Degrees are awarded to qualified candidates at the College's spring commencement ceremony. In order to qualify for graduation, students must complete all 39 semester credits of study with a grade of C (80) or better in each class and present an acceptable thesis. Candidates must also manifest promise of competency in ministry, exhibit exemplary and consistent Christian character, and must be in accord with the ideals of the institution.
The following grading scale is generally used in all graduate coursework:
69 and below
A failing grade (F or WF - withdraw/fail) is never removed from the student's transcript. However a student may be either required or permitted to repeat the course in order to remove the negative effect of the failing grade on the grade point average.
Exams are due according to the schedule in each syllabus notebook. Contact the Director of the Summer Intensive Program with any questions.
Due to the length and nature of these classes, no absences are permitted in the SIP format. Students are expected to arrive for class on time in order for the full class time to be utilized.
The MABS Program Director and the Administrative Assistant are the advisors for the MABS program. They will provide academic counsel at all pre-registration and registration periods. Although the College makes every attempt to provide adequate academic advising, final responsibility for meeting all program and graduation requirements, including conformity with all assigned deadlines, rests with the student.
All course changes in the SIP format must be approved by the Director of the Summer Intensive Program and should be made within the first four to six weeks of class in order to complete the required Pre-Session assignments in a timely manner. Please refer to the Financial Information section on the Refund Policy for the percentage of tuition and other fees that are refunded in the event the student withdraws from the program.
Auditing classes in the MABS is not encouraged and rarely permitted. Occasionally busy pastors or missionaries on furlough may be admitted to classes after being accepted into the program following the regular application procedure. Please contact the Biblical Studies Department to discuss any special circumstances.
A student may be admitted on academic probation for a variety of reasons the foremost being low undergraduate grades. In addition if significant spiritual matters surface in a student's life while enrolled in the program, a student will be placed in a probationary status at the discretion of the Biblical Studies Department. This status will be removed when a student exhibits growth in the area - either academic or spiritual.
The Turabian, or Chicago, format of writing should be used for all course papers unless other instructions are given. The latest edition of Turabian's A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, and a current edition of an approved word processing program should be used in the preparation of these papers.
The Chicago Manual has adopted the online style of Harnack & Kleppinger from their book Online! : a reference guide to using Internet sources published by Bedford/St. Martin’s in 2003. This book would be very helpful when citing online sources.