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 online. Each candidate for graduation is expected to submit an application for degree one term prior to the term of graduation.
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.
To be eligible for a baccalaureate degree in any school or college, 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.
NOTE: Students in the College of Education must seek advisement with their college adviser 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 (2.0 on a 4.0 grading system) for all work attempted; transfer students must also earn grade point averages of at least 2.0 (C) for work attempted at The University of Alabama. In addition, the student must earn an average of C or higher for all work applying to the major. 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.
Students are required to complete the degree requirements as stated in the catalog for the academic year during which they begin earning baccalaureate credit at The University of Alabama. Transfer students will be held to the same standard regardless of when baccalaureate credit may have been earned at other institutions. If students do not complete degree requirements within seven years from the date they began earning baccalaureate credit at The University of Alabama, they must change to a current or more recent catalog, under which they will have seven years from the start of that catalog year to complete their degree. Students may choose a later catalog up to or including the one current at the time of their graduation.
Credit-Hour Requirement for Degree
Bachelor’s degrees awarded by the University of Alabama require a minimum of 120 hours; some degree programs require more than 120 hours. It is the responsibility of the student to be familiar with the degree requirements of his/her chosen program. For detailed information regarding requirements for a specific degree, please refer to the appropriate section of this catalog.
Independent Study and Extension Classes
In general, the maximum 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 his or her 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 for 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.
Guidelines for Consideration of Course Substitution Requests
A student is expected to satisfy all University degree requirements in effect when the student first scheduled a class after his/her admission or most recent re-enrollment as a degree candidate. Requirements for a program (such as major, minor, option, honors) are those in effect at the time of the student's admission or most recent re-enrollment into that program.
A student wishing permission to deviate in any way from program requirements must have permission from his/her college of enrollment. Permission should be obtained prior to enrollment in the substituted course.
Authority for granting an exception to the core/general education requirements resides exclusively with the Office of Academic Affairs.
The course to be substituted should be in the same area as the required course or in a related area:
- Substitution of a course for a previously failed required course is seldom granted.
- Failure to schedule a required course is not sufficient reason for granting permission for a course substitution.
- Contact your divisional student services area for information on how to request a course substitution or exception.
- The University may make changes in policies, procedures, educational offerings and requirements at any time. Please consult an academic adviser within your college of enrollment for more detailed information.
- Approved substitutions for majors, minors and concentrations will be posted to the student's degree audit in DegreeWorks by the student's college following the dean's approval. Approved substitutions for general education requirements will be posted to the student's degree audit by the Office of the University Registrar following approval from the Office of Academic Affairs.