Degree and Program Information

Which Catalog to Follow

In meeting the requirements for a baccalaureate degree, a student is expected to complete the course and hour requirements as outlined in the catalog in effect at the time he or she first enrolls at Texas A&M. A student will not be granted a degree based upon completion of the requirements set forth in a catalog more than seven years old. Before changing catalogs, the student must consult his or her academic advisor. A student changes catalogs by filing a written notification with his or her dean, or designee. It is incumbent on the student to verify that the change has been made. Texas A&M University Student Rules (including periodic revisions) is the governing document in case of conflict between this catalog and Texas A&M University Student Rules. It is the responsibility of the individual student to read this information carefully and to use it as a reference. Please refer to the Student Rules for this information.

Whereas each college must retain the flexibility to improve its curriculum, course offerings may be changed during the student’s education. If a course required under a previous catalog is no longer offered, a student eligible to graduate according to that catalog should consult his or her academic advisor or dean to identify another course that may be used to fulfill the requirement. Course adjustments in the degree program are permitted only with the approval of the dean through the department head or program director. Furthermore, the University reserves the right to make any changes in requirements it may consider necessary and desirable by due notice in the catalog.

Students are required to take the courses listed in a curriculum.  This display is intended as a guide to indicate the preferred order for completion of degree requirements. Exceptions to certain requirements may be petitioned through the department head to the dean of the college.

Degrees Offered

The following degrees are offered for the satisfactory completion of resident study in the appropriate curriculum:

  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
  • Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA)
  • Bachelor of Environmental Design (BED)
  • Bachelor of Landscape Architecture (BLA)
  • Bachelor of Science (BS)
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
  • Master of Agribusiness (MAB)
  • Master of Agriculture (MAGR)
  • Master of Architecture (MARCH)
  • Master of Arts (MA)
  • Master of Biotechnology (MBIOT)
  • Master of Business Administration (MBA)
  • Master of Clinical Nutrition (MCN)
  • Master of Computer Science (MCS)
  • Master of Education (MED)
  • Master of Engineering (MENGR)
  • Master of Engineering Technical Management (METM)
  • Master of Equine Industry Management (MEIM)
  • Master of Financial Management (MFM)
  • Master of Fine Arts (MFA)
  • Master of Geoscience (MGSC)
  • Master of Health Administration (MHA)
  • Master of Industrial Distribution (MID)
  • Master of International Affairs (MIA)
  • Master of International Policy (MIP)
  • Master of Land and Property Development (MLPD)
  • Master of Landscape Architecture (MLA)
  • Master of Laws (LLM)
  • Master of Legal Studies (MLS)
  • Master of Marine Resources Management (MMRM)
  • Master of Maritime Business Administration and Logistics (MMAL)
  • Master of National Security and Intelligence (MNSI) 
  • Master of Natural Resources Development (MNRD)
  • Master of Ocean Science and Technology (MOST)
  • Master of Public Health (MPH)
  • Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA)
  • Master of Real Estate (MRE)
  • Master of Recreation and Youth Development (MRYD)
  • Master of Science (MS)
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
  • Master of Science in Public Health (MSPH)
  • Master of Urban Planning (MUP)
  • Master of Water Management and Hydrological Science (MWM)
  • Master of Wildlife Science (MWSC)
  • Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS)
  • Doctor of Education (EdD)
  • Doctor of Engineering (DEng)
  • Doctor of Medicine (MD)
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Doctor of Public Health (DrPH)
  • Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
  • Juris Doctor (JD)

The buying, selling, creating, duplicating, altering, giving or obtaining the Texas A&M diploma or other academic record is prohibited by state law. A person who violates this statute or who aids another person in violation is guilty of a misdemeanor and is subject to a fine and/or confinement if convicted.

The University has the right to rescind a previously granted degree if the University becomes aware of information indicating that the degree never should have been granted.

Tuition Charged for Excess Credit Hours

The State of Texas will not provide funds to state institutions of higher education for excess semester credit hours earned by a resident student. Because funding will not be provided by the State, and as permitted by State law, Texas A&M will charge tuition at the non-resident rate to all students who exceed the semester credit hour limit for their program. Excess semester credit hours are those which accrue after the student attempts more than 30 hours beyond the number of semester credit hours required for the completion of the degree program in which the student is enrolled. Thus, the student may accumulate up to 30 hours beyond those required for the chosen degree program and not exceed the limitation. The limitation on excess credit hours applies only to those undergraduate students who first enter higher education in the fall 1999 and thereafter. The semester credit hours counted toward the limitation include all hours attempted by the student except:

  • Semester credit hours earned by the student before receiving a baccalaureate degree that has been previously awarded.
  • Semester credit hours earned by the student by examination or other procedure by which credit is earned without registering for a course for which tuition is charged.
  • Credit for remedial education courses, technical courses, workforce education courses funded according to contact hours, or other courses that would not generate academic credit that could be applied toward a degree program at Texas A&M.
  • Semester credit hours earned by the student at a private or an out-of-state institution.
  • Semester credit hours earned by the student before graduating from high school and used to satisfy high school graduation requirements (Effective June 2009).
  • Hours not eligible for formula funding.
  • Semester credit hours earned 10 or more years before the student began his or her degree program that have been excluded from the student record due to an election of admission under the Academic Fresh Start program.

Supplementary Fee for Courses Attempted More than Twice

Certain courses that are attempted by a student more than twice at a public institution of higher education in Texas may not be reported for state funding. As a result, the institution must either pass the non-funded portion to all students, or charge a supplementary fee to the student who is repeating the course. Texas A&M has chosen to assess a supplementary fee to those students attempting a course more than twice.

A student attempting certain courses more than twice at Texas A&M will be subject to a supplementary fee of $125 per semester credit hour ($375 for a 3 hour course) for the repeated course, in addition to tuition and required fees associated with the course.

Students will be notified at the time they register for a course that it has been taken twice at Texas A&M and is subject to the supplementary fee.