Houston Baptist University Catalog

Graduate Degree Program

Graduate Degrees

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 course work.  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. The University reserves the right to refuse credits from other institutions toward completion of degree requirements at HBU for the student who has already begun a degree program.  See the graduate handbook for each School or College.  The graduate handbook provides details on the policies for residency requirements, transfer credit and concurrent enrollment for the individual graduate programs.

Students seeking graduate degrees must complete the following requirements:
 

General Requirements and 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 course work will be taken at HBU. See the graduate handbook for each School or College.  The graduate handbook 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. 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.  HBU does not award College credit for life experience.
     
  5. Transfer courses: Courses received in transfer with a grade of "D", "F", or "P" will not be counted toward a degree.  See the graduate handbook for each School or College.  The graduate handbook provides details on the policies for residency requirements, transfer credit and concurrent enrollment for the individual graduate programs. 
     
  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 course work will be taken at HBU.  See the graduate handbook for each School or College.  The graduate handbook provides details on the policies for residency requirements, transfer credit and concurrent enrollment for the individual graduate programs.
     
  8. Proficiencies: Graduate students enrolling in graduate programs leading to teacher certification must meet proficiencies established by the College. 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 course work 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. 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 Certifications

College/School Degrees Majors Certification or
Licensure Programs
Areas but not Majors
College of Education and Behavioral Sciences MEd Elementary Education
(EC-6) with ESL
Elementary
(EC-6)
EC-6
  MEd Elementary (EC-6) with Bilingual Bilingual Education
(EC-6)
Supplemental ESL (EC-6)
  MEd Elementary (EC-6) with
All-Level Special Education
Special Education
(EC-12)
Special Education
(EC-12)
  MEd Middle Grades (4-8)
- English/Language Arts
- Math
- Science
- Social Studies
Middle Grades (4-8)
(See majors for
content areas)
Middle Grades
(4-8)
  MEd High School (7-12)
- Composite Social Studies
- English/Language Arts
- History
- Speech Communications
High School (7-12)
(See majors for
content areas)
High School
(7-12)
  MEd All-Level (EC-12)
- Art
- Physical Education
- Spanish
EC-12 (See majors for content areas)

Supplemental ESL
EC-12
  MEd Curriculum and Instruction with Instructional Technology Master Technology Teacher  
  MEd Masters in Reading Education Reading Specialist  
  MEd Educational Administration    
  MEd Educational Diagnostician    
  MEd School Counselor School Counselor  
  MAC Counseling- LPC    
  MACC Counseling- LPC    
  MAP Psychology – LSSP    
  MAP Psychology- LSSP
Re-specialization
   
  MAP Psychology- General     
         
School of Christian Thought MA Apologetics Apologetics as part of the MA Philosophy program   
  MA Biblical Languages    
  MA Philosophy    
  MA Theological Studies     
         
School of Fine Arts MFA Studio Art     
         
School of Business MAACT Accounting    
  MBA Business Administration    
  MIB International Business    
  MS Human Resource Management    
  MS Management    
         
Smith College of
Liberal Arts
MLA Liberal Arts    






For specific requirements of all other degrees, please see the information in the respective Colleges or Schools.