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General Requirements

It is important that students earning a diploma from MU High School have a complete educational experience. For that reason the minimum requirements for an MU High School diploma meet those established by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education for public schools in the state. Students pursuing a general diploma from MU High School should complete the following minimum requirements.

General Diploma Requirements (24 Units)

  • English/Language Arts — 4 Units (to include 9th and 10th grade English)
  • Math — 3 Units
  • Social Studies — 3 Units (to include 1 unit of American History & *1/2 unit of Government)
  • Science — 3 Units
  • Fine Arts — 1 Unit
  • Practical Arts — 1 Unit
  • Physical Education/Health — 1 1/2 Units
  • Personal Finance — 1/2 Unit
  • Personal Development — 1 Unit (Personal Development and Character Education and Career Planning Courses)
  • Electives — 6 Units

In order to receive a diploma from the University Of Missouri High School, students must successfully complete a minimum of their six final courses (3 units) after acceptance into our diploma program, regardless of the number of credits earned at other schools.

  • Units of credit are expressed in Carnegie Units.
  • All MU High School courses are half-unit courses and equivalent to semester courses.
  • Practical Arts includes courses in Agriculture, Business, Family & Consumer Sciences, & Industrial Technology.

Missouri residents taking courses from MU High School and all resident/nonresident diploma seeking students: The State of Missouri requires that you pass a test on the Missouri Constitution and the U.S. Constitution in order to meet core competency skill requirements in history. Successful completion of American Government or Civics will meet these state requirements. You must complete the lesson covering the Missouri Constitution even if you are not a resident of Missouri. Both American Government and Civics meet the core competency skill requirements in history for the State of Missouri.

Please Note:

Because many students who enter the University of Missouri High School diploma program will be transferring credit from other schools, the sequences we have provided should be used as suggested course schedules only. Students accepted into the diploma program will work with an MU High School counselor to develop their own course plan.

9th Grade (6 Units)

  • English/Language Arts — 1 Unit 9th grade English
  • Math — 1 Unit General Mathematics, Pre Algebra, or Math of Money
  • Social Studies — 1 Unit American History
  • Science — 1 Unit Physical Science or another science course
  • Electives/other — 2 Units Fine Art, Practical Art, or Physical Education/Health course

Please Note:

The sequences we have provided should be used as suggested course schedules only. There are many different ways students can accomplish their academic goals.

10th Grade (6 Units)

  • English/Language Arts — 1 Unit 10th grade English
  • Math — 1 Unit Pre Algebra, Algebra 1, or Geometry
  • Social Studies — 1 Unit American Government or Civics and another Social Studies course OR World Geography OR World History
  • Science — 1 Unit Biology or another Science course
  • Electives/other — 2 Units Fine Art, Practical Art, or Physical Education/Health course

Please Note:

The sequences we have provided should be used as suggested course schedules only. There are many different ways students can accomplish their academic goals.

11th Grade (6 Units)

  • English/Language Arts — 1 Unit 11th Grade English or another Language Arts course
  • Math — 1 Unit Algebra I, or Geometry or Algebra 2
  • Social Studies — 1 Unit American Government, Civics or any other Social Studies course
  • Science — 1 Unit any Science course
  • Personal Development — 1 Unit Personal Development and Character Education and Career Planning
  • Electives — 1 or more Units Fine Art, Practical Art, or Physical Education/Health course or Personal Finance

Please Note:

The sequences we have provided should be used as suggested course schedules only. There are many different ways students can accomplish their academic goals.

12th Grade 6 Units)

  • English/Language Arts — 1 Unit 12th Grade English or another Language Arts course
  • Math — 1 Unit any Math course, if needed
  • Social Studies — 1 Unit any Social Studies course, if needed
  • Science — 1 Unit any Science course, if needed
  • Electives/other — 0-4 Units Fine Art, Practical Art, or Physical Education/Health course or Personal Finance

Please Note:

The sequences we have provided should be used as suggested course schedules only. There are many different ways students can accomplish their academic goals.