Qualifications & Requirements For All Graduate Applicants

<Christian Life & Mission: CCU’s mission is expressed as “building Christian leaders to serve the church and shape the world.” Applicants to CCU must therefore be willing to participate in that mission, by possessing a desire to serve Christ, a commitment to live according to His teaching, and a willingness to learn and grow in their knowledge and faith.

Academic Credentials: To be granted acceptance into a graduate degree program at CCU, applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university.

Academic Achievement: To be granted acceptance into a graduate degree program at CCU, applicants must have demonstrated academic success in previous college or graduate coursework. Completed applications will be assigned one of the following categories:

Official Acceptance: Official Acceptance is granted in the following circumstances:

  • A cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or higher (3.0 for MAC).
  • Satisfactory responses are received from all references.

Conditional Acceptance: Conditional Acceptance is granted in the following circumstances:

  • A cumulative college GPA between 2.0 and 2.49.
  • Satisfactory responses are received from all references.

Please Note

A student who is accepted on Conditional Acceptance will be restricted to no more than 9 semester hours of course work per term. Conditional Acceptance will remain in effect until the student has demonstrated the ability to achieve satisfactory academic progress in his/her graduate studies.

Applicants granted Conditional Acceptance enter the university on Academic Probation. A student may remain on Academic Probation no more than one semester. If, after the first semester, the student has not achieved a 2.67 GPA, he/she will be placed on Academic Suspension and will not be permitted to register for credit for at least one semester.

Provisional Approval: Provisional Approval may be granted to an applicant who is in the last year of undergraduate study after all admissions requirements have been submitted (with the exception of an official final transcript).

Provisional Approval allows a student to register for up to 12 hours of coursework and provides for an extension to complete all admissions requirements.

Provisional Approval is not equivalent to acceptance into a graduate degree program. Thus, federal financial aid and scholarships will not be applied to the student’s account until acceptance is granted.

Application Denial: Applicants who do not meet the requisite Academic or Lifestyle & Leadership standards will receive a letter of denial. Students who are denied acceptance forfeit the ability to enroll in twelve hours without formal acceptance.

Appeals for Exception: Students who believe extenuating circumstances exist that warrant an exception to the published policies on admission to CCU may write a letter of appeal to the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee. Appeal letters to this committee should be addressed to the Registrar’s Office.

Policies for Veterans
CCU is approved by the State Approving Agency for education of active duty service personnel, veterans, and their eligible dependents. Veterans seeking admission to CCU must adhere to the printed admission policies but should also contact the Registrar, who serves as the Certifying Official, as early as possible to expedite Veteran’s Affairs forms and processes. Official Acceptance is required to qualify for benefits.

Certification for Assistance
To be eligible for assistance under the laws administered by the Veterans Administration, the Social Security Administration, or another governmental agency, applicants must obtain a certificate of eligibility for training from the nearest office of the respective agency and send it to the Registrar’s Office.