2020-2021 Catalog Fall Update

Degree Components


A degree defines the academic level at which the student has studied (e.g., bachelor, master), and the general academic field (e.g., arts, science, teaching) in which study was completed. A degree program is the specific curriculum the student must follow to earn the degree. The term degree program normally refers to the courses related to both the degree field and to any major or emphasis pursued within that field. The official document issued to a student entering a degree program is called a program plan. It lists all courses required to complete the student’s program, including any general education requirements and electives, as well as major and/or emphasis courses needed. It also indicates the credits assigned to each course and the credits required in each category of the program.

When a student completes a degree program, the university issues the student a diploma. It identifies the degree earned, the major, and an emphasis. It is only issued after completion of all program requirements has been confirmed by the university. (See policy on transcript– diploma–certificate wording for more information on diplomas.)

Examples of degrees offered by City University of Seattle:

• Associate of Science

• Bachelor of Arts

• Master of Business Administration

• Master in Teaching

• Doctor of Education

Examples of degree programs:

• Associate of Science in General Studies

• Bachelor of Arts in Education

• Master of Business Administration – General Management Emphasis

• Master of Arts in Counseling

• Doctor of Education in Leadership – Educational Leadership Concentration

(Policy #3500.19)