American University Transcripts
Official transcripts carry the date of issue, the
signature of the University Registrar, and the seal
of the university. When issued to the student, official
transcripts carry the notation, "Issued Directly
Credit Hour Value
All undergraduate and graduate courses are valued
in credit (or semester) hours. Generally, each credit
hour is equal to 50 minutes of class instruction per
From fall 1970 through summer 1978, undergraduate
credit was measured in course units, with values ranging
from a quarter course (equivalent to one semester
hour) through a full course (4 semester hours. For
example: C01.00= one full course or 4 semester hours.
Undergraduate students who completed a 3-semester-hour
graduate level course received one full course credit.
Thirty-two course units were required for a bachelor's
degree. An undergraduate student was full-time when
enrolled for the equivalent of 3 or more full courses.
Minimum Degree Requirements
Associate degree: A minimum of 60 credit hours
Bachelor's degree: A minimum of 120 credit hours of
approved course work.
Master's degree: At least 30 credit hours of graduate
Doctoral degree: At least 72 hours of graduate work
Undergraduate full-time status is 12 to 17 hours in
a semester. A graduate student is full-time when enrolled
for at least 9 hours in a semester.