Degree Requirements

To receive any undergraduate degree offered through MyWay at UMHB, a student must:

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit.
  2. Earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit in upper-level courses.  These 30 upper-level semester hours are included in the 120 total semester hour minimum.
  3. Earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit in residency.  ("In residency" means through enrollment at UMHB.  Physical presence on the UMHB campus is not required to earn residency credits.)  These 30 residency semester hours are included in the 120 total semester hour minimum and may be included in the 30 upper-level semester hour minimum.
  4. Fulfill the specific curriculum requirements of the degree pursued as set forth in a catalog under which the student is entitled to graduate.
    1. A student’s MyWay at UMHB degree plan is initially maintained in draft form by the student’s success coach.  When the student is one term from anticipated graduation, the degree plan will be “formalized” by the Registrar’s Office.  A “formalized” degree plan should be on file in the Registrar’s Office no later than one month prior to the student’s anticipated degree conferral date.  Degree conferrals will follow the schedule published by the Office of the Registrar at
    2. Substitutions and/or waivers affecting the degree plan must be approved by the appropriate parties at the time the degree plan is “formalized.”  Signed substitution and/or waiver forms must be on file in the Registrar’s Office.
    3. Once the degree plan has been “formalized” by the Registrar’s Office, a Graduation Audit will be sent to the student (copy to the student’s success coach) listing those items the student needs to complete to graduate.  A student experiencing a disruption in enrollment lasting longer than two consecutive six-month terms must reorganize his/her degree plan under the current catalog.
  5. File an application for degree and pay the graduation fee.
    1. Degree conferral is not automatic.
    2. All degree candidates, irrespective of participation in a commencement ceremony, must file an application for degree and pay the graduation fee by their anticipated degree conferral date (according to the published schedule).
    3. Applications for expired degree conferral dates will not be accepted, even though all degree requirements may have been completed by the expired date.
    4. Students failing to graduate by their anticipated degree conferral date may roll their application for degree and graduation fee forward for a maximum of twelve (12) months, but doing so does not waive the other time constraints described in this catalog (completion within six years, no enrollment disruption exceeding two consecutive six-month terms, etc.).  Students failing to graduate after the expiration of this 12-month period must reorganize their respective degree plan to conform with the current catalog as well as must submit another application for degree and pay another graduation fee by the applicable deadlines.

The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor will not normally change degree requirements as detailed in this policy after a student begins a degree program.  However, the University reserves the right to make reasonable changes to degree requirements for sound academic reasons, which may include changes to licensing or certification requirements by governmental or professional organizations.

          The University reserves the right to withhold a degree from a student whose conduct violates the moral and ethical standards which the University promotes as part of its educational mission.  Preserving the academic integrity of the University is essential to protecting the value of a University degree and the reputation of the University’s graduates.  The University reserves the right at any time to revoke a degree which was improperly awarded due to fraud, deceit, or error, and to rescind a degree in the case of a graduate’s egregious misconduct.  The University will not revoke any degree without following a fair process, including an opportunity for the graduate to respond to the evidence and to protect his or her interests.

          Admission to or completion of an undergraduate degree does not guarantee licensure by any state licensing board or other professional certification or licensure entity.