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Degree and Certificate Requirements

Courses and Credits. To be eligible for a degree or certificate, a student must complete the required number of courses and credits listed in the various curricula (See Curricula). Students must have earned a minimum of 40 courses/120 credits for a Bachelor’s Degree and 20 courses/60 credits for an Associate’s Degree. Students may not graduate with more than one certificate or degree in the same field. Three credits represent a total of 45 instructional hours over the course of a semester.

Residency Requirement. The residency requirement for an Associate degree is fulfilled by the satisfactory completion of 10 courses at Saint Joseph’s University College of Professional and Liberal Studies immediately preceding the date of graduation. The residency requirement for a Bachelor’s degree is fulfilled by the satisfactory completion of 15 courses at Saint Joseph’s University College of Professional and Liberal Studies immediately preceding the date of graduation. The 15-course residency requirement may not be satisfied by credits earned through CLEP, ELAP (portfolio assessment) or Challenge Test. After graduation, students must complete a minimum of 10 courses for a second Bachelor’s degree.

Students must take at least four Upper Division courses (level as defined by each academic department) in their major in the classroom to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. Business majors must take at least half of their Business core/concentration courses at Saint Joseph’s University. Students must take at least one Upper Division course in their major for an Associate’s degree.

When matriculated students enroll in the CPLS, they are required to take all of their subsequent courses for a degree or certificate at Saint Joseph’s University. Matriculated students must get special written permission from the Associate Dean to take a course elsewhere; otherwise, these credits will not be accepted. Permission will be granted only under exceptional circumstances. Credit is accepted only for grades of C (not C-) or better; the letter grade is not computed in a student’s grade point average but is counted towards the determination of academic honors at the time of graduation (See Advanced Standing for Transfer Students in Admissions section).