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The Baccalaureate Contract Program


  • In order to design your own degree, you must first be admitted to the University of Memphis. You can start an application by following the link to the right.
  • Once you have received your acceptance letter from the University of Memphis, you must declare a major in University College by submitting the University College Declaration of Major form.
  • You must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.500 or above to be eligible for the Baccalaureate Contract Program.
  • Your proposed degree will require the successful completion of 120 credit-hours which are to be allocated as follows:
    • General Education Courses (35-41 hrs)
    • Upper-Division Coordinated Study (Major) Courses (33 hrs)
      • Grade of C- or better is required
    • Thematic Studies Courses (6 hrs)
    • Senior Project (3 hrs)
    • General Elective Courses (36-42 hrs)
  • Your coordinated study (major) must be interdisciplinary, meaning it must be comprised of upper-division courses from two or more separate and distinct disciplines/departments.
    • No more than 21 hours of course work from any one academic area can be applied towards the coordinated study.
    • Students must earn at least 9 graded hours from the University of Memphis.
    • A minimum 2.25 GPA is required within the coordinated study.
  • Your baccalaureate contract must be fully typed. Please proofread thoroughly.
  • You will not have an official degree plan until your contract has been approved. Without an approved degree plan/contract, you WILL NOT:
    • be advised,
    • be cleared to register,
    • be allowed to file an intent to graduate form or issued a permit for UNIV 4995 - Senior Project,
    • receive a degree plan for financial aid purposes,
    • receive a graduation checkout, or
    • be permitted to graduate.
  • After your contract has been approved, a copy will be emailed to your email account. The original contract will be placed in your University College student file.
  • Final approval of your baccalaureate contract may take up to eight weeks from the time it is received by University College.
  • If you would like to change a course in your coordinated study once your contract is approved, you may petition for a change by submitting a Course Substitution Request form. You should discuss these requests with an advisor and submit the appropriate form.
    • Have your faculty member sign the form and return it to University College.

By clicking the " I Understand " button, below, you are certifying that you have read, understand, and will abide by all of the policies and guidelines set forth above in the preparation of your baccalaureate contract.

I Understand and Agree to These Terms

Important Forms
Admissions Application   web
Declaration of Major  word   pdf
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Last Updated: 2/27/15