Graduate Degree Program

Graduate Degree Requirements
Graduate Program Policies
Degrees, Majors, Minors and Certification Programs


Graduate Degree Requirements

An approved graduate degree plan must be on file with the Registrar’s Office during the students first semester at HBU.  A degree plan must be on file before a student can register for second semester coursework.  Each student is responsible for a knowledge of and adherence to regulations governing registration, withdrawal, degree plans, graduation requirements, and the payment of tuition and fees. Once a student begins a degree program at HBU, it is expected that the student will complete the degree requirements at HBU. For the student who has already begun a degree program, the University reserves the right to refuse credits from other institutions toward completion of degree requirements at HBU.  See the “Transfer Courses/Credit” section in the catalog for more detail.

Students seeking graduate degrees must complete the following requirements:

Graduate Program Policies

  1. All graduate degrees awarded at HBU are a minimum of 30 semester hours.
  2. Residency Requirement: Once a student has entered a degree program at HBU, it is expected that all coursework will be taken at HBU.  The catalog provides details on the policies for residency requirements, transfer credit and concurrent enrollment for the individual graduate programs.
  3. Minimum GPA: A minimum cumulative scholastic standing of 3.00 GPA (“B” average) must be attained for graduation. See the section “Graduate Academic Standing” for some exceptions and more details on this item.  Some Schools or Colleges may have a higher scholastic standing policy.
  4. Credit by other than classroom-based instruction:  Credit by correspondence courses or extension courses will not be counted toward a degree.
  5. Transfer courses: Courses received in transfer with a grade of “D”, “F”, or “P” will not be counted toward a degree.  See the “Transfer Courses/Credit” section in the catalog for more detail.
  6. Community Life and Worship Program: Participation in the Community Life and Worship Program (CLW) is not a graduation requirement for degree-seeking graduate students. However, it is recommended that students participate in faith development offerings while attending HBU. See the HBU Spiritual Life website for more details.
  7. Concurrent Enrollment:  Once a student has entered a degree program at HBU, it is expected that all coursework will be taken at HBU.  See the “Transient Enrollment” section in the catalog for more detail.
  8. Proficiencies: Graduate students enrolling in graduate programs leading to teacher certification must meet proficiencies established by the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.  See the “College of Education and Behavioral Sciences” section of the catalog. TOEFEL scores are used as a basis for determining English proficiencies for candidates seeking admission into the Educator Preparation Program (EPP) at HBU.
  9. Program requirements are determined by the College or School in which the program resides including, but not limited to thesis requirements, oral exams, and program credit hours.  See the appropriate College or School section of this Catalog.
  10. Graduate Degree Plan Declaration:  Within the first semester of coursework at HBU and once all proficiencies have been met, a student must see his or her advisor to complete and file a Graduate Degree Plan with the Registrar’s Office. Students who fail to follow this policy will not be considered as a candidate for a degree, nor will they be allowed to register.  (See section on “Degree Plans” in this Catalog.)
  11. Application for Graduation: A student must file a graduation application at least two (2) full semesters before anticipated date of graduation.  Students need to see their advisor to begin this process.
  12. Full-Time Status: The recommended full-time graduate student load is 9 to 12 hours each semester. Students who wish to take over 12 hours must seek permission from their faculty advisor and the appropriate College or School Dean.
  13. Changing Degree Programs within a College or School: Students wishing to change their degree program to another program within the same school or college of their current program must receive the permission of the program director of the desired program and the dean.  In addition, students must meet all entry requirements for the new program.  Students wishing to change their degree program to another program that does not reside in the same school or college must reapply through The Graduate School.
  14. Out of School/College Courses: Students may take elective courses outside of their college or school with the approval of the graduate program director or dean of both the elective-granting program and the program in which the student is enrolled.  Perquisite requirements must be met.
  15. Majors, Degrees, and Certification Programs:  The following table details the majors, degrees, and certification or licensure programs offered by HBU at the graduate level.

Graduate Degrees, Majors, Minors, and Certification Programs

  • Archie W. Dunham College of Business
    • Master of Business Administration (MBA) – Residential
    • Master of Accountancy (MACCT) – Residential
    • Master of International Business (MIB) – Residential
    • Master of Science in Human Resource Management (MS-HRM) – Residential
  • School of Christian Thought
    • Master of Arts in Apologetics (MAA) – Residential/Online
      • Cultural
      • Philosophical
    • Master of Arts in Philosophy (MAPhil) – Residential
    • Master of Arts in Biblical Languages (MABL) – Residential
    • Master of Arts in Theological Studies (MATS) – Residential/Online
    • Master of Divinity (MDiv) – Residential
      • English Language Track
      • Biblical Languages Track
    • Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (MACL) – Residential/Online
    • Certificate in Apologetics (APOL) – Residential
  • College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
    • Master of Arts (MA)
      • Marriage and Family Therapy with LMFT – Residential/Online
      • Pastoral Counseling – Addiction and Recovery – Residential/Online
      • Pastoral Counseling – Crisis Response – Residential/Online
      • Pastoral Counseling – Human Sexuality – Residential/Online
      • Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family – Residential/Online
      • Pastoral Counseling – Military and Veteran Care and Counseling – Residential/Online
      • Pastoral Counseling – Professional Life Coaching – Residential/Online
    • Master of Education (MEd)
      • Bilingual Education – Residential
      • Counselor Education – Residential
      • Curriculum and Instruction – Residential/Online
      • Curriculum and Instruction with EC-6 Generalist Certification – Residential
      • Curriculum and Instruction with 7-12 Certification – Residential
      • Curriculum and Instruction with Specialization in Instructional Technology –Residential/Online
      • Curriculum and Instruction in All-Level Art, Spanish, Music, or Physical Education– Residential
      • Curriculum and Instruction with English Language Arts and Reading Certification (4-8) – Residential
      • Curriculum and Instruction with Certification in Mathematics, Science, or Social Studies (4-8) – Residential
      • Curriculum and Instruction with Certification in EC-6 and Special Education (EC-12) – Residential
      • Curriculum and Instruction EC-6 Bilingual Certification – Residential
      • Educational Administration – Residential/Online
      • Educational Diagnostician – Residential
      • Reading with Reading Specialist Certification – Residential
    • Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) leading to LPC – Residential/Online
    • Master of Arts in Christian Counseling (MACC) – Residential/Online
    • Master of Arts in Psychology (MAP)
      • Psychology – General – Residential/Online
      • Psychology – LSSP – Residential
      • Psychology – LSSP Re-specialization – Residential
    • Doctorate in Education (EdD) – Residential
    • ACP – Alternate Teacher Certification –  Residential
    • LPC – Licensed Professional Counselor Certification – Residential
    • LSSP – Licensed Specialist in School Psychology Certification –  Residential
    • EDSU – Superintendent Certification – Residential
  • School of Fine Arts
    • Master of Fine Arts (MFA) – Residential
  • School of Humanities
    • Master of Liberal Arts (MLA)
      • General – Residential
      • Accelerated Master of Liberal Arts (AMLA) – Residential
      • Specialization in Education (4-8 or 7-12) – Residential
      • Specialization in Education (EC-6 Generalist) – Residential
      • Specialization in Education (EC-12 Art, Music, PE or Spanish) – Residential
  • School of Nursing and Allied Health
    • Master of Science in Kinesiology (MSK) – Online
      • Sport Management
    • Master of Science in Nursing – Online
      • Family Nurse Practitioner
      • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care