Degree Requirements

Governing Academic Catalog | Residence Requirement | Transfer Credit | Graduation

Governing Academic Catalog

Students may meet degree requirements as specified in the Academic Catalog in effect at the time of their entrance into the college, or they may elect to meet requirements given in a later academic catalog. All requirements must be contained within a single issue and may not be selected from several issues.

Students who leave the college for no more than two regular semesters retain the right to be considered under their previous catalog and retain the right for six years following the date of entrance to graduate under requirements current at the time of entrance.

Residence Requirement

All graduate students at Westminster are expected to complete their programs in-residence at Westminster College. Students who have extenuating circumstances arise during their programs should consult individually with their program director.

Transfer Credit

Criteria for the Acceptance of Transfer Credit*

Transfer evaluations are processed in the Registrar’s Office within 48 hours of the receipt of most college transcripts. Westminster College awards transfer credit for coursework that meets the following criteria:

  • The transfer institution must be regionally accredited; some programs require professional accreditation in addition to regional accreditation.
  • Only graduate-level course work can be applied to a graduate program.
  • Courses transferred must meet the minimum grade requirements as stipulated by each graduate program.
  • A maximum of 9 hours of graduate-level transfer credit may be applied to any graduate program subject to approval of the graduate program director. A memo approving the transfer of individual courses towards graduate program requirements must be sent to the Registrar’s Office for processing.
  • Credit for life experience cannot be granted at the graduate level per our accrediting body.

*Note: It may not be possible to transfer credit into some graduate programs or transfer credits into a different Westminster graduate program. Consult with your individual graduate program director for questions related to previously completed course work and equivalencies. Any student wishing to transfer between graduate programs must apply to and meet all criteria for admission into that program.

All foreign transcripts are evaluated by Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI), which determines the level of coursework taken and the semester hour and grade equivalents. Only coursework that is determined to be equivalent to graduate college-level academic work that meets the criteria noted above will be considered for transfer. Equivalencies to Westminster courses will be determined by graduate program directors.

Converting Quarter Credit Hours to Semester Credit Hours

A quarter hour is equal to two-thirds of a semester hour, so one quarter hour transfers as .67 credit hours. Students transferring from institutions using the quarter system do not lose credit, because semesters are longer than quarters.

Quarter Hours and Westminster Hour Requirements

To be accepted as meeting Westminster College requirements, courses must not only have equivalent academic content, they must also equal at least two-thirds of the Westminster required hours, e.g., a language class must be 2.68 credit hours or more.


Applying for Graduation

Candidates for graduation should apply to the Registrar’s Office approximately two regular semesters prior to planned completion of graduation requirements.

Applications for December graduation are due in September, and applications for May and August graduation are due in October. Exact application deadlines are posted in the Academic Calendar.

To apply for graduation, students must obtain degree audits for all academic programs and graduate certificates. Graduation applications are available in the Registrar’s Office. Students are expected to meet with their academic advisors to review and sign all required paperwork. Paperwork that is unsigned or incomplete will not be accepted. Candidates are notified of remaining degree requirements and their status within four to eight weeks after applying for graduation.

Graduation Requirements

To be eligible for a master’s degree or graduate certificate, students must satisfy the conditions outlined in each program. The final responsibility for being informed about, and adhering to, graduation requirements rests with the individual student.

Graduating with Honors

Honors are not awarded to graduate students.

Academic Rank

Westminster College does not rank its students.


The college-wide commencement ceremony is typically held in May. All students who complete requirements for graduation and are entitled to receive degrees are expected to be present at the commencement exercises. Students who, due to extenuating circumstances, are unable to attend must request that they be excused. Requests must be made in writing to the Registrar’s Office.

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