Students may meet degree requirements as specified in the Academic Catalog in effect at the time of their entrance into the college, or they may elect to meet requirements given in a later academic catalog. All requirements must be contained within a single issue and may not be selected from several issues.
Students who leave the college for no more than two regular semesters retain the right to be considered under their previous catalog and retain the right for six years following the date of entrance to graduate under requirements current at the time of entrance.
All graduate programs at Westminster expect students to complete their programs in-residence at Westminster College. Students who have extenuating circumstances arise during their programs should consult individually with their program director.
Candidates for graduation should apply to the Registrar's Office approximately two regular semesters prior to planned completion of graduation requirements.
Applications for December graduation are due in September, and applications for May and August graduation are due in October. Exact application deadlines are posted in the Academic Calendar in the Fall semester.
To apply for graduation, students must obtain degree audits for all academic programs and graduate certificates. Graduation applications are available in the Registrar's Office. Students are expected to meet with their academic advisors to review and sign all required paperwork. Paperwork that is unsigned or incomplete will not be accepted. Candidates are notified of remaining degree requirements and their status within four to eight weeks after applying for graduation.
To be eligible for a master's degree or graduate certificate, students must satisfy the conditions outlined in each program.
The final responsibility for being informed about, and adhering to, graduation requirements rests with the individual.
Honors are not awarded to graduate students.
Westminster College does not rank its students.
The commencement ceremony is held in late May or early June. All students who complete requirements for graduation and are entitled to receive degrees are required to be present at the commencement exercises. Students who, due to extenuating circumstances, are unable to attend must request that they be excused. Requests must be made in writing to the Registrar's Office.
December and April graduates will receive their diplomas following the ceremony. Students attending May term will receive diplomas mid-June. August graduates completing their degree requirements during the Summer semester may attend the preceding spring ceremony but will not receive diplomas until mid-August.
Westminster College awards transfer credit for coursework that meets the following criteria:
It may not be possible to transfer credit into some graduate programs. Consult with your individual program advisor for questions related to previously completed course work. Program directors must notify the Registrar in writing of any approved credit.
All foreign transcripts are evaluated by Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI), which determines the level of coursework taken and the semester hour and grade equivalents. Only coursework that is determined to be equivalent to graduate college-level academic work that meets the criteria noted above will be considered for transfer. Equivalencies to Westminster courses will be determined by graduate program directors.
A quarter hour is equal to two-thirds of a semester hour, so one quarter hour transfers as 0.67 credit hours. Students transferring from institutions using the quarter system do not lose credit, because semesters are longer than quarters.
To be accepted as meeting Westminster College requirements, courses must not only have equivalent academic content, they must also equal at least two-thirds of the Westminster required hours, e.g., a language class must be 2.68 credit hours or more.