Board Policies



Cowley College awards the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Associate of Fine Arts, Associate of General Studies, and the Associate of Applied Science degrees, as well as the College Certificate. Associate degrees require successful completion of a minimum of 62 credit hours, documentation of high school graduation or GED, and fulfillment of the General Education requirements.

A minimum 2.0 grade point average at Cowley College and a cumulative 2.0 grade point average including transfer course work applied is required for all associate degrees. A minimum 2.0 grade point average is required for courses applied to college certificates. Official transcripts of high school graduation or GED and any other college transcripts to be applied toward a degree must be on file in the Registrar's Office prior to issuance of a diploma.

Students completing a degree or certificate will need to complete a Degree Application and submit it to the Registrar's Office according to the published deadlines for submission. Students who fail to file the Degree Application by the deadline may request to graduate in a subsequent semester if requirements are met.

Students will be awarded a diploma or certificate upon successful completion of the degree or certificate requirements. The diploma or certificate will be issued at the end of each semester. Commencement will be held at least once a year. Students who are within 9 hours or less to fulfill graduation requirements and who plan to complete their coursework during the summer term may participate in the graduation program in May of that academic year.

The associate degree requires 15 credit hours earned in residence at Cowley College. Credit for prior learning, or other non-graded hours awarded by Cowley College, will not count toward satisfying residence hours. Developmental courses cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements. If a student does not maintain continuous enrollment (excludes summer), the student will be required to follow the graduation requirements that are in effect at the time of re-enrollment.

Adopted June 19, 2006
Revised June 21, 2010
Revised April 15, 2013
Revised April 18, 2016
Revised July 20, 2020
Revised July 18, 2022