Credit-Hour Requirement for Graduation Download to print
All students in bachelor’s degree programs must satisfactorily earn (with passing grades) a minimum of 121 semester credit hours of coursework to graduate. As part of this requirement, all students must complete minimum 36 semester hours of the Kent Core. Associate degrees are awarded for the successful completion of a minimum of 61 semester credit hours of coursework. Some bachelor’s and associate degree programs require more hours than the 121 and 61, respectively.
All master’s degree students must satisfactorily complete a minimum 30 semester credit hours applicable toward a master’s degree in order to graduate. Some master’s degree programs require more hours.
While the well-prepared doctoral candidate may expect to meet formal course requirements (exclusive of dissertation) for the doctoral program by completing a minimum of two years of full-time work beyond the baccalaureate, departments may require more extensive preparation where needed. In order to qualify for a doctoral degree, students must present a minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the bachelor’s degree, or 60 hours beyond the master’s degree. These hours may include registration for coursework, individual investigation or research courses and dissertation. Only work of high quality is approved for doctoral credit.
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