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Current Status: Approved

Policy Type: Academic

Department/Division: Academic Affairs

Effective Date: 07/01/2013

Last Updated: 11/05/2020

Applies To: Students, Faculty, Staff

Responsible University Officer: Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Policy Owner: Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs

Policy Contact: Registrar

Policy

Under the authority of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees, St. Cloud State University awards the following degrees:

Doctor of Education
Specialist Degree
 
Masters Professional Science Bachelors Associates
Master of Arts Professional Science Masters-Software Engineering Bachelor of Science Associate of Science
Master of Business Administration Professional Science Masters Bachelor of Arts Associate of Arts
Master of Science   Bachelor of Music  
Master of Social Work   Bacholer of Fine Arts  
Master of Engineering Management   Bachelor of Elective Studies  
Executive Masters   Bachelor of Science-Engineering  
    Bachelor of Science-Machanical Engineering  

A minimum total of 120 semester hours of credit is required for any four-year degree. A minimum total of 60 semester hours of credit is required for any two-year degree.

Residence requirements are in effect. Residence credit is earned on the campus of St. Cloud State University or through approved off campus programs.

 

Procedure

All baccalaureate candidates must have completed a minimum of 40 credits of coursework at the upper division (300-400) level.

Candidates for a Bachelor of Science degree in an education program must meet the following academic standards in order to qualify for graduation:

  1. Cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or greater.
  2. Admission to teacher education.
  3. Successful completion of student teaching.

Candidates for non-teaching degrees must meet the following academic standards to qualify for graduation:

  1. Cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or greater as determined by the department.
  2. Major field 2.00 or greater as determined by each department.
  3. Minor field 2.00.

To be eligible for graduation under a four-year curriculum a student must have been in residence at least 2 semesters and must have earned at least 30 semester credits in residence. Some departments may require more than 30 semester credits in residence.

To be eligible for graduation under a two-year curriculum, a student must have been in residence at least 1 semester and at least 20 semester credits must have been earned at St. Cloud State University.

Students should consult with their academic advisor and Degree Audit Report for program specific requirments.

Transfer students are required to take at least 9 semester credits in their major field and 6 semester credits in their minor fields in residence unless waived by the department.

Students should apply for graduation one semester prior to the term they expect to complete all degree requirements. This allows time to correct any deficiencies which may be reported by the graduation audit.

Application for graduation forms are available via the Office of Records and Registration Webpage along with Commencement dates and details.

Any student completing a major under two of the following degree designations, (B.A., B.A.S., B.S., B.S.M.E., B.F.A., or B.Mus.) may elect the degree designation of her/his choice. Majors or minors earned under the B.E.S. program may only be applied to a B.E.S. degree.

A student may receive two different degrees at the end of any given semester if the student has earned a minimum of 150 semester credits and has fulfilled all the requirements of both degrees.

Students returning for additional undergraduate work after completing an undergraduate degree at St. Cloud State University will be required to complete a minimum of 30 credits at St. Cloud State University to earn an additional (different) degree.

All 30 credits must be earned in residence unless the department requests that, for good reason, this requirement be waived. If less than 30 credits are earned, the major will be recorded but no new diploma will be issued or degree designated.

Students returning for additional undergraduate credit may not receive two diplomas for the same degree. The additional major will be listed on the academic transcript. The academic transcript will list the student's major(s), minor(s), and area(s) of emphasis within the major or minor, if any.

Graduation with Honors

Students who complete an associates or baccalaureate degree program will be graduated with honors in accordance with the following:

Cum Laude – Awarded to graduates who achieved a grade point average of at least 3.250 but less than 3.500.

Magna Cum Laude – Awarded to graduates who achieve a grade point average of at least 3.500 but less than 3.750.

Summa Cum Laude – Awarded to graduates who achieve a grade point average of at least 3.750.

Only course work completed at St. Cloud State University or through an approved off-campus program will be used to determine academic honors. To be eligible for consideration, graduates of associate degree programs must have been in residence for at least 1 (one) semester and have completed a minimum of 30 credits at St. Cloud State University graded A-F; graduates of baccalaureate degree programs must have been in residence at least 2 (two) semesters and have completed a minimum of 30 upper division (300-400) credits at St. Cloud State University graded A-F.

Academic Transcripts

A copy of the student academic transcript may be obtained by completing a Request for Transcript Form (See Supporting Documents). Transcript requests may be submitting in writing or in person to the Office of Records and Registration. Transcripts are also available online through the National Student Clearinghouse.

  • The student's complete name, current address, social security number or student tech ID, dates of attendance, and written signature are needed when requesting a transcript.
  • There is a fee for each transcript.

Transcript request forms will not be processed and will be returned if a student has outstanding financial obligations to the University.

Courses that are completed or repeated after a degree is conferred will be recorded on the transcript and the cumulative GPA will be modified as appropriate. No other changes will be made to official transcripts after a degree has been conferred.

Commencement Ceremonies

Commencement ceremonies are conducted at the University following final exams at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Fall commencement is typically in mid-December and spring commencement is held in the first part of May.

Summer session graduates may choose to walk in the spring or fall ceremony depending on the department's guidelines.

Commencement instructions can be found on the commencement website. Graduation required regalia and commencement related items can be purchased through the Husky Bookstore (see supporting URLs).

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Supporting Documents (Forms, Instructions)

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Supporting URLs

Websites, Related External Documents, Statutes

Definitions

Events

Activities that include, but are not limited to, official meetings, practices, competitions or trips involving students, registered student organizations, or intercollegiate athletic teams.

Student

All Persons or group of persons who:

  1. Are enrolled in one or more courses, either credit or non-credit, through a college or university; or
  2. Withdraw, transfer, or graduate after an alleged violation of the code of student conduct; or
  3. Are not officially enrolled for a particular term but who have a continuing relationship with the college or university; or
  4. Have been notified of their acceptance for admission or have initiated the process of application for admission or financial aid; or
  5. Are not college or university employees and are not enrolled in the institution but live in a college or university owned or controlled residence hall.

Contacts

Responsible University Officer
   Gregory, Daniel D.
   Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs
 
ddgregory@stcloudstate.edu
320-308-3143
Owner
   Gregory, Daniel D.
   Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs
 
ddgregory@stcloudstate.edu
320-308-3143
Contact
   Meendering, Timothy J.
   Registrar
 
timothy.meendering@stcloudstate.edu
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