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Credits and Semesters Required for Graduation FAQs

What are the Credit and Semester requirements necessary to earn a Brandeis degree?

Credits Required For Graduation

All students are required to complete a minimum of 128 credits. A minimum of 112 of the 128 credits must come from Brandeis fall/spring semesters, Brandeis Summer School, approved fall/spring Study Abroad programs, or approved Justice Brandeis Semester programs. A combined maximum of 16 credits may come from External Credit Sources (see below).

Transfer students must complete a minimum of 64 of the 128 credits from Brandeis fall/spring semesters.

A cumulative GPA of at least 2.000 is required for graduation.


Semesters Required For Graduation

Students entering as freshmen are required to complete a minimum of seven full-time semesters from Brandeis fall/spring semesters, approved fall/spring Study Abroad programs or approved Justice Brandeis Semester programs. At most one of these seven semesters may be a Study Abroad semester or a summer Justice Brandeis semester. (For students wishing to complete two semesters of study abroad, or two summer Justice Brandeis semesters, or one semester of each, the minimum number of semesters becomes eight full-time semesters.)

Transfer students must complete a minimum of four full-time semesters from Brandeis fall/spring semesters.

A student's final semester cannot be spent on a Study Abroad program. In order to receive credit for work done abroad, students must return to Brandeis for at least one semester during the academic year.

What are the options for fulfilling the academic residency requirements?

Option 1:

8 Brandeis Fall/Spring Semesters
0 Study Abroad/JBS Semesters
112 Minimum Brandeis Fall/Spring/Summer Credits
16 Maximum External Numeric Credits

Option 2:

7 Brandeis Fall/Spring Semesters
1 Study Abroad/JBS Semesters
96 Minimum Brandeis Fall/Spring/Summer Credits
16 Maximum Study Abroad Credits
16 Maximum External Numeric Credits

Option 3:

6 Brandeis Fall/Spring Semesters
2 Study Abroad/JBS Semesters
96 Minimum Brandeis Fall/Spring/Summer Credits
32 Maximum Study Abroad Credits

Option 4:

7 Brandeis Fall/Spring Semesters
0 Study Abroad/JBS Semesters
112 Minimum Brandeis Fall/Spring/Summer Credits
16 Maximum External Numeric Credits

Option 5:

6 Brandeis Fall/Spring Semesters
1 Study Abroad/JBS Semesters
96 Minimum Brandeis Fall/Spring/Summer Credits
16 Maximum Study Abroad Credits
16 Maximum External Numeric Credits

Option 6:

6 Brandeis Fall/Spring Semesters
0 Study Abroad/JBS Semesters
120 Minimum Brandeis Fall/Spring/Summer Credits
8 Maximum Summer Study Abroad Credits

Please contact Study Abroad for additional information: 781-736-3483.


If I only have to earn 28 course credits in Brandeis Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters, where can the additional 4 course credits come from?

The additional 4 course credits necessary for graduation can be earned a variety of ways.  They can be:

    * Additional classes taken at Brandeis during fall or spring semesters
    * Brandeis summer school classes
    * AP or IB credit
    * A second fall or spring semester of approved Study Abroad
    * The Summer Hebrew Program at Middlebury College
    * Approved courses taken while on a leave of absence for medical reasons
    * Approved courses taken through an approved summer study abroad program
    * For students who applied for fall-term admission as freshmen, but who were accepted for the following spring term as members of the midyear class:
          o Approved college courses taken during the fall semester immediately prior to entering Brandeis
          o Approved courses in General Chemistry I and II (plus labs) taken the summer prior to entering Brandeis

Can classes taken at other colleges during summer sessions be counted toward the 32 credits needed for graduation?

No, classes from other colleges can be used for the purpose of fulfilling general university or major requirements but cannot be counted toward the 32 course credits required for graduation.  Courses approved for purpose credit will also not be counted towards a student's Brandeis GPA.

I want to study abroad for a full year.  How does this affect my semesters required for graduation?

As long as you complete 6 Fall/Spring semesters of study on the Brandeis campus, you may study abroad for a full year.  One of the Study Abroad semesters would count toward your semesters required for graduation, bringing you to the minimum required total of 7 required semesters.