06 Requirements for Graduation

06.1(fs) Student Responsibility for Knowledge of Requirements

A student is held responsible for all work required for graduation and for the scheduling of all the necessary courses. Either faculty or PAT (Professional, Administrative, and Technical) staff members may serve as academic advisors depending on departmental procedures. Academic advisors typically help students both schedule classes that meet university and departmental requirements and monitor their progress throughout their academic career. Either academic advisors or other staff of the associated department/college may assist students in various ways, for example to learn of internships and post-graduation opportunities, and they may direct students to relevant support services when appropriate.

06.2 Requirements

06.21(fs) Academic

To be graduated from the University, a student must obtain a passing grade in a minimum of 128 semester hours; for associate degree graduation, 64 semester hours.

The student must attain a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.00 for all courses taken at the University in which a grade is given.

The student must also meet the curricular, departmental, scholastic, and other requirements that have been sanctioned by the proper authorities. (See 05.1, 05.2, 05.3.)

06.22(fs) Residence

“Residence” is being enrolled in University of New Hampshire courses after admission to and matriculation in a degree program. Students who are candidates for bachelor’s and associate degrees must attain the last one-fourth of their credits toward the degree in residence unless granted permission by the Academic Standards and Advising Committee to transfer part of this work from other accredited institutions.

06.23(fs) More than one degree

A student may obtain more than one undergraduate degree, subject to the limitations as stated in the footnote to 06.232(fs), by completing all the curricular, departmental, scholastic, and other requirements for each degree.

06.231(fs) Transfer credit

Transfer credit is awarded for courses that have been completed with a grade of C or better at another institution accredited by an accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, provided those courses are comparable to courses offered at the University of New Hampshire.

06.232(fs) Dual degree for transfer students

Transfer students already holding a baccalaureate degree from another accredited institution may pursue an additional dissimilar baccalaureate degree at the University of New Hampshire, provided they fulfill the requirements for the dual degree listed in the undergraduate catalog.1

The degree received at the first institution will be accepted by the University of New Hampshire as awarded by that institution.

06.3(fs) Certification of Candidate for Graduation

Candidates for graduation shall be certified as to their college requirements by the several college faculties to the Registrar, who shall recommend them to the president for their appropriate degrees provided they have satisfied all University requirements for graduation.


The University administrative requirements for a dual degree are as follows:

General Policy
The option to pursue two baccalaureate degrees simultaneously enhances and broadens the education of certain students at the undergraduate level. The program is only for those students who can adequately handle the requirements for two different degrees and who can reasonably allocate the additional time and effort needed for the program.


  1. Students desiring a dual degree must petition the college dean or deans involved for permission to pursue a dual degree.
  2. If the student is planning to take one degree in a highly prescribed curriculum, she or he should register as a freshman in the appropriate school or college for that curriculum.
  3. It is expected that a candidate for two degrees will complete 32 credits beyond those required for the first degree.
  4. It is expected that students will maintain a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade-point average.
  5. Students can earn more than one Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree, provided that each degree is in a different field. Students cannot earn more than one Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.

As soon as a student is accepted as a candidate for two degrees, the appropriate dean(s) will appoint supervisors for each of the proposed majors. The supervisors and the student will work out a basic course plan for the two degrees and inform the appropriate dual degree dean(s) of the plan. The supervisors will maintain joint control over the student’s academic program. The deans’ offices and the supervisors will receive copies of the grade reports and other records for students pursuing two degrees.