Degrees are conferred at the close of each fall and spring semester and summer term. A graduation fee is charged to the student account early in the semester of graduation and is payable to the Office of Student Receivables prior to graduation.
Application for degree. To graduate a student must submit an Application for Degree. Each candidate for graduation is expected to file an application for degree one term prior to the term of graduation. An application form will be provided and accepted by the divisional or departmental office in the student’s academic division 12 weeks prior to the expected date of graduation. A student who fails to complete all requirements by the date on the application must file a new one.
All students (except doctoral candidates) who complete degree requirements will receive diplomas following the established graduation dates for those terms. Doctoral candidates will receive their diplomas at the commencement ceremonies held in August, December, and May. Undergraduate students completing degree requirements are considered degree candidates at the time of the institution’s graduation ceremony.
Graduation requirements. To be eligible for a baccalaureate degree in any school or college of the University of Alabama, a student must earn in residence in that school or college at least one-fourth of the semester hours required for the degree. The schools and colleges may specify that advanced course work and additional course hours in the major and minor fields be taken in residence. Students should review the individual college “residency” requirements found in each college or school section of the undergraduate catalog. A student who is within one semester of completing all degree requirements and plans to complete some or all of those remaining requirements at an institution other than the University of Alabama must seek the approval of his or her Dean’s Office prior to enrolling elsewhere in order to assure compliance with University and divisional residency requirements.*
*Students in the College of Education must seek advisement with their college advisor prior to enrolling at another institution of higher education during their last semester of enrollment to ensure compliance with state teacher certification eligibility factors.
In order to qualify for a degree from The University of Alabama, a student must earn a grade point average of at least “C” (2.00 on a 4.00 grading system) for all work attempted; transfer students must also earn grade point averages of at least 2.00 (“C”) for work attempted at the University of Alabama. In addition, the student must earn an average of “C” or higher for all work attempted in the major; transfer students must also earn an average “C” or higher for all work attempted in the major at the University of Alabama. Some divisions of the University may have higher grade point average requirements for graduation; the divisional requirements for graduation are found in the sections of this catalog pertaining to each school and college.
If students do not complete degree requirements (as stated in the catalog for the academic year beginning each August or September) within seven years from the date they first entered the University or began collegiate work, they must change to the current catalog, under which they have seven years. If they so desire, they may choose a later catalog up to or including the one current at the time of their graduation.
Independent study and extension classes. In general, the maximum amount of baccalaureate degree credit that may be earned through independent study, extension classes, or a combination of the two is 25 percent of the total number of hours required for graduation, subject to the following provisions:
- The credit earned for independent study and extension classes must not conflict with general requirements for graduation.
- A student who plans to earn degree credit by independent study must have this plan approved in advance by the dean of the student’s academic division.
- Any student in an undergraduate division of The University of Alabama who lacks one semester’s work or less for completion of degree requirements, and whose attendance at the University is interrupted by orders to duty in any of the armed forces, shall be permitted to complete the requirements for graduation by independent study, provided that the credit earned for independent study does not exceed 25 percent of the work required for the degree. Such a student may also choose to complete some or all of the remaining one semester (or less) of work at another accredited institution. The work at another accredited institution may include independent study, night classes, extension classes and/or regular classes in residence. Any work taken under these conditions must be approved in advance by the dean of the school or college awarding the degree.
- Students in the School of Law are not covered by these provisions.