Degree Requirements for Graduation

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts, Music, or Science degrees in the University’s traditional undergraduate programs must meet the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of 120 units and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. A minimum of forty units must be upper division work, and twenty-four units must be taken at VU.
  2. A minimum of twenty-four of the last thirty units must be earned at VU. Veterans and active duty military are exempt from this requirement.
  3. A major in a department must be completed as prescribed by the catalog. At least one-half of the major must be completed at VU.
  4. A minor in a department or subject is optional. If a minor is not declared, a student will complete the required units for graduation by taking elective courses.
  5. Students must complete the core curriculum program of fifty-two – fifty-four units.
  6. An Application for Graduation must be filed in the Office of the Registrar. See “Application to Graduate” for more information.

Degrees Granted

The University offers the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Master of Arts, Master of Science, and Master of Arts in Theology degrees.

The College:

A Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in:

  • Accounting
  • Biological Sciences
  • Business Administration
  • Communication: concentrations in Communication Studies and Cinema Arts
  • English: emphases in Literature and Textual Analysis, and Writing
  • General Music: emphases in Music Ministry and Applied Music
  • History and Political Science
  • Liberal Studies: emphases in Anthropology, Biological Science, Communication, English Literature, English Writing, History and Political Science, Kinesiology, Mathematics, Music, Physical Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Theatre Arts
  • Marketing
  • Psychology
  • Religion: concentrations in Biblical Studies, Christian Formation and Discipleship Studies, General Christian Studies, Intercultural Studies, Pastoral Leadership Studies, and Youth Leadership Studies
  • Sociology
  • Theatre Arts: concentrations in Stage & Screen Acting/Directing, Technical/Design, and Musical Theatre
  • Worship Studies: emphases in Art, Cinema Arts, Communication, Theatre Arts and Worship Leadership.

A Bachelor of Music Degree with a major in:

  • Performance: concentrations in Instrument, Piano and Voice
  • Pre-Teacher Certification

A Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in:

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology: emphases in Botany and Ecology, Education, Neuroscience and Pre-Medical Studies
  • Chemistry 
  • Kinesiology: concentrations in Health and Human Performance, and Pre-Health Professions
  • Mathematics

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

School for Graduate and Professional Studies:

An Associate of Arts Degree in Early Childhood

A Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in:

  • Business Administration
  • Business: concentration in Organizational Management (Currently in Teach Out)
  • Early Childhood
  • Management
  • Psychology: concentration in Human Development
  • Religion: concentration in Ministry and Leadership

A Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree

Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology:
A Master of Science Degree in Clinical Psychology

Graduate Program in Education:
A Master of Arts Degree in Education

Graduate Program in Nursing:
A Master of Science Degree in Nursing

Graduate Program in Organizational Psychology:
A Master of Arts Degree in Organizational Psychology
A Master of Science Degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Graduate Programs in Religion:
A Master of Arts Degree in Leadership Studies
A Master of Arts in Theology Degree

Definition of Degree Nomenclature

Degree: the degree and level (e.g., B.A., B.S.N., M.A, M.S.).

Major: the academic field of specialized study offered by an undergraduate academic department; a major has an academic evaluation, appears on the academic transcript and on the diploma (e.g., Communication).

Concentration: a curriculum that concentrates on a particular recognized field of study within a major; a concentration has an academic evaluation, and appears on the academic transcript, but not on the diploma (e.g., Religion: Biblical Studies).

Emphasis: a curriculum that emphasizes a limited number of distinct courses within a major but which are not sufficient in depth or scope to qualify as a specialized concentration in an academic field of study; an emphasis may have no academic evaluation and does not appear on the academic transcript or on the diploma (e.g., Liberal Studies).

Application to Graduate

Students nearing completion of all requirements for their degree must submit an Application for Intent to Graduate two academic terms in advance of their intent to complete their academic course work. Schedule is as follows:

  • Fall term - application due the first day of the Spring term prior to course completion.
  • Spring term  - application due the first day of the Summer term prior to course completion.
  • Summer term  - application due the first day of the Fall term prior to course completion.

The Application for Intent to Graduate should be submitted to the department of their major who will then forward it on to the Office of the Registrar. A late fee may be assessed to applications received after the posted deadline. The application will be reviewed by the Office of the Registrar and the student will be notified of their clearance to graduate and participate in Commencement ceremonies.

Commencement Participation

All undergraduate students may only participate in Commencement ceremonies at the conclusion of the Spring term if they have no more than four (4) units outstanding to complete their degree. These units must be completed in the academic term immediately following the Commencement ceremonies in which they participate.  Successful completion of off-campus testing for academic credit, such as CLEP, must be verified prior to the beginning of spring semester to be considered for the May ceremony. Students completing outstanding units at another college or university, must complete an Off-Campus Units Request form and receive approval from the Office of the Registrar in advance of enrollment at secondary institution. For more information, contact the Office of the Registrar

Degree Rescission Policy

The University reserves the right to rescind any degree it has conferred if program requirements have not been met or if it is determined that fraud has been involved in the acquisition of the degree.