III - 8.02
UNIVERSITY SYSTEM OF MARYLAND POLICY ON STANDARD CREDIT
REQUIREMENTS FOR BACCALAUREATE DEGREE PROGRAMS
(Approved by the Board of Regents, February 18, 2005)
There are a number of institutional and individual factors
governing the amount of time a particular student takes to
complete the baccalaureate degree. It is clear that the number
of programs requiring more than 120 credits is one factor in
extending student enrollment. In an attempt to ensure that
students who are enrolled full- time for at least 15 credits
per semester can complete their baccalaureate programs within
four years, the USM shall adopt the following guidelines for
1. The standard number of credits required for
receipt of a baccalaureate degree from a USM institution
shall be 120.
2. Exceptions to this 120-credit standard shall be allowed
in the following instances:
a. The program is defined as a five-year baccalaureate
b. Professional accreditation requirements stipulate a
higher number of credits or require coursework that cannot
be realistically completed within 120 credits.
c. A program is governed by certification requirements
that result in a need for credits in excess of 120 over four
3. Institutions with other compelling reasons for
exceeding the 120-credit standard may request an
exception to this policy to from the Chancellor. On an
annual basis, the Chancellor will report approved exceptions
to the Board of Regents.
4. Institutions shall be asked to report periodically on
the number of credits required by programs in their
academic inventory and the rationale for any exceptions to
the 120-credit standard.
This policy shall become effective on July 1, 2005.