Graduation Requirements

Bachelor's Degree

Unit Requirements

Total

120 units for a Bachelor of Arts degree

120 units for a Bachelor of Science degree

Upper Division

40 units for a Bachelor of Arts degree

Units with limits

The maximum number of units accepted for a bachelor's degree are:

  • 6 units from intercollegiate athletics
  • 2 units from intramural
  • 24 units from credit grades (taken at HSU)
  • 24 units from Open University (see HSU catalog for details)
  • 24 units from Extended Education (do not count toward residence)
  • 70 units from a community college

Distribution of Units

48 units General Education & All-University Requirements (GEAR)

GEAR worksheet

Major* requirements vary from major to major. See program descriptions in the university catalog.

Minor/Electives to bring total units to 120.

Graduation Writing Proficiency Exam (GWPE)

CSU degree requirement: must pass to graduate.

You may take the GWPE after completing:

  • 60 semester units (junior standing) and
  • ENGL 103 or ENGL 104 (or an equivalent college composition course with a C- or better).

The GWPE is offered in computer labs on campus. We highly recommend that you take the examination no later than two semesters before you plan to graduate. See the GWPE Website for information about the exam and how to register.

Residence Requirement 

To graduate from Humboldt State University, you need to earn at least 30 units from courses taken here, with a minimum of:

  • 24 units upper division,
  • 12 units upper division major courses,
  • 9 units general education

Grade Point Average (GPA)

Your overall GPA, major GPA and HSU GPA must be at least 2.0

Degree Check

Apply to graduate 3 semesters before you expect to complete all your degree requirements.

*Major minimum unit requirements: A Bachelor of Arts (BA) requires a minimum of 24 units of major coursework, including 12 upper division, excluding GE and a Bachelor of Science (BS) requires a minimum of 36 units major coursework, including 18 upper division, excluding GE.

Master's Degree

The following are general requirements for a master’s degree as specified by Title 5. See the individual program descriptions in the university catalog for specific program requirements. Additional information is also available in The Master's Degree section of the catalog and the Graduate Student Handbook.

Unit Requirement

Total

Minimum of 30 units of approved coursework

Graduate

At least half the units must be at the graduate level (courses numbered 500-699 at HSU)

Time Limit

Complete all coursework within seven years.

Unit Limits

The maximum number of units accepted for a master’s degree are:

  • 0 units from lower division level (courses numbered 100-299 at HSU)
  • 6 unit from thesis/project courses (9 units total from independent study, field work, & thesis/project courses)
  • 9 units from Open University/Special Session (do not count toward residence requirement)
  • one-third of total units from courses taken credit/no credit

Residence Requirement

To graduate from Humboldt State University, you need to earn at least 21 units from courses taken here, after admission to your graduate program.

Grades & Grade Point Average (GPA)

You must earn at least a B- in all courses taken to satisfy the requirements for the degree, and maintain at least a 3.0 GPA. Individual graduate degree programs may have higher grade standards.

Culminating Experience

Completion of an approved thesis, project, or comprehensive examination, as defined by Title 5.

Degree Check

Apply to graduate at least one semester before you expect to complete all your degree requirements.

Continuous Enrollment Requirement

Enroll in a minimum of one unit per term for at least two terms per academic year until all degree requirements are completed. For additional information, see The Master's Degree section of the catalog and the Graduate Student Handbook.

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