Graduation Requirements for Degrees and Certificates


Undergraduate Degrees:

  • Completion of a minimum of 122 units for BS in DI, or 125 units for BA in BA.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Completion of the required units designated by the major area with a GPA of 2.0 or higher.
  • Completion of the general education and externship (for BS) requirements.

Graduate Degrees:

  • Completion of a minimum of 36 units of graduate coursework for MBA and MS, and 93 units for DBA, including core requirements, specific area of concentration requirements, and thesis defense or an examination for MBA or dissertation defense for DBA.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher for MBA and MS, and 3.2 or higher for DBA.

Certificate:

  • Completion of the academic program and completion of a required externship.

In addition to the above, all degree or certificate candidates must be approved for degree or certificate completion by the Dean, and must settle all financial and document obligations. Students may meet the graduation requirements as stated in the catalog under which they enrolled, provided they maintain continuous enrollment and make normal progress toward a degree. The maximum time permitted for a degree completion (MTDC) is:

Bachelor’s Degree programs: six (6) years for full-time students (taking 12 units per semester at the minimum).

Master’s Degree programs: three (3) years for full-time students (taking 9 units per semester at the minimum).

Doctor’s Degree program: seven and a half (7.5) years for full-time students (taking 9 units per semester at the minimum).

The certificate program has its specific length of study given in the program’s descriptions.

If a student re-enrolls to the University after withdrawal, he/she follows graduation require­ments stated in the catalog current for the re-enrollment. Students who change their program according to a subsequent catalog edition must meet all requirements for graduation as stated in that catalog.

The US Department of Homeland Security requires foreign students to maintain full-time educational load and to meet the financial obligations during their stay in the United States to qualify for the F-1 visa status.