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General Graduation Requirements

  • Responsibility for meeting all graduation requirements rests with the student. In addition to the University’s minimum general requirements listed below, colleges and/or departments may have additional graduation requirements as described in the colleges’ information sections of the catalog. Minimum general requirements for graduation are:

    • Credit for at least 130 semester hours, distributed according to the General Education and departmental curriculum requirements specified in the Undergraduate Bulletin.
    • Credit for at least 30 semester hours earned at Montevallo after attaining senior classification (90 earned credit hours).
    • At least 50 percent of the courses in the major must be completed at the University of Montevallo.
    • At least 25 percent of the hours in the degree must be completed at the University of Montevallo.
    • Credit for at least 30 semester hours of 300- and/or 400-level study earned at Montevallo.
    • No more than 64 semester hours of two-year college credit may be applied toward degree requirements.
    • A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0 on all courses attempted as well as on all courses attempted in the major and minor fields.
    • No more than 45 semester hours of correspondence, Advanced Placement (AP), College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE), International Baccalaureate (IB), or military credit may be applied toward a degree.
    • Although students with a financial obligation to the University may be permitted to participate in commencement exercises, official transcripts will be withheld until all financial obligations are satisfied. Students must complete the required senior assessments in order to participate in commencement exercises.
    • Students must file a notification of intent to graduate in the Registrar’s Office before the beginning of the last semester and preferably one year prior to the date in which the degree is to be conferred. This can be done by filling out a graduation card in the Registrar’s Office.

Specific Degree Requirements

  • Bachelor of Arts

    In addition to the General Education curriculum, students seeking a B.A. degree must complete the second-year course sequence in French, German, or Spanish.

  • Bachelor of Science

    Students seeking a B.S. degree must complete a total of 18 or more credit hours in mathematics and science.

  • Other Undergraduate Degrees

    For information about the Bachelor of Business Administration degree, see the “College of Business” section of the Undergraduate Bulletin. For information about the Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Bachelor of Music degrees, see the “College of Fine Arts” section.

    Students should consult their academic adviser or the Associate Registrar (Registrar’s Office) concerning substitutions or the applicability of transfer credit in satisfying General Education requirements. The provost must approve any waivers of a General Education requirement.

  • Second Bachelor’s Degree

    A second bachelor’s degree may be conferred when all degree requirements of the second degree are completed. Requirements for the second degree are as follows:

    1. The student must have received the first bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
    2. All of the requirements for the second degree major, in effect at the term of admission for the second degree, must be met as specified by the department.
    3. At least half of the courses in the major must be completed at UM.
    4. A minimum of 33 credit hours must be taken at UM.
    5. A minimum of 30 credit hours taken at UM must be at the 300/400-level.
    6. Additional coursework to meet standards including, but not limited to, program accreditation, teacher certification, or graduate program entry may be required.
    7. A minimum cumulative and major UM GPA of 2.0.

    All requirements should be reviewed with the academic adviser. Responsibility for meeting all degree requirements rests with the student.

  • Teacher Certification Requirements

    Students who intend to earn teacher certification should review requirements with their advisers during the freshman year. Information regarding teacher education program is included in the College of Education section of the Bulletin and in the undergraduate Teach Education Handbook.

  • Graduation Honors

    Graduation honors that are designated on the transcript and on the diploma are based on the following standard:

Cumulative UM GPA Graduation Status
3.5–3.69 Cum Laude
3.7–3.89 Magna Cum Laude
3.9–4.0 Summa Cum Laude

If a student participates in the commencement exercise prior to completion of all degree requirements, notations of Graduation Honors will not be recorded in the official commencement program.