Satisfaction of the minimum credit hour, course, and other requirements prescribed for the program selected.


The majority of credits applicable to a graduate degree must be earned at UNA. The MBA program requires a minimum of 28 residence hours.

Quality of Work

All graduate students are expected to maintain a consistently high quality of academic performance. Satisfaction of degree and program requirements includes an overall grade average of B or better (3.00) on all work attempted. No more than two courses with a C grade may be applied towards a degree. No grade below a C may be applied towards the degree; however, all grades are included in the calculation of the cumulative GPA.

Some graduate programs may have more stringent requirements than university policy, and students should refer to their program for specific requirements. 

  • Any student who earns three grades of C will be dismissed; this dismissal can occur at any point in their program of study, including the last semester.
  • Any student who earn two grades below C will be dismissed.
  • No grade below C may be applied towards the degree. However, it will be used in the GPA calculation.

Time Limits

Courses may not be applied to degree plans more than eight years after completion, exclusive of time spent in active service in the Armed Forces of the United States. Credit accepted by transfer must comply with these limits.


Candidates for a degree must file a formal application for graduation with the Office of the Registrar. Graduate students should apply for graduation two semesters prior to their date of graduation. If it becomes necessary to revise the expected date of graduation, the student should file a Change of Graduation application form in the Office of the Registrar no later than the last day to drop a class prior to the intended date of graduation. No preliminary degree audit will be issued until a program of study and an admission to candidacy form have been submitted to the Office of the Registrar. There is no candidacy requirement for nursing students or MBA students.


Degrees are conferred at the end of each regular semester. Successful candidates for degrees are expected to attend commencement exercises and wear proper academic regalia. Candidates whose circumstances preclude attendance may be graduated in absentia and have their diplomas forwarded to them, provided written notification is made to the Office of the Registrar not later than two weeks prior to the commencement date.