2016-2017 Academic Catalog: Graduation Requirements

Wentworth awards degrees in April, August, and December of each year, although commencement ceremonies are held only in April and August. Students who have successfully completed all requirements for the degree before a specific graduation date are eligible to receive the degree as of that date. A diploma will not be awarded before all work is completed or before the graduation date.

General Requirements for Graduation

Students who are candidates for graduation must meet all requirements of every course in their program and must successfully complete every course listed in the prescribed program in which they are enrolled.

For students who are candidates for any professional certificate of completion, associate, or baccalaureate degree, the following requirements are applicable.

Earned Hours/ GPA Requirement

The student must pass all the courses in his or her published curriculum unless otherwise approved by the academic department chair/the Dean of the College of Professional and Continuing Education. The exception to this is the capstone course, which cannot be waived. The cumulative grade point average for the total of courses taken must not be below 2.00.

Credits in Residence Requirement

Day Programs

A minimum of 50% of the total semester credit hours of any baccalaureate degree-granting Day program must be completed at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Day program students must complete all junior, senior and, where applicable, fifth-year major-specific courses at Wentworth.

College of Professional and Continuing Education

CPCE residence requirement for AS degrees is 50% and for BS degrees students can transfer up to 80 credits. CPCE graduate students can only transfer in 6 credits. CPCE undergraduate students must complete their fourth, fifth and sixth year courses at Wentworth. CPCE graduate students may, with approval of the academic department chair, apply up to six credits of graduate work completed elsewhere toward the MSACS, MSCM, MSFM, MSTM, or M.Eng. degree.

Day or CPCE students seeking exemptions from these requirements should consult their academic advisor, program director, or, chair of the department, which offers the course, and/or dean.

Co-op Requirement

As a requirement for graduation, undergraduate day program students complete two cooperative education semesters. Note that transfer students must complete at least one semester in residence at Wentworth before being eligible for the cooperative education program. Students must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher as a requirement of co-op. Students not meeting the minimum GPA by the end of the semester immediately preceding their co-op will not be eligible for co-op and dropped from their co-op registration.

The two specific co-op courses that are required are:

  • COOP3500: Cooperative Education I (typically taken during a student’s junior year)
  • COOP4500: Cooperative Education II (typically taken during a student’s senior year)

A student must register for a co-op course in order for their work experience to fulfill a co-op requirement. Enrollment in a co-op course maintains a student’s full-time student status. There are also two optional co-op courses in which students may enroll:

  • COOP3000: Optional Cooperative Education

COOP3000 is only offered during the summer semester and is open only to students who have completed the prerequisites for the junior year of a baccalaureate day program with a grade point average of C (2.0) or better and where no other remedial work is required. COOP3000 does not replace either of the required co-op courses (COOP3500 or COOP4500).

  • COOP5000: Additional Cooperative Education

A student is eligible for COOP5000 only if COOP3500 and COOP4500 have been completed. Registration for this course is by permission of the Co-op Advisor.

Upon completion of the co-op and assignments, students earn a Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) grade, which is recorded on the student’s official transcript.

Review of transferable industrial work experience (as a substitute for co-op) must be work congruent with approved co-op positions. Occasionally students enter the baccalaureate day programs with substantial work experience in their major field. With the approval of the director of the Center for Cooperative Education and Career Development, this work experience may be substituted for one or both of the cooperative education requirements. Students must formally petition to receive this course substitution.

English Requirement

English Placement Process

During the first few semesters on campus, all Wentworth Day students must complete an English sequence as a component of their degree requirements. Prior to the start of each semester, all incoming students will be placed into the appropriate English course based on the required writing sample completed during on-campus sessions.

Writing Sample Exemptions

Exemptions to the required writing sample are made for students who submit SAT scores in both writing and verbal at 460 or above each; OR AP English Language and Composition Exam scores of 3 or higher. Students with the prerequisite SAT scores will be placed into English I (ENGL1100) for fall. Those with an AP English Language and Composition Exam score of 3 or higher have the option of placement directly into English II (ENGL2200). Students who have scored below 460 on either the writing, the verbal, or both sections of the SAT, as well as students whose SAT scores are not submitted, will complete a required writing sample in order to determine the best writing course placement.

Based on the student’s English placement, Day students will be required to complete one of the English sequences below:

  • ENGL1100 and ENGL2200
  • ENGL0900, ENGL1100, and ENGL2200
  • ENGL0700, ENGL0800, and ENGL1100

Students who are required to take the English placement and have not done so prior classes starting will be permitted to register for ENGL0900. To ensure proper placement, students placed into ENGL0700 and ENLG0900 will be reassessed during the first week and able to reregister if necessary.

CPCE students complete one of two English sequences:

  • ENGL1050 and ENGL2050
  • ENGL0250, ENGL1050 and ENGL2050

Some students who start in ENGL0250 may get exemption from ENGL1050 based on the recommendation of their instructor and the approval of the dean of CPCE.

Math/Science Requirement

Students must successfully complete a minimum of one mathematics and one laboratory science course. Required courses vary by academic program, and are specified in each program’s curriculum.

College of Professional and Continuing Education

A minimum of six semester credit hours of English and three semester hours of Humanities or Social Sciences (1000-2999) are required of all CPCE associate degree graduates.

All CPCE baccalaureate degree graduates must take a minimum of nine semester credit hours in the Humanities and Social Sciences beyond the nine required for the associate degree. These nine credits must be upper level Humanities and Social Sciences (3000-4999) elective courses. The CPCE believes there should be a balance in the student’s program. Therefore, the student should take at least:

  • Three credit hours in Literature or Humanities (prefixes HIST, HUMN, LITR and PHIL)
  • Three credit hours in the Social Sciences (prefixes: ECON, HIST, POLS, PSYC, and SOCL)
  • The other three credit hours may be taken in either category of courses

The entire nine hours may not be taken exclusively in Literature/Humanities or Social Sciences.

Major Courses

Every program requires that all of its major courses must be successfully completed.


Every baccalaureate program includes humanities, social sciences, general, program, and/or technical electives. Their type and number vary by major. CPCE degrees may also include general education electives.

Humanities/Social Sciences Requirements

Day Programs

The satisfactory completion of an English sequence is prerequisite to all other courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences department. All Day program students must complete a minimum of 28 credits, including English courses, from the Humanities and Social Sciences department. Because the Humanities and Social Sciences department believes there should be a balance of electives in the student’s program, Day program students are required to complete at least:

  • One course in Humanities
  • One course in the Social Sciences
  • The remaining courses may be from either Humanities or Social Sciences category.

To assist students with selecting a HSS Elective, courses that satisfy a Humanities or Social Science requirement will be identified during the registration process and in student's consultation with their academic advisors.

Students in programs with Directed HSS Electives may use the directed course to satisfy the Humanities or Social Science as determined by that HSS course.

To complete the Humanities and Social Science graduation requirement, the entire 20 elective credits may not be taken exclusively in Humanities or exclusively Social Sciences. Students whose English sequence requires 3 English courses may use the third English course to satisfy a Humanities Elective requirement.

 A minimum of 28 credits total, including English, Humanities, and Social Science credit, is required to complete the Humanities and Social Sciences graduation requirement.

Directed HSS Electives

Offered within the Humanities and Social Sciences Department, a HSS Directed Elective is a specific Humanities or Social Science course (e.g. ECON4102), or an HSS discipline (e.g. Ethics), which a program department has determined would be beneficial or necessary in the program’s curriculum. Of the required five HSS electives, no more than two may be directed by the major program. In majors with HSS Directed Electives, it is a program graduation requirement. Students in programs with HSS Directed Electives may use the directed course to satisfy the Humanities or Social Science as determined by that HSS course.

 To assist students with selecting courses, courses that satisfy a Directed HSS Elective requirement will be identified during the registration process and in student's consultation with their academic advisors.

General Electives

A general elective is any course that meets the following criteria:

  • The course cannot simultaneously fulfill two program requirements.
  • The course must be within the 1000-4999 number range.
  • The course name, number, or content are not equivalent to a course previously taken by the student (i.e., a student cannot take a CPCE, Day, or Colleges of the Fenway course if it is determined by the academic department chair or dean of CPCE that the content is equivalent to a course the student has already taken).

Program Electives

Some programs require technical electives. Generally, students choose courses that advance their interest in the discipline. Some program electives are specific to the program, such as architecture or engineering electives. Students should consult with their advisor for electives that best suit their major and interests.

To assist students with selecting program electives, courses that satisfy this requirement will be identified during the registration process and in student's consultation with their academic advisors.

General Education Electives (CPCE)

Courses in areas including math, science, social science and humanities are used to meet the general education elective requirement found in some CPCE degree programs. Questions on specific courses that meet this requirement should contact the Director of Advising.

Capstone Course(s)

Each baccalaureate program includes a capstone requirement consisting of either one or two capstone courses. The capstone requirement for graduating senior, fifth, and sixth-year students provides an opportunity to demonstrate competency in innovative problem-solving situations and proficiency in analytical writing and presentation skills. The capstone sequence must be taken at Wentworth. Students may seek an exemption from the residency portion of this requirement with the approval of their academic advisor, department chair, and/or dean.