Degree Requirements

Requirements for a Certificate

Courses in certificates must meet the minimum grade requirements for courses in full programs. Students will be held to all prerequisite requirements. In addition, a minimum GPA of 2.0 is required for an Undergraduate Certificate.

A minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required for a Graduate Certificate.

Requirements for the Associate Degree

Students must fulfill the following requirements in order to be eligible for graduation with an associate degree:

  1. Complete course requirements in the major field of study, including the General Education Requirements.
  2. Complete 30 credit hours of residency at Wilmington University. Residency credit may include 15 credit hours of challenge by exam and/or prior learning assessment.
  3. Achieve an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
  4. Achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in the major field of study.
  5. Demonstrate competence in verbal and written communications and computational skills.
  6. Complete a minimum of 60 total credit hours required for degree completion.
  7. Students entering the University with 15 or less credits are required to complete FYE 101 (First Year Experience).

The First Year Experience Course (FYE101) is required of all new freshmen with 0-15 transferred credits.  Generally this course will be used in place of a Free Elective. Eligible students are required to complete the course during their first semester.

General Education courses have been selected to complement each program of study. The following is a list of the requirements for the associate degree:

Associate of Science


Technology 3 credits
Mathematics 3 credits
Natural Science 3–4 credits
Written and Oral Communication 9 credits
Social Science 3 credits
Humanities 3 credits
Critical Thinking 3 credits
Diversity 3 credits
Total credits 30 credits

Associate of Arts


Technology 3 credits
Mathematics 6 credits
Natural Science 3–4 credits
Written and Oral Communication 9 credits
Social Science 6 credits
History 6 credits
Humanities 9 credits
Diversity 3 credits
Total credits 45 credits

Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree

General Education Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree

The General Education requirements encompass a broad program of study in Liberal Arts, Humanities, Math, English, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences designed to provide every Wilmington University student with the essential foundation needed for success both in a chosen career field as well as in life. This core of study offers students grounding in cultural and aesthetic appreciation, development of effective communication skills, and training in critical thinking and scientific analysis with the aim of becoming ethically and socially responsible world citizens. The General Education core is designed to equip students with the intellectual and practical tools needed for living successfully in a rapidly changing and diverse society.

General Education courses have been selected to complement each program of study and the number of credits may vary by degree program. The following is a list of the requirements for the baccalaureate degree:

Citizenship (See program requirement) 3 credits
Computer Operations (See program requirement) 3 credits
Critical Thinking 3 credits
Economics (See program requirement) 3 credits
English 12 credits
Humanities 6 credits
Mathematics (See program requirement) 3 credits
Natural Science (See program requirement) 3 or 4 credits
Social Science 3 credits
Total credits 39 - 40 credits

Students must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible for graduation with a baccalaureate degree:

  1. Complete course requirements in the major field of study, including the General Education Requirements.
  2. Complete 30 credit hours of residency at Wilmington University. Residency credit may include 15 credit hours of challenge by exam and/or prior learning assessment.
  3. Achieve an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.
  4. Achieve a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in the major field of study.
  5. Complete at least 30 credit hours of upper division (300-400 level) course work.
  6. Demonstrate competence in verbal and written communications and computational skills.
  7. Complete a minimum of 120 total credit hours required for degree completion.

The First Year Experience Course (FYE 101) is required of all new freshmen with 0-15 transferred credits. Generally this course will be used in place of a Free Elective. Eligible students are required to complete the course during their first semester.

Second Bachelor's Degree

A minimum of 30 additional upper level credit hours above the total credit hour requirement for the first bachelor's degree must be completed in order to earn a second bachelor's degree, and all course requirements of the second degree must be met. The 30 additional credit hours required to earn the second degree must be earned at Wilmington University. Completion of the two degrees does not have to occur simultaneously. As long as a student earns the minimum additional credits and the specific program requirements are met, the second degree may be completed at a later time.

Requirements for the Graduate Degree

Students must fulfill the following requirements to be eligible for graduation with a graduate (masters or doctoral) degree:

  1. Complete course requirements in the major field of study.
  2. Achieve an overall cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0.
  3. Demonstrate competence in verbal and written communications and computational skills.
  4. Complete the minimum number of total credits required for degree completion in the program of study.

Graduation

Students must satisfy degree and course requirements as outlined in the catalog in effect at the time of initial enrollment at the University as a degree candidate. Once students interrupt their program for one year or more, it will be necessary to satisfy the degree requirements as outlined in the University catalog or published curriculum in effect during the time following the student's readmission as a degree candidate.

Students planning to graduate in January must complete their academic program requirements by the end of the fall semester; program requirements must be completed by the end of the spring semester for those wishing to graduate in May. Students must file the Application for Graduation with the Office of the Registrar on or before the date established in the academic calendar. Payment of the graduation fee required of all degree candidates is due upon submission of the Application for Graduation.

Dual Degree Policy

Undergraduate Dual Degree Policy

A minimum of 30 upper level credit hours, in addition to the requirements for a bachelor’s degree, must be completed in order to obtain a second degree. All second degree upper level credits must be earned at Wilmington University.

Graduate Dual Degree Policy

A minimum of 15 additional credit hours above the total credit hour requirement for a primary master’s degree (usually 36 credit hours) must be completed in order to earn a second master’s degree, and all course requirements of the second degree must be met. The 15 additional credit hours required to earn a second master’s degree must be earned at Wilmington University (see the Program Chair for specific course requirements.), but the completion of the two degrees does not have to occur simultaneously. As long as a student earns the minimum additional credits and the specific program requirements are met, the second degree may be completed at a later time.