6. Academic Programs and Requirements

6.1. Curriculum and Curricular Requirements

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6.1.1. Degrees, Certificates and Requirements for Graduation

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Effective Date: 6-9-60

Revision Date: 12-15-17


The Board of Regents of Eastern Michigan University, on recommendation of the president and the faculty, may confer the following degrees:

Doctor of Philosophy

Specialist in Arts

Master of Arts, Master of Science, Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Education, Master of Arts Teaching, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Public Administration, Master of Health Administration, Master of Liberal Studies, Master of Music, Master of Occupational Therapy, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Social Work

Graduate Certificates

Post-baccalaureate Certificates

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Business Education, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Art Education, Bachelor of Athletic Training, Bachelor of General Studies, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Therapy, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Social Work

Undergraduate Certificates



Teaching certificates are issued by the State Board of Education upon recommendation of Eastern Michigan University.

The University will recommend for certification only those individuals who have satisfied the curricular requirements in one of the many teacher education programs, successfully passed the appropriate State of Michigan Board of Education subject competency tests (MTTC).


OTHER PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATES (Not issued by Eastern Michigan University, but for which students may be eligible based on their education at Eastern Michigan University)

Certificate in Medical Technology

The American Society of Clinical Pathologists awards a certificate for registration as a medical technologist upon successful completion of the medica1 technology curricu1um and the nationa1 examination conducted by the Board of Registry of Medical Technologists.

Certificate in Occupational Therapy

The American Occupational Therapy Association issues a certificate in occupational therapy upon successful completion of the Occupational Therapy curriculum and the board examinations administered by the American Occupational Therapy Association. This certificate qualifies the holder for professional registration with the American Occupational Therapy Association.

Certificate in Dietetics

The American Dietetic Association issues a certificate in dietetics upon successful completion of the coordinated dietetics curriculum. Successful completion of the national examination administered by the American Dietetic Association results in professional registration status with the American Dietetics Association.

Certificate in Speech Pathology

The American Speech and Hearing Association issues Certificates of Clinical Competence to individuals who present satisfactory evidence of their ability to provide independent clinical services to persons who have disorders of communication (speech, language, and/or hearing). An individual who meets these requirements may be awarded a Certificate in Speech Pathology or in Audiology, depending upon the emphasis of his preparation. Note: The program at Eastern Michigan prepares individuals to meet the requirements in Speech Pathology only. Specific requirements may be obtained from the advisers in Speech Pathology.

Licensure in Nursing

Graduates of the nursing program receive a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree and are eligible to qualify as registered nurses through the Michigan State Board of Nursing Licensure Examination. This examination is given at times and places specified by the State Board of Nursing, usually three times a year. Candidates should file application immediately after official completion date of degree requirements. Upon receipt of application and all credentials, a temporary permit to practice will be issued and examination date assigned. Licensure is granted upon successful completion of the State Board of Licensure Examination.



Each undergraduate student will be responsible for the fulfillment of the requirements or their equivalents of the Eastern Michigan University catalog in force at the time of his or her initial registration at a college or university or a subsequent catalog including the one in effect at the time of his or her graduation.

In the event an undergraduate student does not complete the degree requirements within seven years of the date of his or her original registration at a college or university, the student may be required to have his or her credits re-evaluated by the academic department(s) of his or her major/minor in keeping with catalog requirements in force during the year of his or her graduation.

See the Graduate Catalog for graduate student requirements.



A formal application for graduation must be filed by candidates for graduation and/or certification during their final semester. The application should be filed after final registration is complete but as near the beginning of the final semester as possible.

Failure to meet an application deadline could result in the candidate's graduation being delayed until the following graduation period.

Applications must be submitted with the graduation fee.

Students are eligible for diplomas and final academic transcripts only after all of their financial obligations to the University have been met.



A candidate for graduation who enrolls at another college or university for credit to be transferred to Eastern Michigan University and applied toward meeting degree requirements must submit an official transcript of such credit prior to the closing date of the semester in which the degree is to be awarded. Delay of at least one enrollment period in granting the degree will result if transfer credit has not been received by that time. Grade reports and/or letters from instructors will not be accepted in lieu of official transcript.

Authority for Creation and Revision

Minutes of the State Board of Education, June 9, 1960.
Minutes of the Board of Regents, March 19, 1969, para. .763M.
Minutes of the Board of Regents, March 19, 1980, para. .2214M.
Minutes of the Board of Regents, October 30, 2012
Minutes of the Board of Regents, December 15, 2017