Aug 17, 2022  
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog

General Requirements for all Bachelor’s Degrees


  1. Satisfy all admission conditions.
  2. Complete a minimum of twenty-five percent of the semester hours required in the specific degree program at Midwestern State University. Credit by examination may not be used to satisfy the minimum residence requirements.
  3. Complete, in residence at Midwestern State University, 24 hours of the last 30 semester hours required for graduation with the exception of the BAAS and distance education programs in health sciences: BSRC, RN/BSN, and BSRS.
  4. Take no more than 18 semester hours by correspondence. Credit by correspondence for a course failed in residence will not be accepted toward graduation.
  5. Complete a major of at least 24 semester hours of which 12 must be advanced; 12 advanced semester hours of the major must be completed in residence at Midwestern State University. This requirement does not apply to the BAAS degree.
  6. Complete, if required by the program or selected by the student, a minor of at least 15 semester hours of which six must be advanced. Six advanced semester hours of the minor must be completed in residence at Midwestern State University. This residence requirement does not apply to students receiving the BAAS degree with a minor.
  7. Earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on the courses attempted at Midwestern State University. A student must also earn a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in the major and a 2.0 in the minor. A student must have a C (2.0) major, minor, and cumulative grade point average based on Midwestern State University work, as well as transfer work accepted, to graduate. A student who presented a grade point deficiency based on transfer work accepted must have sufficient grade points earned at MSU to remove the deficiency in the major, minor, or cumulative average. Some programs require more than a 2.0 grade point average on major and minor hours. The student should consult with the academic advisor about specific program requirements.
  8. Complete a minimum of 42 semester hours of advanced work for the BBA, BSCJ, BSME, and BSW; 39 semester hours of advanced work for the BA, BFA, and BM; 36 semester hours of advanced work for the BAAS, BSCL, BSDH, and BSE; 33 semester hours of advanced work for the BS, BSAT, BSEP, BSN, BSRS, and BSRT; and 30 semester hours of advanced work for the BSRC and RN/BSN degrees.
  9. Have a minimum total credits of 120 semester hours. Developmental courses are excluded from the 120 hours. Only two physical activities courses will be counted for the 120 hour requirement regardless of whether fulfilling a previous core requirement or electives. (Note: Students majoring in the Dillard College of Business Administration cannot count any physical activities courses as electives.)
  10. Core testing to assess students’ knowledge of academic foundations is used as an assessment measure for accreditation; there is no passing or failing score.
  11. Satisfy the Writing Proficiency Requirement through one of the following options:
    1. Take and pass the Writing Proficiency Examination.
    2. Take and pass ENGL 2113 - Intermediate Composition & Grammar .
    3. Take and pass two courses designated as Writing Intensive (WI). One of these WI courses may be a Texas Core Curriculum Course, but one of those courses must be outside of the core.  (Effective with courses taken Fall 2021 and thereafter.)
  12. Complete academic foundations.
  13. Satisfy all requirements specified for the degree by the college in which it is offered.
  14. To graduate with honors, complete at least 30 semester hours of work at Midwestern State University with cumulative grade point average as indicated:
  Cum laude Midwestern State University cumulative grade point averages of 3.500-3.699 inclusive.
  Magna cum laude Midwestern State University cumulative grade point averages of 3.700-3.899 inclusive.
  Summa cum laude Midwestern State University cumulative grade point averages of 3.900-4.000 inclusive.

This recognition is placed on both the permanent academic record and on the diploma. Credit by examination may not be used for honors awarded at graduation. (See Credit by Examination )

  1. Apply formally for the degree through the Office of the Registrar. See Academic Calendar  and Application for Degree Candidacy .
  2. Pay all fees and satisfy all other financial obligations including “exit interviews” as required by loan programs.
  3. For May and December graduates, attend graduation exercises unless approved by the Provost or designee for graduation in absentia.