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Graduation Requirements and Procedures

Associate Degree Requirements -The associate in arts (A.A.) certificate may be granted upon formal written application to the School of General Studies to students who have completed a minimum of 60 semester hours with a 2.0 average or better and successfully completed the College Level Academic Skills Test (CLAST), General Education sequence and Gordon Rule courses. The last 30 semester hours must have been earned at FAMU. The A.A. certificate will be awarded upon the recommendation of the Dean, School of General Studies.

Bachelor’s Degree Requirements -To qualify for a bachelor’s degree in an academic discipline specified in this catalog, the student must have completed a minimum of 120 semester hours, which must include satisfactory completion of all State of Florida requirements, institutional undergraduate requirements, and curriculum requirements. At least 25% of the credit hours required for an undergraduate degree program must be earned through instruction offered by FAMU. The university requires at least two semesters of residence for any degree and the last 30 hours must be earned in residence. If the term of residence is only two semesters, that period must be the student’s senior year, provided at least 30 semester hours are earned at FAMU during this period. 

The university requires that the last 30 semester credit hours be taken in residence at FAMU.  Petitions for a waiver of up to six hours of the last 30 hours in residence, due to a documented hardship or unusual circumstance, may be submitted through the student’s academic advisor, chair or program leader to the dean or director for consideration.  Only waivers approved by the dean or director are valid. Courses taken while on university sponsored study abroad programs count as residency requirement for graduation purposes. General and specific degree requirements are listed elsewhere in this catalog. Students must make formal written application to the department or division Chairperson immediately prior to or at the beginning of the term in which degree requirements are expected to be met. Successful applicants must have earned at least a “C” average in all work attempted toward the degree. The applicable degree with the appropriate major will be awarded, upon the recommendation of the faculty, department and the dean of the college or school in which the student is enrolled. Some academic areas require more than 120 hours for graduation. In addition, a student who changes his or her major may have to earn more than 120 hours in order to meet requirements for graduation.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements (Additional Degree Required) –To qualify for a bachelor of arts degree all requirements listed above under the bachelor of science degree must be met, in addition to completing 12 semester hours in the (same) foreign language.

Second Bachelors degree – A student who wishes to receive two baccalaureate degrees in the same semester must (1) declare double majors, (2) complete the prescribed degree requirements of each program, and (3) complete a minimum of 150 semester hours (30 hours must be taken in residence). Departments and colleges may have additional requirements.  Students are advised to consult their academic advisor or department chair for departmental requirements. Students must complete an application for graduation for each major.  If a student holding a bachelors degree from FAMU wishes to obtain a second bachelors degree the student must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours after the requirements for the previous bachelor’s degree.

Foreign Language Requirements - Students are required to have two years of Foreign Language study prior to graduation from Florida A&M University with a bachelor’s degree. Two years of Foreign Language study is defined as two years in high school or eight to ten semesters hours in one Foreign Language or American Sign Language. Transfer students are exempt from Foreign Language requirement if:
    (1)  They received an Associate in Arts degree prior to September 1, 1989, or
    (2)  If they enrolled in a program of study leading to associate degree from a Florida Community College and maintained continuous enrollment until they are admitted to a university prior to August 1, 1989.

Professional/Graduate Degree Requirements
—Specific degree requirements for the Master’s, Doctor of Pharmacy, Doctor of Philosophy  and Juris Doctor (JD) are listed in the applicable graduate programs. Normally, 5000 level courses or higher may be counted toward a master’s degree. Upon the recommendation of the division Chairperson and Dean, a maximum of six semester hours of 4000 level courses may be included in the requirements for a graduate degree.  Students seeking a second masters degree must complete 18-24 graduate semester hours beyond what is required for the first master degree.

Recency of Credit—The requirements for the master’s and doctoral degrees should be met within seven (7) calendar years. For work that has extended beyond the seven-year period, the student should contact his or her program director for a re-evaluation of his or her entire program. In this re-evaluation, additional courses may be required that will provide a well-rounded program.

Transfer Credit-Graduate Degrees

    I.    Six semester hours may be allowed for extension credits, provided such credits were earned through a Florida Institution with regional accreditation; or
    II.   Six semester hours may be allowed for workshop participation, in keeping with the regulation above; or
    III.  Six semester hours may be allowed for credits earned while in residence at another university; or
    IV.  Up to six semester hours in any combination of the three categories above may be allowed. A maximum of six credit hours from other institutions, approved by their regional accrediting agency, with B grades or better may be allowed. Acceptance of such credit does not reduce the period of required residence for the master’s degree. Workshops are not normally classified as residence work on or off campus. Credit toward the master’s degree is not allowed for courses taken through correspondence.

Comprehensive Examination-As partial fulfillment of the requirements for the master’s or doctoral degree, a candidate may be required by the division chairperson to pass a comprehensive examination in his or her major field. At the option of the division concerned, the examination may be written or oral. Doctoral students should consult their academic department and/or refer to specific degree requirements listed elsewhere in this catalog.

    I.   The residence requirements for the master’s degree will be determined by the college or school within which the degree is offered.
    II.  Students completing theses or dissertations must register each term until the degree is awarded.

Thesis/Dissertation-Students writing theses and dissertations are required to be enrolled. All candidates for the master of science degree and doctor of philosophy are required to submit an acceptable thesis or dissertation.

Some master’s degree programs offer two types of programs: the thesis-type and the internship-type. With departmental approval, the student may choose the option he/she wishes to follow.

Application for Graduation-Application for graduation must be turned in immediately prior to or at the beginning of the term in which a student expects to complete all requirements for a degree.  The student must apply in the office of the academic department/division chairperson. Application for graduation are available in the department/division chairperson’s office. The university calendar designates the deadline dates on which this action must be taken. Applications received after the deadline dates indicated in the calendar may be processed with the applications received for graduation the next term. If the student fails to graduate, he or she should consult with his or her department or division chairperson or dean and reapply for a subsequent term.

Graduation Honors-Eligibility for graduation with honors by students of Florida A&M University seeking the Bachelors/Doctor of Pharmacy degree requires the following cumulative grade point averages: 3.70-4.00-Summa Cum Laude; 3.30-3.69-Magna Cum Laude; 3.00-3.29-Cum Laude. Transfer students must earn a minimum of 60 semester hours at FAMU in order to be eligible to graduate with honors. Students receiving the  masters and doctor of philosophy degrees are excluded. The cumulative grade point average on file at the time of application for graduation will be used to designate honor graduate in commencement program. The cumulative grade point average listed above will be used to determine eligibility.

Summer Term

The Summer Term may consist of two or more sessions. Courses offered during the summer sessions are organized to make them equivalent in content, method, and credit to those of a full semester.

During the Summer Term the university supplements the regular instructional program with credit and non-credit activities such as institutes, workshops, and conferences.

Summer Semester Attendance Rules—Florida Administrative Code, Chapter 6C-6.16, mandates that students entering a university in the State University System after September 1, 1976, who have less than 60 hours credit upon admission must earn 9 credit hours prior to graduation by attending one or more summer terms.

The objective of this rule is to more efficiently utilize system facilities and the state’s investment in them by encouraging year-round attendance and thereby reducing peak load demands normally incident to the fall term of each academic year.