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Five-Year Bachelor's Degree Programs

Five-year bachelor's degree curricula may be considered for adoption by any department, college or appropriate committee of the administration or faculty when the following conditions exist:

  • The occupational requirements of any professional or vocational area indicate a depth and scope of educational experience which cannot be achieved by most students in a four-year degree program.
  • The professional recognition or accreditation of a program depends on the existence of a five-year bachelor's degree program.
  • The conditions with respect to competition from other institutions, other curricula, and the motivation of students to enter the program are such as to give a reasonable assurance of enough students to make the program feasible.
  • There is reasonable assurance of having available sufficient staff and facilities to provide adequate courses for the five-year curriculum.
  • The addition of new courses for the fifth year is a logical extension of an existing four-year program without duplication or proliferation.
  • The occupational requirements cannot be equally well provided by a four-year bachelor's degree plus a one-year master's degree.

Source: Campus Administrative Manual, Section 413, June 1981

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