2023-24 Graduate Academic Catalog

2023–24 Graduate Academic Catalog Page 41 School of Biblical and Theological Studies Master of Arts in Worship and Theology Financial Aid and Scholarships For information regarding financial aid and institutional scholarships, visit cedarville.edu/gsfinaid or preview the Financial Information section of this catalog. Academic Advising Each student is assigned a program advisor. The faculty advisor offers counsel concerning course scheduling. Students are encouraged to consult their program advisor prior to registration, whenever an academic problem is encountered, or when considering any changes in their educational program. Degree seeking students may review their academic program progression by selecting the Progress tab option in Student Planning at cedarville.edu/studentplanning. Course Sequencing The Master of Arts in Worship and Theology program may be completed in as little as one calendar year. Contact your program advisor for information about full-time and part-time completion options. Course Load A minimum of 36 semester hours is required for graduation. Transfer Credits In keeping with the general requirements for the transfer of graduate credits, students may transfer up to 50% of the required hours of credit for the Worship and Theology program from a regionally accredited college or university into this program as long as they have earned a grade of “B” or better in each course and have earned the credits within the last 10 years. Any transfer courses must be graduate level, completed with a grade of “B” (3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale) or higher, and must be similar in content to courses offered by the School of Biblical and Theological Studies. Transfer credit is not included in the cumulative grade point average. To request transfer credit, send an official transcript directly from the transfer institution to the Office of the Registrar at Cedarville University. Once the official transcript is received, the program director will evaluate the transfer request. The Office of the Registrar will send a notification email when approved transfer credits have been added to the transcript. Academic Discipline Policies Academic Warning Students are placed on Academic Warning when their GPA is below 2.3 in the last grading period/semester. To be removed from academic warning, students must achieve a 2.3 GPA or higher over the subsequent 9 hours of program specific coursework. Academic Probation Academic Probation status refers to any student whose cumulative graduate GPA falls below 2.3 and as a result is no longer in good academic standing. Students placed on academic probation may enroll in no more than 12 graduate credit hours and are expected to return to good academic standing (overall GPA of 2.3 or above) within the attempt of those subsequent 12 hours. Academic Suspension Academic Suspension status refers to any student who fails to make satisfactory progress toward declared goals or whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.3 for two consecutive semesters during the probationary period. A student who is suspended from a graduate program may not be readmitted to the program for at least one semester, and then only if evidence for expecting satisfactory performance is submitted and found to be acceptable. Academic Appeals Academic discipline appeals will be considered on a caseby-case basis by the dean of the school in consultation with the director of the program. The student will be notified of the final decision in writing, which completes the appeal process. Readmission Any student who is suspended must apply for readmission to the University and to the school or program. Academic Dismissal Academic Dismissal status refers to any student who is disqualified from Cedarville University and is not eligible for readmission. Academic dismissal is a terminal action. Graduation Requirements Completion of all listed requirements for a program, including a minimum cumulative graduate GPA of 2.3 within the given program, is required to be certified for graduation. All requirements for the degree must be completed within five years after matriculation in the program. Intent to Graduate To graduate, whether or not you plan to attend commencement, you must submit an “Intent to Graduate” form and pay any applicable fees. An Intent to Graduate form is available at cedarville.edu/gradintent. You are encouraged to submit your Intent to Graduate at least one semester in advance so that you can be informed of any problems in meeting your degree requirements. After receipt of your Intent to Graduate, the Office of the Registrar will audit your transcript to verify the status of your degree requirements. Upon confirmation of your eligibility to graduate, you will be notified and your name will be added to the list of prospective graduates, as appropriate. The deadline for submitting your Intent to Graduate form is March 1 of the commencement year. After this date, eligibility to participate in commencement will be deferred to the following year. A graduation fee of $125 will be charged to your student account after your eligibility for graduation is confirmed. Walking in Commencement Graduate students may participate in commencement if all courses have been completed and all that remains is the student’s researched project. The diploma will be awarded after the first graduation date that follows the successful completion of the capstone experience. Center for Biblical Integration The Center for Biblical Integration at Cedarville University promotes biblical integration throughout curriculum, teaching, and research for both the University and the evangelical community. The center strives to be a resource for integrative study, teaching, and service in drawing connections between a biblical and theological foundation, academic disciplines, and topics of life. The center also aids faculty members in their personal integration efforts in their classrooms, academic research, or professional field.