Academic Policies & Procedures

Graduation Eligibility

Students who expect to receive the B.S. degree in business from IU Bloomington, should meet the following requirements:

Senior Residency

Students must complete the final 30 credit hours of coursework toward the degree program on the Bloomington campus or in an approved study abroad program. For exceptions to this requirement, please see a business academic advisor in the Kelley School and submit a degree exception petition.

Degree Completion

Students must complete all degree requirements and enough approved supplemental credits to reach a minimum of 120 credits counting toward the degree.

Minimum GPA
  • Achieve an overall GPA of 2.0 in all courses counting toward the degree.
  • Achieve an overall GPA of 2.0 in all courses counting toward each declared business major.
Complete Transcripts

Credits for all coursework, including final term courses, independent study, correspondence, distance education, and transfer courses, must be recorded on the candidate’s Indiana University transcript prior to the degree conferral deadline. Note that, even after transfer transcripts have been received at IU Bloomington, it can sometimes take several months for those credits to be posted to the student's IU transcript. Therefore, students should request that official transcripts be sent to IU immediately after completing coursework at any non-IU institution.

Grad Check

In the semester prior to the intended graduation semester, students should schedule individual Grad Check appointments with their academic advisors to make sure they are on track for graduation - and to have time to make any necessary adjustments to their final semester's enrollment.

Graduation Application

Candidates for the B.S. degree in business must apply for graduation online at Application deadlines are:

  • September 15 for December graduation
  • November 15 for May graduation
  • February 15 for Summer graduation

Students who apply by the deadline can be assured that they will:

  • Receive accurate and timely feedback about challenges to graduation eligibility
  • Receive notifications from IU about Commencement
  • Find their names on official Commencement Ceremony documents
  • Graduate, as planned, as long as all requirements have been met
  • Receive their diplomas

Students who fail to apply by the deadline, are at-risk for one or more of the above.

Attendance at Commencement

Students may attend the IU Bloomington Commencement Ceremony ( and Kelley Senior Recognition as long as they have applied for graduation. However, participation in either of these events is not an indication that final grades have been posted and reviewed or that the degree has been conferred. Degree conferral occurs several weeks after Commencement and diplomas are sent by the Office of Registrar several months after Commencement. 

Statute of Limitations for Degree Requirements

Candidates for the B.S. degree in business have the right to complete the degree requirements specified by the bulletin in effect at the time they entered Indiana University, provided: (1) the required courses are available and (2) no more than eight calendar years have elapsed since the date of entry. In the event that the required courses are not available or that more than eight years have elapsed, students must communicate with Kelley Undergraduate Academic Advising ( to have their transcripts evaluated. The evaluation will determine if they may continue with their original degree requirements or must update to the current degree requirements. An advisor is assigned to work with returning students to determine how and where they may complete their degrees.

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