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Academic Information

The general Academic Information in this section applies to both of the graduate schools of the University: the Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies, and the M. Christopher White School of Divinity, except where otherwise noted. See the section on each school for academic information specific to that program.


When changes are made in academic requirements, those in effect the year of a student’s most recent continuous enrollment apply. Otherwise, changes are effective upon publication in this catalog.



Registration includes academic advising, selection of courses, and payment of fees. During preregistration, students should consult with their academic advisers on course selection and other degree requirements. However, it is the responsibility of the student, not the academic adviser, to ensure that all University graduation requirements are met.


Students will not receive credit for any course for which registration has not been completed. Unless students and their advisers consider it essential, they should not change the schedule after registration.



Changes in a student’s schedule may be made by going online to WebbConnect via www.gardner-webb.edu.


A student who withdraws from a course after the drop/add period must fill out the online withdrawal form on the Registrar’s website: www.gardnerwebb.edu/registrar. The student is responsible for carrying out the withdrawal and must secure written documentation of the withdrawal. When a student officially withdraws from a course, a grade of “W’’ (withdrew) is recorded during the first four weeks of the fall and spring semesters, or during the first week of a summer term. After this period a “WP’’ (withdrew passing) or “WF’’ (withdrew failing) is assigned by the professor based upon an assessment of the student’s work to date in the course. No hours attempted are recorded for “W’’ and “WP’’ grades.


The last day for dropping an individual course is four weeks after midterm or a date not to exceed 75% of the course. The specific date is established each semester by the Registrar and published in registration materials sent out by each graduate school. After this time the only courses which will be dropped are those which a student drops when withdrawing from school.


Before withdrawing from a class or classes, students should refer to the “Charge Reduction Policy for Class Withdrawal” in the “FINANCES” section of this catalog in order to understand the financial implication for their account.



Any registered student who experiences medical trauma or a chronic illness that may prevent completing the semester may apply for a medical withdrawal from the University. A medical withdrawal request must be filed with the Registrar’s Office prior to the start of final exams and must include documentation submitted from a physician or psychologist trained in the diagnosis of the medical condition.


A qualifying medical condition, as determined by the physician or psychologist, must prevent the student from participating in all classes remaining during the current semester. A medical withdrawal is a complete withdrawal from the University. The supporting documentation from a physician or psychologist accompanying the medical withdrawal request must be submitted on official letterhead from the physician or psychologist and must be addressed to the Gardner-Webb University Registrar. The medical documentation must also include the physician or psychologist’s name, title, professional credentials, license and certification number, and should address the following:


  1. Description of the condition that has made the student unable to continue in school.
  2. Date the examination, assessment, or evaluation was performed.
  3. In the event that the medical withdrawal is the result of an injury or accident, the date the injury or accident occurred.
  4. In the event the medical withdrawal is due to chronic illness, the date the illness made it necessary to stop attending classes.

A student will be notified of the approval decision following a review of the medical documentation. If the request is approved, the student will receive a final grade of “W” for each class (except in instances of Academic Dishonesty).


Upon medical withdrawal from the University, a student must apply for readmission to the University to continue studies. The student must provide documentation from the same physician or psychologist, when possible, stating the student is able to continue academic studies at the University. This documentation should follow the same format as above.



The Academic Advising procedures are outlined in the Gayle Bolt Price School of Graduate Studies and M. Christopher White School of Divinity respectively.



The University reserves the right to cancel or discontinue any course because of small enrollment or for other reasons deemed necessary. In order to assure quality instruction, the University reserves the right to close registration when the maximum enrollment has been reached and to make changes in schedule and/or faculty when necessary.





In the School of Graduate Studies, a full load is six semester hours during the summer term and three to six hours during each regular semester, depending on the student’s program. The maximum course load for which students may register during fall and spring semesters is nine semester hours. It is strongly recommended that students who are employed full-time register for no more than six hours during any term. (The maximum load includes coursework taken elsewhere for transfer into a student’s Gardner-Webb program.) Under extraordinary circumstances exceptional students may request to exceed the maximum course load; such a request must be approved by the student’s advisor, the program coordinator, and the Dean of the Graduate School.



A minimum full-time course load for M.Div. degree students is nine hours per semester. The maximum course load for M.Div degree students is eighteen hours per semester. A class load of more than fifteen hours per semester must be approved by the student’s faculty mentor. It is suggested that new students restrict their class loads to nine to twelve hours in the initial semester.


The definition of a full-time load is made for those students requiring certification of full-time status for participation in insurance programs, the receipt of veteran’s benefits, or the regulations of U.S. Immigration. Students enrolled full time are eligible to apply for various financial aid packages. The students should consult with the Financial Planning office regarding the availability of financial aid.



Any Gardner-Webb student may audit a course for a $175 fee. The auditor is expected to complete the special auditor registration form and to complete all course requirements, with the exception of tests and examinations. Approval of the professor and the Dean or Director is required.



In several locations on campus, the Gardner-Webb University student has ready access to a wide variety of computer facilities, including five minicomputer systems and numerous microcomputers. Computers are an integral part of many programs.


Access to Internet is provided through computer labs on campus and other locations.



Gardner-Webb University offers a number of fully online courses, as well as web-enhanced face-to-face courses, to students in selected graduate programs. Programs available fully online are the Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.), Master of Accountancy (M.Acc.), Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.), International Master of Business Administration (I.M.B.A.), Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Arts in Executive Leadership Studies,Master of Arts in English, Master of Arts in Sport Pedagogy, and Educational Specialist in Executive Leadership. The following certificate/licensure programs are online: School Administration Add-On Licensure, MBA Plus Certificates, Post Master’s Nursing Administration and Education Certificates.


Students inexperienced with online learning will be assisted in developing the skills necessary to succeed in an online, hybrid, or web-enhanced learning environment through the Blackboard 9 Student User Orientation. Topics include a general overview of the Blackboard system, recommended computer and browser specifications, navigating through the online environment, submitting work for evaluation (i.e., tests, assignments), using discussion boards, viewing grades and progress, and communicating with one's instructors and classmates.



A student must apply for the graduate degree during the semester preceding the final term of study. An appointment should be made with the adviser who will provide appropriate forms to be filled out to obtain the degree. The adviser will validate the information on the application. It is the student’s responsibility to turn in the signed form to the Registrar. A $140.00 application for graduation fee is required; this includes the diploma and administrative costs. Students submitting applications after the published deadline must pay a $125.00 late fee.



Gardner-Webb conducts commencement exercises at the conclusion of the spring and fall semesters and at the conclusion of summer school. Each candidate for a degree must be present for rehearsal (if held) and for the conferring of degrees. The University is not obligated to grant a degree to any candidate for graduation who does not attend these exercises. Any exception to this policy must be approved in writing by the Provost.



The Graduate Council is the governing body for all graduate programs in the School of Graduate Studies. Graduate students are represented each year on the Graduate Council by a representative who has voting privileges on the Council.




Membership in this International Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society is one of the highest honors a Gardner-Webb graduate student in the counseling program can attain for academic excellence. To be eligible for membership, students must have completed 6 semester hours, have a 3.5 G.P.A. or higher, and be a student in good standing.



Sigma Tau Delta, the international English honor society, creates camaraderie among English majors and minors, offers scholarships, provides publishing opportunities, and hosts a national conference where students can showcase their scholarship. Lifelong membership in Sigma Tau Delta is available to both undergraduate and graduate students who meet the organization’s rigorous requirements.



Sigma Theta Tau International is the only nursing honor society dedicated to improving the health of the world’s people. Graduate and Baccalaureate nursing students who meet the high standards of eligibility and are endorsed for membership may be invited to join the Phi Upsilon, Gardner-Webb University Hunt School of Nursing's Chapter.



International Honor Society in Business Administration


The purposes of Delta Mu Delta are to promote higher scholarship in training for business and to recognize and reward scholastic achievement for business majors. Graduate students completing half of degree requirements - GPA 3.9 and above and top 10% of class (transfers have special conditions).