum of 150 credit hours, including at least 30 credit hours unique to each program.

Degree with Distinction

The university recognizes high-level academic achievement with citations. At graduation a student will receive the degree "with distinction" if his or her cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) is at least 3.9 on a four-point system.

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