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External Degree Program (EXD)

New College and the College of Continuing Studies
305 Martha Parham Hall

The External Degree Program (EXD) is for adults whose educational needs cannot be met through traditional residential university programs. Previous academic credits transferred from regionally accredited colleges, national tests such as the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP), independent studies, out-of-class learning contracts, correspondence studies, classroom work, and a limited amount of credit gained through demonstrated prior learning may be applied toward a degree.

Admission into the program. Applicants must be 25 years of age or older and have educational goals that can be met through the program. Applicants can be Alabama residents or non-residents and must have a high-school diploma or a minimum score of 510 on the General Educational Development (GED) examination.

Interested students should apply for admission to The University of Alabama and designate external degree as the program type. For more information concerning admissions procedures write The University of Alabama, External Degree Program, Box 870182, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0182, call (205) 348-6000, e-mail, or visit the Web site at

Degree requirements: Students earning a bachelor of arts (BA) degree or bachelor of science (BS) degree must complete a minimum of 120 applicable semester hours that include the following elements:

Foundations of Adult Learning seminar3
EXD Writing Skills and Strategies3
Communication skills6
Social sciences*12
Natural sciences*8
Depth study30
Senior project8

*Courses which satisfy the general education requirement will fulfill the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and mathematics requirements. Students pursuing a BS degree are required to complete MATH 125 or MATH 145 or higher.

Additional major requirements. The EXD Program differs in purpose, scope, and specificity from degrees designating professional certification. For this reason, no more than 30 semester hours of credit from a professional school may apply toward a degree through the EXD Program.

Upper-level residency. Following completion of the Foundations of Adult Learning Seminar, external degree program students must earn a minimum of 30 semester hours of University of Alabama credit. Except for the required three-day Foundations of Adult Learning Seminar, students do not have to be present on The University of Alabama campus. Residence is fulfilled by working under the guidance of University of Alabama faculty through distance learning.

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