University Senate Policy 408.1

The University Senate of Michigan Technological University

(Board of Trustees Policy 7.2)
(Proposal 11-01)
(Proposal 23-10)
(Proposal 27-16)
(Proposal 50-20)

Senate Policy 408.1



The requirement for a student to receive a baccalaureate degree from Michigan
Technological University is:

1. Thirty (30) semester credit hours of advanced level courses (3000 or higher)
which apply to the degree must be completed at Michigan Tech. 

The requirements for a student to receive a graduate degree from Michigan
Technological University are:

1. A minimum of two-thirds of the required non-research course-work credits
required for the degree must be taken through Michigan Tech. Ph.D. students
must take at least 20 credits beyond the masters or 50 credits beyond the
bachelors through Michigan Tech.
2. Research credits used to satisfy degree requirements must be taken through
Michigan Tech and must be supervised by a member of Michigan Tech graduate
3. Some graduate programs may have other specific requirements. 

Courses which meet the "at Michigan Tech" requirement are defined as courses that
were taken as part of a university-approved study abroad program or as courses that are
listed in the course catalog and taught by Michigan Tech faculty either on campus,
at field locations, or through distance learning. 

The President or the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs is
authorized to grant exceptions to this requirement in extraordinary individual cases.

Degree programs with special requirements may apply for exemptions.
The President or the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs may grant such
programmatic exemptions upon recommendation of the Senate. 


01/28/1989: Revised positions authorized to grant exceptions
03/17/1989: Clarified type of degree
05/17/1991: Revised in-residence work program

Proposal 11-01:
Adopted by Senate: April 11, 2001
Approved by President: May 5, 2001
08/03/2000: Reflect the change in academic calendar from quarters to semesters
05/11/2001: Revised to provide a common standard of residency for all Michigan Tech
baccalaureate degrees whether completed on campus or through distance learning.

Proposal 23-10:
Senate Introduction: March 31, 2010
Clarifying amendment added (in blue): April 14, 2010
Senate Adopted with clarifying amendment: April 14, 2010
Approved by Administration: April 21, 2010
07/15/2010: Was previously Policy 8.5. Renumbered and modified power to grant exceptions.
Board of Control changed their name to Board of Trustees: August 2015

Proposal 27-16:
Introduced to Senate: March 23, 2016
Approved by Senate: April 6, 2016
Approved by Administration: April 21, 2016
04/29/2016: Clarified “in-residence” courses and thirty credit hours at an advanced level toward
degree program.
12/02/2018: Updated policy to reflect current BOT wording

Proposal 50-20:
Introduced to Senate: 4/8/20
Approved by Senate: 4/22/20
Approved by Administration: 4/27/20
Approved by the Board of Trustees: 6/3/20