FAQs About the Reduction to 120 Credits for Graduation
What does the change to 120 credits mean?
Beginning in the fall of 2020, most baccalaureate degree programs for incoming, returning, and transferring undergraduates will require 120 credit hours for completion.
Will I benefit from a reduction to 120 credits?
Yes. Credit requirements for students who will graduate in summer 2020 or later will be reduced to 120 credit hours in most baccalaureate programs. You do not need to update to the 2020-2021 catalog to benefit from the credit reduction.
However, all courses required in your current academic program (program major/interdisciplinary, general education) must be met. The 8-credit reduction will be reflected in your academic audit on or about May 29, 2020. It is essential for you to view your academic audit at that time to confirm your remaining requirements.
Additionally, students always have the option to switch to the current catalog and follow the updated curricula. An advisor can help determine if this is the best option, as switching means new major and general education requirements will have to be followed. An example is the newly adopted 3-credit requirement in World Languages, effective Fall of 2020.
Students may run a “what if” audit on or after Feb. 15 to get an early look at how their coursework fits into the new curriculum and help guide their conversations with their academic advisors.
What do students need to do?
Students do not need to do anything to benefit from the reduction to 120 credits for most programs.
If students are considering updating to the 2020-2021 catalog, they may choose to run a “what if” audit on or after Feb. 15 to get an early look at how their coursework fits into the new curriculum and help guide their conversations with their academic advisors.
On or about May 29, students may visit the portal to review their academic audits to ensure they are meeting all degree requirements.
Learn the Ropes
Can I graduate in summer 2020 with 120 credit hours?
You may graduate in the summer of 2020 if you are following the 2019/2020 catalog or prior, and have met all of the requirements of your degree program.
What if I start in the summer?
Students who start in the summer will follow curricula outlined in the 2020-2021 catalog.
I am a transfer student. How does this change affect me?
Under the new policy, students entering in fall 2020 or later may transfer up to 69 credits from a two-year institution, and up to 90 credits from a four-year institution. These numbers are slightly lower than before to account for the reduction in overall credits required for degree completion. Please contact Transfer Services for more information.
Why did the university make this change?
The University is committed to offering students programs and an academic experience that allows them to complete their degrees on time. We are also committed to improving the overall student experience at Monmouth, and this change will allow students more opportunities to explore internships, become active in campus activities, participate in service projects and devote extra time to their studies.
The University has researched this change extensively, and it will put Monmouth University on par with other national universities and colleges, as most of our peer institutions and all New Jersey public institutions are at fewer than 128 credit hours (national norm is 120 credit hours).
Navigate Your Path
What’s new in the 2020-2021 catalog?
There are a variety of changes in the new catalog. Notable examples include the newly adopted 3-credit requirement in World Languages and the decision to remove First Year Seminar from the general education requirements.
How do I choose between staying with my current program and updating to the 2020-2021 catalog?
Beginning February 15, 2020, students can view a what-if audit to get an early look at what their degree requirements would be in the 2020-2021 catalog. This tool may be used to guide students’ conversations with their academic advisors to help them make an informed decision. The option to update to a new catalog will be available after July 1, 2020.
What happens if I stay in my current academic catalog?
Minimum credit requirements for students who will graduate in summer 2020 or later will be reduced to 120 credit hours in most baccalaureate programs. You do not need to update to the 2020-2021 catalog to benefit from the credit reduction. However, all courses required in your current academic program (program major/interdisciplinary, general education) must be met.
What do I need to do if I want to update to the new catalog?
After speaking with your advisor, you may elect to submit a Change UG Catalog of Record e-Form from your portal. If you choose to update to the new catalog, this change cannot be reversed.
Do I need to take a foreign language in order to graduate?
The answer depends on whether you update your program to the 2020-2021 catalog.
Three credits of World Languages will be a general education requirement for students following the fall 2020 curriculum or later. However, students following earlier catalogs may take six credits of the same foreign language in lieu of three credits of Cultural Diversity coursework, plus three credits of Global Understanding coursework to satisfy their general education requirements.
I heard that the First Year Seminar is no longer required. What happens if I took First Year Seminar and I move to the 2020-2021 academic catalog?
First Year Seminar will not be a general education requirement for students following the fall 2020 curriculum or later. If you have taken a First Year Seminar, those credits can serve as elective credits toward graduation. If you are following an earlier catalog, First Year Seminar will satisfy a general education requirement.
Will some degree programs require more than 120 credits hours?
Yes, some degree programs will require more than 120 credits to graduate. The new policy establishes the minimum number of credits for an undergraduate degree.
Due to the nature of some majors and required supporting courses, some degrees cannot be completed at the 120-credit minimum.
More Information on the Credit Reduction
Monmouth University will reduce the minimum number of credits required to graduate to 120, effective academic year 2020-2021. All current Students will be included in the change from 128 to 120 credits.
The University will automatically reduce the total credit requirement for current students to 120 credit hours on approximately May 29, 2020.
The eight-credit reduction will be taken from remaining free elective credits.
Students must still meet all course requirements for their current academic program (major, interdisciplinary, minor, and general education) in their catalog of record. Please note that the new policy establishes the minimum number of credits for an undergraduate degree. However, a few degree programs will require more than 120 credit hours to graduate.
Choose your path!
- Option One: Stay the Course. Remain in Your Catalog of Record. No action is necessarily required. You will remain in your catalog of record and still benefit from the reduction in total credits to graduate. The eight-credit reduction will automatically be taken from your remaining elective credits on approximately May 29, 2020.
- Option Two: Chart Your Course. Switch to the 2020-2021 Catalog of Record. Review curricular changes to academic programs for the new catalog and decide if these would further benefit you. You can review this information by utilizing the ‘what-if’ audit tool to get an early look at how your coursework fits into your major’s 2020-2021 curriculum. You should contact your faculty advisor to discuss program changes if you are unsure which curriculum option is best for you. You may request to update your catalog of record after July 1, 2020 via e-forms in the MyMU portal.
- Read over Frequently Asked Questions About the Reduction to 120 Credits for Graduation.
- Review the credit reduction in your audit after May 29, 2020.
Additional Steps to Chart Your Own Course.
- Review curricular changes to academic programs by utilizing the ‘what-if’ audit tool for the new catalog and decide if these would further benefit you.
- Meet with your faculty advisor to discuss upcoming program changes if you are unsure which curriculum option is best for you.
- Are you sure you want to chart your course? Update to the new catalog of record. Request to update after July 1, 2020 via e-forms in the MyMU portal.
Students can always change their catalog of record at a later date. However, once they opt into the new 2020-2021 curriculum, they cannot switch back to their prior catalog of record. Students who elect to switch must follow all new major and general education requirements, for example, the newly adopted three-credit requirement in World Languages, effective Fall of 2020. Please stay tuned for further communications regarding this important initiative.