The seminary education offered at Wesley attempts to find the proper balance between teaching and learning, enabling you to achieve those educational and developmental goals so essential for service and life in the Kingdom. The policies listed below are those most frequently requested by students. The full details of all academic policies can be found in the Academic Catalog.
Dropped courses are removed from the student’s financial account, do not appear on the academic transcript, and do not count as hours attempted. M.Div./M.A. courses can be dropped within the first two weeks of a semester. D.Min. courses can be dropped within the first two weeks of the D.Min. term. The drop procedure for M.Div./M.A. courses must be completed directly by the student online through the Campus Anyware registration page before 5:00 PM Central Time on Friday, the end of the second week of the semester, when Campus Anyware automatically closes the drop option for M.Div./M.A. courses. D.Min. students should contact the Registrar with drop requests before 5:00 PM on the tenth business day after the term begins. Since D.Min. courses are taken in pairs, dropping one necessitates dropping the other.
Withdrawal is the process to remove a student from a course or program after the second week, but before the final two weeks of a semester or term. Students considering a withdrawal should carefully note date parameters. Since D.Min. courses are taken in pairs, dropping one necessitates dropping the other. If circumstances develop that make withdrawal necessary, students should make immediate contact with their faculty advisor. Complete details on the withdrawal process can be found in the Academic Catalog.
Incomplete is a temporary grade given when a student has been providentially hindered from completing course requirements by the end of the semester. The student must make arrangement with the professor before the end of the term to complete work at a later date. An “I” must be removed by the end of the following semester or it automatically becomes “F”. No grade points are given an incomplete. The incomplete is used to calculate a temporary Grade Point Average (GPA).
With permission from the professor, M.Div./M.A. classes may be audited. Students interested in auditing should complete an auditor’s application. While the auditing student will not be required to take examinations or do term work, attendance is required. Notation of “Audit” is made on the transcript regarding audited courses. However, the audited courses cannot apply toward degree requirements. Auditing fees and special considerations for students and staff are identified in the Financial Information section of the Academic Catalog.
Academic Standing and Probation
M.Div./M.A. students maintain good academic standing by satisfactorily completing 75% of the courses in which they enrolled prior to the current term and having a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 or above. D.Min. students maintain good academic standing by having a cumulative GPA of 3.00 and by having no grade below a B-. D.Min. students will not receive credit for any course for which they receive a grade lower than B-. Failure to maintain these standards will result in dismissal from the program.
At the end of the fall and spring semesters, review of the records of all M.Div./M.A. students occurs. In the event a student fails to meet the standard for good academic standing, he or she will be placed on academic probation by receiving a notification of such action and having a notation placed on the transcript.
Students placed on academic probation must prepare with the assistance of their faculty advisor a strategy for improving academic performance. This strategy must include the taking (or retaking) of RS 500 Essential Seminary Study Skills. Students are given eighteen semester hours to bring their performance to the standard of good standing. Probationary students failing to reach this goal in eighteen semester hours will be dismissed from the seminary. Grades of “F” received prior to being placed on probation may be retaken within the eighteen hours of probation. However, no “F” grades received within the eighteen hours of probation can be retaken within that same probationary period.
A student may request exemption from the above-described policy on academic probation by presenting a written description of extenuating circumstances and plan for satisfactory progress to the faculty for consideration. The appeal should be sent to the Academic Dean.