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What is a Degree Program?

A degree program is a "curriculum leading to the award of…a bachelor’s, master’s, professional, or doctoral degree; is identified by a separate CIP code; and, is listed on the student diploma." A listing of the University's approved degree programs is maintained by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).

Per Southern Associate of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements, a bachelor's degree must consist of at least 120 semester credit hours or the equivalent. Master's and doctoral degrees must consist of at least 30 semester credit hours or the equivalent.

Per SCHEV requirements, individual degree programs must share a common core of courses. Bachelor's degrees must share a common core of 25 percent of total credit hours (excluding general education credit hours); master's degrees must share a common core of 50 percent of total credit hours; doctoral degrees must share a common core of 25 percent of total credit hours.

A proposal for a new degree program must be approved by SCHEV. Depending on the nature of the proposal, a degree program also may require SACSCOC approval.