Requirements for Degree Completion

Academic Progress

Students must complete a minimum number of credits each semester in order to be making satisfactory academic progress according to the following schedule:

Graduate Students: 10 credits per year
Undergraduate Students: 20 credits per year
Undergraduate Certificate Students: 10 credits per year

Maximum Time Frame for Degree Completion

Students must complete all requirements for their degree program within the following time frames:

Undergraduate Students

Students who transferred in 0–29 credits: 6 years
Students who transferred in 30–59 credits: 5 years
Students who transferred in 60 credits: 4 years

Graduate Students

Programs requiring more than 60 credits: 6 years
Programs requiring 45–60 credits: 5 years
Programs requiring 30–44 credits: 3 years

This schedule ensures that students will complete their degree program within the maximum time frame for degree completion.

Student records will be reviewed each year, and those students who have not completed a minimum of the needed number of credits may be asked by their program to create a plan for completing their degree in the allotted time (see Maximum Time Frame for Degree Completion). Those students who fail to comply with this plan may be suspended from the university.

Undergraduate Study

Naropa University offers a Bachelor of Arts Degree.

Undergraduate students must meet the minimum requirements to receive the Bachelor of Arts Degree from Naropa University. Please see the major requirements as listed in the programs section of this catalog for more details regarding major requirements. The minimum academic requirements an undergraduate student must complete to receive an undergraduate degree at Naropa University are as follows:

1. The student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

2. Only courses numbered between 100 and 499 may be counted toward degree requirements, except by permission of advisor.

3. All requirements for the core curriculum, at least one major, and any other required curriculum must be completed as outlined in the catalog under which the student was admitted.

4. All work must be completed within the maximum time frame for degree completion.

In-Residence Requirement and Transfer Credit

Undergraduate students must take at least 60 credits in residence through Naropa. Credits earned through an exam or transferred from another regionally accredited college or institution accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (including courses taken through consortium agreement) do not count toward in-residence credits. The first semester a student is matriculated at Naropa must be taken on campus.

Students who have earned credits while a nondegree student at Naropa may be able to apply some or all of these credits to a Naropa degree. Courses taken as a nondegree student at Naropa will appear on the student’s transcript with a letter grade. When transferring in nondegree credits, Naropa University credits will be transferred in first. Courses taken at Naropa as a nondegree student may count toward the major by permission of the program. Students should speak with an advisor about the possibility of transferring these credits, and whether or how they may be applied to degree requirements.

Classification of Students

Each semester, full-time degree-seeking students will be classified in one of the four classes according to the total number of credit hours earned at Naropa University and/or accepted as transfer credits.

First-Year: Student 0–29 hours

Sophomore: 30–59 hours

Junior: 60–89 hours

Senior: 90–120 hours

Graduate Study

Naropa offers the following graduate degrees:

Master of Arts
Master of Divinity
Master of Fine Arts

The minimum academic requirements a graduate student must complete to receive a graduate degree at Naropa University are as follows:

1. The student must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.7.

2. Only courses numbered between 500 and 899 may be counted toward degree requirements.

3. All requirements of the program must be completed as outlined in the catalog under which the student was admitted.

4. All work must be completed within the maximum time frame for degree completion.

In-Residence Requirement and Transfer Credit

Graduate students may have a maximum of 6 credits taken out of residence. Credit taken at another regionally accredited university or institution accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education per specific program approval (including courses taken through consortium agreement) is considered out-of-residence. If a student wishes to change a Naropa for-credit course from nondegree to degree-seeking status in order to have these credits apply toward a degree, the student may do so with the permission of the student’s advisor, who must indicate in writing to the registrar which requirement the course will fulfill.

After matriculation, courses taken outside Naropa must be taken through consortium agreement or have prior approval to apply to the degree.

Applying for Degree Completion

Students are required to apply for degree completion, which is a separate process from participating in commencement, during the the semester prior to the last semester in which all course work will be completed. Once course work is completed, Naropa University will confer the degree, regardless of other procedures. However, the student may not receive transcripts or a diploma until the degree completion procedures are done. Degree completion applications are found on MyNaropa or may be obtained from the registrar. Only legal names will be printed on diplomas. It is very important to check Naropa email for updates, deadlines, and announcements concerning the degree completion process.

To be included in the ceremony, the student must complete the Commencement Participation form found on MyNaropa. Commencement details are handled by the Office of Student Affairs.

Degree Dates

Degrees carry the date of the last day of classes in the semester in which a student completes all of the requirements for the degree. Whether or not a student is eligible to complete their degree in the summer is entirely at the discretion of the student’s academic program.

The Effect of Incompletes or Course Work Not Yet Taken

With the exception of some graduate programs, all other students may participate in spring commencement if they have no more than 3 credits left to complete the degree. Creative Writing and Poetics students who have 8 credits of Summer Writing Program courses may participate in spring commencement prior to the completion of those courses.

If a student has any incomplete work, the student’s degree will carry the date of the semester in which the work was completed, not the semester in which the work was started. A student who takes an Incomplete during the semester of expected degree completion will automatically be moved to the next degree completion review. If course work (including extended master’s paper/thesis) is not completed by the end of the following semester, the student must reapply for degree completion.

If a student is taking courses at other regionally accredited universities and institutions accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education per specific program approval to fulfill degree requirements, official transcripts must be received within one semester after the courses have been completed. Undergraduate students taking courses at another institution to complete requirements and who are not enrolled in any classes at Naropa for their last semester must apply for a leave of absence or register through consortium agreement in order to retain their student status. Graduate students who have registered for Thesis are not eligible to take a leave of absence and must register for Extended Thesis each semester until degree requirements are met.

Diplomas and Transcripts Verifying Degree Completion

A diploma and two copies of official transcripts are mailed after final grades have been verified and after other audit checks are completed, normally eight to ten weeks after the end of the semester. Official transcripts verifying degree completion can be mailed earlier, after final grades have been verified, normally four weeks after the ceremony. There is no charge for the first two transcripts; however, requests for early transcripts must be in writing. Diplomas and official transcripts verifying the degree will be available approximately three weeks after the end of the semester in which all requirements for a degree are completed. Students must finish the degree completion application in order to receive transcripts and a diploma.

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