Evaluations Office - Graduation

The Degree Evaluations Office reviews the courses you have completed and determines the official status of your progress toward graduation.

Contact Information
Drop-In Hours Tuesday/Wednesday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Contact Information-Phone (916) 278-3901
Location Lassen Hall Room 2000

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

All baccalaureate degrees at Sacramento State require completion of three categories: general education, major/minor requirements; and other all-University requirements. Refer to the Bachelor's Graduation Checklist.

Total Units

A minimum of 120 units are required. No more than 70 units taken at a community college or other two-year college may be applied to this total, excluding military credit and credit by examination, which are not included in this limit. Quarter units may be converted to semester units by multiplying by two thirds.

Upper Division Units

A minimum of 40 upper division units is required to graduate. Sacramento State upper division courses are numbered 100-199. Major requirements include a minimum of 24 upper division units for a Bachelor of Arts degree and 36 upper division units for a Bachelor of Science degree.

General Education/Graduation Requirements

All students under the 1992-2013/14 University Catalogues must complete 51 units of General Education requirements. Beginning with the 2014/15 University Catalogue, students must complete 48 units of General Education requirements. Additional graduation requirements are noted below. General Education program requirements and approved General Education courses may be found in the Sacramento State Catalog (current online version).

History and Government

Demonstrated competency in U.S. History, U.S. Constitution, and California State and Local Government are required for graduation. These requirements may be satisfied through appropriate college courses or through examinations. Please contact Academic Advising or the Office of the University Registrar for further information.

English Composition

Two semesters of college-level English Composition, English 5 (Engl 1A prior to Fall 2014) and English 20 (or transfer equivalents), are required with a grade of C- or higher.

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)

All students must meet the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) which includes the Writing Placement for Juniors (WPJ) and a Writing Intensive (WI) course.

Additional information about the GWAR may be found here.

Foreign Language Proficiency

Demonstrated foreign language proficiency by completing a second semester college level course with a grade of C- or higher is required for graduation. Courses and proficiency tests designed to meet this requirement are offered by the Department of World Languages and Literatures each semester. Click here for further information.

Students who have completed three years of the same language in high school with a minimum C- grade have met the requirement. Official high school transcripts are required.

Residence Units

At least 30 units must be taken at Sacramento State (in residence) including a minimum of 12 upper division units in the major. Business Administration and English require 15 upper division units be taken in residence.

Grade Point Average

An overall grade point average of 2.000 is required in the following areas:

  • Total courses attempted
  • Sacramento State course attempted
  • Upper division courses applied to the major
  • All minor courses
  • Courses used to complete General Education requirements.
    Refer to the Sacramento State catalog for GPA calculation. Departments may impose additional grade point requirements and/or GPA requirements (e.g., a department may require a C- or better in every course which is applied to the major).

Catalogue Rights

Catalogue rights determine a student's degree requirements. Catalogue rights are established when a student begins enrollment at a California Community College (CCC) or a California State University (CSU) and maintains continuous enrollment which is defined as enrollment in one semester or two quarters every calendar year. Students may elect to meet the requirements in effect when (1) they begin enrollment at a CCC or CSU, (2) the year of entrance to the CSU campus from which they will graduate, or (3) the year they will graduate from the CSU.

Applying to Graduate

Graduation Filing Deadlines:

Fall Semester: February 1

Spring/Summer Semester: October 1

Online Graduation Application

The online graduation application is available to all students who are eligible to apply for graduation. CLICK HERE for more information.

Graduation Application Fee is $63.50

Graduation Application Forms

Other Forms and Links

Spring 2016 Graduation Workshops

Please arrive 15 minutes early for set-up.

Session Calendar Dates
Workshop 1 February 22, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM MND 2007
Workshop 2 February 25, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM MND 2007
Workshop 3 February 29, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM MND 2007
Workshop 4 March 3, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM MND 2007
Workshop 5 March 7, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM MND 2007
Workshop 6 March 10, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM MND 2007
Workshop 7 March 14, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM MND 2007
Workshop 8 March 17, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM MND 2007
Workshop 9 March 28, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM MND 2007
Workshop 10 April 4, 2016 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM MND 2007

Graduating Senior Information

Attention Graduating Seniors

As a candidate for graduation this semester, the Degree Evaluations Office would like to remind you to review your requirements prior to graduation. The following information will assist you:

  • Make sure you are enrolled in all remaining requirements; please review your Academic Requirements on your Student Center (available online at My Sac State).
  • Changes to your major or minor must be submitted to the Degree Evaluations Office; substitutions may be filed by using the Major/Minor Course Substitution and Waivers Form and must be approved by the major or minor Department
  • If you are repeating a course for grade improvement, file a Repeat Grade Replacement Petition.
  • Courses completed using the CR/NC grading option cannot be used to meet General Education/graduation requirements or major/minor requirements.
  • General Education courses must be selected from the approved General Education listing in the current catalog.
  • If you are using high school coursework to fulfill the Foreign Language Requirement, please send your official high school transcripts to the Degree Evaluations Office.
  • Please count your units; a minimum of 120 semester units with 40 upper division is required for the Bachelor's degree.
  • The official date of graduation is the date grades are due by faculty. 
  • For information regarding the commencement ceremony contact University Advancement.
  • Your Diploma will be mailed; please verify and update your current mailing address and telephone number by accessing My Sac State.
  • Allow two weeks after grades are due before we begin final review of your file for degree conferral.
  • Allow at least 3 to 4 months after the end of the semester for your diploma to be mailed.
  • If you are taking classes at other institutions, please forward your final transcript to us as soon as possible.
  • To avoid a potential delay in degree conferral, all incomplete grades must be completed prior to the first day of the next term including summer.
  • Congratulations!

Major/Minor Requirements

If you have received your degree evaluation and now wish to make changes to previously approved courses, you may need to file a Major/Minor Course Substitution and Waiver Form. Contact Degree Evaluations or your major department.

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