Henry Ford College

Graduation Requirements

Application For Graduation

Students must apply for graduation to receive an Associate Degree or Certificate of Achievement from Henry Ford College (HFC).

Degree Programs

HFC awards the following degrees:

To earn a degree at HFC, students must complete the following requirements:

  • General Education Requirements; and
  • Specific Degree Requirements.

To improve programs, HFC may occasionally change the requirements for a degree. If degree requirements have changed, students may elect to:

  • Graduate under the current program/degree requirements (year of graduation); or
  • Graduate under previous degree/program requirements within three years of any degree/program change.

Associate degree recipients may graduate with honors from HFC:

  • Students with a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.90-4.00 graduate SUMMA CUM LAUDE;
  • Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.70-3.89 graduate MAGNA CUM LAUDE; and/or
  • Students with a cumulative GPA of 3.50-3.69 graduate CUM LAUDE.

General Requirements for a Bachelor's Degree

A bachelor's degree will be awarded to all students who have completed an approved program, provided the following conditions have been fulfilled:

  1. Earn a minimum of 120 semester hours of credit with a 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher.
  2. Complete General Education and Degree Specific Graduation Requirements.
  3. Complete all required and elective courses for the Program of Study. Go to WebAdvisor and select Program Evaluation to find this information.
  4. Developmental courses do NOT meet General Education, Specific Degree Requirements, or Program Requirements nor count towards the minimum requirement of 120 semester hours.
  5. Complete a minimum of 30 semester hours of credit at HFC.
  6. Transferability of courses maybe restricted based upon program specific policies and requirements.
  7. All financial obligations to HFC have been met.

General Requirements for an Associate Degree

An associate degree will be awarded to all students who have completed an approved program, provided the following conditions have been fulfilled:

  1. Earn a minimum of 60 semester hours of credit with a 2.00 cumulative GPA or higher.
  2. Complete General Education and Degree Specific Graduation Requirements.
  3. Complete all required and elective courses for the Program of Study. Go to WebAdvisor and select Program Evaluation to find this information.
  4. Developmental courses do NOT meet General Education, Specific Degree Requirements, or Program Requirements nor count towards the minimum requirement of 60 semester hours.
  5. Complete a minimum of 20 semester hours of credit at HFC. The balance of credit may be transferred in from other sources (usually accredited colleges/universities). Students must work with the HFC University Transfer, Advising, and Career Counseling Office and/or the Admissions, Registration, and Records Office to establish an official record of transfer credit(s) at HFC.
  6. A maximum of 40 semester hours of credit from any HFC associate degree may be applied toward meeting the requirements of another degree. In other words, to earn a second associate degree at HFC, an additional 20 semester hours of credit must be earned and all second degree requirements must be met. The same rule applies for all subsequent degrees.
  7. All financial obligations to HFC have been met.

General Education Outcomes

General Education is defined as a culmination of learning experiences that enable students to attain the knowledge and skills needed by every college graduate. General Education establishes a foundation of skills and understandings to enable success in employment and further education.

In line with its belief that General Education competence should be defined by the College to meet the needs of the external communities in which its graduates must function, HFC has collected and restated expectations identified by employers, alumni, and four-year universities.

HFC’s General Education Outcomes reflect those expectations and requires its students to successfully complete courses that will lead towards competence in these areas. Hence, all students are required to successfully complete 30 credits of General Education for a Bachelor's of Science, 24 credits of General Education for all Associate in Arts, Associate in General Studies, and Associate in Science degrees, or 15 credits of General Education for all Associate in Applied Science and Associate in Business degrees.

For more information on these outcomes, please see the General Education Requirements.

Degree Requirements

In addition to required core and required support courses, all students working towards the completion of an associate degree must satisfy degree-specific requirements AND general education requirements.

To view the requirements for each degree, please visit the Degree Requirements page.

Certificates of Achievement

Programs leading to a Certificate of Achievement are available. These programs are highly specialized and intended to provide skills that will increase students' opportunities for employment or promotion. There are three types of certificates: Basic, Complex, and Advanced.

Level 1: Basic Skills Certificate

The learning domain must be limited to a single technology or skill area, and the certification candidate should be able to:

  • Accomplish basic tasks in the domain without assistance;
  • Solve common problems within the domain without assistance;
  • Assist in more advanced tasks; and
  • Describe the technical structure of the domain.

At HFC, the following academic conditions apply to a Level 1 Certificate:

  • The certificate includes a maximum of 18 credit hours;
  • 25% of coursework may be transferred from another institution with written approval of the appropriate Associate Dean; and
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required of all certificate coursework.

Level 2: Complex Skills Certificate

The learning domain must encompass either multiple technologies/skill areas or a complex single technology. The certification candidate should be able to:

  • Serve as a resource for others;
  • Solve moderately complex problems without assistance; and
  • Perform advanced tasks within the domain.

At HFC, the following academic conditions would apply to a Level 2 Certificate:

  • The certificate includes a maximum of 18 credit hours;
  • 25% of coursework may be transferred from another institution with written approval of the appropriate Associate Dean; and
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required of all certificate coursework.

Level 3: Advanced Skills Certificate

The learning domain must encompass multiple technologies or skill areas. The certification candidate should be able to:

  • Troubleshoot complex problems;
  • Confidently traverse the scope of the domain, from the most basic material to complex issues involving interfaces outside the domain;
  • Present “significant experience"; and
  • Complete a hands-on assessment/lab exam/project.

At HFC, the following academic conditions would apply to a Level 3 Certificate:

  • Certificate candidate would be required to have a related associate degree or higher, or a minimum of 2 years of recent, verifiable work;
  • Certificate includes 5-30 credit hours;
  • 25% of coursework may be transferred from another institution with written approval of the appropriate Associate Dean; and
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.0 is required of all certificate coursework.

To receive a certificate, all financial obligations to HFC must be met.

Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are awarded in recognition of completion of certain non-credit courses and programs. CEU credits do not apply to certificate or degree requirements. Information regarding CEU credits is available from the M-TEC website.