A major subject area is a selected program of study leading to a degree or certificate. For financial aid and other purposes, a major must be declared at the very beginning of course work at the College, as part of the registration process. Students may change their major at any time; however, doing so may slow down their progress towards a CMI degree.
Students planning to transfer to a four-year institution after graduating from CMI should generally pursue the Associate of Arts (A.A.) degree with a Liberal Arts and Sciences major (with or without specialization.) Certificates in Accounting Clerkship, Special Education, Marshallese Studies, Public Health and Carpentry are also offered. The A.A. degree is designed to provide competencies essential for the successful completion of a baccalaureate degree at a four-year institution.
The Associate of Science (A.S.) degrees at CMI generally lead to immediate employment at the end of the program. CMI offers A.S. degrees in Elementary Education and Nursing. Students pursuing A.S. degrees at CMI who want to continue their education in a four-year program at another college or university are advised to consider entering the A.A. in Liberal Arts program. Not all A.S degree courses are transferable to four-year institutions.
Should they not choose this path, they should consider very carefully the transfer requirements in their preferred program at the college of their choice. Faculty Advisors and Counseling and Career Center staff are available to help students identify the transfer requirements at other institutions and to select appropriate courses that will transfer most easily. The key for students planning to go on to bachelor's degrees is to work closely with Faculty Advisors.
A degree is awarded based on the following:
completion of the required credits for the selected degree program, including the satisfactory completion of the General Education requirements and of the required courses in the selected major
a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.00 is required for graduation. A student may not graduate while on academic probation
Students who expect to graduate must submit an Application for Graduation form no later than the last day of registration in the semester in which they expect to complete the degree requirements. Download the application for graduation form here and this forms is also available at the Office of Admissions. A $25.00 graduation fee must accompany the application.
Beginning July 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of Education required colleges to disclose a variety of information for any financial aid eligible program that prepares students for “gainful employment” in a recognized occupation. The information provided may be helpful as you make career and educational choices.