Degree Requirements and Awarding Process

Degree Awarding Process

Appropriate degrees may be granted at the conclusion of each regular semester and summer session of the academic year (University Senate Document 89-5, November 13, 1989). In addition, degrees may be granted on other dates, providing the students are members of a group working on a common degree program. The degrees awarded during each academic year at various campuses and on the various dates will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval in accordance with lists of recipients that shall be provided by the registrar for entry into the permanent record of the board (Board of Trustees minutes: October 27, 1924; January 16, 1925; March 15, 1974).

Multiple Degree Programs

A student who will be completing the requirements for two or more degree programs simultaneously may be eligible to be registered as a candidate for more than one degree according to the following criteria:

If the degree programs are in different schools, two (or more) degrees may be awarded upon special request approved by the deans of the schools concerned and filed with the registrar at the beginning of the semester or session in which the degrees are to be awarded.

If the degree programs are in the same school and lead to different degrees, the appropriate degrees shall be awarded.

If the degree programs are in the same school and lead to the same degree, only one degree shall be awarded. The academic record shall reflect multiple fields of study, as appropriate.

An official transcript, or a complete academic record of degree posting, will include the type of degree; cooperative education or honors curriculum; any fields of study, minors, or specializations; campus where the degree was awarded; and the date the degree was conferred.

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Degree Requirements

Specific deadlines for the various requirements for graduate degrees are outlined in the Graduate School Bulletin and must be met as specified. All degree requirements for undergraduate and professional degrees are to be met as of the end of the academic session in which the degree is to be conferred. In the event that academic requirements for an undergraduate or professional degree have not been met as of the end of the session, the candidate’s school may grant an extension of time, not to exceed 30 calendar days following the end of the session, for these requirements to be completed in order for the degree to be conferred for that session. Academic requirements that have not been completed, as of the end of the 30-day period, shall disqualify the student from receiving the degree in the intended session and shall delay the conferring of the degree until the end of the next session in which the student is duly registered and all degree requirements have been completed.

The degree requirements for each type of degree are listed below.

Bachelor’s Degree

Students receiving a Bachelor’s Degree must complete a plan of study for the degree, either by resident course work, examination, or credit accepted from another institution.

Ten Year Rule – The Dean of the school which administers the student’s major can refuse to accept for graduation credit any course completed 10 or more years ago. Re-entering students will be notified immediately of all such decisions.

Substitution of courses – The dean of the school which administers the student’s major may authorize substitutions for courses for graduation.

Residency rule – At least two semesters of enrollment in and completion of at least 32 credit hours approved and required for the degree, at the 300 (Junior) level or above at Purdue University Calumet. Students are normally expected to complete the senior year in residence. Courses completed by examination will not apply to this rule.

Exception – With the prior approval of the dean of the school which administers the student’s major, a student who has at least four semesters of resident study may complete not more than 20 semester hours of the senior year at another approved college or university.

For the purpose of this rule, two summer sessions are considered equivalent to one semester.

Graduation Index of 2.00

A student who has completed all other requirements for the degree but does not have the minimum graduation index may meet the requirement by the following:

  1. Securing the approval of the dean of the school administering the major, after review of the academic record, permission to register for additional courses. Such a student will not be allowed to take more than 20 credit hours beyond those required for the degree. OR
  2. Securing in advance the approval of the dean of the school administering the major to register at another approved college or university for not more than nine of the 20 hours.

Copies of the approvals must be filed in the Office of the Registrar. Credit in these additional courses must be earned no later than five years after the date on which all degree requirements were met, except the Graduation Index requirement.

The Graduation Index requirement will be met for such a student if the graduation index, now including the extra courses, meets the graduation Index requirements in effect at the time when the student met all the other graduation requirements.

Registration as a candidate for the degree during the semester or summer session immediately preceding the completion of the degree.

Associate Degree

Completion of the plan of study for the degree, either by resident course work, examination, or credit accepted from another institution.

Ten Year Rule – The Dean of the school which administers the student’s major can refuse to accept for graduation credit any course completed 10 or more years ago. Re-entering students will be notified immediately of all such decisions.

Substitution of courses – The dean of the school which administers the student’s major my authorize substitutions for courses for graduation.

Residency rule – At least two semesters of enrollment in and completion of at least 32 credit hours at Purdue University Calumet. Students are normally expected to complete the entire second year in residence.

Exception – With the prior approval of the dean of the school which administers the student’s major, a student who has at least four semesters of resident study may complete not more than 16 credit hours at another approved college or university.

For the purpose of this rule, two summer sessions are considered equivalent to one semester.

Graduation Index of 2.00

A student who has completed all other requirements for the degree but does not have the minimum graduation index may meet the requirement by the following:

  1. Securing the approval of the dean of the school administering the major, after review of the academic record, permission to register for additional courses. Such a student will not be allowed to take more than 10 credit hours beyond those required for the degree. OR
  2. Securing in advance the approval of the dean of the school administering the major to register at another approved college or university for not more than nine of the 20 hours.

Copies of the approvals must be filed in the Office of the Registrar. Credit in these additional courses must be earned no later than five years after the date on which all degree requirements were met, except the Graduation Index requirement.

The Graduation Index requirement will be met for such a student if the graduation index, now including the extra courses, meets the graduation Index requirements in effect at the time when the student met all the other graduation requirements.

Registration as a candidate for the degree during the semester or summer session immediately preceding the completion of the degree.