IMPORTANT DEGREE REQUIREMENTS/POLICIES
Application for graduation
Graduation is NOT automatic. Both undergraduate and graduate
students must complete an application for degree either via the Graduation Audit Link or at the Registrarís Office.
Applications should be submitted during the first two weeks of your final
semester and before each semesterís deadline. The last day to apply for Spring 2012 degree to attend commencement is Wednesday, March 7th, 2012.
Degrees are conferred three times a year:
(Finishing in Fall semester)
( Finishing in Spring semester)
- September (Finishing in
who applied by the deadline for February, June, and September graduation
will find their names on the graduation list online. This list
does not constitute approval of graduation. All errors, omission, etc. need
to be reported to the Registrar's Office as soon as possible. Note: Your
name will appear in the commencement book and your diploma as it is on the
All graduate students must be registered
in the semester they graduate. However, graduate students registered for
the Spring semester do not need to register for the Summer semester to
If you are not taking courses,
all graduate students must register for Maintenance of Matriculation (MAM
791). There is no fee for undergraduates. The MAM 791 fee for graduates is
$170 (in-state) or $280 (out of state) effective Fall 2011. According to the Board of Trustee
guidelines this fee is NON-REFUNDABLE and CANNOT be waived.
must be met by the date of graduation. This
includes the submission and approval of thesis/major project, comprehensive
exam (s), all PERMITS, and Incomplete grades.
To be eligible for
the associate degree, candidates must complete at least 60 credits (for
transfer students - 50% of the 60 credits must be completed at John Jay).
To be eligible for the baccalaureate degree, candidates must complete at
least 120 credits (for transfer students - at least 50% percent of their
major and 30 credits at John Jay).
To be eligible for graduation:
- All undergraduate degree candidates must
have completed all prescribed courses, passed all required tests,
fulfilled the requirements of their major, and achieved at least a C
average (2.0 overall grade point average).
- Graduate degree candidates must have
achieved at least a B average (3.0 overall grade
- Combined degree candidates (BA/MA, BS/MA,
BA/MPA, BS/MPA) must have achieved at least a
3.5 overall grade point average. A minimum of (134 credits) required except for CRJ thesis track students (128 credits).
Incomplete grades and grade appeals
- A baccalaureate degree
candidate will be removed from the graduation list if a grade(s) of
incomplete is received during the last semester for graduation. A baccalaureate degree can not be
conferred with an incomplete grade(s) in the record.
- Once a baccalaureate
degree is conferred, no letter grade(s) can be changed or modified.
This rule supersedes the change of grade rule. It is the degree candidatesí
responsibility to check their final grade at the end of each semester.
- It is the degree
candidatesí responsibility to notify the Registrarís Office if there
is any outstanding grade appeal on file or if they wish to file for a
grade appeal before a degree is conferred
Before graduation, credits
will be deducted for the following:
remedial credits and duplicate credits
The minimum number of
credits to graduate must be completed. This varies based upon the degree. Approved
waivers of course requirements do not substitute for meeting the minimum
number of credits required for graduation.
Associate in Science
60 credits Ė 90 credits max
Bachelor of Art
Bachelor of Science degrees
134 credits (CRJ Thesis Track 128 credits)
Varies based upon degree
Graduating with Honors
Students graduating with honors will be noted in the commencement program and will be given academic cords to wear with their cap and gown. Your cord will be distributed to you along with your cap and gown. There is no additional charge for the academic cord and there is no additional paperwork required for the student. The cords will be ordered automatically for students based on honors status information provided by the Office of the Registrar. To be eligible for honors, a student must complete at least 56 credits at the College. Students who entered the College with an associate degree qualify for these honors with a minimum of 52 credits earned at the College. Honors are based on the prior term cumulative grade point average. Honors are not calculated for graduate students. Baccalaureate students qualify for three levels of academic honor:
- Summa Cum Laude (with highest distinction - 3.80 or higher)
- Magna Cum Laude (with great distinction - 3.50 - 3.79)
- Cum Laude (with distinction - 3.20 - 3.49)
- Summa Cum Laude (with highest distinction effective Summer 2012 and thereafter - 3.90 or higher)
- Magna Cum Laude (with great distinction effective Summer 2012 and thereafter - 3.75 - 3.89)
- Cum Laude (with distinction effective Summer 2012 and thereafter - 3.50 - 3.74)
Records are sealed
No changes may be made to the academic record (transcript)
after degree has been awarded.
Name on record
Names of candidates
for graduation/graduates will appear in the Commencement Program/diploma as
they appear on students' academic record (transcript).
All obligations whether academic or financial must
be cleared before your records will be released.
- The information presented in these pages represent the most commonly
asked questions/problems related to degree audit. It does not supersede the
John Jay College of Criminal Justice Catalogue. Students are responsible
for all regulations and requirements as stipulated in the John Jay College
of Criminal Justice Catalogue. This page was last updated on 01/20/2012.