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Advanced Standing

Because of the Graduate Studies program’s unique curriculum and emphasis on biblical counseling and the sufficiency of Scripture to handle all soul-related problems, it is not common for students to receive advanced standing from other graduate schools of study, even if the student majored in psychology, Christian Counseling, or biblical studies. Furthermore, Re-Admit students must be advised that readmission to the program does not guarantee that all previous courses taken in the Graduate Studies will receive advanced standing toward their degree. Rather, because curriculum can change over the years, the Graduate Studies administration may require students to retake some classes for graduation. If a student has not been active in the program for 10 years or more, the Graduate Studies administration reserves the right to require the student to retake all his or her courses to graduate.

Audit Policy

Are you a non-MABC student or an MABC graduate and want to audit classes in the MABC? If so, you are more than welcome to do so, but you will need to submit an application first at least one week before the semester begins (current MABC students wanting to audit MABC classes do not have to fill out an application and can skip to step 2). The cost is $100/unit for everyone and any audit student can take up to 3 classes in our program (MABC graduates can take as many classes as they want). Here is how to register…

  1. Complete an online application. On the application, select that you want to sign up for the MABC and that you are an audit student. A $50 application fee and a pastor’s recommendation is required to submit an audit application to the MABC. But no bachelor’s degree, writing sample, or initial deposit are required to apply. Once you have been accepted, you can begin step 2…

  2. Fill out and sign an Add/Drop Form. Make sure you select “Audit” in the change column. Then send the form to your advisor to sign. Men’s advisor is Mark Smith. Women’s advisor is Jamaica Groover-Skelton. From there, your advisor will pass the form along to the Registrar’s office to finish your registration.

  3. Fill out the Audit Course Payment Form. A valid US credit card is required for payment.

Academic Probation

Academic Probation is a status assigned to students who do not meet satisfactory academic requirements as defined by the policies below. It is a procedure that helps the Graduate Studies faculty and staff monitor the student’s progress in the program and come alongside those who may need greater assistance to improve their academic skills. Students will only be placed on Academic Probation one semester at a time. Students who satisfactorily improve their academic results during the semester of academic probation will be taken off academic probation for the following semester. Students who are unable to satisfactorily improve their academic results during the semester of academic probation may be placed on academic probation for another semester or asked to take a leave of absence from studies, as deemed by the Graduate Studies administration.

  • Beginning Student Academic Probation Policy: For entrance into the Graduate Studies program, prospective students must academically demonstrate a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate studies, provide a satisfactory educator recommendation, and supply a writing sample that demonstrates competency for graduate level writing and research. For those who do not meet this qualification, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to place such students on academic probation at the start of the program or deny such students admittance to the program.

  • Current Student Academic Probation Policy: Current students in the Graduate Studies program should maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a grade of ‘C’ or higher for each class they take every semester. Students who do meet these standards in a given semester may be placed on academic probation for the following semester. Any class in which the student earns a ‘C-‘ or lower will need to be retaken before graduation.

Proctor Requirements

All Quizzes and Exams in Graduate Studies Biblical Counseling programs require a proctor who meets the following qualifications (unless the exam is taken on-campus during class; i.e. on-campus students only):

  • Must be an educator, church leader or staff member of a church or educational institution.
  • Must not be a relative (blood or marriage), close friend, roommate, colleague or business partner of the student
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must subscribe to standards of honesty and integrity.
  • Chairman of the Biblical Studies Department or Professors reserve the right at their discretion to disapprove proctors even if they meet the preceding specifications.
  • Must provide contact information and be available to discuss the testing process with a staff member from the Graduate Studies Office in the event any verification of the testing procedure, if required.

Active Student Status

In order for Graduate Biblical Counseling students to remain active in the program, students cannot stop taking classes for more than 3 consecutive semesters. Students who do not enroll in courses for 4 consecutive semesters will become inactive students and will need to reapply to return to the program. For any semester in which students do not take classes when they are eligible to do so (or when advised by their adviser), a semester continuation fee may be applied to the student’s bill to remain active as a student in the program.

Graduation

To successfully graduate from the Graduate Studies program, students must earn a ‘C’ or higher in every required class (including the student’s elective course). Furthermore, students must complete their studies in the program in no more than 18 academic semesters (approximately 6 years; a semester is added to the total even if the student does not take a class that semester). For re-admit students, the 18 semesters reset when the student becomes inactive and returns to the program. Failure to complete the program in 18 semesters will result in an annual fee encouraging the student to complete the program promptly. The Admissions Committee also reserves the right in such instances to have the student retake all his or her courses in the program to graduate.

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