Degree Requirements

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 12 or less credits are encouraged to complete FYE 101 (First Year Experience).

The First Year Experience Course (FYE101) is expected of all new freshmen with 0-15 transferred credits.  Generally this course will be used in place of a Free Elective. Placement of FYE101 into specific degree programs will be determined by the Program Chair. Eligible students are expected to complete the course during their first semester.

Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree

General Education Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree Certain General Education courses are required in each of the degree programs of the University. These courses provide students an opportunity to gain a thorough understanding of basic accumulated general knowledge. The courses are designed to assure that a wide range of viewpoints and philosophies, as well as classic literature, become familiar to students. General Education courses provide a common academic meeting ground for students and professors to interact. These shared studies afford the opportunity to explore generally accepted concepts and principles, develop critical thinking skills, and identify questions and issues requiring further study and research.

The following is a listing of the General Education requirements for the baccalaureate degree .  The total number of credits will vary by degree program.

Computer Operations (3 credits)
See program requirements

Critical Thinking (3 credits)

Economics (3-6 credits)
See program requirements

English (6 credits)

Humanities (up to 18 credits)
Drama, Art, Foreign Language, Literature, Music, Philosophy, also any of the following courses:

BBM 319 Business Ethics
COM 245 Writing for the Media
VMG 313 Aesthetics of Film
DSN 110 Fundamentals of Drawing
ENG 360 Creative Writing
ENG 365 Academic Writing
HIS 230 History of Art and Design

Mathematics (3-9 credits)
See program requirements

Natural Science (3-7 credits)

Social Science (6 credits)

Total credits (33-63 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 45 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 45 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 (FYE101) is expected of all new freshmen with 0-15 transferred credits.  Generally this course will be used in place of a Free Elective. Placement of FYE101 into specific degree programs will be determined by the Program Chair. Eligible students are expected to complete the course during their first semester.

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 Petition for Degree form 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 Petition for Degree form. Students who register to graduate beyond the date announced in the academic calendar are required to pay a late fee in addition to the graduation fee.

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.