Southern Polytechnic State University

Graduate Academic Catalog 2012-2013

Graduation Requirements

Catalog for Graduation Evaluation

  • A student may elect to be evaluated for graduation from any catalog in effect during the time he or she has been enrolled, provided that enrollment has been continuous or that the student has not changed majors.
  • Students readmitted or reinstated will be evaluated for graduation from the catalog in effect at the time of readmission or reinstatement, or any catalog in effect during subsequent periods of continuous enrollment.
  • Students changing majors will be evaluated for graduation from the catalog in effect at the time of the change, or any catalog in effect during subsequent periods of continuous enrollment.

Each student is responsible for determining the appropriate catalog to be used for academic advisement and for evaluation of graduation requirements. Catalog selection applies only to the course requirements of that catalog; all other academic procedures and graduation requirements must be satisfied according to regulations in effect at the time of graduation. For further information on the selection of an appropriate catalog, contact your major Department Chair or the Registrar's Office.

General Requirements

In all graduate programs, a minimum of a 3.0 G.P.A. is required. No grades below 'C' may be applied to a graduate program's requirements, and a maximum of 2 'C' grades at the level of 6000 or above may be applied to a graduate program's requirements.

A graduate student is eligible for graduation when he or she:

  • Has satisfactorily completed the required number of hours for the degree
  • Has passed all required courses for the degree
  • Has achieved the necessary scholastic average (3.00 for graduate students)
  • Has paid all required fees, fines, and other financial obligations
  • Has filed an official "Petition of Admission to Candidacy for a Degree" through the Department Chair to the Registrar's Office.
  • Has satisfied any program related requirements
  • Has merited the recommendation for the degree by the faculty and the President of the university
  • Has earned 75% of the total hours required for the degree in residence at SPSU

Graduation Petitions

A student must submit a formal petition for "Admission to Candidacy for a Degree" to their academic department in accordance with the deadline published in the academic bulletin.

All fall semester petitions for students not in school summer should be made in the spring semester of that year, and co-op students should petition the term before a work term if the work term immediately precedes the term of anticipated graduation.

Students are encouraged to petition early.