Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning

Center for Continuing Studies - Innovative Leadership for Lifelong Learning - St. Cloud State University

BES Graduation Requirements

To graduate with a BES degree, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 120 semester credit hours with at least a 2.0 grade point average
  • Completion of the SCSU requirements in the Liberal Education Program
  • At least 40 semester credit hours of upper division (300/400) level courses
    • A maximum of 6 internship credits may be used as part of the 40 credit upper division requirement.  Additional internship credits may be used as electives.
  • No more than 60 semester credits can be earned in any one discipline.
  • BES candidates are not required to choose a major or minor but are encouraged to do so.  Students may complete majors and minors in those departments which offer them within the BES program.
  • Meet all residency requirements for St. Cloud State as outline in the Undergraduate Bulletin (30 semester credits at SCSU and the final 6 credits before graduation at SCSU).

Consider this

Transfer credits – Students may transfer credits from other institutions to St. Cloud State.  Information about transfer procedures and residency requirements  available from Records and Registration on SCSU’s website.

Graduate School – Students should plan their BES undergraduate program to meet the requirements of graduate institutions or programs that interest them.  It is recommended that students investigate graduate admission criteria while pursuing the BES degree in order to tailor their course choices to graduate degree program requirements.

Prospective employers – The BES degree provides the same high level of academic achievement as any other baccalaureate degree.  It utilizes 21st century technology to help students complete degree programs and recognizes changing approaches to higher education for students at all stages of academic progress.  The Program Proposal that is required of BES candidates allows students to think through their reasons for pursuing their undergraduate degrees through the BES program.  Creating the Program Proposal gives students the opportunity to develop clear and reasoned answers to give any employer inquiring about this degree program.


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