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

Credit Requirements for Graduation

  • A minimum of 120 semester hours
  • A minimum of 30 semester hours completed at Judson
  • A minimum of 30 semester hours in courses at the 300 level and above
  • A maximum of 66 hours of coursework in one discipline may be applied to degree requirements. The maximum hours for architecture is higher.
  • A maximum of 66 lower division transfer hours may be applied to degree requirements
  • A maximum of eight semester hours in physical education activity courses may be applied to degree requirements
  • A maximum of eight semester hours of applied music and/or theatre (16 hours for fine arts majors and music majors) (24 hours for music performance majors) may be applied on degree requirements. Applied music and theatre courses are those in and private study in music and music ensembles.
  • 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.
  • A minimum of 40 percent of major coursework must be completed at Judson.
  • A minimum of 40 percent of the major must be in courses at the 300 level and above.

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

Transfer Policy after matriculation

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.


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/December depending on spring commencement date. Additional dates in June and August depending on the last date of courses for the term. 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


Heather Johnson
Assistant Registrar
Adult Programs

Susan J. Kunze
Assistant to the Registrar
Traditional Programs

Kirsten Olson
Student Records
Transcript Ordering
Enrollment Verifications

Jill A. Hargis
Graduation Auditor

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