Undergraduate Degree Requirements

Undergraduate students are expected to graduate under the Catalogue in effect at the time of their first enrollment. The Catalog year is the admission year. Students may not “tailor make” their own degree requirements by selecting partial requirements from more than one catalog. 


Graduation Requirements 


Students must complete at least 240 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better. 


At least 90 of the last 120 credit hours must be completed in residence at ADA University. Students may transfer a maximum of 30 cumulative credits from an accredited four-year institution. 


The minimum graduation requirement of 240 credit hours must satisfy a University Requirement and a Major Requirement. 


University Requirements 


University requirements include General Education, which consists of 60 credit hours in total. The purpose of the General Education is to cultivate a well-rounded person in foundational areas such as English for Academic Purposes, Writing and Information Literacy, Leadership and Communication, Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning. 


English for Academic Purposes Program (EAPP) – no credit 


All undergraduate students of ADA University must be able to communicate in English with a level of mastery equivalent to the requirements of the university course work. In addition, students need to acquire critical reading skills and/or reading comprehension to succeed in their degree programs. 


For this reason, incoming students whose command of English is below a sufficient level, must enroll in and complete the English for Academic Purposes Program (EAPP). 


EAPP is a non-credit program. Grades earned in EAPP are not used in computing the grade point average. 


Based on the results of the TOEFL/IELTS or ADA University English Proficiency Exam (EPE), incoming students are placed in one of the four levels of EAPP: 


• Elementary (A); 

• Lower-intermediate (B); 

• Intermediate (C); and 

• Upper-intermediate (D). 


ADA University EPE is administered twice a year in December and May to let the EAPP students measure their overall progress. 


The EAPP students receive some 16 - 20 hours of in class instruction per week. Depending on the level placed (A, B, C, or D), the average number of study hours required to complete the program varies which are covered in: 


• Four 7.5-week sessions for those starting in A level; 

• Two 7.5-week sessions and one 15-week semester for those starting in B level; 

• Two 15-week semesters for those starting in C level; 

• One 15-week semester for those starting in D level. 


See EAPP Program Curriculum for more details about the levels in EAPP, competences students are expected to acquire by the end of the program, as well as for level-by-level outcome for each course. To graduate from EAPP and enroll in a degree program, students must successfully complete Level D, i.e. Upper-Intermediate. Alternatively, qualifying students can take the English Proficiency Exam, and provided they score sixty percent (60%) and above in EPE, they can enroll in a degree program. 


Writing – 12 credit hours 


University requires two courses in writing, as part of developing analytical thinking and critical reasoning skills. Students must take the University Writing requirement within the first 60 credits earned in residence. Students who do not successfully complete the University Writing requirement within the first 60 credits will be blocked from registering for subsequent semesters until the requirement is met. 


Students are allowed at most two attempts to complete the University Writing requirement. 


Leadership and Communication - 12 credit hours 


University requires 12 credit hours as part of developing a competence in leadership, ethics and communication in our students, and exposing them to problem solving within society early on. 


Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences – 36 credit hours 


University requires two courses of six (6) credits each from the following areas: Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences and Quantitative Reasoning. 


Students are expected to satisfy their General Education requirements during the first 120 earned credits. There may be cases in which courses in the General Education curriculum also meet requirements of the major; however, students will not be able to substitute courses in their major field for General Education requirements and vice versa. 


Major Requirements 


A major requires a minimum of 180 credit hours and consists of 4 components. 


Core requirements are for students who need to acquire fundamental understanding of subjects covered in their major before they proceed to advanced studies. Subjects include prerequisite, introductory and core courses in major. Core consists of some 20 courses or equivalent of 120 credit hours. 


All programs require 24 credit hours as Technical Electives offered to students who want to take courses in advanced topics towards their major. Undergraduate students take 4 technical electives during their last year of studies at ADA University. 


All programs require 24 credit hours as Free Electives. Free Elective is a course which students may take from any other degree program within their school and/or other schools of the university. Undergraduate students take 4 free electives during their third and fourth years of study at ADA University.


Functional Enablers are an important part of the undergraduate studies. All programs require 12 credit hours as part of better preparing of our students for their studies at ADA University, developing core work-related skills, career strategies, and internship. 


Second Career Track 


Undergraduate students wishing to pursue a second career track may do so by carefully planning their free electives and technical electives with their academic advisor. Several such tracks are available, where students take a set of six (6) courses predefined by programs across the university. 


Changes in Major, Academic Unit Affiliation 


To change from one academic unit to another or to change majors within an academic unit within ADA University, students must be in good academic standing and receive the permission of the academic unit designee in charge of the program to which they wish to transfer. The various academic units may establish additional requirements which must be met by each of their candidates for a degree. 


Double Majors 


Undergraduate students can declare more than one major if they have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and if at least 72 credits are unique to each major. Individual academic units or teaching units may require a higher GPA and have other requirements that exceed the regulations. 


If the majors are offered by more than one academic unit within the University, then, students will designate at the time of declaration of the majors the single academic unit in which they will be registered and from which they will be graduated. Students will need to satisfy the general academic unit requirements of that single academic unit. 


When majors lead to different degrees (e.g., B.A. and B.S.), students will specify which degree they wish to be awarded. 


Combined Bachelors and Master’s Degrees 


With advanced planning, students may have an opportunity to pursue a combined Bachelor/Master’s program pursuant to the graduate regulations on combined degrees. Students should consult with their academic advisor for details. 


Time Limits to Degree 


Undergraduate students are expected to complete all degree requirements in no more than four years after the date of the first enrollment in the degree program, following completion of the EAPP. 


Students may appeal to the Dean of their academic unit with a request for an extension to complete their degree within the period specified. The time to degree may be extended by the Vice Rector of Academic Affairs for a compelling reason. Those who receive an extension must complete all degree requirements in no more than six years after the date of the first enrolment in the degree program. 


Approved separations and temporary leaves do not count toward the time limits to degree.