MADONNA UNIVERSITY OFFERS PROGRAMS in more than 70 program areas, leading to certificates of completion, certificate of achievement, associate degrees, baccalaureate degree majors and minors, and post baccalaureate certificates, which are described in this bulletin. (More than twenty master’s degree programs are also available. See Graduate Bulletin.)
Certificate of Completion
A Certificate of Completion is awarded to admitted Madonna University students who successfully complete an approved program of study (9-29 s.h.) at Madonna University with a grade of C or better in each course.
Certificate of Achievement
A certificate of achievement is awarded in specified areas to admitted Madonna University students who earn 30 semester hours in a planned program of study, including ENG 1010, with a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better.
Associate Degree Requirements
The Associate Degree Requires a minimum of 60 semester hours with a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better. The last 60 hours for the associate degree include: (1) 24-33 semester hours in a major field of study and a minimum of “C” in each course of the major sequence (some associate programs, by exception, have been approved with higher semester hour requirements); and (2) a minimum of 33 semester hours in General Education. Madonna University follows a career ladder approach to course and degree work. Credits earned for the associate degree also apply toward the baccalaureate degree.
Bachelor Degree Requirements
For the baccalaureate degree a minimum of 120 semester hours with a grade point average of 2.0 (C) or better is required. The last 30 semester hours must be completed at Madonna University. Candidates for the baccalaureate degree must also successfully complete the senior comprehensive examination or the equivalent senior seminar for their major(s). students are encouraged to consider a second major or a minor whenever possible The 120 semester hour for the baccalaureate degree include: (1) 30-56 semester hours in a major field of study (majors within the School of Business require 62 hours, the B.Mus. major requires 65 semester hours) with a minimum of “C” in each course of the major sequence, including all support courses required by the major; and (2) a minimum of 52 semester hours in general education.
Minors, Double Majors, and Dual Baccalaureate Degree
As part of the bachelor degree, students may earn an academic minor, which consists of a planned program of study in an academic field ranging from 20 to 32 semester hours in length. Only courses with grade of C or higher may apply toward a minor. Some major programs require that students complete a particular minor to fulfill degree requirements.
While a Madonna bachelor degree may be earned in a single major, students may find their academic goals are better met by declaring and completing two majors, or adding one or more minors or certificates to the degree plan. Whether such a degree plan can be completed within the minimum required 120 semester hours or will require additional hours varies with the majors, minors, and certificates selected.
Note that when applying for a degree with two majors for which each would result in a different degree (for instance, one major the B.A. and the other the B.S.), the student must designate which degree is the preferred one, or is to take precedence, for the student’s record and diploma.
Madonna University students may earn two baccalaureate degree simultaneously provided they have completed all of the requirements for both majors and have completed a minimum of 150 semester hours.
Students graduation with a double major or with two baccalaureate degree must observe the rule stated in the University Policies section of the Bulletin, page 39, that a course may not be used toward fulfillment of more than one major or minor, although it may be simultaneously used toward a requirement in general education or a certificate.
Second Baccalaureate Degree
Students with a baccalaureate degree may pursue a second degree by completing (1) the general education religious studies requirement, (2) the requirements of the second major, including required support courses, and (3) at least 30 semester hours at Madonna University past the first bachelor degree, including electives if necessary.
No courses used in the major of the first degree may be used in developing the major of the second degree. However, any other courses from the prior degree, including courses used in a minor and religious studies course work, may be so used. It is acceptable to use courses from the first degree major in the role of require support courses for the second degree major.