Degree and Certificate Requirements

To earn a degree or certificate at Bastyr University, a candidate must have completed the prescribed curriculum (refer to the specific academic program section), earned passing grades in all required courses, and satisfied the requirement for total degree or certificate. To be eligible to graduate, a master’s degree or graduate-level certificate candidate in a graded program must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, and a bachelor’s degree candidate must have a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students in other graduate programs and articulated bachelor/master programs must follow the degree requirements for that school or department.

A student is held to degree requirements in effect at the time of first matriculation unless legal or accreditation standards mandate a change to an existing degree or certificate program. Those degree and certificate requirements are published in the edition of the Bastyr University Catalog that is in effect at the time of first matriculation. In rare circumstances, a course may be deleted from the required curriculum and/or curriculum substitutions may be made at the discretion of the school or University.

A student who is readmitted after an absence of more than one calendar year may be held to the requirements in effect at the time of his/her return or may elect to graduate under degree or certificate requirements specified in a subsequent Bastyr University Catalog with written permission of the program dean/chair. Under no circumstances are the requirements from an earlier catalog applied.

Students in the naturopathic medicine program must complete their degrees within seven years of first matriculation. Students in the MSAOM program must complete their degrees within six years, and students in the MSA, MPH, MS Midwifery, MS Ayurveda and MS Nutrition programs must complete their degrees within five years. There is no time limit on the completion of undergraduate programs, although additional coursework may be required to ensure currency of knowledge.

Students in all degree and certificate programs must have discharged satisfactorily all financial obligations to the University (tuition, fees, library fines and all other charges), including the graduation fee for each program in which a degree or certificate is to be awarded. For students who have not met their financial obligations at the time of graduation, the earned degrees and certificates are posted to their records but diplomas and transcripts are held until the financial obligations are cleared.