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Graduation Requirements

Subject to the limitations and qualifications stated elsewhere in this catalog, requirements for Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees are as follows:

  • The four semesters of residence immediately prior to graduation must be taken in Emory College.
    1. For students who begin at Emory College of Arts and Sciences or transfer students this means their last 64 hours.
    2. For Oxford Continuees this means 54 hours with a minimum of three semesters of residence.
  • A minimum of 126 credit hours, of which only one credit of physical education, a non-academic course, may count. No more than 16 credit hours of applied music or 17 one-credit hour dance courses may be counted toward the 126 academic hours. 
  • A grade-point average of at least 2.0 for all work attempted for a letter grade.
  • Fulfillment of the course requirements for a major, as determined by the major department or program, with a minimum 2.0 average.
  • Fulfillment of the General Education Requirements.
  • Satisfaction of all financial obligations to the College and Emory University.
  • No degree may be conferred to a student while he or she is suspended from Emory College under the provisions of the College Honor Code or University’s Conduct Code.

Application for Degree

In order to be a degree candidate for any given term, students must file an application for the bachelor’s degree with the College’s Office for Undergraduate Education at the beginning of the semester they expect the degree to be conferred. The application deadlines are indicated in the academic calendar. Forms for this purpose are available online. Students who file an application after the deadline specified in the academic calendar must pay a special processing charge of twenty-five dollars and cannot be assured that their names will appear in the commencement program or that their diplomas will be available at commencement.

Commencement exercises are held annually in May for all students who completed all graduation requirements in the previous summer term, the previous fall term, or the current spring term.

Financial Requirements for Graduation

It is a requirement for graduation that all financial obligations to the University shall have been satisfied. In the case of outstanding loans not then due and payable, loan documents satisfactory to the University must have been executed and delivered to it, and all payments must be current.