Determination of Requirements Governing Undergraduate Degree or Certificate Conferral

An undergraduate student seeking a degree or certificate at Misericordia University is responsible for adhering to the following policies:

  1. Students must meet the graduation requirements of the Catalog under which they first enroll. These requirements will be in effect for a period of ten (10) academic years beginning with the term of initial enrollment.
  2. As a result of changes mandated by external accrediting or licensing agencies, students may be required by their programs to complete additional and/or alternate requirements for their current major necessitated by a curriculum change that occurs after their initial enrollment and within that initial ten (10) year period. Decisions to require additional and/or alternate requirements that are a direct result of those accreditation or licensing changes will be communicated in writing to students by the chair of the department in which the program is housed, a copy of which will be sent to the registrar to be included in the student’s official academic file.
  3. All students enrolled in a given major may opt to complete the requirements of the newest approved curriculum within their major. Such students must meet all the requirements for their major as described in the most recently published Catalog and must obtain approval for this change from their academic advisor and department chair, and submit the appropriate documentation to the Registrar's Office. Students will complete the core requirements under which they entered the University, provided that the change of major does not require the students to exceed the ten academic years under which the catalog of entry is in effect; however, students may also choose to meet the Core Curriculum requirements that are contained in the same Catalog as the newest approved curriculum within their major. If the students wish to opt for the later Core Curriculum requirements, they must indicate that choice, have it approved by their academic advisor and department chair, and submit the appropriate documentation to the Registrar's Office.
  4. Students wishing to change their major(s) must obtain approval for the change with the chair of the department in which they are seeking to enroll. Students who change their major(s) must meet all requirements for the new major(s) as described in the most recently published Catalog at the time the student officially confirms this change with the chair of the appropriate department and submits the appropriate documentation to the Registrar’s Office. Students will complete the core requirements under which they entered the University, provided that the change of major does not require the students to exceed the ten academic years under which the catalog of entry is in effect; however, students may also choose to meet the Core Curriculum requirements that are contained in the same Catalog as the newest approved curriculum within their major. If the students wish to opt for the later Core Curriculum requirements, they must indicate that choice, have it approved by their academic advisor and department chair, and submit the appropriate documentation to the Registrar's Office.
  5. Students wishing to declare a minor, certificate, or specialization with their major(s) must obtain approval for the change with the chair of the department in which they are seeking to enroll. Students must meet all requirements for a minor, certificate, or specialization as described in the most recently published Catalog at the time the student officially confirms this change with the chair of the appropriate department and submits the appropriate documentation to the Registrar's Office.