Degree Requirements

Associate Degree

To earn an associate degree, a student shall satisfy the following:

  1. The completion, either by Purdue course work, as directed credit, or by credit accepted from another institution, of the plan of study underlying the degree. Deans of schools may refuse to accept as credit toward graduation any course which was completed 10 or more years previously. Former students shall be notified immediately of all such decisions upon re-entering. Waivers or substitutions may be made by the school conferring the degree.
  2. Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of course work required and approved for the completion of the degree. Students are normally expected to complete the entire second year in residence; however, with approval by the school concerned, students who have at least three semesters of resident study may complete not to exceed 16 semester hours of the second year, in another approved college or university. For the purpose of this rule, two summer sessions may be considered as equivalent to one semester.
  3. Registration, either in residence or in absentia, as a candidate for the desired degree during the semester (or summer session) immediately preceding its conferment.
  4. A minimum graduation index of 2.00 shall be required for graduation.

A student who has completed all other requirements for an associate degree, but has failed to meet the quality requirements may register for additional courses with the approval of an authorized representative of the dean of the school after a review of the student’s record. The additional courses which the student may take after meeting all quantity requirements shall not exceed 10 credit hours. Credit in these additional courses must be established within three years of the date on which all degree requirements except the minimum graduation index were met. The student will be considered as having met the quality requirement for graduation if the student’s graduation index, including the above extra courses, meets the quality standard in effect at the time when all other graduation requirements were satisfied.

Baccalaureate Degree

To earn a baccalaureate degree from Purdue University, a student shall satisfy the following requirements:

  1. The completion, either by resident course work, as directed credit, or by credit accepted from another institution, of the plan of study under- lying the degree. Deans of schools may refuse to accept as credit toward graduation any course which was completed ten or more years previously. Former students shall be notified immediately of all such decisions upon re-entering. Waivers or substitutions may be made by the school conferring the degree.
  2. Resident study at Purdue University for at least two semesters and the enrollment in and completion of at least 32 semester hours of course work required and approved for the completion of the degree. These courses are expected to be at least junior-level courses. Students are normally expected to complete the senior year in residence; however, with approval by the school concerned, a student who has had four semesters of resident study may complete the last year or a portion of it at another college or university, provided that the number of semester hours of credit to be taken does not exceed 25 percent of the total hours required for the degree. The foregoing stipulations do not apply to students who earn credit elsewhere through a contract or arrangement entered into by the University or one of its academic units.
  3. Registration, either in residence or absentia, as a candidate for the desired degree during the semester (or summer session) immediately preceding its conferment.
  4. A minimum graduation index of 2.00 shall be required for graduation. Some teacher education programs require minimum indexes higher than 2.00. A student who has completed all other requirements for a baccalaureate degree, but has failed to meet the quality requirements may register for additional courses with the approval of an authorized representative of the dean of the school after a review of the student’s record. The additional courses which the student may take after meeting all quantity requirements shall not exceed 20 credit hours. Such a student may take in another approved college or university not more than nine of the 20 credit hours permitted, provided such courses are approved in advance in writing by an authorized representative of the dean of the student’s school. A copy of such approval must be filed in the Office of the Registrar. Credit in these additional courses must be established within five years of the date on which all degree requirements except the minimum graduation index were met. The student will be considered as having met the quality requirement for graduation if the student’s graduation index, including the above extra courses, meets the quality standard in effect at the time when all other graduation requirements were satisfied.

Advanced Degrees

Requirements for the several master’s degrees, for the Educational Specialist, and for Doctor of Philosophy degrees are established by the Graduate Council and are stated in the Graduate School Bulletin and the regulations of the Graduate School. In general, these requirements include the following:

  1. The filing of an appropriate plan of study for the advanced degree, and the approval of that plan by the department or school head, the school dean, and the dean of the Graduate School.
  2. The demonstration of proficiency in English prior to filing the plan of study.
  3. The completion of a substantial portion of the plan in residence, as described in the bulletin. Course credits earned by a student whose graduate study has been inactive for five years or more are normally excluded.
  4. The completion of a thesis for all doctoral degrees and for thesis option master’s degrees.
  5. Successful completion of such written and/or oral examinations specified by the various schools and departments.

Multiple Degrees

Upon special request approved by the deans of the schools concerned and filed with the Registrar at the beginning of the final semester (or summer session), a student may be registered as a candidate for more than one degree.

Meeting 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 which have not been completed, as of the end of the 30day 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.