In extenuating circumstances, M.Div., M.A.B.L., M.A.M., and Graduate Diploma students may petition to enroll in a regular course through independent study. Students who take courses by independent study lose the benefit of significant classroom interaction with the professor and other students.
Consideration will be given to the student’s academic record and the availability of an independent study supervisor. Academic Petitions for independent study should be submitted to the Director of Academic Services no later than four weeks prior to the Registration Deadline.
An individualized study is a unique course which is designed by a faculty advisor and student which permits M.Div., M.A.B.L., M.A.M., and Graduate Diploma students to pursue personalized studies to build competence in their area of ministry interest. To be eligible for approval, an individualized study must:
- Not replicate a course normally offered in the regular curriculum;
- Have the support of the faculty member who would potentially supervise the study;
- Pursue defined objectives which are clearly set forth in a course syllabus (created by the student and faculty advisor prior to registration);
- Be undertaken by a degree student maintaining a cumulative GPA of at least 3.4.
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