To earn a degree from Wilson University, students must complete all required coursework, within the specified time limit, while maintaining a sufficient grade point average and fulfilling WU’s residency requirements. Students must meet all financial obligations in order to receive their diplomas.

Course Requirements

For lists of required courses for each degree program, see the Degree Programs and Majors section of the Catalog.

Minimum Grade Point Average

To earn an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0. To earn a Master’s degree, students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.

Undergraduate Programs

For the A.A. degree, at least 18 units of credit must be taken at Wilson University. For the B.S. degree, at least 30 units must be taken at WU. Undergraduate students are limited to two course substitutions within the B.S. Major through transfer credits, credit by examination, or other types of credit for prior learning.

WU limits academic residency to no more than twenty-five percent of the degree requirements for all undergraduate degrees for active-duty service members. Academic residency can be completed at any time while active-duty service members are enrolled.  Reservists and National Guardsmen on active-duty are covered in the same manner.

  • Graduate Programs

All but a maximum of 9 units for a master’s degree must be completed at WU.

  • Time Limit for Completing Degrees

Students must complete all degree requirements within 7 years of initial enrollment, inclusive of any Leaves of Absence. They must complete the final 24 units of degree requirements during the five years immediately preceding the granting of the degree.

  • Changes in Degree Requirements

Although the university fully intends to offer all the programs and courses described, it retains the right to alter or cancel programs or course offerings. Specifically, the university reserves the right to make substitutions if courses required under a given degree program are significantly altered or removed from the curriculum.

Students enrolling in a degree program enter under the Catalog requirements in effect at the time they enroll in the university. Students who do not enroll in courses for a full year return under the requirements in force at the time of re-enrollment.

Double Majors

  • Undergraduate Programs only

If an undergraduate student completes all the required courses for two majors, then WU  will award a single Bachelor’s degree with a “double major.” The courses taken for the second major may be counted as General or Free Electives toward the requirements for the initial Bachelor’s degree.

Graduation, Academic Honors, and Commencement

  • Commencement vs. Graduation

Students graduate when WU certifies that they have completed all degree requirements and posts the degree on the official student transcript. Commencement is not the actual awarding of a degree, but a formal ceremony marking the actual or anticipated completion of that degree. WU holds Commencement ceremonies twice each year, in May and December. WU holds a baccalaureate ceremony once each year in September.

  • Graduation

Students nearing the end of their degree programs follow five steps to complete the graduation process:

Step 1: Students submit a Petition to Graduate, which includes a Completion Plan, to their Academic Coach. The deadlines for degree posting is 90 days prior to the requested posting date. Petitions must be received by March 1 for May (Spring) Commencement and by October 1 for December (Winter) Commencement.

Step 2: The Academic Coach conducts a preliminary degree audit to verify the students’ readiness for graduation. If students are not ready, then the coach assists them in revising their Completion Plan. If students are ready, then the coach passes the Petition to Graduate to the Registrar’s Office.

Step 3: The Registrar’s Office then confirms the degree posting date for which the student is eligible. The processing period through the time of approval to actual posting of the degree is 90 days for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The posting date is the last day of the month following official documentation that all degree requirements have been met. The Registrar must possess all required documentation for degree posting by the 15th of the month in order to post the degree at the end of that month. For example, documentation must be received by March 15th in order to post the degree on March 31st. Once the degree is posted, students’ transcripts show that they have “graduated” from WU.

Step 4: Transcripts may be ordered immediately, and graduates should receive their diplomas via certified U.S. mail within 90 days of the degree posting. However, the university will not release diplomas or transcripts until students meet all financial obligations.

Step 5: In the case of delayed documentation, the Registrar’s Office notifies students of the next eligible posting date and deadline.

The Dean’s Honors List

  • Undergraduate Programs only

Following each semester, the Dean’s Honor Roll for each College is published. To qualify for this honor, students must have completed 12+ units in that semester, for which they earned at least a 3.5 grade point average. Honorees receive a letter and certificate signed by the Dean in recognition of their achievement. Qualifying for the Dean’s Honor Roll is not a determining factor for receiving the graduation honors described below.

Graduation Honors

  • Undergraduate Programs

There are two types of graduation honors awarded to Associate of Arts and Bachelor’s degree programs’ graduates. The university recognizes students who have achieved these honors at its Commencement ceremony held each December and May.

Latin Honors: WU awards Latin Honors to undergraduate students who demonstrate academic excellence throughout all of their coursework.

  • Students with a 3.5-3.74 GPA graduate cum laude (“with honors”). They receive a gold seal on their diploma, along with a silver cord to wear at Commencement.
  • Students with a 3.75-3.89 GPA graduate magna cum laude (“with high honors”). They receive a gold seal on their diploma, along with a blue cord to wear at Commencement.
  • Students with a 3.9-4.0 GPA graduate summa cum laude (“with highest honors”). They receive a gold seal on their diploma, along with a white cord to wear at Commencement.

Alpha Sigma Lambda Honor Society: Alpha Sigma Lambda is the National Honor Society of students in continuing higher education and is appropriate for students in online undergraduate programs. The Greek letters forming its name hold special meaning: Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, so it stands for First. Sigma corresponds to the letter “S” and is symbolic of Scholarship. Lambda corresponds to the letter “L” and denotes Leadership. Thus, Alpha Sigma Lambda forms the motto: First in Scholarship and Leadership. Hope awards membership to the top 10% of continuing higher education graduates who achieve a 3.5 cumulative GPA for 24+ units, yet fall short of Latin Honors. These students receive a certificate, and a burgundy and gold honors cord to be worn with their cap and gown at Commencement.

Graduate Programs

The university does not award honors to graduate students. Since such students must perform at a high level simply to graduate (3.0 cumulative GPA), graduation itself is considered honor enough.


Wilson University holds Commencement ceremonies twice each year, once in May and once in December. Participation in Commencement normally requires:

  • A completed Petition to Graduate (including fee payment)
  • A degree posting date closer to the imminent Commencement than to the subsequent Commencement
  • Financial clearance from all University offices (Student Accounts, Library, etc.) by April 15 for the May ceremony and by November 15 for the December ceremony.

In all cases, degrees will not be recorded nor will diplomas be presented until all degree requirements have been certified as successfully completed by the university Registrar.