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Graduation Requirements

Wharton County Junior College grants the following:

  • Associate of Arts Degree
  • Associate of Arts In Teaching Degree
  • Associate of Applied Science Degree
  • Certificates for selected:
    • Allied Health Programs
    • Career & Technical Education Program

A student may receive only one AA degree.

General Requirements for Graduation

  1. All program course requirements have been completed by course completion or approved course substitution.
  2. Candidates must complete at least 25% of their semester hours at Wharton County Junior College
  3. A cumulative GPA of 2.0 grade point average must be earned in the program area. AND An overall cumulative GPA of 2.0 grade point average must be earned. 
  4. TSI requirements are met, if pursuing an obligated degree/ certificate.
  5. All financial obligations must be met. 

Associate of Arts (AA) Degree Requirements and Transfer Plans

WCJC awards the Associate of Arts (AA) degree in general studies for students planning to pursue four-year degrees. The purpose of the AA degree is to provide programs in university-parallel and pre-professional areas that enable students to enter four-year institutions as juniors. Applicants for the Associate of Arts degree must:

1. Satisfy all conditions for admission.

2. Successfully complete at least 60 semester credit hours (SCH) of college-level courses.

3. Successfully complete 42 (SCH) of core curriculum requirements included as part of the total 60 SCH. (see Associate of Arts Core Curriculum List for course selection)

4. Only academic transfer courses may be used; courses are marked “Type: ACAD” in the Course Description section of the catalog.

5. Meet Texas State Initiative (TSI) as prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

6. Earn a cumulative overall grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.0.

7. Complete at least 25% of semester hours at Wharton County Junior College.

8. Meet all financial obligations to the college.

9. Fill out application for graduation by the deadline of:

  •  July 15 for August graduation
  •  November 1 for December graduation
  • April 1 for May graduation

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degrees and Certificates

Wharton County Junior College offers numerous specialized areas of academic/technical study (programs) in which a certificate or AAS degree may be offered.


Wharton County Junior College’s certificates and certification programs are designed to prepare completers with specific occupational skills that enable them to enter the workforce in a short period of time. Some certificate programs provide a direct pathway into an AAS degree.

A level one certificate can be completed in one calendar year or less. It must consist of at least 15 SCH and no more than 42 SCH. Students in level one certificate programs are not required to take the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) or any other assessment exam prior to entering the program.

A level two certificate is defined as any certificate for which a student must meet certain eligibility requirements prior to entry into the program. Level two programs may consist of between 30 SCH and 51 SCH. Students enrolling in a level two certificate program must meet the requirements of the TSI and may be subject to other eligibility requirements as determined by WCJC.

The minimum acceptable standard of satisfactory progress is a cumulative average of at least a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on attempted semester credit hours. Certificates will not be awarded unless the minimum standard of work (2.0 GPA) is achieved in all coursework required to complete the certificate. Courses required in a certificate program may be transferred from equivalent courses taken at another accredited institution for up to 25% of the total certificate program hours, with approval of the Department Head.


The Associate of Applied Science is an occupationally-oriented degree. Its primary purpose is to prepare students for entry into a particular occupation upon completion of the degree. While a graduate of an AAS degree is career ready upon graduation, many AAS programs also have pathways into baccalaureate programs.

Applicants for the AAS degree must:

1. Satisfy all conditions for admission.

2. Meet Texas State Initiative (TSI) requirements as prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

3. Successfully complete all coursework according to the degree program’s deadlines.

4. Complete at least 25% of semester credit hours at WCJC.

5. Meet all financial obligations to the college.

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