University Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Time to Degree (Awaiting)

Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate degree requirements consist of Dearborn Discovery Core requirements, minimum grade point averages, minimum credit hours, and a senior-residency requirement. Undergraduate students may elect to follow (a) the degree requirements in the catalog current in their first term of enrollment after admission or readmission or (b) degree requirements in a subsequent catalog as long as they were enrolled in a term in which it was in effect. However, students may not mix catalogs.

Minimum Total Credit Hours and Grade Point Average

A minimum of 120 credit hours with an overall average of C (2.00) or better is required for graduation.

Upper-Level Coursework

A minimum of 48 hours of upper-level (courses numbered 300-499 and 3000-4999) coursework must be completed by each student.
 

Major Credit Hours Requirement

A student must successfully complete at least half of the credit hours required for a major at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Senior Residency for a Major

To qualify for a major, a student must complete at least half the credit hours required for a major at the University of Michigan-Dearborn.

Senior Residency for a Degree

To qualify for an undergraduate degree, a student must complete through instruction from the University of Michigan-Dearborn faculty, a minimum of 30 of the last 36 credits presented for the degree. Restrictions on maximum transfer credit hours must be observed.

Transfer Residency Requirement

Transfer students must complete at UM-Dearborn the last 30 to 58 credit hours before graduation. The precise number depends on the previously attended institution(s) and the maximum number of transferable credits. Institutions are classified into three categories: (2Y) includes all two-year institutions, (4Y) includes all four-year institutions other than the schools and colleges of the University of Michigan, (UM) includes only the schools and colleges of the University of Michigan. The table below gives the minimum residency requirements for transfer students.

Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and A level coursework is treated the same as coursework from a four-year institution.

  • College of Engineering & Computer Science Graduation Requirements​
    In order to secure a degree of BSE or BS a student must meet the following requirements:
  1. Must have been admitted to a degree program in the college.
  2. Must satisfactorily complete the specified number of elective and required courses of the specific degree program.
  3. Must attain a grade point average of C (2.0) or better for all courses completed at UM-Dearborn.
  4. Must achieve a minimum grade average of C (2.0) for all CECS courses completed at UM-Dearborn.
  5. Must have completed at least 30 credit hours of upper-level CECS course work at UM-Dearborn of the degree program in which enrolled.
  6. Must be enrolled for credit in the CECS during the term in which the requirements for the degree are completed.
  7. Must have taken the English Placement Exam and passed the appropriate composition course, as indicated by the results.
  8. Must have repeated all courses that needed to be repeated, in accordance with the policies stated above.
  9. Must have submitted a diploma application online through UM-Dearborn Connect by the fourth week of the beginning of the term in which the student expects to graduate.


In order to obtain a BSE in an engineering major and a concurrent BSE degree in Engineering Mathematics, or a BS degree and a concurrent degree in CIS Mathematics, the student must complete the specified minimum credit hours of additional and separate courses in advanced mathematics from the choices listed in the Engineering Mathematics degree program or the CIS Mathematics degree program, respectively.

Second or Dual Degree Requirements

Students may complete two or more degrees. To earn both degrees, students must meet the requirements for each degree and earn at least 30 credit hours (at least a minimum of 150 credit hours) beyond the first degree (regardless of the number of credit hours completed for the first degree), if the first degree was earned at UM-Dearborn. If the first degree was earned elsewhere, a student must complete an additional 45 credit hours beyond the first degree. The GPA for the second degree will be based on the cumulative academic records of all courses taken at UM-Dearborn.

  • Second Degree Requirements in the College of Business
    Satisfactory completion of the BBA Prerequisite Requirements, Dearborn Discovery Core, BBA Core, and major coursework required for the degree sought.

    Satisfactory completion of at least 30 semester hours of coursework while enrolled in the College of Business as a post-baccalaureate student; at least 21 hours of this course-work must be in courses offered by the College of Business.

Achievement of at least a 2.0 grade point average in all coursework and in courses offered by the College of Business.

Concurrent Degree Requirements

Students may also seek no more than two concurrent degrees, if created by the college(s), that permits them to earn both degrees by successfully completely at least 15 credit hours beyond the degree with the highest required credit hours. Both degrees must be earned concurrently.

Graduation Honors

  • Chancellor's Medallion
    The Chancellor's Medallion is awarded at each Commencement Exercise to UM-Dearborn graduates. The students are selected based on their quality of character, vitality, intellect, integrity and academic record. The December awardees are selected from August degree recipients and December degree candidates. The April/May awardees are selected from April/May degree candidates.
  • With Distinction
    Students who graduate and have obtained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.2 but less than 3.6 are recommended for graduation "With Distinction”. Such distinctions are noted on transcripts and diplomas.
  • With High Distinction
    Students who graduate and have obtained a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.6 are recommended for graduation “With High Distinction”. Such distinctions are noted on transcripts and diplomas.