Academic Policies

Probation Policy

Any student receiving a grade of C- or lower in any course will be automatically placed on academic probation. The student may continue in the program but must repeat that course with a later group. Once the course which caused the student to be placed on probation is retaken and a grade of C or better is recorded, then the student will return to academic “good standing.” If a student receives a C- or lower during the probationary period, he or she will be placed on academic suspension for a period of three (3) months.

Each student must maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.0 each semester to remain in academic “good standing.” If the cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 after the completion of nine hours, the student will be placed on academic probation for the next nine hours of the program. Upon gaining the required the 3.0 average, the student will be again in “good standing.” However, if the student does not increase the average to a 3.0 during the probationary period, the student is placed on academic suspension for three (3) months. Students interested in being reinstated should consult the academic suspension policy.

Suspension Policy

After a three-month waiting period, students who are on academic suspension may request permission to be reinstated in the program based on a review of the circumstances and information in the particular student’s case. If the student under suspension has a GPA of 2.8 or higher, then the student may request permission from the Director of Graduate and Professional Studies to continue in the program.

Students with a GPA lower than 2.8, or who have a GPA of 2.8 or higher but were denied permission to be reinstated by the director, may request permission to be reinstated in the program from the SSBT Graduate Program Admissions Committee. Requests for reinstatement must be in writing and address the circumstances that resulted in suspension and how the student expects to be successful in completing the program.

If the student is granted reinstatement into the program by the Director or the SSBT Graduate Program Admissions Committee, then the student will be required to retake courses in the first 18 hours of the program until the GPA is 3.0 or better. After the student attains a 3.0 GPA in the first 18 hours, the student will once again be placed in good standing and may continue the rest of the program. If the request for reinstatement is denied, then the student is dismissed from the program.

Graduation Requirements

To receive the Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. The required 36 semester hours of graduate credit must be completed with a cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  2. No course grade of C- or below will count toward graduation.

To receive the Master of Science Management (MSM) degree, a student must meet the following requirements:

  1. The required 30 semester hours of graduate credit must be completed with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Note: grades for all graduate courses, including transfer credits, will be used to calculate the student's cumulative graduate grade point average.
  2. No course or credit hours will count toward graduation if the grade earned is a C- or below.

Application for graduation must be completed by September 30 for December diplomas and by December 31 for May or August diplomas.

Graduation requirements are defined by the student's “graduation year” catalog or the catalog immediately preceding his/her graduation year.

There is no qualifying or exit examination. A student achieves candidacy status in the MSM program when he or she has earned at least 18 semester hours of graduate credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. A student achieves candidacy status in the MBA program when he or she has earned at least 30 semester hours of graduate credit with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better.


Grading System

Trevecca Nazarene University's grading system, based on class work and examinations, is as follows:

Description Grade Quality Points
Exceptional A 4.0
A- 3.7
Superior B+ 3.3
B 3.0
B- 2.7
Average C+ 2.3
*Passing C 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D 1.0
D- 0.7
F 0.0

*Note: A grade lower than a C in a course must be repeated.

Incomplete “I” Given for sickness or emergency reasons near end of a course. The incomplete must be approved by the teacher and the program director. The “I” must be removed within six weeks or the grade will be based on points earned for completed work.
Withdrawal “W” Granted to a student who officially withdraws from a class before the end of day 21 for most courses or day 35 for 12-week courses. The grade of “W” may be assigned by the program director or the school dean in extenuating circumstances.

Withdrawal from Courses

The last day to drop out of a course in progress with a grade of W is by the end of day 21 for most courses or day 35 for a 12-week course during regular business hours. If the student attends/participates after that time, a letter grade must be assigned.

Any student who wishes to withdraw must contact his/her academic advisor immediately to report that decision. Failure to do so will result in the student's earning Fs in the classes for which he/she is registered and not receiving reimbursement.

Withdrawing from a class will result in a graduated refund and may affect financial aid, so the student should contact his/her financial aid counselor. Failure to attend class does not constitute a withdrawal, and students will receive an F if not properly withdrawn.

Withdrawal from Programs

Students who drop out of a group due to an academic issue may continue in a later group with the approval of their academic advisor. The student must be in good standing and the group he/she selects must have space available. Any student withdrawing from a program for the second time must seek reinstatement through the Admissions Committee if a third or subsequent re-enrollment is desired. A fee of $100 is charged for changing groups. The $100 fee will officially hold a place in the group requested but is not applied towards tuition.

Any student withdrawing from an entire program will be governed by the above regulation for the grade in any module in progress and be given a grade of W for any subsequent modules for which registration has been completed. Any refund of tuition or fees will be governed by the Refund Policy which appears in the financial information section of this catalog.

Any student who wishes to withdraw must contact his/her academic advisor immediately to report that decision. Failure to do so will result in the student's earning Fs in the classes for which he/she is registered and not receiving reimbursement.