Earning a Bachelor's Degree

Requisite Study in the Major

Requirements vary, but at least 54 semester hours in the major area are necessary for most degree programs, at least 50 percent of which (three clusters) must be taken at Lindenwood University. Some majors require prescribed areas of study to be covered. In other majors, requirements are more flexible and the program of study is developed by the student in consultation with the faculty advisor.

Special Topics Courses/Numbers

 In cases in which the student needs one or two more credit hours to graduate, the academic advisor may approve a student to enroll in a one or two credit hour special topics independent study along with a course or cluster. A special topics syllabus will outline the course requirements that will include advanced level coursework. Special topics courses/numbers are listed in the catalog for each academic discipline.

Graduation Requirements

In addition to completing the work necessary to qualify for a baccalaureate degree, the student must meet the School of Accelerated Degree Programs, graduation requirements within the scope of the specific degree program designed with the help of the faculty advisor. The following are the overall requirements for graduation with a baccalaureate degree:

  1. Successful completion of at least 120 semester hours.
  2. Successful completion of the general education requirements.
  3. Completion and approval of the capstone course.
  4. Successful completion of a total of 30 credit hours in residence at Lindenwood University, with the successful completion of the last 24 credits leading to a degree being taken within the Lindenwood University system.
  5. Forty-two (42) semester hours of upper division courses, numbered 30000 or above.
  6. The greater of 18 credit hours or 40 percent of the courses required for the major, minor, or certificate must be taken within the Lindenwood University system.**
  7. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 in all courses taken within the Lindenwood University system, as well as in the student’s major.

This policy was updated after publishing per the addendum.**

Preparing for Graduation

Students are responsible for tracking their own academic progress and eligibility for graduation. Specifically, in order to track the progress through a degree, each student must maintain a checklist of all requirements, including major and minor requirements, general education requirements, free electives, number of courses completed at or above the 30000-level, and total number of credit hours completed. The academic advisor will confirm that all degree requirements have been met; however, ultimate responsibility for tracking the student’s progress through a program and assuring that all degree requirements for graduation are met lies with the student. Only the provost and the registrar have the authority to certify that all requirements for graduation have been fulfilled and post a notification of degree completion on a student’s transcript.

In addition to tracking their own progress through academic programs, students must submit an Application for Degree. This form is available in the student portal to submit online to the advisor. The application must be signed by the student and the student’s academic advisor and be submitted to the Office of Academic Services. Failure to submit an application by the appropriate deadline may postpone the posting of the student’s degree.

The application deadlines are as follows:  

 Graduation  Application Deadline
 March  December 30 of previous year
 May  December 30 of previous year
 June  December 30 of previous year
 August  February 28 of the same year
 September  March 30 of the same year
 October  May 30 of the same year
 December  May 30 of the same year