Undergraduate Catalog - Academic Policy - Graduation Requirements | Judson University Christian College


Credit Requirements for Graduation

  • At least 120 credit hours are required for graduation.  In some cases, more than 120 hours may be required due to major requirements.
  • All students must meet 30 hour overall upper division course requirement.
  •  All students must meet Judson's 30 hour residency requirement (at least 20 of last 30 hours must be in residency).
  • For must majors, minimum cumulative and major GPAs of 2.0 are required for graduation.  Please check individual major requirements for variations.
  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for all minors.
  •  A maximum of 66 lower division transfer hours may be applied toward degree requirements.*
  • A maximum of 8 hours in physical education activity courses may be applied toward graduation requirements. All activity courses
     (ESS112 to ESS148) may be repeated once for additional credit.*
  • A maximum 8 hours (24 hours for music major) of applied music may be counted toward graduation requirements..*
  • A minimum of 40 percent of major coursework must be completed at Judson.
  • For most majors, a minimum of 40% of major coursework must be upper division.  Please check individual major requirements for variations.
  • A maximum of 10 semester hours of independent study, readings in a divisional field, individualized study, or directed
    research may be applied to degree requirements.

 *The Graduation Auditor may need to manually increase required hours if exceeded.

Grade Point Average Requirements for Graduation

For most majors, a minimum cumulative and major GPA of 2.00 are required for graduation. Check individual major requirements for variations. A GPA of 2.0 is required for all minors.

Academic Residence Requirements for Graduation

Thirty semester hours of coursework must be completed at Judson University. Students who have matriculated at Judson University must secure advance approval from their academic advisor and the Registrar before registering for a class at another institution. An advanced approval for transferred coursework request must be completed before any transferred courses will be accepted. The beginning and ending dates of the transferred course must fall within the Judson terms. After earning 90 semester hours, a maximum of 10 semester hours may be transferred and applied to degree requirements.  The transfer course may not cause the student an overload and may not be a course that is offered at Judson during the term in which the student is seeking transfer. Transferred coursework cannot be taken during the semester the student is planning to graduate. Course grade must be a C- or higher to transfer.

Additional Requirements for Graduation

Carry-over Credit Policy for Traditional Degree Candidates

Instructors will submit progress reports for all graduating seniors who are failing to the Registrar's Office no later than the Friday before the final day of the semester. These reports will be used to determine final eligibility for participation at Commencement. Traditional degree candidates participating in the fall ceremony will not be permitted to carry over course work following Commencement. Traditional degree candidates participating in the spring ceremony will be permitted to carry over one course (to a maximum of four credit hours) in the post-term now called Summer 1 term. They must have satisfactorily completed all other academic requirements and registered and paid for the Judson post-term (Summer 1 term).  All traditional degree candidates who complete coursework after the Summer 1 Term (3 week term) will participate in the next fall ceremony. Upon their course completion, they will be issued a letter stating that they have met all graduation requirements, and a similar comment line will be recorded on their transcript. Their degree date will be that of the December ceremony date. All traditional degree candidates participating in the ceremony with carry-over credits will have an asterisk beside their names in the program, indicating the completion of requirements following Commencement. Degree will be conferred upon successful completion of the Summer 1 Term and payment of outstanding accounts.

Student Assessment

The North Central Association requires that all NCA-accredited universities conduct regular evaluations to assess the effectiveness of their academic programs. Consequently, Judson University requires comprehensive examination of each sophomore and senior, the results of which are used to improve major programs in any necessary ways. Examinations used in this assessment vary from the Graduate Record Examination to institutionally developed instruments.

Record of Degrees Earned

Approximately 52.9 percent of new freshmen graduate from Judson within five years.

Graduation Application

Students must complete a graduation application in advance to the Registrar's Office to the attention of the graduation auditor. Deadline dates for the students in the Adult and Professional Studies Program is July 1st for Fall graduation and November 1st for Spring graduation. Traditional students must apply 2 semesters prior to their planned graduation date.

Diploma

DIPLOMAS/CONFERRAL DATE

Diplomas will be issued for each student who has completed all requirements for their undergraduate degree. Conferral dates coincide with commencement dates; April/May depending on spring commencement date, August 31st and fall commencement in December. Diplomas will not be issued for each major/minor completed in the undergraduate program. Lost or destroyed diplomas will be replaced with a written request along with a $25.00 replacement fee to the Registrar's Office.



Registrar Office Staff

Virginia L. Guth
Associate Vice President for Student Success/University Registrar

 

Maria L. Aguirre
Assistant to the Registrar
Graduate Programs
Study Abroad Programs
Commencement

 

Heather Johnson
Assistant Registrar
Adult Programs

 

Susan J. Kunze
Assistant to the Registrar
Traditional Programs
Reporting

 

Erika Miller
Student Records
Transcript Ordering
Enrollment Verifications

 

Kirsten Olson
Transfer Student Director

 

Jill A. Hargis
Graduation Auditor

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