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Degree Application and Graduation Requirements

Applying for Graduation 
Instructions for applying on myGate

  • Log on to myGate
  • Select the Academics tab
  • Select the Apply to Graduate link in the Student Links Channel
  • Follow the prompts and at the end of the application you will be prompted to pay the application fee.
This application is effective for one semester only. If a student does not graduate after making application, it will be moved one time.  If you are still unable to complete all degree requirements it will be your responsibility to submit a new application via myGate by the deadline for the term in which you plan to graduate.  The new application will result in another degree fee.

Undergraduate Students
All undergraduate students (those applying for a baccalaureate or associate degree) are expected to apply for graduation by the dates given below. To apply, a student must complete the graduation application on the Academics tab in myGate.  Late applications are accepted at the discretion of the Graduation Office. Please complete the Undergraduate Late Application (available on Marketplace).

All degree applications are checked to make sure the student is taking or planning to take all courses needed for graduation. A RACR (degree audit) is "frozen" and made available to both the student and advisor by following the appropriate Degree Works link.  It is the student’s responsibility to follow all instructions given on the degree application. Failure to do so could result in a delay of graduation. Any questions regarding degree application completion, etc., may be directed to Wendy Tudor in the Registrar’s Office.

The Registrar’s Office must be notified if a change in graduation date is expected.

Undergraduate General Requirements
A minimum of 120 semester hours are required for a Baccalaureate degree. Sixty semester hours are required for an Associate degree. Some degree programs may require more.
The minimum number of semester hours required for a baccalaureate degree depends on your catalog declared.  The range is between 120 - 128.

MAT 095, MAT 096, MAT 100, MAT 105, ENG 095, ENG 109, ENG 110, GUI 096, GUI 097, INT 110, MAT 118, REA 095, REA 100, and ENG 100 are remedial courses at MSU and do not count toward graduation. Any student having these courses must take additional credit hours to make make up for each one of these courses taken. For example, a student who has taken MAT 100 will need to take another 3 credit hour course.

Forty-two upper level hours (300 level or above) are required.

An overall gpa of 2.0 is required for graduation. Students must also have a 2.0 GPA in courses taken at Murray State.

Students must maintain at least a "C" average (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in courses used in the major and in the minor. 

Students  must have completed 40 semester hours at MSU.

Grade changes will not be made after conferral of a degree.

Graduating seniors have 2 weeks to change an "I" after the end of the graduating semester.  Otherwise, graduation will be delayed until the next semester.  If the course is not needed for graduation, the "I" will be changed to an "E" and the degree may be conferred.  

Graduate General Requirements

Courses numbered 600 or above are open to graduate students (those who are completing a Master’s or Specialist degree) only. 

In all master’s programs, half of the total coursework, excluding Thesis, Practicum, or Internship, or Co-op credit must be in courses open to graduate students only.

An overall GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.0 scale) is required for graduation. 

All coursework used to fulfill master’s degree program requirements must be completed within eight years of the date the student initially enrolls in a class that counts as graduate credit for their degree.

A maximum of 12 hours may be transferred from a regionally accredited graduate school. All transfer credit must be approved by the student’s advisor and collegiate graduate coordinator. All transfer credit must have been earned within the eight-year period allowed for the degree. 

The student must have an overall GPA of 3.00 on graduate work at Murray State and a grade of "B" or better in any courses to be transferred.

If a thesis is being required, the student must submit the original and three copies of the signed thesis in unbound form to the Graduate Admissions Office two weeks prior to the date of graduation.

The comprehensive exam must be completed and the results sent to the Graduate Admissions Office by the semester graduation date.

For additional information on graduate students, contact Kathy Garrison.


Deadlines for Completing Graduation Applications
May Graduation - Approximately Nov. 1
August Graduation - Approximately March 1
December Graduation - Approximately April 1
All dates are approximate. The actual date will be given on the university calendar.

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Modified 8/25/2014
Article ID: 889