Academic & Financial Policies

Admissions Requirements

MBA classroomStudents 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 MBA program in as little as sixteen months, students 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 the beginning of course work 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 of Credits

Students accepted into the graduate program in business may transfer up to three (3) courses of previously completed work from another regionally accredited institution.  All transfer credits must have received at least a "C" letter grade, been earned within seven years preceding the date of admission and be approved by the Program Director.  Single-credit courses may not be transferred. Those students earning an undergraduate Business degree from an ACBSP or AACSB university may have the three foundation courses waived at the discretion of the MBA Graduate Committee.

Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements for the MBA include
  1. Completing the approved program within six (6) years of beginning course work.
  2. Completing the required number of credits. 
  3. Maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
  4. Earn no more than two "C" grades in coursework.
  5. Replace any D or F grades (as these do not count toward a degree) meeting the cumulative GPA program requirements.
  6. Complete a final project done in conjunction with the program's capstone course.
  7. Apply for graduation from the program by submitting an application according to the following deadlines: June 1 for Fall October 15 for Spring; and January 15 for Summer. 
  8. Complete program exit exam.

Tuition and Program Costs

Costs for the MBA may be found on the website at For further information regarding tuition, fees, and payment options, please contact the NNU Business Office at 208-467-8010 or email

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.

Additional Policies

Additional policies may be found in the graduate catalog.

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