Houston Baptist University Catalog

Graduate Degree Program

Program Policies Graduate Degrees



Program Policies

Americans with Disabilities Act

HBU provides equal access to all University educational programs to every qualified student. However, if any student requires special personal services or equipment, the student will be responsible for the expenses thereof. This policy includes the expense of providing personal tutors, personal attendants, medical technicians, and so forth. The office of the Director of Academic Advising will assist such students in communicating with the proper community or governmental agency to secure any available financial assistance to meet their needs.


Graduate Academic Load

A graduate student who is enrolled for nine or more graduate semester hours during the semester is considered to be a full-time student. Twelve semester hours is the maximum load per semester during the fall and spring semesters with nine hours the preferred average maximum. Graduate students enrolled in particular programs of study must meet the particular enrollment requirements of that specific degree program for each semester of enrollment. During the summer session only, a graduate student with a minimum GPA of 3.25 will be allowed to register for a maximum of twelve (12) semester hours provided that no more than seven hours be undertaken in a five-week summer term. Two courses per term may be allowed with permission. Overloads must be approved by the faculty advisors and college/school deans.


Graduate Degree Application (Graduation)

Each student must pay a graduation fee and must file for graduation at least two semesters prior to the date graduation is expected. The Application for Graduation will verify the name as it should appear on the diploma, the date the degree is expected, and the major fields of interest to be completed as a part of the degree requirements.  The Registrar will perform an audit of the student’s degree requirements and notify the student and her or her advisor of the course work and other requirements the student still needs to complete.


Graduate Degree Plan

A signed degree plan should be filed with the Registrar soon after the 12-day roll of their first semester.


Graduate Grading System and Grade Points

Each graduate student will receive grades at the end of each semester of enrollment. The system of grading is as follows:

Grade   Grade Points
A (93 and above) 4.00
A– (90 – 92) 3.67
B+ (87 – 89) 3.33
B (83 – 86) 3.00
B– (80 – 82) 2.67
C+ (77 – 79) 2.33
C (73 – 76) 2.00
C–  (70 – 72) 1.67
F (69 and below) 0.00

Candidates must achieve a 3.0 average in order to graduate. After each grading period, the University Registrar will review the current and cumulative grade average for each student. Those students whose performance does not meet graduation standards will be placed on academic probation or academic suspension.


Graduate Residency Requirement

Students who have earned a first masters degree from a regionally accredited institution who wish to pursue a second graduate degree in a related or collateral field at HBU may do so by applying for admission to the Graduate School. With the exception of students pursuing a second graduate degree in business, students must complete at least thirty (30) hours of course work in the degree program at HBU. The School of Business requires 30 semester hours for the second graduate degree. Specific requirements are established by the faculty of the College or School offering the degree program so that duplicate course work is avoided while fulfilling the requirements for the degree.


Graduate Scholastic Standing

Every graduate student enrolled in graduate programs is required to maintain a high level of performance and to comply fully with policies of the University. Students who are admitted to a degree program with stipulations are subject to compliance with those requirements. Failure to fulfill the conditions stipulated at the time of admission will result in suspension from the University. If a graduate student’s cumulative grade point average falls below 3.0, the student will be placed on academic probation. A 3.0 average is the minimum requirement of the University for graduate students; individual academic programs may impose a higher grade point average for continuance in specific programs. Probationary status can be removed only when the cumulative GPA reaches the minimum of 3.0. Each student placed on academic probation must achieve a minimum 3.0 GPA during the student’s current enrollment or he or she will be suspended and will not be allowed to apply for readmission until at least one full semester has passed. Readmission is not guaranteed after a student has been suspended. When reapplying after suspension, the student must schedule an interview with the Dean of the college in which the degree resides. A student on first suspension will be readmitted at the Dean’s discretion. If admission is denied, the student may appeal the decision in writing to the university’s Graduate Admission Committee. Two letters of academic recommendation must support the student’s appeal. A student who is suspended for a second time is not eligible for readmission.


Graduate Transfer Credit

There is no guaranteed transfer of credit toward a graduate degree; however, in certain programs, work completed in residence at another accredited institution may, on the recommendation of the Program Director, be accepted by the University Registrar as credit toward a graduate degree. The University will not recognize hours achieved either entirely or partially on the basis of life experience. No correspondence or extension credit will be accepted. No more than six semester hours of graduate credit will be allowed in transfer from another college or university and the application for transfer courses should be made within two weeks of matriculation. (See "Graduate Admissions" section.) English language courses are ordinarily not accepted from institutions in countries where English is not the primary language.


Learning Disability Accommodation

Please refer to the Undergraduate section on this topic.


Student Directory Information

Please see "Family Education Rights and Privacy Act" section.


Time Limit on Length of Program

Required courses are scheduled for the convenience of the student. Using a combination of available offerings, a typical student will be able to earn the graduate degree within the span of twenty-four or fewer months. A student may have five years after first enrollment to complete all requirements for the graduate degree. However, specific degree programs may require shorter periods of study.



Graduate Degree Programs

See program descriptions and requirements in the respective College or School section of this catalog.