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    Xavier University
   
 
  Aug 21, 2017
 
Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018 
  
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Xavier University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

Requirements for Degrees, Majors, Minors, and Certificates



Requirements for Bachelor’s Degrees

Meeting the degree requirements is the student’s responsibility.

Candidates that will have a bachelor’s degree awarded must have:

  1. completed all the requirements listed under the “Core Curriculum ;”
  2. attained a 2.000 average in the course work of the major. BSBA students must also complete the business core with a 2.000 average; some programs have a higher GPA requirement;
  3. attained a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 or better;
  4. earned at least 120 semester credit hours;
  5. completed the last 30 credit hours at Xavier, excluding consortium courses, unless waived by a college dean;
  6. transferred, normally, no more than 15 credit hours from another college or university toward a degree after matriculation at Xavier;
  7. filed a formal graduation application by the deadline published for each semester;
  8. completed all departmental requirements in the major field and all requirements of their college;
  9. cleared all financial obligations with the University before the diploma and transcripts can be released.

In addition to the above, transfer students must have:

  1. completed at least 60 credit hours in accredited four-year schools;
  2. completed at least one-half of the course requirements of the major at Xavier;
  3. if applicable, completed at least one-half of the business core at Xavier.

These requirements are contained in the student’s “Degree Evaluation”, which is a degree progress tracking tool.

Requirements for a Second Bachelor’s Degree

Students who have a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University or another regionally accredited institution may earn a second bachelor’s degree at Xavier. Xavier students may pursue a second Bachelor degree after the completion of their first degree or simultaneously with their first degree.  When the first degree is from another regionally accredited institution, credits applied toward the first degree will be accepted as transfer credit toward the second degree. 

Students pursuing two Bachelor degrees from Xavier University must complete a minimum of 30 additional hours beyond those required for the first degree, for a minimum total of 150 credit hours.  In addition, at least 15 hours of the 30 additional hours must be in the second major. 

If the second degree is a business degree, at least one-half of the business core must be completed at Xavier and present catalog requirements in business must be met.

Students must meet all current Xavier core, quality point and grade requirements set by the University, college(s) and major department(s).

Requirements for an Associate’s Degree

Meeting degree requirements is the student’s responsibility.

Candidates for associate degrees must have:

  1. completed the appropriate requirements listed under the “Core Curriculum  - Associate’s Degree;
  2. attained a 2.000 average in the course work of the concentration;
  3. attained a cumulative grade point average of 2.000;
  4. earned at least 60 hours;
  5. completed the last 30 hours at Xavier, excluding consortium courses, unless waived by college dean;
  6. transferred, normally, no more than 9 hours from another college or university toward a degree after matriculation at Xavier;
  7. filed a formal graduation application by the deadline published for each semester;
  8. completed all departmental requirements in the concentration field & all requirements of the college;
  9. cleared all financial obligations to the University before the diploma and transcripts can be released.

In addition to the above, transfer students must have:

  • completed at least one-half of the course requirements of the major at Xavier.

Requirements for the Major

An undergraduate student must declare a major and complete all the requirements of the degree program, including the major. The requirements for each major are specifically defined, and a minimum 2.000 average in the course work of the major must be attained (some majors require a higher average). Each major is noted on the student’s permanent academic record, but only one degree is conferred, namely the one that corresponds to the student’s primary major. The student must complete the core curriculum requirements of the primary major. The core curriculum requirements of the secondary major need not be completed unless a business major is elected as the secondary major. In this case, the requirements of the “business core” must also be met. Regardless of hours counted for more than one major, associate degrees require a minimum of 60 semester credit hours and baccalaureate degrees require a minimum of 120 semester credit hours.

Requirements for a Minor

Undergraduate students may select a minor or minors in addition to a major.

Guidelines for minors are as follows:

  • must contain a minimum of 15 credit hours (each minor is specifically defined);
  • at least half of the credit hours of a minor must come from upper division (200-499) courses;
  • at least half of the course requirements of a minor must be completed at Xavier;
  • a student must attain a 2.000 average (or higher for some minors) in the course work of the minor;
  • a student must declare a minor with the appropriate department and the student’s college;
  • all requirements of the minor(s) must be completed at the time of conferral of the degree 
  • successful completion of the minor will be noted on the student’s academic transcript.

Requirements for Master’s and Doctoral Degrees

Meeting the degree requirements is the student’s responsibility.

Candidates that will have a Master’s or Doctoral degree awarded must have:

  1. Attained the minimum GPA for the specific graduate degree program.  See “Minimum Grade Point Average to Graduate” in the Graduate Academic Policies and Regulations  
  2. Completed all credit hours required for the program.  The minimum number of credit hours for any Master’s degree is 30 semester credit hours;  Students should refer to their individual program requirements for the minimum number of hours required for their specific program 
  3. Completed all requirements within the specified time allowed.  See “Student Progress” in the Graduate Academic Policies and Regulations  
  4. A student’s degree program may not include more than six semester hours of course work graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis for special coursework such as workshops, institutes, tutorials, and independent study.  Certain programs and degrees may apply more than six semester hours of courses graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory scale, based on program requirements and approval from the Department Chair.
  5. Typically no more than six credit hours taken as a non-degree graduate student may apply toward a graduate degree. Exceptions may be granted at program director’s discretion.  Some courses and/or programs are not available to non-degree graduate students.
  6. At least sixty percent of course work toward a graduate degree must be courses offered for graduate credit only, i.e., numbered 500 or higher and not open to undergraduate students.
  7. Filed a formal graduation application by the deadline published for each semester;
  8. Completed all departmental requirements in the major field and all requirements of their college, including any Comprehensive Examination, Thesis/Dissertation, Practicum(s), and Internship requirements.
  9. Cleared all financial obligations with the University before the diploma and transcripts can be released.

Requirements for Multiple Master’s Degrees

A student may earn from Xavier University only one graduate degree of the same type, e.g., MBA or MHSA, although more than one Master of Arts or Master of Science degree may be obtained in more than one subject or field.  An additional MEd degree may be earned in addition to an already earned MEd in Sport Administration, Coaching Education and Athlete Development, Human Resource Development or Counseling.  There may not be any overlap in courses used for multiple master’s degrees.  If two programs require a common course, a substitute must be approved for one of the degree programs. (Note that exceptions to this rule may be a part of the design of dual-degree programs.)

Requirements for Certificate Programs

Xavier University offers several certificate programs. Students may complete certificate programs as part of an associate, bachelor’s or master’s degree or as a non-degree student. Some programs require that students have the minimum of an associate’s or bachelor’s degree prior to admission.

Candidates for certificates must have:

  1. completed the requirements for the certificate with at least one-half of the hours completed at Xavier.
  2. attained a cumulative grade point average of 2.000 or better (some certificates require a higher average).
  3. satisfied all financial obligations to the University before the transcripts can be released.