Admission Requirements – Additional Information

Guidelines for writing samples:

Admissions essay should:

  • Be on a topic that is important to the student.
  • Be 1000-2000 words in length (roughly 4-6 typed, double-spaced pages). Longer writing samples are acceptable.
  • Be in a recognized writing style (MLA, APA, or Turabian).
  • Include a references or works cited page (with a minimum of 3-4 scholarly sources).
  • Be free of grammatical, spelling, or punctuation errors.
  • Have a clear thesis statement and outline (introduction, body, conclusion).
  • Articulate an argument (thesis) that is supported in the body of the paper
Scoring for writing samples:

The purpose of this admissions essay is to help determine your readiness for graduate level study. Your essay will be evaluated by a team of reviewers and given a score on a scale of 1 (Beginning), 2 (Growing), 3 (Competent), 4 (Proficient). Evaluators will look at the following five areas: Clarity, Mechanics, Writing Style, Critical Thinking, & Textual Support.

If an essay receives an overall average of 2.5 or below from two separate reviewers, the student will be granted provisional admittance. He or she will need to achieve a grade of “B” (3.0 GPA) in the first semester of their degree, after which the normal policy for Satisfactory Academic Progress will apply. If the student does not receive a grade of “B” (3.0 GPA) in the first semester, he or she may be required to take a semester off and will then need to apply for readmission in order to continue in the program.

Failing to meet the minimum requirements – Applicants who fail to meet the minimum undergraduate cumulative grade point average may be granted provisional admittance to the graduate program for one semester, in which they will be required to achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of “B” 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). Failure to do so may result in removal from the program for one semester with the possibility for readmission.

Applicants who submit a writing sample which fails to demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively at the graduate level may be granted provisional admittance to the graduate program in which they will be required to achieve a minimum grade of “B” (3.0 GPA) in their first semester. Failure to do so may result in dismissal from the program for one semester with the possibility for readmission.

Transfer Applicants — A transfer applicant is someone who has attended another college or university. Official transcripts from all colleges previously attended must be submitted. The applicant will be evaluated on previous course work at the college level. Failure to provide official transcripts for all previous college experiences may result in an applicant’s withdrawal from the program.

Transfer of Credit — Graduate Online will accept a maximum of 1/2 of the credits required for a graduate degree earned through a combination of advanced standing and/or transfer credit, for work completed prior to matriculation in the graduate program. Applicants who have completed graduate work at other institutions should request for official academic transcripts to be sent to Grace Christian University Registrar’s Office.

  • Transfer credit can be granted for 500 level undergraduate courses equivalent to the courses offered in Grace’s graduate programs, in which a grade of “B” (3.0) or higher was earned.
  • Transfer students will receive an Evaluation of Transfer Credit. This evaluation will detail how course work completed at other colleges or universities will transfer to Grace Christian University. First, courses which meet the specific requirements of the Grace degree the student expects to earn will be selected. Secondly, courses will be selected which may be used to complete the requirements for elective credits.

Credits transferred are recorded on the student’s academic record and will apply toward graduation requirements. Grades are not transferred.

Once transfer credits have been granted, a subsequent change of program or major may result in a change in the number of transfer credits accepted.

Transfer students who have at least a GPA of 2.50 from their transferring institution do not need to provide a writing sample for the admission process.

Transcripts from foreign institutions must be evaluated by an accredited educational evaluation service. The student will be responsible for following the procedures required by the evaluation service and having the results submitted to Grace.

Advanced Standing – Students who received a BTh undergraduate degree from Grace Christian University may qualify to receive advanced standing in the Master of Arts in Ministry degree program. They may be awarded up to 9 credits toward the degree.

Veteran Students —Grace Christian University is recognized for training veterans under VA Education Programs and complies in full with all reporting requirements of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

Students receiving Veterans Benefits whose accumulative grade point average (GPA) is below 2.00 for two consecutive semesters may have their benefits terminated. The College will inform the Department of Veterans Affairs when students fail to come off academic probation after two consecutive semesters. Students may qualify for Veterans Benefits after they raise their accumulative GPA to 2.00 or higher.

Readmission — A student who is readmitted to Grace after an absence of at least one semester must graduate fulfilling requirements of the catalog that is in effect when he/she returns. However, a student may graduate under the requirements of the catalog in effect when he/she originally entered Grace if his/her absence from campus was for further uninterrupted academic course work pursued primarily for the purpose of completing a Grace degree. Written intent of this purpose is required before the student begins his/her course work elsewhere.