The general Academic Information in this section applies to each of the graduate schools of the University: the Graduate School, the Graduate School of Business, 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.
Students must register according to the information given at preregistration. Continuing students who register after the published deadline must pay a $50 late registration fee. Students may register for a course after the first class meeting only with the prior approval of the professor and the dean or program director.
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:
- Description of the condition that has made the student unable to continue in school.
- Date the examination, assessment, or evaluation was performed.
- In the event that the medical withdrawal is the result of an injury or accident, the date the injury or accident occurred.
- 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.
Persons infected with a communicable disease will not be excluded from initial enrollment or employment or restricted in their access to University facilities or services unless a medically based judgment by the primary care physician in consultation with the University’s physician establishes that exclusion or restriction is necessary to the welfare of the infected individual or the welfare of other members of the University community. Additionally, persons who know, or have reasonable basis for believing, that they are infected by a communicable disease are encouraged to share that information, on a confidential basis, with the physician, so that the University may make reasonable accommodations that will respond to their health and educational needs.
Persons who know, or have reasonable basis for believing, they are infected with a communicable disease are encouraged to seek expert advice about their health circumstances and are obligated, ethically and legally, to conduct themselves responsibly in accordance with such knowledge for the protection of other members of the university community.
Each student admitted to graduate study is assigned a faculty adviser who assists the student in developing a program of study. Advisement sessions are scheduled each semester for all graduate students. It is the student’s responsibility to meet with the adviser at the scheduled session or to make arrangements for an alternative meeting time. An appropriate schedule of courses leading to uninterrupted study and completion of all requirements is assured to fully accepted students who remain continuously enrolled. Course scheduling, however, may prevent acceleration of the completion of degree requirements. Other schedule options are available.
COURSE AND SCHEDULE CHANGES
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 Graduate School, 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.
GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
In the Graduate School of Business a full course load is six semester hours during fall semester and spring semester, and three semester hours each summer semester. Most students take six hours during fall and spring and three hours each summer semester. The maximum course load for students is nine hours during fall and spring semesters and three hours each summer semester. It is recommended that students who are employed full-time register for no more than six hours during fall and spring semesters.
Most students begin the program in August, but entry during spring and summer is an option. Students who begin in August and successfully complete two courses each fall, spring, and summer will graduate at the end of their second summer of study, 24 months after beginning the program. Students taking less than two courses in a semester will most likely graduate in three or four years. Six calendar years are allowed for completion of the degrees.
SCHOOL OF DIVINITY
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 $150 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.
GRADUATE SCHOOL, GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BUSINESS
When a student has experience and/or training comparable to that taught within a particular graduate course, the student may request the option of taking a challenge examination to demonstrate mastery of the course content. This credit by exam will be an in-depth and comprehensive assessment of the student’s ability to answer questions on course content. An acceptable grade on the examination will permit the student to receive credit for the course. However, the student will be held responsible for all course material on the comprehensive examination or in the capstone experience, as applicable.
To request the opportunity to take a challenge examination, the student must present, in writing, justification for such an examination to the dean of the school or chair of the department in which the course is offered. *The request must be made after consultation with the advisor and within the first twelve semester hours or the first calendar year of graduate study, whichever comes first. The request must be accompanied by payment of a credit by exam fee of $100 per credit hour. The dean of the school or chair of the department will appoint a committee to review the request, and if it is approved, will appoint the examining professor. If the examination results are acceptable, the examining professor will report the results, via the Certification of Successful Credit By Exam form, to the director/coordinator of the student’s graduate program, who will sign the form and submit it to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies or the Director of Business Graduate Programs, as applicable. That dean will notify the Registrar, who will credit the student with the appropriate number of hours for the course. No grade will be assigned or averaged into the quality point average.
*Note: The number of total hours challenged or transferred may not exceed a student’s graduate program guidelines.
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.
Online learning is a method of delivering coursework that is rapidly gaining prominence in American higher education. 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. Four programs are available fully online: 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 Elementary Education, Master of Arts Middle Grade Education, Master of Arts Executive Leadership Studies. The following certificate/licensure programs are online: School Administration Add-On Licensure, MBA Plus Certificate (ALL), Post Master’s Nursing Administration and Education Certificates.
Students inexperienced with online learning who wish to take an online course will be assisted in developing the skills necessary to succeed in that learning environment through the following opportunity: CMP 501, Online Orientation – Graduate is a non-credit, tuition-free course required for all students taking an online course for the first time at Gardner-Webb, or after significant changes have been implemented in the course delivery platform. It is designed to familiarize the student with the basic skills needed to succeed in an online or web-enhanced course. Topics covered include basic computer configuration for Blackboard, sending a message through the mail tool, submitting an assignment through the dropbox as an attachment, taking a sample assessment and posting a discussion thread.
Coursework in CMP 501 is self-paced, and it is possible to complete it in a few hours. Instructors will work with students until the topics and skills have been mastered; however, enrolled students must pass the course before they will be permitted to begin an online course.
When the M.A., M.S.N., M.A./Ed.S., M.Acc., M.B.A., or I.M.B.A. student has earned between 15 and 21 hours credit, the student and the adviser review progress to date and determine additional work to be completed for the degree. At this time the adviser and the student fill out and sign a midpoint checklist.
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 $125.00 application for graduation fee is required; this includes the diploma and administrative costs. Students submitting applications after the published deadline must pay a $50 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 at Gardner-Webb except for the M.Div. and D. Min. degrees. Graduate students are represented each year on the Graduate Council by a representative who has voting privileges on the Council.
CHI SIGMA IOTA
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
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
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 School of Nursing's Chapter.
DELTA MU DELTA
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).