Troy University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
2.7.1 The institution offers one or more degree programs based on at least 60 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the associate level; at least 120 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the baccalaureate level; or at least 30 semester credit hours or the equivalent at the post-baccalaureate, graduate, or professional level. If an institution uses a unit other than semester credit hours, it provides an explanation for the equivalency. The institution also provides a justification for all degrees that include fewer than the required number of semester credit hours or its equivalent unit. (Program Length)
 
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Narrative:  

Troy University is in compliance with this Core Requirement.

Troy University offers all of its degree programs based on a minimum of 60 semester hours at the associate level, 120 semester hours at the baccalaureate level, and at least 30 semester hours at the post-baccalaureate and graduate levels. For the 2007-2008 academic year, Troy University offered a total of 132 programs; 107 undergraduate majors and minors, 37 master’s programs, and six educational specialist programs.

The Undergraduate Catalog and Graduate Catalog specify the minimal program length for any new degree programs. Review of credit hours for degree programs is conducted on a regular basis by the Undergraduate Academic Council and Graduate Academic Council, the Institutional Effectiveness Committee, the Office of University Records, the associate provosts and through specialized accrediting agencies.

As stated in the Undergraduate Catalog, Troy University confers associate degrees offered in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, the Sorrell College and Business, and the College of Health and Services. The specific total number of hours required for a degree is designated in the Undergraduate Catalog, but all associate degrees conferred at Troy University must have a minimum of 60 semester hours.

Baccalaureate degrees are offered through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Communication and Fine Arts, Education, and Health and Human Services, and post-baccalaureate degrees are offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Sorrell College of Business, the College of Education and the College of Health and Human Services. The specific total number of hours required for a degree is designated in the Undergraduate Catalog, but all baccalaureate degrees conferred at Troy University must have a minimum of 120 semester hours.

To be eligible for a baccalaureate degree in any college at Troy University, a student must earn in residence in that college at least one-fourth of the semester hours required for the degree. Twelve semester hours of work in each major field must be completed in residence with Troy University, and a minimum of 50 percent of all degree program hours must be completed on a senior college (four-year degree) level.

In order to qualify for a baccalaureate degree from Troy University, a candidate for graduation must have a C average at Troy University (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) and must have a C average in the major field. This includes hours and grade points earned at other universities and colleges as converted to the Troy University system scale (2.0 on a 4.0 scale).

The Undergraduate Catalog outlines the expectations for the general studies program that first and second-year students are required to meet.

At the master’s level, Troy University offers post-baccalaureate degrees in a number of areas through the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Education, the Sorrell College of Business, and the College of Health and Human Services.

Master’s degree requirements are defined in the Graduate Catalog. While the number of semester hours required for graduate programs varies, all programs require at least 30 hours of course work with the majority of programs require 36 semester hours. Each program defines its own specific residency requirements. The maximum allowable transfer credit hours is any graduate program is 12 semester hours. The majority of programs require 60 percent of the program to be taken in residence at Troy University, however, licensure programs require greater residence requirements. The maximum number of graduate credits hours transferred into a graduate program will not exceed 12 semester hours. The transfer credit policy helps define the residency policies of many graduate programs. Additional criteria also apply to the evaluation of transfer credit (e.g. a grade of B or better is required; courses must be taken within eight years of the date of degree completion, etc.).

Graduate students may earn no more than six semester hours of grades below B. All graduate programs require certification of the student’s ability to conduct research in a specialization. This requirement is met by achieving a grade of B or better in an approved research course in the student’s program. Students must have a 3.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale for all work attempted at the time of degree completion.

All Troy University associate degrees require a minimum of 60 semester hours, all baccalaureate degrees require a minimum of 120 semester hours, all graduate degrees require a minimum of 30 semester hours, and Education Specialist degrees require a minimum of 36 semester hours.

The following charts provide additional information regarding hours required for completion:

Associate and Baccalaureate Degrees Semester hours required for completion
Associate of Arts in General Education 60
Associate of Science in Business 60
Associate of Science in Nursing 70
Associate of Science in Computer Science 60
Associate of Science in General Education 60
Bachelor of Arts 120 (1) (2)
Bachelor of Science 120 (1)
Bachelor of Applied Science 120
Bachelor or Arts or Science in Business Administration 120
Bachelor of Arts or Science in Education 123 -129
Bachelor of Fine Arts 120
Bachelor of Music Education 133
Bachelor of Science in Nursing 121
(1) Although most baccalaureate degree programs require a total of 120 credit hours, accreditation criteria or professional licensure requirements may dictate that some baccalaureate degrees will exceed the 120 semester hour minimum.
(2) The Bachelor of Arts requires 12 hours of one foreign language (classical or modern) in addition to general studies and the program or combination of majors and minors that totals at least 54 hours.

 

Graduate Degrees Semester hours required for completion
Master of Science in Computer Science 30 (thesis), 31 (non-thesis)
Master of Science in Criminal Justice 36 (thesis), 30 (non-thesis with comprehensive exam)
Master of Science in Environmental and Biological Sciences 30 (thesis), 36 (non-thesis)
Master of Science in International Relations 36
Master of Public Administration 36, 39 (for students with less than one year of work experience)
Master of Business Administration 36
Executive Master of Business Administration 36
Master of Science in Management 30 for applied management concentration with successful completion of a comprehensive examination administered in the capstone course, 36 for all other concentrations with no comprehensive examination administered in the capstone course
Master of Science in Human Resource Management 36
Master of Science in Education in Early Childhood Education (P-3) 36 (certificate/traditional program), 45 (certificate/alternative fifth-year program)
Master of Science in Education in Elementary Education (K-6) 36 (certificate/traditional program), 45 certificate/alternative fifth-year program)
Master of Science in Education in Collaborative Teacher (K-6) 36
Master of Science in Education in Secondary Teacher (K-6) 36 (certificate/traditional program), 45 (certificate/alternative fifth-year program)
Master of Science in Education in Interdisciplinary Education (6-12) 36 (certificate/traditional program), 45 (certificate/alternative fifth-year program)
Master of Science in Education in Instructional Support Programs (P-12) 36
Educational Specialist, Early Childhood Education (P-3) 36-39 (dependent on thesis)
Educational Specialist, Elementary Education (K-6) 36
Educational Specialist, Educational Administration 36
Educational Specialist, School Counseling 36
Educational Specialist, School Psychology 33-36
Master of Science in Education in Adult Education 30 (non-certification program with comprehensive exam), 36 (without comprehensive exam)
Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology, School Psychometry/Social Services Counseling 36
Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology, Community Counseling/Corrections Counseling 48
Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology, Rehabilitation Counseling/School Counseling 48
Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology, Student Affairs Counseling/Substance Abuse Counseling 48
Master of Science in Counseling and Psychology, Clinical Mental Health 60
Master of Science in Post Secondary Education 30 (with comprehensive exam), 36 (without comprehensive exam)
Master of Science in Nursing, Nursing Informatics Specialist 34
Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate 34
Master of Science in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist 39
Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner 47
Master of Science in Sport and Fitness Management 33

In conclusion, Troy University is in compliance with this Core Requirement.

 

Supporting Documentation Location
Graduate Academic Council http://stars.troy.edu/troy_website/gac.html
Graduate Catalog, 2008-2009 http://www.troy.edu/catalogs/0809grad_pdf/
Institutional Effectiveness Committee http://stars.troy.edu/troy_website/iec.html
Records Office http://www.troy.edu/records/
Undergraduate Academic Council http://stars.troy.edu/troy_website/uac.html
Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2009 http://www.troy.edu/catalogs/0809undergrad_pdf/

 

Last Updated: 08/22/2008