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Certificates & Degrees

Degrees
What degrees are available through the online degree program?
A list of available degree options may be found on the certificates and degress program list .
What is the difference between a certificate, an associate, and a bachelor's degree?

  • A certificate is 12–15 credits and focuses on one area of study.
  • An associate degree is 60 credits and includes general studies.
  • A bachelor’s degree is 120 credits and includes a major field of study as well as general studies.
What if I already have an associate degree?
Most associate degrees will transfer to BYU-Idaho; however, not all may count toward certain bachelor’s degree programs. Previous credits will be evaluated after a student has been admitted to BYU-Idaho and submits previous college transcripts.

Students will be notified once credits have been evaluated and may contact Advising for help with planning their classes. Students who already have an associate degree from another institution are typically not advised to obtain another associate degree through BYU-Idaho.
What happens if I change my major after I start my degree program?
Majors are declared at the time a student starts the online degree program. Students who wish to change their major should contact Advising.
How can I receive help in deciding my major or field of study?
Majors can be chosen from the current program list when a student starts an online degree program. Students can contact Advising for additional help in selecting a major and program.
How long does it take to complete a degree?
It depends on how many credits (or course hours) a student takes each semester. An associate degree is comprised of 60 credits, and a bachelor’s degree is 120. Most courses are worth two or three credits each.
What kind of jobs or careers are related to a specific online degree or program?
A list of potential career opportunities can be found by selecting an individual degree . For more information about a specific program and career opportunities, contact Advising .
What online courses should I register for?
After students have been admitted to BYU-Idaho, and once any previous college transcripts have been evaluated, they may contact Advising for help with planning their courses.
What are the graduation requirements for an associate degree?
To complete an associate degree, students must:
  • Complete the required religion courses
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Earn 60 credits
  • Complete major requirements
  • Complete required BYU-Idaho resident credits, which are credits earned directly from BYU-Idaho. For an associate degree, students must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours directly from BYU-Idaho.
What are the graduation requirements for a bachelor's degree?
To complete a bachelor’s degree, students must:
  • Complete the required religion courses
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Earn 120 credits
  • Complete major requirements
  • Complete required BYU-Idaho resident credits, which are credits earned directly from BYU-Idaho. For a bachelor’s degree, students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours directly from BYU-Idaho.
Certificates
Can I earn an associates and/or bachelor's degree after I earn a certificate?
Of course. BYU-Pathway degrees and certificates are designed to be stackable within a given degree program. Students can choose from several different programs and earn a certificate, associate degree, bachelor’s degree, or all three. This approach helps students gain skills and improve employability at each step along their educational journey.
What online courses should I register for?
After students have been admitted to BYU-Idaho, and once any previous college transcripts have been evaluated, they may contact Advising for help with planning their courses.
What kind of jobs or careers are related to a specific online degree or program?
A list of potential career opportunities can be found by selecting an individual degree . For more information about a specific program and career opportunities, contact Advising .
Transcripts & PathwayConnect Certificates
How do I get my PathwayConnect transcript sent to other colleges?
Students can request official PathwayConnect transcripts by signing in at byupathway.org . After signing in, students should select “Transcripts” from the drop-down menu next to their name.
Am I required to send in my previous university transcripts?
Yes, students are required to submit transcripts from all colleges and/or universities they previously attended in the United States. Students will need to contact each institution they attended to request that the transcripts be sent to BYU-Idaho. Students with transcripts from outside of the United States should contact BYU-Idaho Transfer Evaluation for additional help.
Where do I request my previous transcripts be sent?
Official transcripts must be sent either electronically to transcriptsubmit@byui.edu or in a sealed envelope to:

Brigham Young University–Idaho
Admissions Office
Kimball Building 120-1615
Rexburg, ID 83460
Am I required to submit my high school (Secondary School) transcripts?
PathwayConnect students are not required to submit transcripts from their high school (or equivalent). If you did not complete PathwayConnect, you will need to submit your high school diploma (or equivalent).
How do I submit my institute transcripts to BYU-Idaho?
BYU-Idaho considers evaluation of transferrable institute course credits only with an official institute of religion transcript. Official transcripts can submitted via email or through the postal service.

By Email
  • Official transcripts must come directly from a churchofjesuschrist.org email address or sent by an institute instructor, secretary, or coordinator.
  • Emailed official transcripts should be sent to transcriptsubmit@byui.edu after final grades have been posted.
  • The emailed transcript should be in the CES Transcript format, not the Institute Report Card format.

By Mail
  • Mailed transcripts must be signed by an institute coordinator or an authorized representative and submitted in a sealed envelope.
  • Transcripts should be sent to:
    Brigham Young University-Idaho
    Admissions Office
    120 Kimball Building
    Rexburg, ID 83460-1615.
  • Multiple transcripts from the same institute can be sent in the same envelope.
  • Typical processing time is 2–6 weeks from the time the student accepts their offer until it is updated on the student’s BYU-Idaho transcript.
Institute courses will not appear on a student's unofficial BYU-Idaho transcript unless the student requests that the institute send the transcript to BYU-Idaho Admissions. This is done after the student completes PathwayConnect.

Any questions regarding the process of sending official transcripts to BYU-Idaho can be emailed to transfer@byui.edu .
How do I get a PathwayConnect certificate after I finish the program?
Students who complete PathwayConnect are eligible to receive a completion certificate. Students should contact their local service missionaries for more information.

Questions may be directed to BYU-Pathway Support .
Speak with an Advisor
How can I get help with what I can/should do after I finish PathwayConnect?
Advising can help you understand your options after PathwayConnect. Some of the advising services offered include:
  • Advising students regarding their options after PathwayConnect
  • Providing students specific advising and counsel based on their geographical area
  • Serving as a link from PathwayConnect to an online degree program
  • Informing students of additional academic resources, such as tutoring and disability services
Course Planning
How do I know what courses to take?
Your degree audit and degree planner list the courses you should take for your specific degree. It is the responsibility of the student to make sure they meet all of the necessary requirements. Students should begin with their first certificate courses.
What are university requirements?
University requirements are requirements every student must meet in order to graduate.

Associate Degree:



To complete an associate degree, students must:
  • Complete the required religion courses
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Earn 60 credits
  • Complete major requirements
  • Complete required BYU-Idaho resident credits, which are credits earned directly from BYU-Idaho. For an associate degree, students must complete a minimum of 24 credit hours directly from BYU-Idaho.

Bachelor Degree:



To complete a bachelor’s degree, students must:
  • Complete the required religion courses
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Earn 120 credits
  • Complete major requirements
  • Complete required BYU-Idaho resident credits, which are credits earned directly from BYU-Idaho. For a bachelor’s degree, students must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours directly from BYU-Idaho, including 15 upper division residency credits. Upper division courses are earned by taking courses with codes in the 300-400s.
What is my degree audit? How do I use my degree audit?
A degree audit is the official document that shows you the academic requirements for your chosen degree.

As the student, you have the responsibility to make sure you fulfill all requirements necessary for graduation. Advising can assist students in understanding academic requirements.

Access your degree audit and follow these steps:
  • At the bottom of box labeled “Degree Audit,” select “View all Details”
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and select “PDF Degree Audit”
The degree audit contains the following sections:
  • University requirements
  • Upper division requirements (if seeking a bachelor's degree)
  • Religion requirements
  • Foundation/GE requirements
  • Major requirements
  • Other courses taken (electives)
How do I change my major?
If you would like to explore other majors, we recommend researching the online degrees we offer on our Certificates and Degrees program list .

Once you know what major you would like to switch into, please contact Advising .
What tools are available to help me plan my degree?
Each student will have access to a graduation planning tool through their portal that will help them plan out each course semester by semester. This tool should be used to help a student know which courses to take, and when. Students will be able to plan from their first to final semester.
Other Options
What are my options after PathwayConnect?
Following the completion of PathwayConnect, students may apply to join an online degree program ; attend BYU-Idaho as an on-campus student; enroll in a local university, college, or technical school; seek employment; or pursue a variety of other options.