Academic Catalog

Graduation Requirements

All students who expect to receive a degree, diploma or certificate from Midlands Technical College must complete all of the following requirements. Specific course requirements for each major are defined later in this catalog.

General Requirements

Regardless of the level of award, all students must meet the following requirements:

  1. Satisfactory completion of all general education requirements and all academic major requirements specified for the award.
  2. Completion of all program and residency credit hours.
  3. Completion of all academic course credit with a minimum of a cumulative 2.0 grade point average (GPA). In addition, certain programs may require higher GPAs in selected courses.
  4. Fulfillment of all financial obligations to the college. A student may be graduated but will not receive their degree until all obligations have been met.
  5. Completion of an application for graduation during the term the student plans to complete their academic requirements. The Graduation Application is available in Student Planning via MyMTC. The deadline for submission for each term is published in the college calendar. Student who do not submit an application for graduation will be administratively graduated by the college if the student has met all graduation requirements.

Associate Degree Requirements

  1. General education courses are classes in specific categories that form the foundation of each degree program (major). Programs may use different courses to meet general education core requirements. However, all of these courses are designed to prepare associate degree recipients to demonstrate the following knowledge, skills, and expertise:
    Communication – Graduates should be able to generate and comprehend written, oral, and multi-media communication appropriate for a variety of audiences, purposes, and subjects.
    Analytical Reasoning, Problem-Solving, and Technology – Graduates should be able to understand and use mathematical principles, analytical reasoning, and technological applications to critically evaluate data, solve problems, and effectively communicate findings verbally and graphically.
    Scientific Reasoning – Graduates should understand and be able to use scientific methodology and principles.
    Individual or Social Behavior – Graduates should understand factors which influence behavior. They should recognize the complex and dynamic nature of human actions and experience.
    Information Literacy – Graduates should be able to recognize a need for information, access the information effectively and efficiently using various media, critically select and evaluate information and incorporate it into their knowledge base, and present information in an appropriate format for their audience and purpose.
    Humanities – Graduates should understand the diversity of our cultural heritage and the effects of artistic or philosophical influences.
    A minimum of 15-credit-hours must be taken in general education courses.
    Integrated within all program curricula are other skills and philosophical approaches. Like the General Education Core, these reflect educational values and goals of the college; we believe them to be essential to the lifelong personal and professional growth of students. These include:
    Ethics – the understanding through study and example that ethics and ethical behavior are an essential part of the process of higher education and professionalism in the workplace.
    Problem Solving & Critical Thinking – the ability to use logic, creativity, and reasoning to solve problems, to make decisions, and to evaluate their implications. Collaboration – the understanding of the rights and responsibilities of working with others through both study and participation in collective activities/projects.
    Global Awareness – the ability to understand and respect diverse cultures for the sake of fostering harmonious relationships in our global community.
    Ecological Literacy – the ability to understand and value the global ecosystem and to be aware of behaviors necessary for ecologically responsible global citizenship.
    Professionalism – the ability to understand and perform to the standards of a given profession, including civility and work ethic.
  2. Earn a minimum of 25 percent of the program course work in residence at Midlands Technical College.
  3. Complete all other degree requirements.

Diploma Requirements

  1. Complete at least eight semester hours in approved general education courses. These courses are specified by the program.
  2. Earn a minimum of 25 percent of the program course work in residence at Midlands Technical College.
  3. Complete all other diploma requirements.

Certificate Requirements

  1. Each program contains specific requirements for graduation. Students should consult their certificate program advisor.
  2. Earn a minimum of 25 percent of the program course work in residence at Midlands Technical College.
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