Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021

Graduation Application and Requirements

Application for Graduation

In order to be considered for graduation, students must file an application with the Registrar. The deadlines to apply for graduation are March 1 for the spring and the summer term and October 1 for the fall term. There is no fee for this application. Application for graduation must be submitted online through the CUNYfirst Self-Service Student Center or apply in-person at the Office of the Registrar, North Administration Building (2A), Room 107. Students applying for graduation need to make sure they are in their correct major at the time of application or it will delay their semester of graduation. Students must have completed a minimum of 34 credits to apply for an associate’s degree; and 94 credits to apply for a baccalaureate degree.

Students who have graduated but wish to take additional credits beyond the degree will be changed to the non-degree status and will be charged the higher non-degree rate per credit unless they have filed for a second degree prior to the first day of classes. A change from non-degree to degree status on or after the first day of classes will not take effect until the next semester for tuition billing purposes. Non-degree students are not entitled to state or federal financial aid including federal loans.

Core or Major Requirements

The successful completion of all core or major requirements is required for graduation.

Course Substitution For Major or Minor Requirement

If a Department or Program approve a course to be used as a substitution for a major or minor requirement, the Department or Program must submit a Course Substitution Form. This information will be processed as a substitution in DegreeWorks and a comment will be added to the students’ official CUNYfirst record by the Office of the Registrar within 3-5 days of receipt.

Due to the Financial Aid Census date, course substitutions for major or minor requirements must be reported at the point of registration or prior to the first day of the semester.

Credit Requirement

Associate’s degree programs require a minimum of 60 credits with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 (C). Some Associate’s degree programs require more than the minimum credits and GPA; please consult the specific degree program for details.  

Bachelor’s degree programs require a minimum of 120 credits with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C). Some Bachelor’s degree programs require more than the minimum credits and GPA; please consult the specific degree program for details. 

CUNY Proficient

All students must be proficient in Mathematics and English.

General Education Requirements

The successful completion of all general education requirements is required for graduation.

GPA Requirement

All degree programs require at least a 2.0 grade point average in the core or major course requirements to qualify for the degree. Some majors require a grade point average above 2.0. Please consult the specific degree program. 

Graduation with Honors

Undergraduates who meet the qualifications will receive the associate’s or bachelor’s degree summa cum laude, magna cum laude, or cum laude as follows:

Cumulative GPA of at least 3.90: summa cum laude

Cumulative GPA of at least 3.75: magna cum laude

Cumulative GPA of at least 3.50: cum laude.

Students who have completed all of the requirements for the bachelor’s degree may graduate with honors in their major provided they meet the requirements of the department as explained in the section on Degree Requirements.

Incomplete (INC) Grade

If a student earns an INC in the semester that they expect to graduate, regardless of whether the INC course is needed for graduation, he/she may not graduate. The student may postpone the graduation to the next semester at which time a final grade must be received by the last day of classes for that semester, otherwise the grade will be changed to an FIN and will negatively affect the graduating GPA as well as cumulative GPA. If the student does not wish to postpone the graduating semester, a grade for the INC must be submitted by the conferral date. Once a student has been granted a degree, grade changes for courses taken in semesters prior to receiving the degree are not permitted.