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Time Frame to Obtain a Baccalaureate Degree

  • All baccalaureate degree requirements will be completed within a period of ten (10) years preceding award of a Cal Poly degree.
  • This ten-year time frame applies to all newly-admitted students and returning students.
  • All major and support courses required for the baccalaureate degree must be completed within the aforementioned ten-year period immediately preceding award of the degree.
  • Courses completed prior to this ten-year period may be revalidated by a demonstration of competence, knowledge of the subject, and/or currency in the discipline, as may be prescribed by the department offering the course.  The instrument for this is the Petition for Special Consideration.


Academic Senate Resolution: AS-389-92/IC "Resolution on Time Frame to Obtain Degree" (PDF).  Adopted 26 May 1992.

California Code of Regulations: Title 5, Section 40401 "Election of Regulations". Amended 4 December 1984.

Cal Poly Academic Catalog: "Choice of Catalog / Catalog Rights".

Updated: 11/21/2023

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