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Graduation Requirements

Students must maintain reasonable progress toward completing their degree.

The majority of students complete their degree within 2 to 2.5 years. Occasionally, because of professional and/or personal constraints, students may need additional time to complete their degree. At Lasell, graduate students have five (5) years from beginning their program of study to complete their degree. Students who need additional time at the end of five years may have to reapply to the program.

In order to graduate, each student must earn a minimum of 36 credits of academic work and attain a cumulative GPA (grade point average) of 3.0 or higher.

Dual Concentration
A student may earn two concentrations in a degree provided (a) all requirements for each concentration are completed in good standing and (b) all pertinent requirements of the degree are completed successfully. Students may not use their electives to meet the requirements of either concentration. Students earning a dual concentration should plan on taking a minimum of 42 credits.

Full-time Status
Students can register for up to 12 credits per semester (15 weeks) or 9 credits per session (8 weeks). A course load of 9 credits per semester (15 weeks) is considered full time.

Change of Concentration

  1. The student must initiate this change by speaking with their advisor and/or the Associate Director of Graduate Student Services
  2. If the decision is made to change concentrations, the student fills out the "Change of Concentration" form. The form must include the signature of their advisor (or the Associate Director of Graduate Student Services) and the Department Chair.
  3. The student submits the change of concentration form to the Registrar's Office.

Change of Degree

  1. The student must initiate this change by speaking with the following faculty/staff in this order:
    1. Chair of their current program of study
    2. Chair of the program they want to enter
    3.  Their Advisor
  2. If the decision is made to change degree programs, the student fills out the "Change of Degree" form. The form must include the signature of their advisor and the Department Chair of the program they want to enter.
  3. The student submits the change of degree form to the Registrar's Office.

Progress toward the Degree
Students are expected to maintain satisfactory academic progress. Satisfactory academic progress is defined both by the number of credits successfully completed and the grade point average.

International Student Eligibility
International students on an F1 Visa must maintain a full course load (a minimum of 9 credits per semester) in order to maintain their status as an F-1 visa holder. Only on rare occasions is an international student permitted to drop below a full course load and still maintain their status as an F-1 visa holder. Any international student who anticipates falling below a full course load must consult with the Coordinator of International Student Services.

Application for Graduation
A student eligible for a degree must apply for graduation through the Office of the Registrar at least one full semester before they expect to complete all requirements for graduation. Failure to comply may result in a delay of receiving the degree by a semester.

Degrees are awarded three times a year in December, May, and August. Commencement exercises are held once a year in May.

Expected Degree Completion:  Completed Application Filed:
December Prior to September 1
May  Prior to December 15
August Prior to May 1

Conditional Graduation
Students classified as conditional graduates may participate in the May commencement exercises. To be considered a candidate for conditional graduation a student must have:

a) attained a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0; and
b) be within two (2) courses (maximum of 6 credits) of completing their graduation requirements.


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