Academic & Financial Policies

MBA classroomSelected academic and financial policies are listed on this page. Additional policies may be found in the catalog. 

NNU Graduate Catalog

Admissions Requirements

Students desiring admission to a graduate program in business will meet the following requirements:
  1. A baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. 
  2. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all academic course work. (GPA of 2.8 and below will go to committee for review)
  3. A favorable recommendation from the School of Business Graduate Committee.
Exceptions to regular admission requirements must be approved by the School of Business Graduate Committee.

Course Load

Six semester credits is a full time load for graduate students.

[To complete the program in as little as sixteen months, students would need to maintain twelve credits per semester.]

Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend classes in the courses in which they are enrolled. Unwarranted absence may result in a reduced grade for the course. Any student who misses 25% of a course's class hours, regardless of cause, will be administratively removed from that course.

Time Limits for Programs

All degree requirements must be completed within six years from date of enrollment to the program.

Course Grades and Grade Point Average

All courses in the MBA program are graded with a letter grade. Grades, and the corresponding grade points, which may be assigned are:
    B   3.0    
    B-   2.7    
    C+   2.3    
    C   2.0    
    C-   1.7    
    D+   1.3    
    D   1.0    
    F   0.0    

Students must maintain a 3.0 grade point average to remain in good standing and to graduate. A student may count a maximum of two C grades toward graduation. Courses with grades of D+ or lower do not count toward graduation. A student who receives two grades of D+ or lower will be discontinued from the program.

Transfer Credits

Students accepted into the MBA program may transfer up to 9 semester credits (three courses) of previously completed work from another regionally accredited institution. All transfer credits must have received at least a "C" letter grade and be approved by the appropriate Program Director. Single-credit courses may not be transferred. Credits must have been earned within seven years preceding the date of admission. 

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements for the graduate degrees in business include:
  • Completing the approved program. 
  • Completing the required number of credits for the specific program. 
  • Maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.*
  • Completing a final project done in conjunction with the program's capstone course. 
  • Applying for the degree two full semesters (six months) prior to anticipated degree completion.  

Tuition Refunds

Refund of tuition and fees will be prorated on a per diem basis, beginning with the first day of classes and continuing for a maximum of 60% of the course. The student will find the Refund Policy in the NNU Graduate Catalog.

Academic Honesty

Northwest Nazarene University seeks to promote academic honesty within the University community. To this end, the University has identified several practices as unacceptable, such as plagiarism, cheating, and denying access to academic information. Students are encouraged to read the entire statement on Academic Honesty in the NNU Graduate Catalog.

Graduate Studies Mission Statement

The programs of graduate study at Northwest Nazarene University are conceived and constituted to provide the most appropriate opportunities for intellectual growth in areas of professional expertise. These graduate programs strive to provide access to the latest research, information, technology, and practices delivered by skilled and experienced professionals who can translate theory into practice. NNU's aim is to provide a Christian setting and perspective for promoting the development of knowledgeable and competent professionals in a framework of genuine scholarship

Institutional Outcomes

The University has identified four outcomes for all its educational programs, as follows:

Christlike Character. NNU students will grow toward Christlikeness: demonstrating ethical behavior, loving and respecting others, offering grace as they have received it, building up the community of Christ, and representing Christ to the world.

Academic Excellence. NNU students will demonstrate understanding and appreciation of the liberal arts, expertise in a major field of study, and professional growth. Throughout their lives they will endeavor to reach their potential and be transformed by their pursuit of knowledge about God and creation.

Creative Engagement. NNU students will apply their natural gifts and acquired knowledge to respond creatively to life: producing original works of art, new synthesis of knowledge, novel expression of ideas, and inspired solutions to problems--in the home, the workplace, the church, and the greater community.

Social Responsiveness. NNU students will be faithful stewards of their knowledge, skills, and resources, and be agents of social justice and divine mercy. Compassionately they will show love for people of all faiths and cultures, and identify with and advocate for those in need—locally and globally.

*Exceptions to regular admission requirements must be approved by the School of Business Graduate Committee.