Admission Requirements – Graduate Online Programs

GRADUATE ONLINE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

• Completed Admissions Application

• College/University Transcript(s): An unofficial or official transcript showing a bachelor degree awarded or a transcript combined with a letter of intent to graduate will be considered for admission. An official transcript from the student’s undergraduate institution where the bachelor’s degree was earned must be submitted by the end of the first course.  If 12 or more credits at the graduate level have been earned, the student must submit an official transcript showing the bachelor’s degree earned and the official graduate transcript(s). Failure to provide an official transcript(s) by the end of the first course at Grace may result in withdrawal from the program.

ADMISSION CRITERIA

Full Acceptance

A student who has earned a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the undergraduate level will receive full acceptance into the graduate program.

Provisional Acceptance

Any student who has earned a cumulative GPA of 2.00-2.49 at the undergraduate level will receive provisional acceptance into the graduate program. Students who are provisionally accepted must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in the first semester of graduate study, after which the normal policy for Satisfactory Academic Progress will apply. If the student does not receive a cumulative GPA of 2.50 in the first semester of graduate work, he or she may be suspended for a period of one semester.  A suspended student will need to apply for re-entry in order to continue in the program.

The following guidelines apply when determining acceptance:

• An earned bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required. A bachelor’s degree from a nationally accredited institution will be reviewed by the Dean or Provost and accepted on a case-by-case basis. Official transcripts from the institution awarding the bachelor degree must be submitted. Additional official transcripts may be requested if the decision cannot be made from the degree issuing institution alone.

• If a student has over 12 earned graduate credits, the student must have earned a 3.0 or higher and provide proof of a prior bachelor’s degree earned.

Denial

A student who does not meet provisional or full acceptance requirements may petition the admissions committee for reconsideration.

TRANSFER APPLICANTS

A transfer applicant is someone who has attended another college or university at the graduate level. See the Transfer Credit section of the catalog for policies governing transfer work to Grace Christian University. Graduate Online will accept a maximum of 25% 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.

• Transfer credit may be granted for 500 level (or above) graduate 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 that 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.

• 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 Bachelor of Theology (BTh) undergraduate degree from Grace Christian University may qualify to receive advanced standing in the Master of Arts programs. Students enrolled in the Ministry program may receive up to 9 credits. Students enrolled in the Organizational Leadership program may receive up to 3 credits.

Grace undergraduate students who enroll in the 4+1 program may earn advanced standing for the cross-listed courses completed with a grade of a B or higher. See the 4+1 Plan Option section for more information.