Typical Program Progress and Graduation RequirementsOnce an applicant has received official acceptance into the program:
- Register for courses and pay tuition on a monthly basis or arrange for payment through federal financial aid.
- 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.
- Complete all course work during the span of an online course.
- 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.
- Complete a Master of Arts program in 24-30 months, depending on the program; or a Master of Divinity program in 54-60 months.
- 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.
- Completion of the approved program within seven years of beginning course work.
- 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.