MADONNA UNIVERSITY OFFERS ACADEMIC PROGRAMS in more than 70 program areas, leading to certificates of completion, certificates 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 approved academic programs 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 planned academic programs 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 hours 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 Degrees
As part of the bachelor’s 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 grades 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’s 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 degrees simultaneously provided they have completed all of the requirements for both majors and have completed a minimum of 150 semester hours.
A course may not be utilized to complete the requirements of more than one major or minor, but it may be used concurrently to satisfy general education requirements or a certificate, according to the University Policies section of the Bulletin on page 39. Students who graduate with a double major or two baccalaureate degrees must abide by this rule.
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.
The major for the second degree cannot be developed using any of the courses utilized for the first degree’s major. All other courses from the previous degree, including those taken for a minor and religious studies coursework, may, however, be applied in this way. It is acceptable to use courses from the first-degree major in the role of required support courses for the second-degree major.