SVSU offers multiple undergraduate and graduate degrees for incoming students to choose from to complete their first or additional baccalaureate, masters, certification, doctorate or etc. Students also have the option to pursue multiple majors and minors simultaneously. For more information on degree requirements, expectations and more, please refer to the Course Catalog or the degree's corresponding department.
Graduation requirements for baccalaureate degrees are based on the regulations and requirements printed in the catalog in effect at the time of a student’s initial registration at Saginaw Valley State University. A catalog published after initial registration may be chosen by the student when it is to his or her advantage, but the entire set of graduation requirements listed in any one catalog must be used. The time limitation on this provision is that no student may graduate under the requirement of a catalog published more than six calendar years prior to the date of graduation. Readmitted students are subject to all regulations and requirements of the catalog current at the time of re-enrollment.
Saginaw Valley State University operates on a trimester system of three 15-week semesters: fall, winter and summer (divided into a seven-week spring session and a seven-week summer session). Each degree requires the fulfillment of the academic residency requirement (see below) and the completion of a minimum of 124 credits of academic work and must include 42 credits of upper division work (300 and 400 level courses).
Students pursuing a second SVSU undergraduate degree must complete a minimum of 31 additional credits beyond the first degree and also fulfill all requirements listed for a different major than from the first degree.
All candidates for baccalaureate degrees are required to take at least 31 credits from Saginaw Valley State University and the last semester must be SVSU earned credits (taken online, hybrid or face-to-face).
At least six upper division credits in the major field and at least three credits at the Sophomore or higher level in the minor field must be completed at SVSU.
Each candidate for a degree must have a grade point average of not less than 2.00 (“C” average).
If you are considering a Second SVSU Bachelors Degree make sure that you first consult an SVSU Academic Advisor and a Career Counselor.
Please visit the SVSU Academic Advisement Center or a Faculty Advisor and then the SVSU Office of Career Services to determine if this is your best option in the context of your career plans. You might find that an SVSU Master's degree would be a better option when considering educational credentials that will optimize your academic and professional preparation for the job market.
If you decide to go forward with a second Bachelor's degree, please note the following:
Another Option: At SVSU, students can elect to pursue two majors under a single Bachelor's degree. All requirements in both majors must be met under the Catalog in force. Unlike a two-degree arrangement, no Minor is required under this arrangement, as the second Major satisfies the Minor requirement. For this option, a second major must be declared and entered into the student’s record in advance at the Office of the Registrar.
No, double counting cannot occur between a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree. If a student takes a graduate-level course to fulfill the requirements for their Bachelor's degree, it cannot be moved to fulfill requirements in a Master's degree (if a student wishes to pursue one).
If a student does want to pursue a Master's degree, they will need to take different courses to substitute the ones used for their Bachelor's degree.
The only exception to this rule is Special Education in the College of Education.
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