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Mark Coen, Associate Registrar
Office of the Registrar
Williston Hall 103
Wentworth Institute of Technology
Boston, MA 02115
Diploma Name Form Deadline
Wentworth awards degrees in May, August, and February of each year, although commencement ceremonies are held only in May and August. Students who have successfully completed all requirements for the degree before a specific graduation date are eligible to receive the degree as of that date. A diploma will not be awarded before all work is completed or before the graduation date.
In order to ensure timely clearance, all students who plan to graduate should confirm their diploma names by filing the Diploma Name form with the Student Service Center by the following dates:
- Last day of drop/add in January for May graduation
- Last day of drop/add in May for August graduation
- Last day of drop/add in September for February graduation
A degree audit is a computer-generated analysis that enables a student and his or her faculty advisor to assess the student’s academic progress and unfulfilled degree requirements. The degree audit is available to currently enrolled students and to their faculty advisors via Lconnect. The degree audit is a valuable tool for academic planning because it matches the courses a student has taken with the requirements of his or her degree program. Students are responsible for completing all the requirements listed on the degree audit prior to graduation. The degree audit is the basis on which the student is cleared for graduation by the Student Service Center.
General Requirements for Graduation
Students who are candidates for graduation must meet all requirements of every course in their program and must successfully complete every course listed in the prescribed program in which they are enrolled.
For students who are candidates for any professional certificate of completion, associate, or baccalaureate degree, the following are applicable:
- Earned Hours/ GPA Requirement
The student must pass all the courses in his or her published curriculum unless
otherwise approved by the academic department head/the Dean of Lifelong Learning. The exception to this is the capstone course, which cannot be waived. The cumulative grade point average for the total of courses taken must not be below 2.00.
- Credits in Residence Requirement (“50% Rule”)
A minimum of 50% of the total semester credit hours of any degree-granting program must be completed at Wentworth Institute of Technology.
The one-year Master of Architecture first professional degree program (MArch) and the one-year professional certificate programs must complete 100% of the total semester credit hours in residence.
- Co-op Requirement (Day Baccalaureate Programs)
Students must successfully complete two semesters of co-op during their junior and senior years. (Refer to the “Cooperative Work Semester” section.)
- English Requirement (All Degrees)
Students must successfully complete an English Sequence as determined by the English Placement Test results (see the “English Placement” section). A minimum English sequence is seven credits.
- Math/Science Requirement (All Degrees)
Students must successfully complete a minimum of one mathematics and one
laboratory science course. The math requirement is based on major and the results of the Math Placement Test (see the “Mathematics Placement” section).
- Humanities/Social Sciences Requirements (Day Programs)
The satisfactory completion of an English sequence(from the list on page 106) is prerequisite to all other courses in the Humanities, Social Sciences, and Management Department. A minimum of seven semester credit hours of English and six semester credit hours of Social Sciences (100-level) are required of all Day associate degree graduates.
All baccalaureate degree graduates must take at least twelve semester credit hours (three 4-credit courses) of upper level Humanities and Social Sciences (385-level or above) beyond the thirteen required within the first two years of study. The Department believes there should be a balance in the student’s program. Therefore, the student should take at least:
- Four credit hours in Literature or Humanities (385-level or above)
(Humanities course numbers have the prefixes HIST,
HUMN, or PHIL. Literature courses have the prefix LITR.)
- Four credit hours in the Social Sciences (385-level or above)
(Social Science course numbers have the following prefixes: ECON, HIST,
POLS, PSYC, and SOCL)
- The other four credit hours may be taken in either category of
courses at the 385-level or above
- The entire twelve hours may not be taken exclusively in
Literature/Humanities or exclusively in the Social Sciences
- Four credit hours in Literature or Humanities (385-level or above)
Communications courses (COMM) are technical courses in all curricula and do not fulfill the Humanities/Social Sciences requirement with the exception of only three courses: COMM330: Introduction to Mass Communications (sophomore social science); COMM290 Social Perspectives of Journalism, and COMM580 Society & Visual Media. These courses are acceptable as Social Science courses because they contain significant social content. Baccalaureate students may use COMM330 to fulfill three credit hours of sophomore social science and ONE of the latter two courses to fulfill four credit hours of Social Sciences in the upper level. The other eight credit hours must be selected from the traditional Humanities and Social Sciences courses.
Students enrolled in the Professional Certificate in Technical Communications program (PTC) may use both COMM290 and COMM580 to fulfill upper level Social Science requirements. This is acceptable because these students must meet the requirement of the four additional courses required for the certificate. Professional Communications Certificate (PTC) students must take their remaining four Humanities/Social Science credit hours in either Literature or the Humanities.
(The Arioch Center)
A minimum of six semester credit hours of English and three semester hours of Humanities or Social Sciences (100-level) are required of all Arioch Center associate degree graduates.
All Arioch Center baccalaureate degree graduates must take a minimum of nine semester credit hours in the Humanities and Social Sciences beyond the nine required for the associate degree. These nine credits must be upper level Humanities and Social Sciences (350-level or above) elective courses. The Center believes there should be a balance in the student’s program. Therefore, the student should take at least:
- Three credit hours in Literature or Humanities (350-level or above)
(Humanities course numbers have the prefixes HIST, HUMN, or PHIL.
Literature courses have the prefix LITR.)
- Three credit hours in the Social Sciences (350-level or above). (Social Science
course numbers have the following prefixes: ECON, HIST, POLS, PSYC, and
- The other three credit hours may be taken in either category of courses at the
350-level or above
- The entire nine hours may not be taken exclusively in Literature/Humanities or
exclusively in the Social Sciences
- Communications Requirement (Baccalaureate Programs)
Students must successfully complete a minimum of one communication course.
- Sophomore Writing Proficiency Assessment
(Day Baccalaureate Programs)
Wentworth believes that one of the cornerstones of professional success for its graduates is the ability to communicate effectively in writing. Therefore, the Institute has developed a program to assess its students’ writing ability and provide a means to improve for those who have not mastered these skills.
All Wentworth day students must register for the Writing Proficiency Assessment Exam (ENGL350). The Writing Proficiency Assessment Exam will be given toward the end of the second semester of the sophomore year to ALL sophomores (including transfers) who have completed their English sequence. In addition, any transfer student entering Wentworth as a junior and taking English at Wentworth must take the assessment exam.
Students who fail to pass the Writing Proficiency Assessment Exam at the end of their sophomore year must complete the required remediation through the Center for Teaching and Learning. They will receive notification of this before the fall semester.
The Writing Proficiency Assessment Exam will be re-administered at the end of each semester to all students who have not passed the examination previously. A student may take the Writing Proficiency Assessment Exam as many times as is necessary to pass, but may only take it once each semester. Each time a student fails to pass the exam, he/she must complete a plan to improve proficiency in writing before being permitted to take the exam again. Students are encouraged to work with their advisors to ensure their success. Student performance on the Writing Proficiency Assessment Exam will be recorded as a grade of “S” or “U” on the Wentworth transcript. Students must take and pass the Exam to graduate.
This policy is not applicable for The Arioch Center.
- Major Courses (all degrees)
Every program requires that all of its major courses must be successfully completed.
Every baccalaureate program includes general and/or technical electives. Their type and number vary by major.
A general elective is any course that meets the following criteria:
- The course cannot simultaneously fulfill two program requirements
- The course must be within the 100-899 number range (i.e. ELEC156 is acceptable; ENGL013 is unacceptable)
- The course is not an “Introduction to the Major/Profession” course, (i.e., ARCH115, CCEV111, CCEV112, COMP113, COMP165, DSGN125, ELEC101, ENGR100, GENL025, HUMN105, MECH103, MECH104, MGMT111, MGMT112 are not acceptable as general electives)
- The course name, number, or content are not equivalent to a course previously taken by the student. (i.e., a student cannot take an Arioch Center, Day, or Colleges of the Fenway course if it is determined by the academic department head or The Arioch Center advisor that the content is equivalent to a course the student has already taken. For example, both MECH180 and MECH190 cannot fulfill separate requirements within a program because the course content is equivalent)
Some programs (i.e., BSA, BELM, BIND, BINT etc.) require Technical/Design/Architectural Electives. Generally, students can choose from a list of courses that are related to their discipline. Students should consult with their advisor for courses that are considered technical electives in their major.
- Capstone Course(s)
Each baccalaureate program requires a capstone sequence (either one or two courses). The capstone requirement for graduating senior, fifth, and sixth-year students provides an opportunity to demonstrate competency in innovative problem-solving situations and proficiency in analytical writing and presentation skills. The capstone sequence must be taken at Wentworth.