Troy University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
4.4 Program length is appropriate for each of the institution’s educational programs. (Program length)
 
X Compliance   Partial Compliance   Non-Compliance

Narrative:  

Troy University is in compliance with this Federal Requirement.

Undergraduate programs

All undergraduate academic programs require 60 hours for the associate degree and a minimum of 120 hours for a baccalaureate degree, as stated in the Undergraduate Catalog under Academic Regulations and under Degrees and Required Credit Hours. Additional information may be found in Core Requirement 2.7.1.

As stated in Section 303.2 of the ePolicy Manual, the Undergraduate Academic Council is responsible for review of the curriculum and any development or revisions, including evaluation of the length of academic programs. The Undergraduate Academic Council has reviewed the program length for each academic program.

The Institutional Effectiveness Committee reviews all new program proposals, including a review of the length of programs, to ensure they are appropriate.

The 60 hour requirement for the associate degree is consistent with the State of Alabama’s articulation agreement requirement, and the 120 hour minimum requirement is comparable to the length of programs at other regional universities in Alabama and across the country.

Undergraduate program length reflects an awareness of contemporary best practices and historically established precedents by peer institutions. This program length is well within accepted parameters for the number of hours required for an undergraduate degree.

Graduate programs

The length of graduate programs at Troy University will vary between 30 and 48 hours for master’s degrees. The faculty members in each academic program review the expectations for the length of requirements for programs, giving consideration to the complexity of the subject area and the length of these programs at institutions across the country. Descriptions of all graduate degree programs and their lengths are located in the Graduate Catalog, organized by college:

A brief summary of the length of graduate programs shows the following program lengths:

College   Program   Length
Arts and Sciences   MS in Computer Science   30 hours with thesis
        31 hours w/o thesis
    MS in Criminal Justice   36 hours with thesis
    MS in Env & Bio Sciences   30 hours with thesis
        36 hours w/o thesis
    MS in International Relations   36 hours
    Master in Public Admin   36 hours
         
Sorrell College of Business   MBA   36 hours
    Executive MBA   39 hours
    MS Human Resource Mgt   36 hours
    MS in Management   36 hours
         
College of Education   Master's Certifications   36 hours
    MS Adult Education   30 hours with thesis
    MS Counseling   48 hours
    MS Post-Secondary Ed   36 hours
    Education Specialist   36 hours
         
Health & Human Services   MS Nursing   39 hours
    MS Sport & Fitness   33 hours

In addition to the evaluation of the length of graduate programs conducted by the faculty in each college, the Graduate Academic Council has given consideration to the appropriate length of each program when it was reviewed and approved, as has the Institutional Effectiveness Committee.

Graduate program length reflects an awareness of contemporary best practices and historically established precedents by peer institutions. This program length is well within accepted parameters for the number of hours required for a graduate degree.

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

Supporting Documentation Location
Core Requirement 2.7.1 http://sacs.troy.edu/reports/02-07-01.html
ePolicy Manual http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/epolicy/
Graduate Catalog, 2008-2009 http://www.troy.edu/catalogs/0809grad_pdf/
Graduate Programs and Semester Hour Requirements http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/
Graduate_Programs_and_Semester_Hour_Requirements.pdf
Institutional Effectiveness Committee http://stars.troy.edu/troy_website/iec.html
Undergraduate Academic Council http://stars.troy.edu/troy_website/uac.html
Undergraduate Catalog, 2008-2009 http://www.troy.edu/catalogs/0809undergrad_pdf/

 

Last Updated: 08/26/2008