Catalog - Graduation

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The student is responsible for monitoring his/her individual progress towards graduation. For this purpose, curriculum checklists are available from UNM-Taos Department of Instruction for the various degree programs. Additionally, students should meet with their respective academic advisors each semester to ensure timely completion of degree. Each semester, students should request a degree check from academic advisors. One semester before the semester in which the student expects to graduate, a student must petition to graduate by completing an official Petition to Graduate with their academic advisors. Academic Advising is located in the Department of Instruction and can be reached at 575-737-6225.

Petition to Graduate Deadlines

Summer April 1

Fall June 1

Spring November 1

Application deadlines are set early to ensure that there is ample time to process a degree check prior to registration. Graduation petitions should be requested from Academic Advising and reviewed with your advisor. Please call 737-6225 for additional information.

General Graduation Requirements and Regulations (Approved 11/9/07)


Candidates for any associate degree offered by any UNM College must meet the following University minimum degree requirements, and are subject to the following University limitations:

1. A minimum of 60 acceptable semester hours must be earned. Technical work may be included in these 60 hours, upon approval of the appropriate degree-granting academy.

2. Residency Requirement. A minimum of 15 semester hours must be earned in residence at The University of New Mexico-Taos, exclusive of extension and correspondence credits. The remainder may be acceptable transfer credits earned at fully accredited institutions of higher learning and/or at regionally accredited career technical institutions.

3. Of the 60 hours minimum, no more than 9 semester hours may be earned by extension or correspondence.

4. The student must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00.

5. For associate degrees the program must include a minimum of 18 semester hours in the following:

a)     At least 6 semester hours in communication skills (English, speech, linguistics, journalism).

b)    At least 6 semester hours in arts/ humanities/social sciences.

c)     At least 6 semester hours in mathematics/ natural sciences/behavioral sciences.

6. All courses fulfilling general education requirements must be a grade of C (not C-) or higher.

7. University Skills courses numbered 100 or below may not be used to satisfy any of the above requirements.

8. A maximum of 12 credits earned under CR/NC option may be allowed towards associate degree requirements.

9. Students will not be permitted to graduate if they have unresolved incomplete (I) grades on their academic record, or NR (Not Reported) grades on their record.

10. Career technical courses may not be used to satisfy general education requirements.

11. Students must be admitted to the program from which the degree is awarded.

12. Students are advised to apply for graduation one semester before their graduation. 

Candidates for certificates offered by any of The University of New Mexico’s colleges or branches (except EMT) must meet the following minimum requirements and are subject to the following University limitations:

  1. A minimum of 30 acceptable semester hours must be earned. Technical-vocational (up to the limit specified below) work may be included in these 30 hours upon approval of the certificate-granting program of the 30 hours, a minimum of 15 semester hours must be earned in residence at The University of New Mexico-Taos.
  1. Branch campuses may offer technical-vocatinal Certificates of less than 30 hours provided :
  1. The proposed curriculum fulfills a recognized professional certification; e.g., Certificate Nursing Assistant (NLN), Fire Science Officer (IAFC) etc.; or
  2. The proposed curriculum fulfills a specific local workforce need.

Certificate consisting a academic (transferable) course require approval of the Office of the Provost and the Faculty Senate. Technical-vocational certificates require approval of the Office of the Provost.  

Second Certificate/Associate Degree
A second certificate or a second associate degree will not be granted until a student has earned a minimum of 15 semester hours in residence above the requirements for the first certificate or degree and fulfilled all requirements for the second certificate or degree including residence requirements.