Graduation Requirements and Policies

All students completing a first bachelor’s degree at Seattle Pacific University are governed by the following requirements and policies:


  • A minimum of 180 college-level quarter credits. 
  • At least 60 credits earned in upper-division (UD) courses (those numbered 3000–4999), including at least 23 in the major.
  • At least 45 college-level credits earned in residence as a matriculated student, including at least 15 in the major and 10 in a minor. (Credits earned through Credit by Examination at SPU do not satisfy the residence requirement.) 
  • At least 25 of your final 45 credits for the degree must be earned through SPU, with the exception of approved study abroad credits. 
  • Satisfactory completion of your academic major.
    • Students completing the BA in Honors Liberal Arts major must satisfactorily complete a second major.
  • Completion of all general education requirements.
  • Demonstration of competency in a foreign language, either through coursework or one of the means outlined under Foreign Language Competency
  • Completion of the “W” requirement. This requirement is different than and separate from the Academic Inquiry and Writing requirement.
  • Completion of the Cultural Understanding and Engagement (CUE) requirement. 
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all courses applicable to the degree. 
  • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 in all college-level courses taken at SPU. 


  • With the exception of courses from pre-approved study abroad programs, no more than 30 credits may be earned from another institution after a student has matriculated at SPU. 
  • You must gain pre-approval for transfer credit from an academic counselor before enrolling at any other institution.
  • Transfer credit policies are found in the Admissions section of this catalog.
  • You may not take courses concurrently from SPU and another institution during the regular academic year (Autumn through Spring quarters) unless participating in an approved study abroad program. 
  • “Pass” grades do not fulfill requirements in the major or minor, in the General Education curriculum (except UCOL 1000 University Colloquium), or in the Honors curriculum. 
  • All degree requirements for a major or minor are determined by the Undergraduate Catalog in effect when you are accepted to the major or minor.
    • For example, if you are accepted to a major in Autumn Quarter 2020, you are subject to all major requirements listed in the 2020–21 Undergraduate Catalog.
  • Most new students are admitted to a major along with admission to the University, since most SPU majors are open enrollment majors.
  • If not in an open enrollment major, or if seeking a second major, students are encouraged to apply no later than April of their sophomore year, or as soon as they are eligible based on that major’s admission policies and procedures.
  • Transfer students who enter as juniors or seniors should apply to a major as soon as they are eligible based on that major's admission policies and procedures.
  • Students on academic probation (with an SPU cumulative GPA below 2.0) will not be permitted to enter a new major or minor until they regain good academic standing.
  • The University requires a grade of C- or better in all classes that apply to a major or minor; however, some programs may require higher minimum grades in specific courses or in all courses.
  • You may repeat an SPU course only once for a higher grade. (Exceptions to this policy included UFDN, WRI, and UCOR courses, which may repeated until a sufficiently high grade is earned.)
  • You may not repeat a course in which you earned a grade of A, except in courses designated as repeatable for credit.
  • Major and minor applications are available online in Banner, in most cases.
  • The quarter in which you complete your final degree requirements will be listed as your quarter of graduation.
  • The official record of your degree completion is the official SPU academic transcript.
  • Certain limitations on credit toward a degree apply.

Academic Calendars

Find important academic dates and deadlines, including schedules for final exams, on the University Calendars.

Graduation checklist

2022–23 graduation requirements checklists

Refer to your 2022–23 checklist to ensure that you’re taking the required courses and credits you need to earn your degree in a timely manner.