Graduation Regulations

Institutional Graduation Regulations

MacEwan University has institutional graduation regulations for ministry approved programs. Institutional regulations are those that each student must fulfill in order to be eligible to receive a MacEwan University credential. Details are available in the university's Graduation Policy C2100 and other relevant policies as noted below.

Academic Residency

A student must complete at least 50 per cent of courses through MacEwan University.

Challenge examinations, transfer credit and other special assessments (for example, prior learning and recognition) are not included in the 50 per cent. Approved exemptions are noted in the program section.


A student must comply with any course or program attendance and punctuality requirements as noted on course outlines or in program handbooks. In addition, sponsored students may have special attendance requirements.

Graduation Grade Point Average

A minimum Graduation Grade Point Average (GGPA) of 2.00 on the 4.00 scale is required. For an Honours degree, a minimum Graduation Grade Point Average (GGPA) of 3.00 on the 4.00 scale is required.

Minimum Course Grade

The minimum passing grade for a course at MacEwan University is a D unless otherwise noted next to the appropriate course in the program of study. Some programs may require the achievement of a specific grade in a course for graduation purposes. For specific course grade requirements, refer to your program of study.

Minimum Transfer Grade

A minimum course transfer grade of D is required except when a higher grade is specified as a program requirement for graduation – see “Minimum Course Grade” in the Program of Study (Policy C2030 Inter-Institutional Transferability).

Non-duplicative Coursework

Each course completed for credit or for which transfer credit is granted may be used only once for credit towards fulfilling any program requirement.


Each student is responsible for fulfilling each course prerequisite(s) or co-requisite(s) as listed in the course description (E3101 Student Rights and Responsibilities).

Program Time Limit

The period of time permitted for completion of program requirements varies by credential type and starts from the first day of the term of acceptance for all credential types as follows (Policy C2075 Program Time Limits):

  1. Certificates: 4 years
  2. Post-Diploma Certificates: 3 years
  3. Post-Basic Certificates: 3 years
  4. Diplomas: 7 years
  5. Applied degrees of two year duration: 6 years
  6. Applied degrees of four year duration: 10 years
  7. Baccalaureate Degrees: 10 years

Approved exemptions are noted in the program section.

Repeating Credit Courses

A student in a credit course shall be allowed to repeat any course one additional time, regardless of whether the initial registration resulted in a failing or passing grade (C1035 Repeating Credit Courses).

Course Withdrawals (W) and Audits (AU) do not count as course attempts.

Required English Course

A student in a Ministry approved program shall take an English course as specified in the Program of Study (C1030 Required English Course).

Program Graduation Regulations

MacEwan University programs may have individual program regulations or degree regulations for ministry approved programs. These regulations must be met over and above the institutional regulations. These regulations are published in the MacEwan University Academic Calendar under each program’s specific section of the calendar.