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Typical Program Progress and Graduation Requirements

Once an applicant has received official acceptance into the program:
  1. Register for courses and pay tuition on a monthly basis or arrange for payment through federal financial aid.
  2. Most students take a maximum of eight graduate semester credits per session. Six graduate credits are considered full-time status, and three graduate credits are considered half-time status for student loan and Veteran's Administration requirements.
  3. Complete all course work during the span of an online course.
  4. A student who has been admitted to the graduate program and is currently enrolled in at least one course is considered to have active status. Students dropping a course may not be able to continue with their current learning community, but could join another learning community with special permission.
  5. Complete a Master of Arts program in 24-30 months, depending on the program; or a Master of Divinity program in 54-60 months.
  6. Completion of a degree requires the satisfactory completion of the prescribed curriculum with an average GPA of at least 2.5 for all credits applicable to the degree. Only credits receiving a "C" or higher grade may be applied toward the degree.
  7. Completion of the approved program within seven years of beginning course work. 
  8. The candidate must apply for graduation one full semester prior to anticipated degree completion. Deadlines: June 15 for Fall; October 15 for Spring; and January 15 for Summer.