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Program of Study
Official Degree Plan
A program of study is a guide that helps you determine what classes you need to take to earn a specific certificate or degree.
The Texas Legislature passed a law that requires you to select a program of study by the time you complete 45 credit hours. If you do not select a program of study, you will not be eligible to receive an official transcript.
Yes, but you must select one of your programs as your "primary" program of study.
Each college of DCCCD has
academic advisors who will assist you in selecting the program of study that best suits your interests and needs.
We strongly recommend that you bring your report to the
Advising/Counseling Center or
Admissions/Registrar's Office for advisement to ensure your educational success.
These abbreviations represent the different types of degrees and other awards the colleges of DCCCD offer. They are:
Note: TSI stands for
Texas Success Initiative.
Federal law requires you to be enrolled in an eligible program of study to receive financial aid. If you haven't declared a degree or certificate program on your academic record, all financial aid awards will be put on hold until you choose your program of study.
To select a program of study, log on to eConnect and visit
My Program of Study, or go to the Admissions/Registrar's Office and select a qualifying program.
Please choose your program carefully. This selection will affect the information your academic advisor will use to help you choose your classes and track your progress toward your degree.
Important note: Choosing a program of study is not the same as a request for an
official degree plan or evaluation.
Yes. Under Veterans Affairs laws, anyone requesting benefits must file a program of study. For specific information, contact your
Veterans Affairs representative at the college you attend.
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official degree plan is one of the best ways to help you stay on track toward your college goals. It is a personalized academic plan prepared by a degree audit specialist from your college
Admissions/Registrar's Office. It lists all the courses you need to take to meet your degree or certificate requirements.
The sooner the better. Don't waste time or tuition on courses that don't count toward your degree or certificate. File your official degree plan
now. Make all of your courses count!
Complete and submit an
official degree plan request to your college's Admissions/Registrar's Office and/or
Advising/Counseling Center. Once your official degree plan has been processed by the college, you will receive your degree plan in the U.S. mail,
or you will be notified by email to go to eConnect to review your degree plan. The email address you provide on your form will be used to communicate with you. It takes about four to eight weeks to process degree plans. During peak registration periods, this process will take longer.
Next, it's important for you to make an appointment with a degree audit specialist in your college's
Admissions/Registrar's Office. The degree audit specialist can review and revise your official degree plan and make recommendations specifically for you. We realize every student's needs are different. Let our degree audit specialists help you make the most of your college experience.
No. Your program of study guide
is not your
official degree plan. Both the program of study and the official degree plan are course guides that help you stay on track toward your degree or certificate. However, your official degree plan is the personalized, audited plan you file with the Admissions/Registrar's Office to receive your diploma or certificate and for graduation. You must go to the Admissions/Registrar's Office to request your official degree plan and to apply for your diploma and graduation.
Once you file an official degree plan, it is active for five years. For example: If you are using the 2015 catalog year, it is active through the Summer 2020 semester.
You can find the
complete titles of all degrees and certificates in the catalog.
Associate of Arts or Science degrees are basic transfer programs for students who may transfer to a four-year institution to seek a bachelor's degree. An Associate of Applied Science degree or a certificate provides technical/occupational knowledge and training to prepare you to enter a chosen field as a skilled employee after one or two years of study.
A list of
all degrees and certificates offered by the colleges of DCCCD is available in the catalog.
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It is a record of all the courses you took and the grades you earned at any of the seven colleges of DCCCD. Learn
more about transcripts.
When you apply for a job, you may need to provide official college transcripts to document the courses you have taken and training you have received, and to verify any degrees and certificates you have earned. If you plan to transfer to another college or university, you must provide your official transcript from the colleges of DCCCD so that your course credit can be applied toward your university degree.
You must be or have been enrolled in the colleges of DCCCD during the catalog year you select. A catalog year begins with the Fall term and ends with the Summer term of the next year. For example, if you were enrolled in Summer 2016, your catalog year would be 2015 since it encompasses the Fall 2015, Spring 2016 and Summer 2016 terms. You would not be eligible for the 2016 catalog year. You can view the semesters you have attended the colleges of DCCCD on
My Advising Report (login required) on eConnect.More information about
choosing a catalog year can be found in the catalog.
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Filling out the Application for Graduation form is the only way to ensure you receive your certificate or diploma. See the
Graduation Information page for more information about this process.
You must apply for graduation at the college from which you plan to graduate. In addition, 25 percent of the credit hours required for graduation in any degree program or certificate must be earned through instruction (not credit-by-examination) at the college granting the degree. For example, if you are a CADD student at Eastfield College, you must apply for graduation at Eastfield.
You need to notify the Admissions/Registrar's Office of the college from which you are graduating. They will need to order a cap and gown for you and reserve a place for you to sit during the ceremony. Many colleges have a rehearsal for the graduation ceremony.
View contact information for all of the colleges'