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A baccalaureate degree from a
recognized college is required
before a student may be considered for
to any seminary or graduate
program. The course of study supporting
the applicant’s baccalaureate
degree should be substantially
to that required of Pensacola Christian
College undergraduates. Individuals not holding a standard degree should contact the Seminary-Graduate Studies Office regarding bachelor equivalency requirements for seminary programs.
PTS and PCC reserve the right to
withhold recognition of credits received
at any seminary, university, or college
that does not, in the opinion of the
administration, meet reasonable academic
Specific degree programs may
additional admission requirements.
Applicants who do not meet
minimum academic admission requirements
may be considered for provisional acceptance by the Academic Admissions Committee. Students accepted on a provisional basis must earn at least a 3.00 GPA (2.00 for Master of Divinity and Master of Ministry) upon completing 9 credits of graduate courses to continue in the program.
If you are attending for the first time,
use the following checklist to apply:
Complete the above requirements
under First-Time Students.
International students should allow
a minimum of six months to complete
application procedures. PCC is authorized
under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant
alien students. It is
required by United States Immigration
and Customs Enforcement regulations
that international students submit to the
Seminary/College all application forms,
academic records, and proof of financial
responsibility before the
Form I-20 can be sent. In addition, the
College requires international students
attending the fall or spring semester to
submit one semester’s tuition, room and
board, fees, and one-way transportation
charges from the College to the
student’s home before the
Form I-20 will be sent. Each semester
must be paid in advance. All payments
must be in U.S. currency. International
students’ accounts will be charged any
handling fees assessed by a foreign
bank (e.g., transfer funds, etc.).
Transcripts from non-U.S.
institutions must be
evaluated by Educational Credential
Evaluators (ECE). Start your evaluation at ece.org. Choose the Course-by-Course
evaluation and follow the steps required.
PTS/PCC must receive the evaluation
report before your file will be reviewed
for final acceptance.
Students whose primary language is not English are required to take the Test of English as
a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Have
your TOEFL scores sent directly
from the Educational Testing Service to
the Director of Admissions as soon as
possible. This is done automatically if
you specify our college TOEFL number
5970 when you register for this test. Scores must be received before your file will be reviewed for final acceptance.
A minimum score of 80 on the
Internet-based TOEFL (20 per section) is required for
entrance into the graduate programs.
Applicants whose TOEFL composite
score is below the standard may be considered for provisional acceptance by the Academic Admissions Committee. Students
accepted on a provisional basis
must earn at least a 3.00 GPA (2.00 for Master of Divinity and Master of Ministry) upon completing 9 credits
of graduate courses to continue in the
If you have previously attended PTS or PCC graduate studies and the
next course you are applying to take is within 12 months of the last course you
took, you are a continuing student.
Completely fill out an Application for Admission (indicate which sessions,
terms, or modules you plan to attend).
No application fee is
If you have previously attended PTS or PCC graduate studies and the next
course you are applying to take is more
than 12 months from the last course
you took, you are a reenrolling
Completely fill out an Application for Admission (indicate which sessions,
terms, or modules you plan to attend) and pay the Application Fee.
school, Bible institute, or Bible college
graduates must have earned a
baccalaureate degree of a quality
and type commonly recognized as
representing the culmination of a
liberal arts education. Under certain conditions, students
with a Bible diploma may attend
the undergraduate program of
Christian College and
transfer their Bible school education
into a baccalaureate degree before
going on to do seminary or graduate work.
Acceptance under one seminary or graduate program of study does not
guarantee acceptance under another
program of study. Students who want
to change their program may need to
complete a new application for that
major (and include the Application Fee). Contact
the Seminary-Graduate Studies Office for details.
A regular student is one who is
currently enrolled and maintaining
satisfactory academic progress
toward completion of a degree.
A provisional student is one who is
admitted with less than the minimum
academic entrance requirements or
who is presently under Academic
A non-degree student is one
who meets the qualifications to take
graduate courses and is merely enrolling
in courses for teacher certification, transfer, continuing education, or personal benefit.
A full-time student is one who is
enrolled for 9 credit hours or more
A part-time student is one who is
enrolled for fewer than 9 credit hours
All courses except Continuing Dissertation/Major Project Services, approved PTS/PCC Online Learning, and Independent Study courses
must be taken on campus. Specific
residence requirements are given under
each program of study.
The student must take required
courses in the sequence predetermined
by the Seminary or College. A student taking courses out of
sequence may require more time to
complete a degree than the standard
residence options require.
Students who want to take less than the normal load may do so and thereby extend the period of time required to complete their program of study. Students who do not take a course within 12 months may be subject to any changes in degree requirements.
A normal full-time seminary or graduate load is 9 to 15 credits,
depending on the program in which a
student is enrolled. A maximum load is 16 credit hours during a semester or summer term, including online courses and one-week modules.
Residence hall students must be classified as full-time or be
taking a minimum of 6 credits when fewer than 9 credits are offered
for their program of study.
All work for graduate degrees must be completed within seven years (six years for the D.Min. and five years
for the Ed.S.) prior to completion
of degree requirements may not be
counted toward graduation.
Students who interrupt their enrollment for more than 12 months may have the time limit extended to exclude the time they were not enrolled but are subject to any changes in degree requirements and may be required to repeat courses with content that has changed significantly since the time the course was taken.
Extensions beyond the time limit for
a particular degree (no more than two years) may be granted at the
discretion of the Graduate Committee. Students must make their request in writing and
submit it to the Seminary-Graduate
Studies Office stating the reasons for
the extension and the expected date of
One semester credit hour represents
the equivalent of one hour of lecture
or two hours of laboratory work each
week. Class lecture or laboratory time
combined with outside classwork or
studying is expected to equal approximately
three hours per credit each week.
An equivalent amount of work
is required for studio work, practicums,
internships, and classes that do not meet
on the semester schedule.
It is the practice of PTS and PCC and
other colleges and universities to accept or
reject credits based on their own institutional
criteria, regardless of whether or not
that particular school transferring credit
is accredited. PCC reserves the right to
withhold recognition of credits received
at any college or university that does not,
in the opinion of the administration,
meet reasonable academic standards. It is
the policy of the College to consider for
transfer, credits earned in an approved or
accredited college or university. Courses
that are acceptable for transfer must be
completed prior to enrollment and be similar in content to those replaced in the chosen program at PTS or PCC. Only courses with a grade of “A” or “B” are considered for transfer (“C” or higher for M.Div.). Transfer credits are excluded from a student’s grade point average. At least 50 percent of the total credits required for a graduate degree must be completed at PTS or PCC.
Students who transfer credits from
non-English-speaking countries are
responsible to provide a certified translation of course descriptions.
This certification may be made by
(1) a commercial certifying organization
or (2) an individual with appropriate
credentials in the country where the
student attended college.
PCC does not grant graduate credit
for work or life experience.
Many PTS and PCC Graduate Studies
courses have been video recorded to
allow students to learn from home while
still receiving the same quality instruction
as on-campus students. You must
have final acceptance into the Seminary or PCC Graduate Studies prior to your
first time registering for a course.
courses are offered during the
fall, spring, and summer terms (see term dates), and up to three courses may be taken in one term. Register online.
All coursework for the Bible Exposition; Biblical Languages; Master of Divinity; Master of Ministry; Master of Business Administration; M.S., Ed.S., and Ed.D. in Educational Leadership; and M.S., Ed.S., and Ed.D. in Curriculum and Instruction—English, History, and Secondary (General) degrees may be completed through online learning. PTS offers five graduate certificates (12 credits each) which also may be completed entirely online. Other seminary and graduate degrees may allow you to earn one third or more of your degree through online learning.
To receive course credit, a student
must meet all prerequisites and be
registered for the course. Registration dates are listed on
the Calendar of Events.
Students registering late must pay a
Late Registration Fee.
Pensacola Christian College offers a
yearly program of instruction in which
the 15-week fall and spring semesters are divided by a 5-week
Interterm, a summer term, and one-week modules.
Additions: During the drop/add period each semester, students may add a course to their schedule and register the change with the Records Office. A $10 change of course fee will be charged.
On-Campus Drops: To drop an on-campus course, students must get approval from the Registrar. A $10 drop fee will be charged. The course grade is recorded as follows:
Online-Learning Drops: Students may drop an online-learning course by submitting a written request to the Online Learning Office. A $10 drop fee will be charged. Tuition and fees are nonrefundable and nontransferable once the term begins. The course grade is recorded as follows:
Students wanting to take a class for personal benefit may audit a course with approval from the Registrar. Audited courses may not be changed to a credit basis after the course has started. Audited courses may not be taken a second time for credit.
Anyone whose circumstances force
him to withdraw from the Seminary or College must have a withdrawal form properly executed. Contact the Seminary-Graduate Studies Office to initiate this process. Course grades for withdrawals, whether honorable (voluntary) or dishonorable, will follow the same policy as dropping a course.
The Seminary and College cannot schedule courses for the convenience
of individual students who cannot or who do not take courses in their regular sequence.
Any course with insufficient enrollment may be canceled.
All students taking a course, regardless
of classification, are expected
to attend all scheduled classes.
During the fall or spring semesters, students missing more than a week of scheduled classes may lose one full letter grade. Accumulating more unexcused absences than the number of days a course meets in two weeks may result in an “F.” Students who miss more than the equivalent of three weeks of classes may be asked to withdraw.
The Rebekah Horton Library is housed in a 6-story complex with more than 105,000 square feet, designed to hold a collection of up to a half-million volumes. With seating space for more than 900, this facility provides open stacks, study carrels, an audiovisual lab, computer lab, music lab, student study rooms, conference rooms, wireless internet access, and spacious study areas.
The PALM computerized card catalog system allows students and faculty to locate research materials with speed and simplicity. Present library collections include more than 300,000 volumes, plus nearly 500 current periodicals. Online databases provide access to more than 36,000 additional periodicals and journals plus a wealth of other academic electronic resources. Interlibrary loan service is also available through OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) database, providing access through a bibliographic retrieval system to more than 400,000,000 resources worldwide held by more than 70,000 academic and public libraries in the United States, Canada, and several foreign countries.
The library also exhibits historical and educational materials in an old-fashioned classroom setting. The Bible Manuscript Collection contains rare Bibles and other materials that give evidence of Bible preservation through the centuries. The collection holds early editions of the English Bible, Old Testament scrolls, and famous Bible reference works.
Students are expected to take all examinations on their assigned dates. If final examinations are missed, as a rule, they may not be taken later. However, if the student gains the instructor’s approval and pays the Late Exam Fee, he may make up an examination.
Final grades are issued at the end of each term. For summer sessions, grades are issued at the end of each course. For one-week modules, grades are issued after post-coursework is completed. Students have 60 days after the end of term to report grade discrepancies to the Registrar.
The following 4.00 grading system is for all students:
For example, a student receives four
grade points per credit hour for each
“A.” Students may determine their
grade point average by dividing the total
number of grade points earned by the
total number of credit hours attempted.
(Students who have taken a course
more than once should see Repeating a Course.)
Other codes that may appear on the
grade report and/or transcript are:
Coursework in courses with a grade of “Incomplete” must be made up before the start of midterm exams of the following semester. Coursework not completed before the beginning of a semester is included in the student’s academic load for that semester.
Students may repeat courses in
which they did not earn a passing grade.
All grades earned by students become
a part of their permanent record and will
show on any transcript issued by the Seminary or College; however, when a
course is repeated, the highest earned
grade is used in computing the grade
point average, and the credit hours are
only counted once. A student’s grade
point average will improve providing
the repeated grade is higher than the
Students may repeat up to two courses with a grade of “C-” or above to improve their grade point average. With approval of the
Seminary or Graduate Committee, students lacking grade points may take additional
courses to make up the grade-point deficiency.
No student may repeat a course more
than twice. Students must secure the permission of the Registrar any time a course is repeated. Audited courses may not be
taken a second time for credit.
To remain in good academic standing, students are expected to maintain a 3.00
cumulative GPA in graduate studies (2.00 for M.Div. and M.Min.).
A student who falls below a 3.00
cumulative GPA (2.00 for M.Div. and M.Min.) after completing 9 credit hours
may be placed on Academic Probation,
which will be noted on the student’s
If at the end of the following term the student’s cumulative GPA is at least 3.00 (2.00 for M.Div. and M.Min.), the student will be removed from Academic Probation.
Students on Academic Probation who do not raise their cumulative GPA to at least 3.00 (2.00 for M.Div. and M.Min.) at the end of the next term may be subject to Academic Dismissal, which will be noted on the student’s permanent record.
A student who has completed at least 9 hours and has less than a 2.00 cumulative GPA (1.00 for M.Div. and M.Min.) may be subject to Academic Dismissal.
A student with a term GPA of 2.00 or lower (1.00 for M.Div. and M.Min.) may be placed on Academic Probation, even if the student’s cumulative GPA remains 3.00 or above (2.00 for M.Div. and M.Min.). A student with a term GPA of 2.00 or lower (1.00 for M.Div. and M.Min.) for two consecutive terms may be subject to Academic Dismissal.
Appeal for an extension of Academic
Probation or Dismissal status must be
made in writing to the Academic Vice
A student academically dismissed from one graduate program may apply for admission to another graduate program.
Students wanting a copy of their transcript must submit an official request. Official paper copies are $5 per copy; unofficial electronic copies are $3 per request. The Records Office will not issue any transcripts of a student’s record for any student whose account is not paid in full.
Although Pensacola Christian College
does not accept state or federal
financial aid, the institution voluntarily
abides by the general guidelines of the
Family Educational Rights and Privacy
Act of 1974 (FERPA) (20 U.S.C.
§ 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) as they apply
to the release of educational records.
enrolled students, whether taking
courses onsite or through online learning.
Under this policy, educational records may be provided to the following without a student’s consent:
In addition, student recruiting information may be given to military recruiters and the following directory information may be disclosed to the public without a student’s consent unless a student has requested through the Records Office that the information be kept confidential: name, hometown, photograph, major, minor, dates of attendance, classification, participation in officially recognized sports and activities, statistics of Eagle’s athletes, honors, awards, scholarships, anticipated graduation date, degrees earned, and date degrees were conferred.
Requests for any other personally identifiable information contained in students’ educational records will only be granted with a signed release from the student.
All major projects and papers prepared
as part of the requirements
for seminary and graduate degrees
become the property of Pensacola Theological Seminary or
Pensacola Christian College and may
not be published or reproduced without
the written consent of the Seminary or College.