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Petition for a Degree
How to Petition for a Degree
Students can file a online petition for a degree or online petition for a transfer degree. Students can also file a petition in person in the Admissions and Records Office. Sacramento City College does not automatically confer certificates because requirements vary from program to program.
To petition for a degree, students must:
- Know their catalog year*
- Complete all degree requirements with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0
- Complete at least 12 units toward the degree at Sacramento City College
* Usually, students follow the catalog year from which they began and maintained enrollment or the current catalog year. If you have questions about your catalog year, then please consult the information about catalog rights or a counselor.
The following must be on file in the Admissions and Records Office for a degree petition to be processed:
- Official transcripts of all coursework completed at colleges outside of the Los Rios Community College District#
- Official copies of AP/IB/CLEP test scores, if applicable
- A copy of DD214-military discharge papers, if veteran desires credit for military units
- List of courses in progress if attending another college and official final transcripts will be required at the end of the semester for final degree evaluation
- Copy of any required competency tests, if applicable
Students must complete all degree requirements by the end of the semester in which they petition for a degree.
# External coursework may require a petition for course substitution/waiver approval through the department and use towards your program. Please check with your counselor for more information.
Petition Deadlines for 2023-2024
- Fall 2023: Friday, October 6, 2023
- Spring 2024: Friday, March 1, 2024
- Summer 2024: Friday, July 5, 2024
Approval or Denial
Final evaluations begin after final grades are posted at the end of each respective term/semester.
You will be notified via email if your petition is approved or denied.
If denied, then you will be notified of the missing requirements and advised to submit a new petition. If approved, then your degree will be posted to your transcript within three to four months after the end of the semester.
All diplomas will be mailed to the student's address on file. If you need an accommodation to pick up your diploma in person, then please contact the Admissions and Records office.
|Petition Semester||Petition Deadline||Approval/Denial Date||Mailed or Ready for Pick-Up|
|Summer||First Friday in July||End of October||Early December|
|Fall||First Friday in October||End of March||End of April|
|Spring||First Friday in March||End of August||End of October|
For the purpose of graduating or earning a certificate from any college in the Los Rios Community College District, a student who attends at least one session (whether quarter, semester, or summer) in each calendar year at any California community college, California State University, University of California, or any regionally accredited institution of higher education, may choose to meet the requirements in effect at the Los Rios college from which the student intends to graduate, as follows:
- Requirements that were in effect at the time the student was admitted to a Los Rios college
- Requirements that were in effect at the time the student originally enrolled in an accredited college
- Requirements that were in effect at the intended date of graduation from a Los Rios college
- A college may authorize or request substitution for discontinued courses.
- Students who change their major field of study may be required to complete those requirements for the major in effect at the point of change.
- For purposes of this section, "attendance" means taking classes in at least one session (semester or summer session) in each calendar year. Absence for attendance at another regionally accredited institution shall not be considered an interruption in attendance, per Los Rios Policy P-7242: Establishing Catalog Rights.
Sacramento City College offers associate degrees, certificates, and transfer opportunities, as well as courses in general education.
Associate in Arts Degree (AA)
The Associate degree may be obtained by the completion of all required courses for a major (18 units or more) with grades of "C" or better in each course, fulfillment of general education requirements, satisfaction of competencies, and completion of sufficient electives to meet a minimum total of 60 units with a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average). At least 12 units toward the degree must be completed at Sacramento City College.
Associate in Science Degree (AS)
The Associate degree may be obtained by the completion of all required courses for a major (18 units or more) with grades of "C" or better in each course, fulfillment of general education requirements, satisfaction of competencies, and completion of sufficient electives to meet a minimum total of 60 units with a grade point average of 2.0 ("C" average). At least 12 units toward the degree must be completed at Sacramento City College. An Associate in Science Degree includes all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines and career education (CE) fields.
Associate in Arts for Transfer (AA-T) and Associate in Science for Transfer (AS-T)
The following are the Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) student completion requirements (as stated in SB 1440 law):
- Completion of a minimum of 60 semester units or 90 quarter units that are eligible for transfer to the California State University, including both of the following:
- The Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) or the California State University (CSU) General Education Breadth Requirements.
- A minimum of 18 semester units or 27 quarter units in a major or area of emphasis, as determined by the community college district.
- Obtainment of a minimum grade point average of 2.0. ADTs also require that students must earn a "C" or better in all courses required for the major or area of emphasis.
At least 12 units toward the degree must be completed at Sacramento City College.
Visit A Degree With A Guarantee: Associate Degree for Transfer to learn more.