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Graduation Requirements

Students are responsible for making certain that their plan of study meets all degree and major requirements. Those requirements are found in the General Announcements for the year that they matriculate. To graduate from Rice University, all students must:

  • Be registered at Rice full time for at least four full fall and/or spring semesters. 
  • Complete the requirements of at least one major degree program 
  • Complete at least 120 semester hours (some degree programs require more than 120 hours). 
  • Complete at least 60 semester hours at Rice University. 
  • Complete at least 48 hours of all degree work in upper-level courses (at the 300 level or higher). 
  • Complete more than half of the upper-level courses in degree work at Rice. 
  • Complete more than half of the upper-level courses in their major work at Rice (certain departments may specify a higher proportion).
  • Complete all Rice courses that satisfy degree requirements with a cumulative grade point average of at least 1.67 or higher.
  • Complete all Rice courses that satisfy major and/or minor requirements (as designated by the department) with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 or higher.

  • Satisfy the English composition requirement. 
  • Satisfy the Lifetime Physical Activity Program requirement. 
  • Complete courses to satisfy the Distribution Requirement.
  • Otherwise be a student in good academic and disciplinary standing and not under investigation.