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Degree Requirements

A MacMurray College education consists of three interrelated parts: general education, major, and electives.

The general education component ensures that each student receives a broad liberal education and develops skills in writing, speaking, critical reading, and reflective and analytical thinking. General education courses are not concentrated in the first two years but continue throughout the four years, interacting with courses in the major.

A major course of study prepares students for specific careers.

Electives completing the 120 semester hours for a bachelor's degree provide opportunities for students to pursue interests outside their majors and to learn more about areas associated with their major fields.

As schedules permit, students may add minors and second or even third majors. Students in the online program can receive minors in Business Administration and Homeland Security.

Bachelor's Degrees

A bachelor's degree program in MacMurray's online program can be one of three kinds: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

At MacMurray, the only difference between Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science is a second language. The B.A. requires a second language, whereas the B.S. does not. The B.A.-seeking student would need to transfer in the language requirements as MacMurray does not offer junior- and senior-level language courses in its online program.


For all bachelor's degrees, students must complete a minimum of 120 credit hours including general education requirements, major requirements, and electives.

Grade Point Average

A student must earn a cumulative grade point average of not less than 2.00 (C on a 4-point scale) in courses taken at MacMurray to qualify for graduation with the exception of Nursing which requires a 2.50 cumulative grade point average. A student must also attain a grade point average of at least 2.00 for all courses required in the general education program including a minimum grade of C in the two communication skills courses. In addition, a student is required to earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 in program courses required for majors and minors.

Bachelor of Arts

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires

Bachelor of Science

The Bachelor of Science degree requires

The requirements for the Bachelor of Science degree are the same as those for the Bachelor of Arts degree except that there is no second language requirement.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN to BSN)

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree requires

The requirements for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing are the same as those for the Bachelor of Science degree but with a major in Nursing.

Upon acceptance to the RN to BSN program, 60 credit hours will be awarded with evidence of graduation from a state-approved Associate Degree in Nursing program. Those who graduated in diploma programs will have their transcripts evaluated on an individual basis to determine the number of college credits to be awarded.

Registered nurses will be awarded 30 additional credit hours of academic proficiency credit after completing two courses in the program. As a result, RN to BSN students are required to complete 30 semester hours (ten 300- and 400-level nursing courses) at MacMurray to complete the program.

Associate Degrees

MacMurray's online program offers an Associate of Science degree in Criminal Justice. This degree requires