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 most 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 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 of 8 hours (24 hours for music major) of applied music may be counted toward graduation requirements.*
  • A minimum of 40% 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 Advisor 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 advanced 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.

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 spring ceremony will be permitted to carry over one course (to a maximum of four credit hours) in the three week Summer May term. They must have satisfactorily completed all other academic requirements and registered and paid for the Judson three week May course. Degree will be conferred upon successful completion of the three week summer course and payment of outstanding accounts. All traditional degree candidates who complete their graduation requirements after the three week summer term but prior to August 1st will participate in the next fall ceremony. Upon their course completion, they can be issued a letter stating that they have met all graduation requirements. Their degree date will be that of the August 31st degree date.

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.

Graduation Application

Applications for graduation must be turned in to the Registrar’s Office at least one year prior to the planned graduation date.  All degree seeking students at Judson are required to meet with their academic advisor to complete the application.  The advisor must review and approve the planned coursework.  Applications that are not filled out entirely or do not have a copy of the degree audit attached will be returned to the student for completion. Once the application is accepted by the Registrar’s Office, it is the student’s responsibility to obtain approval from the registrar for any changes in their plan for completing requirements and to verify that course registration each term matches the approved plan.  No late applications will be accepted. 

The Application for Graduation form is available via MyJudson/Student Info/Resources – Forms (bottom right hand column).



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.

Student Success and Registrar's Office Staff

Virginia L. Guth
Vice President for Student Success and

University Registrar


Maria Aguirre
Academic Advisor - Adult Professional (BA) and Graduate


Kat Hamilton
Academic Advisor - Adult Professional (AA)


Caitlin Kiel
Assistant to the Registrar:
Catalog and Reporting


Kirsten Olson

Transfer Student Director


Jill A. Hargis
Graduation Advisor


Rebecca Huguley
Registrar's Office Coordinator
Transcript Orders and Enrollment Verifications


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