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Degree Components

Degree component guidelines were revised March 28, 2017. Feedback provided by Academic Deans, Associate Deans, Department Chairs and the University Curriculum Committee were utilized in the creation of the new program guidelines. Programs approved prior to March 28, 2017 will be grandfathered in, however, any new programs or program requiring modification will need to follow the prescribed guidelines below. Not only will these guidelines assist with providing more consistency and clarity in the Bulletin but they will also assist with the implementation of Degree Works. The Office of Academic Affairs will ensure the guidelines abide by the policies of the Tennessee Higher Education Commission (THEC).

 

Baccalaureate Degrees

Total program design demonstrated coherence, "appropriate sequencing of courses, not a mere bundling of credits, so that student learning is progressively more advanced in terms of assignments and scholarship required and demonstrates progressive advancement in a field of study that allows student to integrate knowledge and grow in critical skills" (SACSCOC Resource Manual, CS 2.7.2 -p. 19).

Minors should be optional, unless required by specialized program accreditor, licensure, or other special program requirements. Existing majors with required minor can request an exception to the Dean and then the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.

 Shall differ from the major core in required coursework by at least 6 SCH and not more than 30 SCH.

Master's Degrees

  • Major core common to anyone enrolling in the major (credit hour range 9 to 18 SCH).
  • Concentration (required or optional) shall differ from the major core in required coursework by at least 6 SCH and not more than 30 SCH.
  • Total of graduate degree program must equal 30 to 45 SCH unless specialized program accreditor, state licensure, or other external requirement for a program length exceeds 45 credit hours. In those cases, permission of University Curriculum Committee and Provost is required to exceed APSU maximum program length.

Total program design demonstrates coherence, "appropriate sequencing of courses, not a mere bundling of credits, so that student learning is progressively more advanced in terms of assignments and scholarship required and demonstrated progressive advancement in a field of student that allows students to integrate knowledge and grow in critical skills" (SACSCOC Resources Manual, CS 2.7.2 -p. 19).

Graduate Certificate Programs

  • Certificate Core requires a minimum of 6 SCH and a maximum of 24 SCH without THEC approval
  • Certificate Guided Electives may be required but should not exceed a total of 15 SCH
  • Certificate requirements should be a minimum of 9 total SCH

Please visit  Proposed Guidelines for Program Length, Components, Definitions and Criteria for Development to view the document in its entirety.