Students are required to fulfill the following requirements during the four years of study to earn a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree:

  • Complete successfully at least 128 credit hours (earn 128 credits). The last 32 credit hours have to be completed in residence at McDaniel College. Ordinarily, if students have been in residence for two years or more, they will be permitted to take as many as eight (8) of the last 32 hours off campus. If these are required for a major or a minor, the department or program head must approve, as well. Courses taken in Budapest count as courses taken in residence. Current faculty policy restricts the number hours taken for credit in internships to twelve (a maximum of 12 credits may be counted toward the credit requirement for graduation)

  • Complete all course requirements for at least one academic major, including the Capstone Experience in the senior (fourth) year, subject to the following regulations:

a/ You may not count more than 52 semester hours (52 credits) in any one subject area (basic major or minor) toward the required 128 credits. Any additional credits earned will be added to the 128 credits needed for graduation
b/ You must attain a minimum overall Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 (“C” average) or above in all the courses required for the major
c/ The GPA for double and dual majors will be calculated separately for each department. To complete a double or dual major, you must have a GPA of at least 2.0 in EACH subject area (discipline) and its supplementing courses
d/ Although completion of a minor is not a requirement for graduation, most students decide to complete one or more. The requirements for a minor are: completion of at least 24 credit hours (24 credits) and other requirements as set by the sponsoring department and attain a GPA of at least 2.0 or better in all the courses taken for the minor

  • Attain an overall Grade Point Average of at least 2.0 (“C” average) in all the courses taken during the studies

  • Complete the requirements for the McDaniel Plan for Integrated Study in the Liberal Arts

  • Complete one January/June Term. January/June Term is a three-week term for two credits in which students and faculty explore new areas of knowledge. All students must complete at least one such two-credit course

  • TOEFL Requirement. All students whose native language is other than English are required to pass the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test with an appropriate score (a minimum of 80* on the Internet-based test) by the end of the sophomore (2nd) year.

* a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 77-79 may also be acceptable with a balanced distribution of scores among the four sections of the test, plus the passing of a written and oral exam before the English Proficiency Assessment Committee at the Budapest Campus