Undergraduate Degree Requirements
Outstanding Scholarship Recognition
Undergraduate Graduation with Honors
Appeal Process for Graduation with Honors
Master’s Degree Requirements
Graduate Certificate Requirements
Doctoral Degree Requirements
Thesis or Dissertation
Stages of Thesis or Dissertation Preparation
for Graduation or Certificate Completion
Distance Learning Courses
Degrees are not
awarded automatically upon completion of scholastic
requirements. Each candidate for a baccalaureate degree
- Matriculate as a
"regular" off-campus programs undergraduate student.
- Fulfill the
requirements prescribed on a degree.
- Complete a major,
or a major and a minor, or minors as indicated on the
chosen degree and authorized in consultation with his or
- File an application
for graduation by the deadline listed on the following
page and pay the appropriate graduation fee with the
- Earn a minimum of
124 semester hours of acceptable credit of which 30
semester hours must have been earned from Central Michigan
University. Ten of the last 30 hours prior to graduation
must be taken at this university in on-campus or
off-campus classes. Correspondence credit, advanced
placement credit, CLEP credit, hours earned by credit by
examination, and prior learning assessment credit may not
be applied toward this requirement.
- Fulfill the general
education requirements including University Program and
competency requirements or as stipulated on the student’s
program plan. Students may not take more than two courses
or seven hours for CR/NC in the University Program.
Students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point
average of 2.0 in University Program courses in order to
- Present a
cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) or higher and a
grade point average of 2.0 (C) or higher in major(s) or
- Obtain a minimum of
40 semester hours of credit equivalent to the CMU course
level of 300 or above, of which 20 semester hours may be
prior learning assessment credit.
- Present a minimum
of 124 semester credit hours which may include a maximum
of 6 hours of RLA and/or PED activities. Sixty semester
credit hours must be earned at an accredited four-year
degree-granting institution or from a foreign university
or college approved by the government or official
regulating agency of the country in which the university
or college is located. None of these 60 hours may include
physical education activity courses. The Office of
Undergraduate Academic Services makes the decisions
regarding the acceptability of transfer credits according
to the Transfer Credit Policy. Appeals of the decisions of
the Office of Undergraduate Academic Services may be filed
with the Board of Appeals.
- Present no more
than 27 hours of course credit from the College of
Business Administration. These hours include both business
transfer credit and credits earned at Central Michigan
requirements for a baccalaureate degree are based on the
regulations and requirements printed in the Bulletin
in effect at the time of a student’s admission to the
off-campus programs. A subsequent Bulletin may be
chosen by the student when it is to her or his advantage.
The time limitation on this provision is that no student may
graduate under the requirements of a Bulletin
published more than seven calendar years prior to the date
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The university recognizes the
importance of high scholarship and seeks to stimulate and
encourage students in high achievement.
The Dean’s List is published by the Dean of Students after
each semester, naming students who have achieved a high
scholastic standing for that semester. To qualify for this
recognition, a student must meet all of the following
Students are eligible to
receive a doctoral degree as approved and implemented by the
university after having:
- Received a master’s
or specialist's degree, if this is a prerequisite on the
- Acquired the
research skills of the discipline as required by the
- Passed a
comprehensive examination evaluated by more than one
member of the graduate faculty.
- Been admitted to
candidacy for the doctoral degree.
- Completed a minimum
of 90 semester hours of graduate work beyond the
bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or
better. Course work will be selected in consultation with
the student's academic advisor or advising committee.
- Maintained at least a 3.0 grade point average overall.
Courses in which the student earns or has earned a grade
below C do not count toward meeting any degree
requirements. A student with more than two grades
below B- may not be awarded a Ph.D., D.H.A., or Ed.D.
degree. Coursework that is not part of the student's
doctoral program of study is excluded from this policy.
Particular programs may have more stringent grade
- Fulfilled all the
requirements on the authorized doctoral program as
developed by the student and the student's advisor or
advising committee. The advisor or advising committee will
supervise the program until the degree is completed or
until it has been determined that the student should
discontinue doctoral study;
- Earned at least
fifteen hours in courses at the 700 level or above
(excluding dissertation and internship credits) and 50 of
the total hours at the 600 level or above.
- Prepared a doctoral
dissertation, or in the case of some applied programs, a
doctoral project. A doctoral project must be conducted
under an advisor who meets the requirements for regular
graduate faculty status as defined by the Academic
Senate's Graduate Education Policy. All other policies and
procedures for doctoral project are to be determined by
the academic program and will be presented in the section
of the Bulletin pertaining to the academic program.
For the dissertation, you may receive a minimum of twelve
hours of credit and a maximum of thirty-six hours of
credit as specified on the authorized doctoral program
under the guidelines of the specific department. The
research for the doctoral dissertation will be conducted
under the guidance of a dissertation supervisor and must
be approved by a doctoral committee consisting of at least
three graduate faculty members. The student must pass an
oral defense of the completed dissertation. The committee
members are the examining committee and determine whether
the student passes the defense. The dissertation must be
prepared according to the regulations prescribed in the
College of Graduate Studies’ most recent edition of the
Preparation Guide for Doctoral Dissertations and
Theses and must be submitted to Dissertation
- Completed the
requirements for the doctoral degree within eight years
prior to the award of the doctoral degree with prior
relevant graduate degree and ten years if the student
began doctoral study without prior relevant graduate
degree. Courses completed outside these time frames may
not be used to meet the graduation requirements without
the written approval of the advisor, the chairperson of
the department, and the Dean of the College of Graduate
Studies. The request for such approval must be accompanied
by a statement giving an explicit reason why the content
of the out-of-date courses is still a viable part of the
- Filed a Graduation
Application in the College of Graduate Studies and paid
the $50 graduation fee. (See Graduation Procedures.)
doctoral programs may have more specific or more stringent
completion of a thesis is a requirement on some master’s
degree programs and optional on others. The satisfactory
completion of a thesis at CMU is a requirement for the
specialist’s degree, and satisfactory completion of a
doctoral dissertation is a requirement for some doctoral
Students should be
aware that the university has specific policies that govern
research involving human or animal subjects. Information on
experimentation may be obtained from the department
chairperson, committee chairperson, or College of Graduate
guidelines, students are expected to follow the most recent
College of Graduate Studies’ requirements, which are
explained in the Preparation Guide for Doctoral
Dissertations and Theses. Copies are available in the
graduate studies office.
If students are
writing a thesis or dissertation, it will be evaluated by a
committee. Students should consult their advisor in
selecting a committee chairperson and at least two committee
members. The advisor may or may not be the committee
chairperson, depending upon the student's academic emphasis.
One member of the committee may be from a discipline other
than that of the student's area of concentration. All
members of the committee must be graduate faculty. For
theses and dissertations completed through Central Michigan
University's ProfEd, one of the three committee members must
be a CMU on-campus regular faculty member or a regular
faculty member from a collaborating university (such as in a
joint program), or if all committee members are from
off-campus, the committee chair must meet the requirements
for regular graduate faculty status as defined by the
Academic Senate's Graduate Education Policy and be approved
as committee chair by the department.
The chairperson of
the thesis or dissertation committee will have active
direction of the thesis but may wish to consult with other
members of the committee about matters pertinent to its
development. The committee as a whole, however, will
determine the quality of the work.
After a committee has
been selected and a topic chosen, a Thesis or Dissertation
Approval Prospectus form must be filed in the College of
Graduate Studies, before the work is formally initiated. The
department may require a more detailed prospectus.
Each student who
writes a thesis or dissertation must enroll for such credit.
Letter grades are not used in the evaluation of the thesis
or dissertation; therefore, the student’s grade point
average is not affected by credit earned for these. In all
departments the thesis, dissertation or doctoral research
project is designated as credit (CR) if acceptable and no
credit (NC) if not acceptable. Students will receive six
semester hours of credit for an acceptable thesis. For a
dissertation, a minimum of twelve and a maximum of
thirty-six semester credit hours may be earned depending on
the guidelines for the specific department.
A student may not
enroll for more than three credits of the thesis or doctoral
dissertation until the project prospectus has been approved
at the department level and composition of the committee has
been verified by the Dean of the College of Graduate
Studies. Credit will be granted upon satisfactory completion
of the dissertation or thesis and its acceptance by the
committee. See the Duration of Admission Status for more
information on time limits.
Stages of Thesis or Dissertation
The final draft of the
committee-approved thesis or doctoral dissertation must be
submitted for a final check to the College of Graduate
Studies according to the published deadline date
(approximately four weeks prior to the end of the semester).
Failure to meet this deadline or any departmentally
stipulated deadline, may result in the student’s graduation
being delayed until the following semester.
After approval by the College of
Graduate Studies, the student will be given a Thesis or
Doctoral Dissertation Approval form. The student completing
a dissertation must take a clean copy of the dissertation to
Library Business Services, 308 Park Library, to prepare for
microfilming, no later than one week after graduation. The
student must also take two copies of the thesis,
dissertation or doctoral research project to the University
Printing Services, Combined Services Building, for binding,
no later than one week after graduation. The approval form
must be signed at the Library and Printing Services and
returned to the graduate studies office.
All doctoral dissertations are
microfilmed by University Microfilms International. A
graduate student has the option to file his/her master's
thesis with UMI. Instructions for microfilming are available
from the College of Graduate Studies.
for Graduation or Certificate Completion
The three official
graduation periods each year at Central Michigan University
are in May, August, and December. Students must meet all
requirements stated for her or his course of study and must
submit a Graduation Application for Certificates,
Doctorates, Master’s or Specialist Degrees with the
appropriate fee before the period when the student
anticipates completion of her or his program.
A student who fails to complete
her or his program requirements by the deadline for which he
or she has applied, will then be entered on the prospective
graduation list for the next period. If the student
fails to complete the requirements by the second period, her
or his name will not be entered automatically on the next
prospective list. The student must submit a new application
The above deadlines are subject to
change, and a student planning to apply for
graduation/certificate completion should contact the program
center office to determine current deadlines.
be eligible for graduation:
All students receiving
degrees and certificates are invited to participate in the
official graduation ceremonies conducted in May and
December of each year on the Central Michigan University
campus in Mount Pleasant. Campus graduation ceremonies will
be held December 17, 2005 and May 8, 2006.
campus graduation ceremonies is mailed to prospective
graduates four to six weeks prior to the event.
Diplomas are not
distributed during the graduation ceremonies but are sent to
students by mail. Graduates generally receive their diplomas
within two months following the on-campus ceremony.
are also scheduled at a number of off-campus locations.
Detailed information and schedules may be obtained through
the program administrator.
A student desiring a
transcript of her or his record from the university should
submit a written, hand-signed request to the Office of the
Registrar, Central Michigan University, 212 Warriner Hall,
Mount Pleasant, MI 48859. Letter requests should include
name, last four digits of his/her Social Security number, dates of attendance, birth
date, and, if a graduate, the date of graduation. No
transcript will be released without written authorization of
transcripts are processed in one to five days. Priority
service is available by specifically requesting the priority
service and paying an $10 priority charge for each
transcript. Priority transcript requests will be prepared in
time for the next outgoing mail. Priority transcripts
requested in person will be prepared immediately.
students with a financial obligation to the university are
not released until the obligation is paid.
Courses in distance
learning format (e.g. Web-based courses, learning packages,
and other non-face-to-face formats for delivering
instruction) may be used to complete degree requirements
unless otherwise specifically excluded. CMU courses and
programs approved for distance learning delivery (as well as
restrictions) are given in the descriptions of courses,
majors, minors and degrees in this Bulletin.
A separate university
policy, titled "Policies and Procedures Concerning the
Custody of Student Educational Records," explains in detail
the procedures to be used by Central Michigan University for
compliance with the provisions of the Family Educational
Rights and Privacy Act. Copies of the policy are available
in the program center office.
records are maintained on the campus in Mount Pleasant,
Michigan. Permanent records or transcripts are maintained on
all individuals who earn credit at Central Michigan
University. These permanent records are maintained by the
registrar of Central Michigan University.
applications and correspondence regarding admission,
academic transcripts from other institutions, transfer
credit, prior learning, graduation, and other academic
issues are maintained on campus. See admissions section for
information on inactive and no-show students.
compliance with California’s Reform Act, Central Michigan
University’s Camp Pendleton office will maintain records for
a minimum period of five years. These records include
written records and transcripts used in the admission
decision process, financial aid, registration information,
final grade lists, and copies of the CMU transcripts.