Degree Requirements


Maintaining contact with your advisor is critical to the successful and timely completion of your degree requirements. Regular advising is required for undergraduate students. How often advising is required varies by college; contact your college head advising office for further information.

OSU General Catalog

Use the OSU General Catalog to research program requirements and course descriptions.


MyDegrees is a web-based degree checklist program and academic advising tool designed to assist students and advisors in reviewing degree progress. It organizes a student's academic transcript chronologically and categorically, identifying courses they have completed and courses still needed to fulfill the degree requirements.

Major features of the system include:

  • Degree Checklist—See a visual presentation of degree progress.
  • 'What if' Scenarios—Determine how courses already taken apply to other majors.
  • Student Educational Plans—Plan which courses to take and when to support degree progress
  • Checklist Notes—Record important reminders and advice related to degree progress.
  • GPA Calculator—Calculate GPA by term and overall.
  • Data Collection to support course forecasting and course demand.

Access to MyDegrees: Log into MyOSU, click on Student tab, under My Student Stuff click "MyDegrees", then click the Submit MyDegrees box.

View the MyDegrees video tutorials

Academic Regulations

Degree requirements are identified in the Academic Regulations.

Postbaccalaureate Students

Postbaccalaureate students are required to have 32 credits in residence (Academic Regulation 26) as well as meet the 45-credit academic residency requirement defined in Academic Regulation 25.f. Some students have completed courses at Oregon State University as a nondegree-seeking student. The courses must have been taken after students have been awarded their first baccalaureate degree, regardless of where the degree was conferred. These courses can be considered for inclusion in the 32-credit requirement and the 45-credit academic residency requirement. Courses remain on the transcript as nondegree-seeking credits. An exception will be made in MyDegrees to reduce the credits required for academic residency based on the number of credits earned as a nondegree-seeking student. Up to 36 credits can be considered to be in compliance with Academic Regulation 1.b.

Former OSU Students Who Did Not Graduate

Former OSU students who contact the Office of the Registrar asking for transcripts and diplomas sometimes discover they did not, in fact, graduate. Reasons for this may include:

  • Students did not complete academic requirements in the term they applied for graduation and, after completing requirements in a subsequent term, the student did not reapply for graduation in the subsequent term.
  • Students assume they graduated because they received their diplomas at Spring Commencement, but the diplomas had to be cancelled due to unfulfilled graduation requirements or minimum grade/GPA requirements were not met.
  • Students who want to complete graduation requirements:
    • Must be a currently admitted student at Oregon State University. If not currently admitted, student must apply for re-admission via the Readmission Application form.
    • Can only be re-admitted to currently active programs. If the student’s program was terminated since leaving OSU, the student must select another program.
    • Need to apply for graduation in the next available term.
    • Must meet with their academic advisor to determine graduation requirements for the current program. Students must complete any additional requirements of the current program. If no additional course work is needed and the degree can be awarded, an official transcript note identifying the year the course work was completed will be added to the transcript.


Academic advising is invaluable to successful completion of your education goals. Your academic advisor provides guidance in course selection, degree requirements, academic success strategies, career plans, and integration to the campus culture. Each academic college has developed an advising structure that addresses the needs of their programs and students. In general:

  1. Meet with your advisor once per term.
  2. Keep your PIN and GAP codes in a safe place.
  3. Take responsibility for learning your degree requirements.

    You may contact the college head advisor for more information about the advising resources and requirements of your program. Contact information for individual departments is available online under the subject area contacts heading.

    General Catalog

    You may view and search the general catalog online. It contains information about admissions procedures and policies, degree requirements, course descriptions, academic policies, and more. Use the catalog to research program requirements and course descriptions.

    Catalog Term

    You are assigned a “catalog term” for your program. This is the term in which you declared your current program of study (degree and major). You are subject to the program requirements in effect during that term. Use the general catalog applicable to your catalog term when reviewing your program requirements. Also see Catalog Year Policy.

    Catalogs for prior terms are archived online at ScholarsArchive@OSU.