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Degree Requirements and Your Degree Plan

Degree Requirements

Degrees are composed of a University Core Curriculum, requirements for the major (as well as supportive courses or courses as part of a required minor), and elective courses to equal the total hours required for a degree. The Institutional policies governing these areas are listed below. Specific requirements for the major and their associated support or minor requirements are listed within the disciplines section of the UIW Bulletin.

A. Institutional Requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree

1. Completion of a minimum of 120 semester hours of course credit, with a minimum GPA of 2.0 (Some majors may require Higher GPAs). Academic Literacy courses (developmental or ESL, orientation, etc.) will not count toward this requirement. Some degree programs require more than 120 semester hours of credit.

2. Completion of a minimum of 36 semester hours of credit in upper division courses (3000 level and above).

3. Completion of a minimum of 45 semester hours of course work at the University of the Incarnate Word. Of these, 12 semester hours must be in upper division courses in the major field.

4. Completion of 36 of the last 45 semester hours for the degree at the University of the Incarnate Word.

5. Completion of the Core Curriculum. Some degree programs require a grade of C or higher for Core Curriculum courses that are required for those programs. A minimum grade of C is required in ENGL 1311 and ENGL 1312, regardless of the program.

6. Completion of a major and any related requirements. Specific requirements for each major will be found in the Undergraduate Program section of the UIW Bulletin. A minimum grade of C is required in all courses needed to fulfill the major, concentration, specialization, and minor, where required.

7. Completion of sufficient elective courses to fulfill the total number of hours required for graduation (120).

8. Completion of 45 clock hours (non-credit) of Community Service is required for the baccalaureate degree. Associate degrees require 20 clock hours (non-credit) of Community Service. Community Service hours must be completed and documented in the Registrar's Office before you apply to graduate or be attached to the application for graduation.

9. Official degree plan on file in the Registrar's Office.

10. Payment of all outstanding bills and return of University equipment and library books.

Degree Plan

Before you can view and download an official degree plan, you will receive an unofficial transcript review by your initial advisor at the first advising meeting. An official degree plan will follow once we receive all of your official transcripts and the Registrar's office has articulated the transfer credits. Keep this unofficial degree plan and consult it your official transcripts have been articulated.


Students will be able to monitor their academic progress toward degree completion using the DegreeWorks tool available through the MyWord portal. DegreeWorks provides options for students and their advisors to audit coursework in order to identify completed courses and courses that are still needed in order to graduate. Students are able to create course plans, a "What-if" plan for major changes, monitor progress and run GPA calculations.

The General Education Core:

Religion courses taken in transfer must be from a religious affiliated college or university or approved by the Religion Department.

Computer Literacy will not transfer if not taken in the last ten years. You must complete it within the first two semesters at UIW. You may choose to take the competency exam for computer literacy, which gives you the choice of waiving the requirement or receiving 3 credit hours for the course. See your advisor for further explanations.

BMGT 4375 is the capstone course for the BSBA and is to be taken only in the final term of the completion of your degree. All students are required to take an assessment test for assessment purposes. There is a $25 fee for this exam that is accrued at enrollment. The exam is usually scheduled in the 6th week of the term. Failure to take the test will result in a grade of IP until the exam is taken.


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