General Requirements for All Undergraduate Degrees

To receive any undergraduate degree from the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, a student must:

  1. Earn a minimum of 124 semester hours (total varies with specific degree requirements) of credit which meet the requirements of one of the degrees listed in the Degrees section. The grade point average on courses taken at UMHB must be at least 2.00.
    1. No more than one-half of the credit requirements for a degree may be fulfilled with credits from off-campus programs, conferences, institutes, short courses, workshops, special evening classes, special summer courses, foreign travel and study, or television and radio classes. More specifically, no more than one-fourth of the credits for a degree may be earned by correspondence; no more than one-third of the credits for a degree may be earned by off-campus programs; and no more than one-fourth of the credits for a degree may be earned by conferences, institutes, short courses, workshops, special evening classes, or special summer courses. (Students in teacher education programs should check with the College of Education for additional limitations.)
    2. Furthermore, no more than one-fourth of the total number of hours required for a degree may be earned by special examination. (This rule does not apply to Nursing Advanced Placement examinations.)
    3. Credit by examination received from another school may be accepted in transfer if the student can provide evidence that the testing standards upon which the credit was based are comparable to UMHB’s standards. Such evidence might include an official transcript, a catalog, or an official copy of the test scores from the awarding school.
  2. Complete at least thirty-six (36) semester hours in upper-level courses.
  3. Fulfill the following residency requirements.
    1. Complete a total of thirty-one (31) hours in residency.
      1. At least twelve (12) of these thirty-one (31) required hours must be in the major field with six upper-level hours (see Academic Standards section for a review of upper and lower level hours). The major requirement does not apply to the Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree.
      2. At least six (6) of these thirty-one (31) required hours must be upper level in the minor field. A minor is required for completion of the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Science.
      3. Interdisciplinary Academic majors must complete at least six (6) of these thirty-one (31) required hours at the upper level in their elementary specialization area.
    2. Complete one of the following:

      1. Eighteen (18) of the degree’s final thirty-one (31) hours in residency; or
      2. Twenty-four (24) of the total thirty-one (31) residency hours at the upper level.
  4. Follow a specific degree plan.
    1. A student’s degree plan is initially maintained in draft form by the student’s major advisor. When the student is two semesters from graduating, the degree plan must be “formalized,” signed by the student’s major/minor/certification advisor(s), and forwarded to the Registrar’s Office. (In some UMHB colleges, the “formalized” degree plan is routed through the Department Chairperson and the Dean.) A “formalized” degree plan should be on file in the Registrar’s Office prior to Fall Registration for May graduates, and prior to Spring Registration for August and December graduates.
    2. Substitutions and/or waivers affecting the degree plan must be approved by the Department Chairperson and/or the Dean at the time the degree plan is “formalized.” The completed substitution and/or waiver form(s) must accompany the signed degree plan.
    3. Once the degree plan has been reviewed and approved by the Registrar’s Office, a Graduation Audit will be sent to the student (copy to the student’s major advisor) listing those items the student needs to complete to graduate. If the student desires to make an appointment with the Registrar’s Office to discuss the degree plan, the student is welcome to do so. The student cannot make formal application for degree, however, without Registrar’s Office approval.
    4. While following a degree plan should be a joint effort between a student and the student’s advisor(s), meeting the requirements for a particular degree is ultimately the responsibility of the student. Adherence to the above schedule should be followed.
  5. Make formal application for degree and pay graduation fee by by January 31 for Spring graduates, by May 31 for Summer graduates, and by September 30 for Fall graduates. Students filing for graduation after their respective deadline will be charged a late fee.
    1. Applications for past graduation dates will not be accepted, even though all degree requirements may have been completed during previous semesters.