Office of the Registrar
University Regulations (2009/2010)
5.12 Graduation
5.12.1 Application for Graduation - Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates

Students in their graduating year must apply to the Registrar to be admitted to a degree or to be awarded a diploma or certificate. Application must be made on the prescribed form which is available from the Office of the Registrar at www.mun.ca/regoff/forms.php and on Student Web/Self-Service at www.mun.ca/regoff/.. The deadlines for application are listed in the University Diary for the Spring and Fall convocations.

  1. No student can be awarded a degree, diploma or certificate unless and until an average of at least 2 points has been obtained on the total number of credit hours required for such degree, diploma or certificate. The degree of Doctor of Medicine is not included in this requirement since all courses comprising the degree are graded on a PAS or FAL basis.

  2. It is the duty of the Registrar to certify to the Senate, where appropriate, that students for degrees, diplomas and certificates have met all the regulations and requirements of the University.

5.12.2 Classification of General Degrees
  1. General degrees are awarded as "Classified", "Unclassified" or are not classified, in compliance with such regulations as may be required by the academic unit(s) offering the program(s). Refer to the degree regulations of the academic units for further information.

  2. General degrees are awarded in three classes based on the system for granting points set forth in Grading - Letter Grades, Numeric Grades and Points per Credit Hour, and determined as follows:

    • A student who obtains an average of 3.5 points or better on the total number of credit hours required for the degree shall be awarded the degree with First-Class Standing and provided that all other degree requirements are met.

    • A student who fails to obtain First-Class Standing but who obtains an average of 2.75 points or better on the total number of credit hours required for the degree shall be awarded the degree with Second-Class Standing provided that all other degree requirements are met.

    • All other students will be awarded the degree with Third-Class Standing, provided that they obtain an average of 2 points or better on the total number of credit hours required for the degree and provided that all other degree requirements are met.

  3. When a student obtains credit for more credit hours than are required for the degree, his or her total degree points shall include only those received for the credit hours required. In eliminating from the total points those received for credit hours beyond the requirements of the degree, the credit hour(s) for which the student receives the fewest points shall be disregarded, provided that no credit hour is disregarded that is a requisite for the degree.

  4. Where a student receives more than one classified bachelor's degree, the class of each degree will be determined independently by applying the scheme set forth in Classification of General Degrees and provided that in determining the points total for each degree only those credit hours may be counted which are applicable towards the degree concerned.

  5. A student who has been granted credit for courses completed at Memorial University of Newfoundland before the introduction of the point system, and/or one who has been given credit for courses completed at another university, will have the class of his or her degree determined by applying the scheme set forth in Classification of General Degrees in proportion to the total of required credit hours completed at Memorial University of Newfoundland since the introduction of the point system.

  6. An Unclassified degree will be awarded a student who has completed at Memorial University of Newfoundland, fewer than one-half of the credit hours required for the degree, or fewer than one-half of the required credit hours since the introduction of the point system. All students shall, however, obtain an average of 2 points or better on the total number of the credit hours required for the degree taken at this University since the introduction of the point system.

  7. The following degrees are not classified: Bachelor of Education (Intermediate/Secondary), Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Maritime Studies, Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Post-Secondary Education (as a second degree), Bachelor of Special Education, Bachelor of Technology, Doctor of Medicine, and all degrees offered by the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation.

5.12.3 Classification of Honours Degrees
  1. Honours degrees may be classified or not classified in compliance with such regulations as may be required by the academic unit offering the program. Refer to the appropriate degree regulations of the academic units for further information.

  2. A student who has been granted credit for courses completed at Memorial University of Newfoundland before the introduction of the point system, and/or one who has been given credit for courses completed at another university, will have the class of his or her honours degree determined in proportion to the total number of required credit hours completed at Memorial University of Newfoundland since the introduction of the point system.

  3. An honours degree awarded a student who has completed at Memorial University of Newfoundland, fewer than one half of the credit hours required for the degree, or fewer than one half of the required credit hours since the introduction of the point system, may be Unclassified or not classified.

5.12.4 Diplomas and Certificates
  1. Diplomas and certificates are not classified.