Graduation Requirements

BACHELOR’S DEGREE

A student working toward a bachelor’s degree at Northern Kentucky University must fulfill the following requirements:

a. Minimum of 120 semester hours, the last 30 of which must be taken at NKU (i.e., in residence).  Any exceptions to the residency requirement must be approved in writing from the Associate/Assistant Dean of the student's major.  

b. Minimum of 25% of the semester hours required for a degree must be taken at NKU (i.e., in residence).  Any exceptions to the residency requirement must be approved in writing from the Associate/Assistant Dean of the student's major.

c. Developmental Coursework (if required) must be satisfied. See “ADMISSION STATUS” in the current undergraduate catalog.

d. General education requirements (see “GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: BACHELOR’S DEGREE” in the current undergraduate catalog). Please note that some transfer students may be credited with fulfillment of part of these requirements under provisions of the Kentucky General Education Transfer Policy (see “KENTUCKY GENERAL EDUCATION TRANSFER POLICY” in the current undergraduate catalog).

e. Major requirements.

f. Minor or Focus. A student must complete (i) a focus of at least 12 upper division semester hours in a discipline outside his/her major discipline or in an interdisciplinary program offered by NKU; or (ii) an academic minor, different from the student’s major, offered by NKU; (iii) a second major offered by NKU; or (iv) a major exempted from the minor/focus requirement. Please see appropriate individual program requirements for exempted programs.

g. Grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00 on all work attempted at NKU, at least 2.00 on all college work attempted (excluding developmental coursework), and at least 2.00 in the major/minor/focus—unless otherwise specified in the program requirements.

h. Forty-five semester hours of successfully completed coursework at the 300 level or above are required of all bachelor’s candidates. Even though freshman and sophomore level courses completed at other institutions may have course titles and/or content similar to certain upper division courses at Northern, the Office of the Registrar will make the determination of equivalencies for acceptance toward fulfillment of this requirement.

i. During the first 30 college-level hours, a student pursuing a bachelor’s degree will demonstrate competency in written and oral communication through successful completion of College Writing (ENG 101) or Honors English (ENG 151), and Public Speaking (CMST 101).

j. Demonstration of competence in computer use as determined by the student’s major department.

ASSOCIATE DEGREE

A student working toward an associate degree at Northern Kentucky University must fulfill the following requirements:

a. Minimum of 60 semester hours, the last 20 of which must be taken at NKU.

b. Developmental Coursework (if required) must be completed.

c. General education requirements (see “GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: ASSOCIATE DEGREE” in the current undergraduate catalog).

d. Major requirements.

e. Grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.00 on all work attempted at NKU, at least 2.00 on all college work attempted (excluding developmental course work), and at least 2.00 in the major—unless otherwise specified in program requirements.

f. During the first 30 college-level hours, a student pursuing an associate degree will demonstrate competency in written and oral communication through successful completion of College Writing (ENG 101) or Honors English (ENG 151) and Public Speaking (CMST 101).