Graduation requirements

All SCAD students must apply for graduation two quarters prior to the quarter in which they expect to graduate, even if they do not plan to participate in the commencement ceremony. For more details consult the student handbook or the college catalog.

Undergraduate and graduate student applications are available online through MySCAD: 

Log into MySCAD and click on the Resources tab.

Go to the Forms Channel and select Registrar from the drop-down menu.

From the list of forms, choose Graduation Application.

All students are required to complete a graduation application. Both academic and faculty advisers are available to assist students in planning their class schedules for the remaining quarters. Students must include an expected date of graduation and confirmation of ceremony participation status on their applications. 

In Savannah, commencement ceremonies are held at the end of the fall and spring quarters. Students who complete all degree requirements during winter or spring will participate in the spring commencement ceremony. Students who complete all degree requirements in summer or fall will participate in the fall commencement ceremony.

Applications will be submitted to the appropriate graduation auditor at Bradley Hall. The graduation auditor grants students’ final approval.

Undergraduate Graduation Requirements

Undergraduate degrees are awarded to students who have earned a minimum of 180 hours of appropriate credit in an approved major program of study. All undergraduate degree candidates must earn an overall cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or better, as well as a 3.0 or better in their major (B.F.A.) or concentration (B.A.). Students pursuing a minor must earn an average of 2.0 or better in their minor program. The final 45 hours of any degree program must be completed at SCAD. Specific senior show requirements are available from each department chair and from the director of exhibitions.

Graduate Candidacy and Completion Requirements

At the approximate midpoint of each student’s graduate course of study, the student must pass a review for candidacy before registering for the Master of Fine Arts thesis, Master of Urban Design thesis, Master of Architecture thesis or the Master of Arts project, portfolio or thesis course. The student must have met all requirements for graduation to that point (completed any required preliminary course assignments with a grade of “B” or higher and maintained a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the major course of study).

M.A., M.F.A, M.U.D., post professional M.Arch and professional M.Arch students are required to complete a thesis or prepare a final exhibition, project or portfolio accompanied by a written component. The subject and nature of thesis projects vary among departments. Each candidate works closely with a primary faculty adviser in developing and completing the work.

The M.A. degree is awarded to students who have completed at least 45 graduate quarter hours in an M.A. major program of study. The M.F.A. degree is awarded to students who have earned at least 90 graduate quarter credit hours in an M.F.A. major program of study.

The M.U.D. degree is awarded to students who have completed at least 90 graduate credit hours in the M.U.D. major program of study.

The professional M.Arch degree is awarded to students who have completed at least 225 credit hours in the professional M.Arch program of study, which includes 180 undergraduate credit hours and 45 graduate quarter credit hours. The post professional M.Arch degree is awarded to students who have completed at least 45 graduate quarter credit hours in the post professional M.Arch program of study.

Graduate students are required to fulfill all requisite stipulations and conditions and maintain a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average overall as well as in the major area of study. M.F.A. candidates must complete all components of the M.F.A. thesis. M.Arch professional and M.Arch post professional candidates must satisfy all requirements of the major architecture design project and thesis. M.U.D. candidates must satisfy all requirements of the M.U.D. thesis. M.A. candidates must satisfy all requirements of the MA thesis, final project or portfolio course as appropriate to their courses of study. Final projects and portfolio courses include a written component. In addition, M.A. candidates in art history and M.F.A. and M.A. candidates in architectural history are required to pass a written comprehensive examination and foreign language reading/translation/comprehensive examination.

Graduate students have five years from the start of their first graduate quarter on their graduate transcript to complete all program requirements, including thesis.