2008-2009 Academic Catalog 
    
    Oct 26, 2021  
2008-2009 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Policies and Information


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UNIVERSITY POLICIES

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Academic Expectations

Maryville faculty members strives to foster an academic environment that promotes analytical, creative and value-oriented thinking. Achieving this goal requires mutual cooperation among faculty and students. Faculty members are involved in the teaching/learning process with students possessing unique talents, learning styles and backgrounds. At the same time, students should be committed to intellectual exploration and a serious pursuit of academic excellence. Faculty and students work on an ongoing basis to comprise a University community that celebrates diversity and rejects intolerance of any kind.

Academic Integrity

The freedoms to teach and to learn are inseparable. All members of the University community share the responsibility to uphold the integrity of the academic community. Faculty should encourage free discussion, inquiry and expression. Students are responsible for maintaining the standards of academic performance established for each course in which they are enrolled.

Grades and academic judgments are the responsibility of the faculty. Problems arising from academic dishonesty (such as cheating, fabrication, plagiarism) or faculty error should first be resolved through the informal grievance process. The informal and formal grievance processes are outlined in materials available in the Office of Academic Affairs and in the Student Handbook.

Alcohol and Drug Policy

Maryville University does not, nor will it, condone the illegal use or abuse of alcohol or drugs on campus. The University will dismiss or discipline employees/students who sell, share, possess or use any illegal drug or substance on campus. Maryville is committed to assisting with educational programs dealing with drugs and alcohol issues. The Drug-Free Workplace Act provisions are also enforced and followed. (The University’s complete Alcohol and Drug Policy is available in the Student Handbook and the University Policy Manual.)

Academic Records

Administrative Withdrawal for Non-Academic Reasons

The University may require a student to take an administrative withdrawal if there is sufficient evidence that the student is not engaging; is likely to engage in behavior that presents a real danger of substantial harm to self or others; or substantially disrupts the learning environment and activities of the campus community. It should also be understood that there are limits to the University’s ability to care for students with serious physical or psychological conditions, and therefore, the University reserves the right to decide, in certain circumstances, when it cannot provide educational or other services to a particular student.

This policy and associated procedures do not take the place of disciplinary action associated with a student’s behavior that is in violation of University policies, standards or regulations. This policy is to be invoked in extraordinary circumstances in which, at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Life or designee, the regular disciplinary system cannot be applied or is not appropriate.

This policy may be invoked when a student is unable or unwilling to request a voluntary withdrawal and the Vice President for Student Life or designee deems a withdrawal necessary in order to protect the health and safety of the student or others, or to protect the integrity of the learning environment and campus community. Examples of such extraordinary circumstances include, but are not limited to: suicidal threat/attempt, self-starvation or purging behavior, ongoing substance abuse or addiction, serious threats of harm to self or others, or bizarre or destructive behavior. Before a required administrative withdrawal is considered, the Vice President for Student Life or designee will give the student the option to take a voluntary withdrawal. There is no appeal to this policy since it is invoked only in extraordinary circumstances in response to immediate concerns.

In the event that the student chooses not to complete the plan outlined at the time of withdrawal, the Vice President for Student Life or designee will reevaluate the situation in consultation with the appropriate health/mental health professionals and involved staff and faculty members when appropriate. Either the administrative withdrawal period may be extended or the student may be considered permanently withdrawn, in which case she/he must reapply for admission to the University in order to continue her/his studies. The Vice President for Student Life or designee will notify the student in writing if she/he is permanently withdrawn.

Audit Policy

Students who wish to audit an undergraduate class must receive permission of the dean and register for the course on an audit basis. There is no grade or credit earned for the course, but it does appear on the student’s official transcript as an audit. Courses taken on an audit basis do not meet degree
requirements.

Students who register for credit and wish to change to audit or who register for audit and wish to change to credit must make the change by the end of the add/drop period for that semester.

Change of Major

To change their academic major and/or minor, students should consult their advisers and obtain a change of major form in the Registrar’s Office, any of the Weekend and Evening College offices, School offices, or in the Office of Retention Initiatives.

Students who wish to major in nursing, occupational therapy or physical therapy must be accepted into the program and should contact the appropriate program director for details.

Class Attendance

Maryville University recognizes that regular class attendance is essential to student success; accordingly, all students should be aware of the following:

  • The instructor sets the individual class attendance policy.
  • The instructor must communicate his/her attendance policy in writing on the course syllabus.
  • Each student is responsible for his/her own attendance and is responsible for communication about that attendance with the instructor.

A student is responsible for any work missed as a result of absences of any kind.

An authorized absence is defined as a serious personal illness; a family emergency such as serious illness or death involving a member of the immediate family; jury or military duty; and representing the University in athletic, academic, professional and leadership development pursuits. Authorized absences must be officially documented. The following are examples of non-authorized absences: vacations, leisure pursuits and personal business.

Students have the responsibility to check their extracurricular, personal and work schedules before enrolling in a particular class. Any foreseeable problems must be discussed with the student’s adviser and the instructor before enrolling and no later than the end of the first week of class.

Authorized absences will be limited by the number of scheduled sessions for that particular course, as follows:

  • For an eight-session course, one (1) authorized absence per semester.
  • For once a week classes and laboratories, two (2) authorized absences per semester.
  • For twice a week classes, three (3) authorized absences per semester.

When provided with sufficient prior notice from the Athletic department or the Student Life office, or in the case of legitimate personal notification of illness, family emergency or civic duty, faculty members should make a reasonable effort to allow students to make up exams or work missed. No attendance penalty will be assessed for the allowed number of authorized absences for that class. Even in the event of an authorized absence, an instructor is not required to provide alternative experiences that cannot be easily duplicated such as labs, clinical and practical experiences, guest speakers, etc. Students must remain aware that missing such experiences may result in a loss of points in that class. Excessive absences, even if necessary, may deprive students of the grade they are capable of earning and may result in failing the course.

This policy applies to all undergraduate courses in all venues — day, evening and WEC.

Course Numbering

In the section listing academic courses and programs, courses numbered 100-200 are lower division courses designed for freshmen and sophomores. Those numbered 300-499 are upper division courses designed for juniors and seniors. Those numbered 500-699 are graduate courses; however, juniors and seniors may take graduate-level courses under special circumstances. 700-799 are doctoral level Education courses. Course descriptions and course listings indicate the credit hours available.

Declaring An Undergraduate Major

Freshmen who enter Maryville with an undeclared major are required to declare a major upon earning a total of 60 credit hours. Transfer students are required to declare a major upon completion of 60 credit hours or at the end of their second semester at Maryville. Students who change their academic program during their tenure at Maryville can be designated undeclared for up to one year while they explore other academic programs. Exceptions for not declaring a major at 60 credit hours must be submitted to the Vice President for Academic Affairs for review.

Directory Information

Maryville University has designated certain types of personally identifiable information as “Directory Information.” This includes a student’s name, photograph, major, grade level, dates of attendance, enrollment status (full-, part-time, undergraduate, graduate); degrees and awards received, most recent previous school attended, address, telephone number, e-mail address, date and place of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of athletes.

Student information will not be released by Maryville University except as authorized by law. Maryville offers students the option to keep directory information confidential. However, doing so will make this information unavailable to all, including prospective employers, insurance companies, credit agencies and others. To restrict the release of directory information, please complete the appropriate form available in the Registrar’s Office. The restriction will remain in place until a written request is sent to the Registrar’s Office that the restriction be lifted.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) gives current and former students specific rights concerning access and control of their educational record as well as the right to challenge information believed to be inaccurate or misleading.

Maryville University is committed to maintaining the confidentiality of student records and abides by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The law insures the confidentiality of student records, permits students access to their records and prohibits the release of records except by
permission of the student or by court order, while also permitting the release of “directory information” without specific permission from the student. Contact the Registrar’s Office for more information.

FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records. (see pg. 12 for Requests of Disclosure of Information)
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
  4. The right to file with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failures by Maryville University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
  5. The right to obtain a copy of Maryville University’s student records policy. A copy of the policy can be obtained from the Registrar’s Office.

Grade Point Average Calculation

A student’s cumulative grade point average is determined by dividing the Maryville total grade points earned by the total number units of weighted credit attempted. If a course is repeated, the higher graded course will be used in calculating the total credit hours and the cumulative grade point average. Students receive grade points for each unit of institutional credit completed (excluding repeated courses), calculated on the following evaluation:

A 4   B+ 3.33   C+ 2.33   D 1
A- 3.67   B 3   C 2   F 0
      B- 2.67   C- 1.67   P* NA

*During the semester of the enrollment in an approved course, a student may change from a letter grade to a Pass/No Pass option. A form for this permission must include the adviser’s or program director’s signature and be submitted to the Registrar’s Office no later than the deadline posted in the schedule.

Grade Reports

Mid-term grades are issued to undergraduates with deficient grades of “D,” “F” and “AF.” Final course grades are issued to all students at the end of each term. Both mid-term and final grades are delivered to students online via the AccessMaryville system at http://accessmu.maryville.edu. AccessMaryville is available using any Internet connection, and a Maryville email account is required to insure security and privacy. Students may apply for Maryville email at http://it.maryville.edu.

Official grade reports bearing the University seal will be issued at the written request of the student. A Grade Report Request form is available in the Registrar’s Office and at the registrar pages at www.maryville.edu. Requests should include the student name, student number and/or Social Security number, date of birth, term for which grades are requested, and the student’s signature. A five-day period for processing the request is required.

Grading System

A Achievement of distinction with an unusual degree of intellectual initiative; applicable to all programs
B Superior work; applicable to all programs
C Undergraduate – Average attainment; applicable to all programs. A grade of “C -” or higher is required in all prerequisite courses.
  Graduate – Minimum passing grade with restrictions as to the number of credits that may be earned with “C” grade. Students are advised to consult the dean to determine the program stipulations.
D Undergraduate – Unsatisfactory, but credit earned; a grade of “D” is not acceptable in courses taken to fulfill the requirements for a major or minor but may be acceptable in courses taken to fulfill general education requirements that are not prerequisites for other courses.
  Graduate – Not acceptable; a grade of “D” may result in exclusion from the program effective the semester grade is received. Students should consult the dean for more information.
F Failing; applicable to all programs.
AF Failing due to excessive absence or unauthorized withdrawal; applicable to all programs. Calculated in GPA as an “F.”
P Pass; Students are limited to a total of two undergraduate courses, not required by major or minor, for the Pass/No Pass option. “Pass” is defined as achieving at least a grade of C-; credit will be earned.
I Incomplete – Undergraduate coursework not completed by the end of the semester due to extraordinary circumstances. Applies to undergraduate courses only. Requires instructor permission, agreement with student and submission of a form to the Registrar outlining the outstanding work. Remaining course work must be completed within six months from the date the “I” grade was issued. An “I” grade in a prerequisite course may jeopardize sequential progression in coursework and professional programs.
DG Delayed grade – Graduate courses not completed by the end of the semester due to extraordinary circumstances. Applies to graduate courses only. The “DG” must be completed within one year from the end of the semester in which it was issued. An agreement must be signed by the graduate student and faculty member indicating a plan of completion and acknowledgement of the completion deadline. In extraordinary circumstances, a petition for extension of the completion deadline may be presented to the appropriate committee, and if approved, filed with the Registrar’s Office.
NA Not available; course grade was not available at the time the grades were reported.
NE Not eligible for completion; applies to undergraduate courses when an “I” grade was initially issued and graduate courses when a “DG” grade was initially issued. The expiration of the time limitation allowed for completing the incomplete or delayed grade means the student must re-enroll in the course or substitute approved by the dean. The “NE” grade has no other effect on the student’s GPA.
NP No Pass; Students are limited to a total of two undergraduate courses, not required by major or minor, for the Pass/No Pass option. “No Pass” is defined as achieving below a grade of C-; no credit will be earned.
W Withdrawal from a course or from the University; applicable to all programs. “W” grade is available within time-specific parameters. Results in no credit for the semester’s course(s), and has no other effect on GPA.
AU Audit; not available for all programs; requires permission of the dean of the School or College. Class attendance requirements must be met for course to appear on the student’s transcript; no credit is granted toward the degree and the GPA is not affected. A student may be subject to other course requirements at the discretion of the instructor.
O Outstanding – Graduate Education; assigned in rare instances to the Master’s Project in graduate education

Intent to Graduate

Degree candidates must complete an application for graduation prior to the final semester that the degree will be completed. Students may apply for graduation online at the registrar pages at www.maryville.edu. Filing deadlines for graduation are: Spring (Nov. 15), Summer (May 15) and Fall (Sept. 15).

Participation in Commencement

Many programs allow undergraduate degree candidates with a maximum of two courses remaining to degree completion to participate in the May commencement celebration when the remaining courses/credits will be completed in the following summer term. In addition to filing an application for graduation, eligible students wishing to participate in the May commencement celebration should also complete a request for participation in commencement celebration form. The form is also available at the registrar pages at www.maryville.edu.

Pass/No Pass Policy

During the semester of the enrollment in an approved course, a student may change from a letter grade to a Pass/No Pass option by the same day as the last day to withdraw from a class. A form for this permission must include the adviser’s or program director’s signature and be submitted to the Registrar’s Office no later than the deadline posted in the academic calendar.\

Requests for Disclosure of Information

Information is available as follows:

Admissions/Enrollment Office

Institutional information including, but not restricted to, admissions requirements and procedures, and academic programs and degree requirements.

Financial Aid Office

  1. Financial assistance available to enrolled students including the federal, state and institutional programs in which the University participates.
  2. Direct Loan information including deferment procedures.
  3. Application procedures and eligibility requirements.
  4. Terms and conditions of on-campus employment.
  5. Criteria for measuring satisfactory academic progress and how to re-establish eligibility if aid is lost.
  6. How aid is distributed to the University and the student.
  7. Timetable and method for pro-rating aid in the event of withdrawal from class(es).
  8. Information pertaining to alternative financing options.

Public Safety Office

As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act, the University must provide information to all community members on how to obtain a copy of Maryville University’s annual security report. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Maryville University.; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. This report can be obtained by contacting the Office of Public Safety or by accessing www.maryville.edu/clery.

Registrar’s Office

  1. Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
  2. The definition of “directory information” for Maryville University as developed under FERPA guidelines.
  3. Right to file a complaint with Department of Education for alleged failure on the part of the University to comply with FERPA requirements.
  4. The criteria used to determine what constitutes a school official and/or a legitimate educational interest should the University disclose personally identifiable information from a student’s educational records without prior consent.
  5. Right to restrict disclosure of personally identifiable information included in directory information.
  6. Right to, and procedures for, inspecting and reviewing student’s educational record.
  7. Completion, graduation and transfer-out rates.
  8. Registration policies and procedures.

Registration policies and procedures.

  1. Reports on athletic program participation rates and financial support
  2. Drug and alcohol abuse policy and provisions

Requests for Exemption from Institutional Policy

Any special action relating to a student’s academic status or degree requirements must be supported by a petition which requests consideration by the Vice President for Academic Affairs or designee. The petition must be signed by the adviser and the dean or other designated official. No special action should be assumed to be approved unless the student has received
notification that the request has been approved by the University.

This policy applies generally to any special request made by the student which cannot be supported by the regulations in this catalog. No petition may be submitted more than one semester after the situation or occurrence. A special form is available in the Office of the Registrar, Financial Aid, Business Office or Weekend and Evening College Office.

Transcripts

A permanent record of courses, grades and credit for each student is maintained in the Registrar’s Office. Official transcripts are issued at the written request of the student. Transcript request forms are available in the Registrar’s Office and at the registrar pages at www.maryville.edu. Written transcript requests must include the student name, student number and/or social security number, date of birth, approximate dates of attendance and the student’s signature.

Transcripts cannot be released when there is an outstanding balance on a University account. The University reserves the right to withhold transcripts when a student defaults on University loan or fee payments.

Transfer Credits

Maryville University will accept transfer credits from regionally accredited institutions. Transfer credits from institutions and programs with other accreditations approved by the Department of Education will be considered and acceptance will be decided by the individual programs. All transferring students with credits are advised to meet with their degree program advisers for planning the application of these credits toward a Maryville University degree.

Withdrawal

Enrolled students who choose to withdraw from a course, courses or the University must follow procedures published in the Withdrawal and Refund Policies section of this catalog. Failure to do so will result in grade(s) of “F” or “AF” being recorded on the student’s official transcript for the courses(s) involved. Non-attendance of class does not constitute withdrawal. The University reserves the right to withdraw students who do not meet their financial obligations.

UNDERGRADUATE POLICIES AND INFORMATION

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Academic Advising

The purpose of academic advising is to provide information to students as they develop a meaningful educational plan which is compatible with their life goals. It should be viewed as a continuous process of clarification and evaluation. An academic adviser assists by helping to identify alternatives and the consequences of decisions that a student makes as part of the advising process. The ultimate responsibility of the student is to become acquainted with and understand the academic requirements for their major, minor, concentration or certificate for graduation.

Maryville provides a special advising program for all students new to campus. This program is administered by the Office of Retention Initiatives. In this session, classes for the first semester are planned and scheduled and the student receives general information about the University.

By the end of their first semester, students who have declared a major are assigned a faculty adviser in an area associated with their major field of study. Faculty advisers help guide students in the development of an academic program consistent with their personal goals and Maryville’s institutional standards.

Students with undeclared majors should meet with a counselor in the Personal Counseling Office or Career Education Office to begin the process of exploring career options and majors. Such students are advised in the Retention & Advising Office.

Currently enrolled students should contact their academic adviser to set up an advising appointment to plan for subsequent semesters. Faculty advisers provide academic information, assistance in class selections and career information related to the student’s area of study.

It is strongly recommended that full-time day students should avoid taking accelerated weekend and evening courses until they have a strong academic foundation for the work. In most instances this would not occur until the student’s junior or senior year of study.

A list of assigned faculty advisers is available in the Retention & Advising Office. Students may request a new adviser by contacting the Retention & Advising Office. Students should secure the approval of their adviser prior to the selection of classes each semester. Students should meet regularly with their faculty adviser to discuss matters related to progress in their academic program and to schedule classes.

Weekend and Evening College students are advised by WEC advisers. Advising is available at all Weekend and Evening College locations with day, evening and Saturday appointments available.

Proficiency Examinations

English Proficiency and Placement

Maryville University recognizes that the ability to write clearly and cogently is basic to success in college and beyond. Most programs at Maryville seek to develop and enhance this ability by requiring students to take and pass the basic sequence in English composition (English 101 and English 104) and through frequent and substantial writing exercises across the curriculum. Certain students, however, do come to Maryville already familiar with the conventions of standard English and are proficient in basic rhetorical strategies. Accordingly, the requirement to take English 101 may be waived in the case of any student who meets one of the following criteria:

  1. Has attained a score of 27 or higher on the English portion of the American College Test (ACT).
  2. Has attained a score of 620 or higher on the verbal portion of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
  3. Has successfully completed a college-level course in English composition while still in high school and had that success validated by earning a score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement Examination in English Composition administered by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey.
  4. Has completed a comparable course at another accredited college or university, provided the student earned a grade of “C-” or better in the course.

English 101 forms the prerequisite and foundation for English 104. Except as noted above, or as stipulated under program guidelines, only students who have successfully completed English 101 may enroll in English 104. The requirement to complete English 104 cannot be waived. Courses taken as part of an English as a Second Language program do not fulfill the English composition requirement or a humanities requirement.

ISYS 100 Computer Applications

The ISYS 100 Computer Applications Examination is an option available to all Maryville students. Students who pass the exam are eligible for equivalency credit in ISYS 100 Computer Applications or for notation on their transcript that they have shown proficiency in the use of the Microsoft Office products.

The Computer Applications Proficiency Examination is composed of four projects that demonstrate proficiency in word processing, spreadsheet, data base, desktop publishing and presentation graphics.

Any student who passes the ISYS 100 Computer Applications Exam is eligible for credit for ISYS 100 (3 credits, grade of P) the following semester. A second option for those who pass is to ask the Registrar to note on their transcript that they have shown proficiency in computer literacy.

Students interested in additional information about the proficiency exam should contact the John E. Simon School of Business or the Retention & Advising Office. Students who pass the ISYS 100 Computer Applications Proficiency Examination are encouraged to enroll in ISYS 250 Advanced Computer Applications to enhance their computer application skills.

Mathematics Proficiency and Placement

Maryville University is committed to ensuring that all its graduates develop quantitative reasoning skills appropriate to their disciplines or professional fields as well as the math skills required to understand and function in an increasingly complex world. Toward this end, most programs at Maryville require students to take one of two foundational courses in mathematics - MATH 115, Contemporary Mathematics, or MATH 116, Intermediate Algebra. It is recognized, however, that certain students do come to Maryville already proficient in the mathematical operations covered in these two courses. Accordingly, the requirement to take MATH 115 or MATH 116 may be waived in the case of any student who meets one of the following criteria:

  1. Has attained a score of 26 or higher on the mathematics portion of the American College Test (ACT).
  2. Has attained a score of 600 or higher on the mathematics portion of the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).

The requirement to take MATH 117, College Algebra, may not be waived on the basis of an ACT or SAT score, but may be waived in the case of any student scoring 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement Test in Calculus administered by the Educational Testing Service. Additionally, students may qualify for exemption from MATH 115, MATH 116 or MATH 117 and qualify for advanced placement by passing the Mathematics Placement Test administered by the Retention & Advising Office.

Speech Proficiency Examination

Public speaking is an ability commonly expected of the college graduate. In order to assure this ability, many of Maryville’s programs require that students take and pass the basic speech course, SPCH 110 Oral Communication. Maryville, however, recognizes that many students come to college already having acquired the ability to speak confidently and effectively in public. These students may satisfy the speech requirement and earn equivalency credit through the Speech Proficiency Examination.

The Speech Proficiency Examination should be taken no later than the end of the first year at Maryville, but must be taken prior to the last semester of study at Maryville.The exam is given twice each semester. The testing dates are available through the Retention & Advising Office or the College of Arts and Sciences. The dates and complete information about the test are available at: http://accweb.itr.maryville.edu/schwartz/.

The First-Year Experience

The First-Year Experience is Maryville’s way of welcoming freshmen to our campus community. Once a student chooses Maryville, members of the First-Year Experience Team become resources to advise and mentor the student. We want every student to know about the many opportunities for intellectual challenges and social engagement, for exploring ideas and making friends at Maryville.

The First-Year Experience begins with Maryville’s START Advising Program. A freshman’s first adviser helps the student understand academic requirements and plan an academic program that leads to personal fulfillment and professional success.

After freshmen register for classes, they are invited to attend the New Student Picnic and Orientation. During these events students learn about opportunities for involvement on campus, including leadership development and community service.

A distinctive opportunity offered only to freshmen during the fall semester is the First-Year University Seminar. These seminars are limited to 18 students so faculty and students can engage in meaningful dialogues. The University Seminar introduces freshmen to higher education and helps them develop skills that will enhance their experience as college students. All seminars focus on three goals: critical thinking, community, and communication. To accomplish these goals, faculty engage students in a variety of activities, such as writing, oral presentations, research, critical reading, and conversations. In the seminars, freshmen are challenged to become independent, creative, and critical thinkers; they participate in the university community of scholars; and they learn to articulate and defend their ideas. Students choose from a wide selection of seminars in which they explore a theme through literature, art, music, films, or other media.

In the spring semester, freshmen continue the First-Year Experience either in a freshman level course in their major or in a general education course designed for freshmen. These second semester classes continue to emphasize the First-Year Experience goals of critical thinking, communication, and community.

At the end of the freshman year, faculty invite students to share projects from their First-Year Experience in Maryville’s First-Year Spring Summit. These projects take many forms, from posters and papers to video productions.

Throughout the First-Year Experience, freshmen develop skills for success in their college classes, they get involved in activities on campus and in the community, and they get to know faculty and staff who will mentor and advise them. The First-Year Experience enriches the college experience of students who join our campus community as freshmen.

Academic Honors

Deans’ List

Undergraduate degree-seeking students are eligible for the Deans’ list when they complete at least twelve (12) Maryville University hours in the fall, spring or summer semester with a minimum of a B+ (3.33) grade point average and no single grade below a B-. Students with 50 percent or greater graduate credit hours in the term are not eligible for the Deans’ list.

Academic Honors List

Part-time undergraduate degree-seeking students are eligible for the Academic Honors List when carrying a minimum of six (6) credit hours in the fall, spring or summer semester and maintaining a minimum grade point average of B+ (3.33) and no single grade below a B-.

Honor Societies

  • Alpha Lambda Delta
    National Freshman Honor Society
  • Delta Epsilon Sigma
    National Scholastic Honor Society
  • Delta Mu Delta
    National Business Honor Society
  • Lambda Epsilon Chi
    National Honor Society in Paralegal Studies
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
    National Leadership Honor Society
  • Pi Gamma Mu
    International Honor Society in Social Sciences
  • Pi Lambda Theta
    National Honor and Professional Association in Education
  • Pi Theta Epsilon
    National Occupational Therapy Honor Society
  • Pinnacle International Honor Society for Adults and Other Non-Traditional Students
  • Sigma Theta Tau
    International Nursing Honor Society

Graduation Honors

Degrees with distinction are conferred on students who have maintained a high degree of excellence throughout their undergraduate studies: cum laude, for a grade point average of 3.5*; magna cum laude, for a grade point average of 3.7*; summa cum laude, for students who have completed a baccalaureate degree with a minimum of 60 undergraduate grade-bearing credit hours at Maryville with a grade point average of 3.8.

* both requiring a minimum of 30 undergraduate grade-bearing credit hours at Maryville

Other University Honors

Maryville presents a number of academic and leadership awards at annual recognition ceremonies.

Academic Progress

Prerequisite Grades

A “C-” or higher is required in all prerequisite courses.

Satisfactory Progress

Undergraduate students are required to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale at the end of each academic semester. Program requirements for some majors and/or scholarship requirements may mandate higher standards for students to remain in the program and/or to retain their scholarships. It is the student’s responsibility to be aware of the academic standards for their major and/or scholarship renewal requirements. Information concerning an academic major is available through the program director; information concerning academic requirements for the continuation of financial aid including scholarships is available at www.maryville.edu/financialaid or from the Financial Aid Office.

Undergraduate Probation

The academic performance and records of students with academic deficiencies are reviewed at the end of each semester.

A new student who is accepted to the University under contract, or a re-entering student who is accepted on academic probation for re-admission to the University, must earn a minimum semester GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale during that semester to remain at the University.

A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation for one semester. If the student’s cumulative GPA has not been raised to 2.0 by the end of the probation semester, the student will be placed on academic suspension.

A student suspended for academic reasons will be considered for re-admission after one academic year upon application to the Office of Admissions and with the approval of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. A re-admitted student must show evidence of reasonable expectation of improved performance.

Some programs observe more stringent probation policies. Please consult with the specific program for probation policy details.

Alternative Learning Credit Opportunities

Credit by Examination ACT-PEP

Maryville recognizes the results of the State of New York Regents College examination program. In addition, the University also recognizes a related program, the Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support examinations. For more information, contact the Registrar’s Office.

Advanced Placement

College credit may be awarded to students who earn satisfactory scores (three or better) while in high school on Advanced Placement (AP) exams administered by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, NJ. AP test results should be sent to the Maryville Office of Admissions or Registrar’s Office.

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

These programs enable students to demonstrate college-level knowledge and earn college credit. General and subject exams are available in several subject areas. A maximum of 30 CLEP credit hours may be applied toward a Maryville degree. For more information, contact the Office of Retention & Advising.

Evaluated Programs

ACE College Credit Recommendations

Maryville recognizes the credit recommendations on corporate education and training programs developed and published by the American Council on Education (ACE). A student should submit evidence of completion of these courses (an ACE transcript) to the Registrar’s Office.

ACE Military Recommendations

Maryville recognizes ACE credit recommendations on military education and training. A student should submit a military transcript to the Registrar’s Office.

Portfolio Assessment

Maryville’s Prior Learning Assessment program awards credit for college-level learning derived from experiences outside the classroom. Students who believe they may qualify can obtain information and an application from a Weekend and Evening College office. Students who pursue prior learning assessment must enroll for a one-credit workshop (ASMT 295). This workshop helps students prepare a portfolio which documents their prior college-level learning experiences. The focus of the class is limited to developing the portfolio.

Following the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning standards, Maryville uses the portfolio method for evaluating college-level learning experiences. Prior learning credit will be awarded only if it can be equated with the learning outcomes objectives described in this catalog or in course syllabi. (Note that this also includes Special Topics courses.) Portfolios are evaluated by an appropriate faculty member under the direction of an appropriate academic officer. Students have a maximum of one year after completion of the PLA workshop to complete their portfolio. Students must submit their portfolio for evaluation by mid-term of the semester before their last semester at Maryville.

College-level Credits Earned in High School

Maryville College Credit (MC2)

With the written consent of their high school principal, counselor or appropriate teacher, high school juniors and seniors may take regular college courses at Maryville. High School Bridge Program tuition is at a reduced rate. Upon successful completion, students earn college credit that may be applied to an undergraduate degree.

Advanced College Credit

Maryville has approved college-level courses offered in select local high schools which may earn University credit.

Other Programs

Maryville recognizes most college credits earned by high school students. Contact the Registrar’s Office at 314.529.9370 or registrar@maryville.edu for details.

Classification of Students

Undergraduate students are classified by total credit hours earned as follows:

  • Freshmen: 0–27
  • Juniors: 60–89
  • Sophomores: 28–59
  • Seniors: 90+

Undergraduate Enrollment:

  • Half-time: 6 to 8 credits
  • Three-quarter time: 9 to 11 credits
  • Full-time: 12 to 18 credits

Graduate Enrollment:

  • Half-time: 5 to 8 credits
  • Full-time: 9 to 12 credits

Course Load for Undergraduates

Full-time status for undergraduate students is 12-18 credits per term. More than 18 credits per term require the permission of the Dean and entails additional fees.

Course Scheduling/Registration

Students are encouraged to schedule and register for classes well in advance of the start of each term. Registration begins on the dates published in the academic calendar.

A course request form signed by the adviser must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office or the program registration site. Subsequent changes also require an adviser’s signature on a course change request form. Students will be encouraged to register online through Access Maryville beginning with Spring 2008 courses.

Day course sections may be added or dropped without additional charge (unless course load exceeds 18 hours for the term) during the first week of the term. Students may not enter a day course section after the first week of classes. All changes in Weekend and Evening College course section registration must be made prior to the first class meeting.

Courses to be taken at another institution and intended for transfer to Maryville must be approved in advance by the student’s adviser and dean. An approval for transfer courses form must be completed and filed in the Registrar’s Office. This applies to courses taken both during the academic year and summer terms.

Confirmation of course registration is provided to registrants at the time of registration. A billing statement follows via mail. Payment or payment arrangements must be made by the payment due date on the registration statement and as published.

Special Academic Programs

The Bascom Honors Program

Mission Statement
The Mission of the Bascom Honors Program is to enrich the intellectual life of able and highly motivated undergraduate students, to create a community of students and faculty who love learning, to enhance the University’s intellectual climate, and to further the integration of liberal and professional learning.

Objectives

  1. To provide the kind of intellectual and social engagement that will allow honors students to develop to their highest potential.
  2. To foster an appreciation of the liberal arts perspective in order to enrich students’ academic lives and promote a commitment to lifelong learning.
  3. To help students discover how the various academic disciplines relate to one another, to the world beyond academia, and to their own lives in both the professional and private contexts.
  4. To help students acquire the thinking and communication skills necessary to assume responsibility for their own learning and to achieve both their personal and professional goals.
  5. To establish a learning environment that encourages independence of thought and use of academic experiences to develop a personal set of values.
  6. To foster an attitude of responsibility to self and community.

Program Eligibility

Freshmen entering Maryville with a minimum ACT score of 27 and a high school GPA of 3.5 and above are invited to apply to the Bascom Honors Program. Other Maryville students may apply internally if they have GPAs of 3.5 or higher. Transfer students with at least 60 credits to complete and a GPA of 3.5 may also apply to join the program. Students majoring in any department of the University can participate in the Bascom Honors Program without adding to their overall course load.

Requirements:

  • Complete seven honors seminars.
  • Complete additional general electives to total 50-52.
  • Demonstrate writing and speaking at a level set by the Honors Program.
  • Maintain a minimum 3.3 GPA.
  • Complete at least two semesters of Honors Colloquia.

Students wishing to apply or to make inquiries should contact the Director of the Bascom Honors Program, at 314.529.9621 or pitelka@maryville.edu.

Consortium with Metropolitan Private Institutions

Maryville is a member of a consortium of private St. Louis higher education universities that include Fontbonne, Lindenwood, Missouri Baptist, and Webster. If a similar program is offered at two institutions, full-time undergraduate students may take the course at another institution, provided all relevant academic requirements are met.tutions

This arrangement is limited to the fall and spring semesters. Permission of the student’s Maryville adviser is required and completed applications must be processed in the Registrar’s Office for course registration. Consortium students are guests of the host institution, and registration is offered on a “space available” basis. Contact the Maryville Registrar’s Office for more information. The Vice President for Academic Affairs has the final authority in identifying courses to be approved for credit through the consortium.

Keith Lovin Institute for Leadership and Values

Named after Maryville University president emeritus Keith Lovin, the Keith Lovin Institute for Leadership and Values reflects his vision of exemplary leadership, strong ethics and sound values. The Institute’s goal is to develop premier leaders through experiential learning, hands-on experience and mentoring. In the freshman year, a foundation of leadership is built through Alchemy, a student involvement and skill-building experience including a series of sessions that address various components related to leadership. Alchemy workshops are open to all Maryville students. Freshmen who participate in the minimum required Alchemy sessions, in addition to participation in community service and on-campus activities, are eligible to apply for the Keith Lovin Institute for Leadership and Values. The Institute is a three-year leadership program built on the foundation of Alchemy. Institute students have structured opportunities to integrate their classroom experiences with community involvement, mentoring, reflection and project implementation. Approximately 15 students per year are selected to participate as Fellows in the Institute.

ROTC

Maryville’s ROTC program is intended for undergraduate students who wish to earn appointments as commissioned officers in the United States Army. The program is offered in conjunction with Washington University’s ROTC program, and most courses are held on the Washington University campus. Maryville students earn military science credit that is applied toward their Maryville undergraduate degree as elective credit. Please contact the Registrar’s Office (bak@maryville.edu) for additional information.

Study Abroad

Maryville encourages students in good standing to expand their perspectives about themselves and about the world, learn or perfect foreign language skills, make new friends and see places they have only heard about, by studying abroad for a summer, a semester, or a year. Study abroad can be the core for an international studies minor and can be a career-enhancing opportunity. With adequate planning, the experience can be integrated with the academic program in a way that the student can progress toward graduation. For more information contact the Global Education office at 314.529.9503.

Every spring and summer, there are travel experiences for students offered over spring break and in the summer months. These experiences are associated with a menu of five classes about the various cultural and historical experiences of the countries to be visited. Travel abroad tours are led by faculty from various schools within the university who teach the content associated with these tours. For information about spring travel abroad opportunities, please contact Dr. Jim Harf, 314.529.9503 (jharf@maryville.edu).

Most, but not all, financial aid programs are available for one full-time semester of study abroad. Federal and State Grant and Scholarship Programs are available for one full time semester of University approved study abroad course work. Student and parental loans may be used for two semesters. Institutionally funded aid may be used for 75% of the amount available for on-campus, full-time enrollment. Residential Hall awards, campus employment and Perkins Loans may NOT be used for study abroad programs. Students using financial aid for study abroad must sign a contract and agree to help educate the campus community about their study abroad experience.

Washington Center

Maryville’s affiliation with The Washington Center provides students access to internships and seminars in such areas as government, business and the news media. Since 1975, the Washington Center, located in Washington, D.C., has provided college students with real-world experiences through one-on-one opportunities with leaders who make decisions affecting politics, business, the arts, science, social sciences, education and law in the public and private sectors of the country.

This educational opportunity offers up to 12 educational credits for the internships, with the student having the option of taking up to four additional credits for an independent study project. Admission requirements, including second semester sophomore standing, must be met. Additional information is available from the College of Arts and Sciences.

Other Joint Programs

Opportunities exist for Maryville students to participate in articulated programs. These include:

  • Maryville University/Saint Louis University M.S.W. (Master of Social Work) Program
  • Maryville University/Washington University Dual Degree Engineering Program

Undergraduate Degree Requirements

All undergraduate degrees require a minimum of 128 credit hours. Some programs require additional credit hours for degree completion. A course cannot be used to satisfy both a requirement of the major and a requirement of the minor. In addition, a course cannot be counted as satisfying a major or minor requirement of both a first and second bachelor’s degree and/or a first and second major. Minors are required in many programs. Students should consult their advisers for details concerning specific program requirements.

Bachelor’s Degree

  • A minimum of 128 credit hours
  • 2.0 (“C”) or better cumulative grade point average
  • Satisfaction of the program’s general education requirements
  • Satisfaction of requirements for the major; one half must be completed at Maryville University
  • Satisfaction of requirements for the minor (if applicable); one half must be completed at Maryville University
  • Last 30 hours taken at Maryville University
  • 60 hours taken at a four-year institution

Second Maryville Bachelor’s Degree

  • 2.0 (“C”) or better cumulative grade point average
  • Satisfaction of requirements for the second major
  • Minimum of 24 credits over and above first bachelor’s degree

Undergraduate Degree Programs

  • Certificate: Awarded in American Studies, Computer Science or Gerontology.
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.): A degree granted for completion of a four-year course of study or its equivalent in arts, education, humanities, social sciences, or professional programs.
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.): A professional degree granted for completion of a four-year course of study in art, graphic design, or interior design.
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.): A degree granted for completion of a four-year course of study or its equivalent in education, mathematics, science, business and various technologies and therapies.
  • Bachelor of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science (B.S.C.L.S.): A degree granted for completion of a specified course of study in clinical laboratory science.
  • Bachelor of Science in Music Therapy (B.S.M.T.): A fourand-a-one-half-year degree program, that includes a six-month internship, and students who successfully complete the degree program are eligible to take the national exam for board certification in music therapy.
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.): A degree granted for completion of a four-year course of study or its equivalent in nursing.
  • Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Services (B.S.R.S.): A degree granted for completion of a specified course of study in Rehabilitation Services.

GRADUATE POLICIES

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Academic Progress
Satisfactory Progress

A graduate student who maintains a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale at the end of each academic semester has maintained satisfactory institutional academic progress. A grade of “D” is not acceptable in graduate programs and limitations exist as to the number of credits that may be earned at “C” level work.

Probation

Please consult the specific graduate program for details regarding academic probation status.

Time Limitations

A time limitation applies to the completion of Maryville graduate programs. The limitation begins from the time of formal admission to the graduate program. The limitations are:

  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Rehabilitation Counseling - three years
  • Master of Arts in Education - six years
  • Master of Business Administration - five years
  • Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling - six years
  • Master of Health Administration - five years
  • Master of Music Therapy - six years
  • Master of Occupational Therapy - see program handbook
  • Master of Physical Therapy - see program handbook
  • Master of Science in Actuarial Science - four years
  • Master of Science in Nursing - seven years
  • Doctor of Education - four years
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy - see program handbook

Course Load

Full-time graduate students normally take nine to 12 credit hours per semester, depending upon the academic program. Please consult the individual school for details.

Course Numbering

In the section listing academic courses and programs, courses numbered 500-699 are graduate courses. 700-799 are doctoral level Education courses. Course descriptions and course listings indicate the credit hours available.

Course Scheduling/Registration

Students are encouraged to schedule and register for classes prior to the start of each term. Registration begins on the dates published in the calendar and the schedules. All graduate students should consult with their advisers to select courses. Graduate students may complete the registration process online through Access Maryville or in the program office. Consult the College of Arts and Sciences, the John E. Simon School of Business, the School of Education or the School of Health Professions for policies concerning transfer credit for graduate coursework.

Graduate Degree Requirements

The degree requirements for graduate degrees are specific to each graduate program. See graduate program listings in the College of Arts and Sciences, John E. Simon School of Business, School of Education or the School of Health Professions sections or consult the specific graduate program office for details.

Graduate Degree Programs

  • Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.): A program for experienced and/or pre-service educators, including those who aspire to the principalship.
  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.): A program in advanced leadership for those who already hold an administrative certificate.
  • Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.): A program with areas of concentration in Accounting, Information Systems, Marketing and Management.
  • Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling (M.A.R.C.): A 48-credit graduate program leading to eligibility for national certification as a rehabilitation counselor. Additional coursework is offered for specialization in marriage and family therapy, music therapy and substance abuse. 
  • Master of Music Therapy (M.M.T.): A graduate program providing advanced music therapy education with opportunity for individualized supervision in specialized areas.
  • Master of Occupational Therapy (M.O.T.): An entry-level professional program in occupational therapy that qualifiesthe graduate to sit for examination by the National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy. After successful completion of this exam, the graduate will be a registered occupational therapist.
  • Master of Physical Therapy (M.P.T.): An entry-level professional program in physical therapy that qualifies the graduate to be eligible for licensure examination. The last graduating class with an M.P.T. will be in 2009.
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (D.P.T.): An entry-level professional program in physical therapy that qualifies the graduate to be eligible for the physical therapy licensure examination.
  • Master of Science in Actuarial Science (M.S.): A program designed to prepare students to pass the advanced exams required to reach the designation of Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (F.S.A.).
  • Master of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.): with specializations in Adult Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, Geriatric Nurse Practitioner and Nursing Education. Accelerated option available for this degree.

Intent to Graduate

Degree candidates must complete an application for graduation prior to the final semester that the degree will be completed. Apply for graduation online at the registrar pages at www.maryville.edu. See the academic calendar in the class schedule for filing deadlines.

Participation in Commencement

Graduate students are encouraged to participate in commencement after all degree requirements are completed.

ADMISSION POLICIES AND INFORMATION

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Undergraduate Admissions

Prospective students are encouraged to visit the campus and have a personal interview with an admissions counselor. Students considering day programs should contact the Office of Admissions at 314.529.9350 or 800.627.9855, or www.maryville.edu, to request admission information and to schedule visits.

International students should review the procedures in this section and contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

Students considering the Weekend and Evening College format should contact a Weekend and Evening College office to request information and to schedule an interview at one of the following locations:

Weekend and Evening College, Main Campus
650 Maryville University Drive
St. Louis, MO 63141-7299
314.529.9334

Weekend and Evening College, St. Charles County Center
154 Triad West Drive
O’Fallon, MO 63366-2783
636.978.4277 or 636.281.4232

Weekend and Evening College, Southwest County Center
964 South Highway Drive
Fenton, MO 63026-2023
636.343.0300

Application forms for Weekend and Evening College are available through all WEC offices. Students must develop an academic plan with their advisers; advisers are available at all WEC locations for day, evening and weekend appointments.

How to Apply for Admission

To complete the Maryville application process, the undergraduate applicant must submit the following:

  1. Application for admission. Applications are available online at www.maryville.edu.
  2. Non-refundable $30 application processing fee (checks payable to Maryville University or by credit card).
  3. Official copy of high school transcript (unless specified otherwise) or GED score (except students who have a bachelor’s degree).
  4. ACT or SAT scores (except for WEC students)
  5. Official transcripts from each college or university previously attended.
  6. Any other documentation required by a specific Maryville academic program.

In addition to meeting the general University requirements, applicants for actuarial science, studio art, clinical laboratory science, education, graphic design, health science, interior design, music therapy, nursing, occupational therapy and physical therapy must meet specific requirements which are described both in program literature and in this section of the catalog. Students who are not admitted to one of these programs but who meet the general admission requirements of the University may enter with an undeclared major or may request admission under a different major.

Most admission decisions are made on an ongoing basis. As soon as an applicant’s file is complete, it is processed and the applicant is notified by letter of the decision.

New Freshmen

Freshman applicants are encouraged to apply after their junior year in high school. To be admitted, they should have:

  1. A high school diploma with a minimum of 22 units of credit including four units of English, three units of mathematics, two units of science, two units of social sciences (social studies) and three additional units in any of the above areas or in a foreign language.
  2. A high school grade point average of at least 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
  3. An ACT assessment composite score of 20 or an SAT-I (Scholastic Assessment Test) combined score of 950.
  4. Freshman applicants who do not meet all three of the criteria listed above, and GED applicants (who are considered on a case-by-case basis) may be asked to submit additional material, come to Maryville for a personal interview, and/or complete additional testing before an admission decision is made.

GED Applicants

  • Applicants must earn a 2600 minimum score with no single test below 500 for admission to Maryville.
  • An ACT test is not required unless specified by the academic program (ex. PT, OT, etc.)
  • An ACT test is required if the student wishes to be considered for academic scholarships.

Home School Students

Students completing their education through a Home School program must submit the same documentation required for all new incoming freshmen. In addition, students need to meet the published admissions criteria for incoming freshmen. If the student does not meet these requirements, additional documentation may be requested.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are considered for admission primarily on the basis of their academic work at all transfer institutions as reflected in their required college or university transcripts.

  1. A 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale in college work is required for admission. Students with less than a 2.0 GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may be asked to participate in a personal interview and testing before an admission decision is made.
  2. An ACT or SAT score is required for admission to certain programs.
  3. High school transcripts are required for transfer students with fewer than 30 transferable hours or for admission to certain programs.
  4. A maximum of 68 credit hours from a two-year college will be counted toward the completion of a bachelor’s degree.
  5. A completed associate’s degree in a specific area will be counted as a minor in the completion of a bachelor’s degree. If courses from the associate’s degree subject area are applied to the major, those courses must be replaced by additional courses for the minor.
  6. Students who possess an Associate in Arts General Transfer degree from an accredited institution which follows the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education guidelines, or a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, will have fulfilled Maryville’s General Education requirement.
  7. For the completion of a bachelor’s degree, at least the last 30 credit hours must be taken at Maryville.
  8. One half of the major and minor (if required) must be taken at Maryville.

Re-entry Students

Re-entry students who previously attended Maryville, but have not been enrolled for two consecutive prior semesters at Maryville, need to complete and submit the application for re-admission and submit it to the Office of Admissions. A re-entry student also must submit an official transcript from any college or university attended since the last date of attendance at Maryville. No application fee is required unless the student previously had not sought a degree and now wishes to apply as a degree-seeking student or is applying to a graduate or post-baccalaureate program for the first time. Credits earned prior to re-entry may be subject to re-evaluation based on program changes which took effect during the break in attending Maryville.

International Students

Initial inquiries, as well as all completed applications, should be directed to the Office of Admissions. International students must submit the following:

  1. International application for admission. (Applications are available online at http://www.maryville.edu.)
  2. Non-refundable $50 application processing fee (checks payable to Maryville University).
  3. Official English translated copies of high school (secondary) transcripts or GED score (except students who have a bachelor’s degree). This transcript must show completion of secondary school.
  4. Official English translated copies of transcripts from all college or universities previously attended. Official copies of transcripts must be translated in English using the World Education Services, Inc. (WES) www.wes.org.
  5. TOEFL score of 500; Undergraduate TOEFL test takers after September 24, 2005, who take the revised TOEFL will be admitted into Maryville with speaking sub-score of 23 or higher and a combined score of 61 or higher. Students not obtaining these scores are encouraged to contact ELS (www.els.com) in order to contract with them for English proficiency classes.
  6. Financial certification in two forms is required in English: A letter of support from sponsor and a bank statement from sponsor’s bank account with dollar amounts stated.
  7. Any other documentation required by a specific Maryville academic program.
  8. Pay enrollment deposit.

 An I-20 form will be issued to facilitate acquisition of a student visa upon receipt of all documents, applications and requirements.

Special Program Requirements for International Students

Academic Programs

Initial inquiries, as well as all completed applications, should be directed to the Office of Admissions. International students must submit the following:

  1. International application for admission. (Applications are available online at http://www.maryville.edu.)
  2. Non-refundable $50 application processing fee (checks payable to Maryville University).
  3. Official English translated copies of high school (secondary) transcripts or GED score (except students who have a bachelor’s degree). This transcript must show completion of secondary school.
  4. Official English translated copies of transcripts from all college or universities previously attended. Official copies of transcripts must be translated in English using the World Education Services, Inc. (WES) www.wes.org.
  5. TOEFL score of 500; Undergraduate TOEFL test takers after September 24, 2005, who take the revised TOEFL will be admitted into Maryville with speaking sub-score of 23 or higher and a combined score of 61 or higher. Students not obtaining these scores are encouraged to contact ELS (www.els.com) in order to contract with them for English proficiency classes.
  6. Financial certification in two forms is required in English: A letter of support from sponsor and a bank statement from sponsor’s bank account with dollar amounts stated.
  7. Any other documentation required by a specific Maryville academic program.
  8. Pay enrollment deposit.

An I-20 form will be issued to facilitate acquisition of a student visa upon receipt of all documents, applications and requirements.

Special Program Requirements for International Students

Academic Programs

  1. Items 1-8 above
  2. English requirements

Maryville requires that international students score 500 or above on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and demonstrate writing proficiency in English before beginning full-time undergraduate academic work. International transfer students must meet the same English proficiency requirements as entering freshmen. Students in the actuarial science, physical therapy and nursing programs must have a TOEFL score of at least 550; students in the undergraduate business programs must have a TOEFL score of at least 525.

Students who complete ELS Level 112 may be admitted to the University without submitting a TOEFL score, provided they meet the entrance requirements of their degree program and all other University admission requirements. TOEFL scores may be required for specific degree programs.

International Transfer Students

  1. Items 1-8 above and academic program English requirement above.
  2. International students transferring from other U.S. colleges or universities who successfully complete 24 hours of 100 level or above coursework with a 2.0 or higher grade point average are not required to submit a TOEFL score.
  3. International students transferring from other U.S. colleges or universities must follow all guidelines but #5 in the International student section when applying for admission.

Official transcripts should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions at Maryville University. (Transcripts issued to students will not be accepted as official.)

International students who transfer to Maryville from foreign universities, or who wish to receive credit for courses taken outside the U.S., should send official or notarized copies of their transcripts, translated into English using the World Education Services, Inc. (WES) www.wes.org. A course-by-course evaluation from WES is required. Foreign transcripts will be evaluated for transfer credit only after the student has arrived at Maryville. Further information on this organization and the costs related to translation of transcripts can be found at www.wes.org.

Non-Degree Seeking

Students may enroll in up to six credit hours a semester and up to fifteen (15) credit hours total without formally declaring a program, degree or certification. However, no student can take more than two courses in any program that has special admission requirements without prior written permission of the dean. All non-degree seeking students must complete a guest student application and submit it to the Office of Admissions. No application fee is required. To earn credits in excess of the stipulated maximum requires petitioning for Exemption to Academic Policy.

Students may enroll concurrently in an ELS program and Maryville University with the consent of the Director of International Programs, Office of Admissions and successful completion of level 109 in ELS. The student will be allowed to enroll in courses that will not interfere with the regular ELS course schedule with a limit of two (2) courses. The student must meet all other admission requirements of the university program.

Special Admission Requirements for Undergraduate Academic Programs

Actuarial Science

Students applying for admission to the actuarial science program should have a strong mathematics aptitude. High school grades in mathematics should be consistently in the upper range. An ACT score of 26 or an SAT score of 650 or
higher on the mathematics portion is required for admission to the program.

Art & Design

An entrance portfolio is recommended for admission into Art & Design degree programs (art education, graphic design, interactive design, interior design, and studio art). The portfolio should demonstrate:

  • Creative ability
  • Perceptual skills (drawing ability)
  • Understanding and sensitivity to basic elements of art and design such as line, shape, texture, space, color, mass/form
  • Focus and range of aesthetic interests
  • Craft and technical ability

The portfolio should contain no fewer than 10 examples of the applicant’s best and most recent original work, such as:

  • Drawings from observation in any media such as still life, self portrait, figure, room interior
  • Pieces which demonstrate the ability to work in color such as drawings, paintings, prints, designs
  • Three dimensional work may be documented and submitted as slides, CDs or photographs.

Recommendations for selecting portfolio contents:

  • Drawing is the basic way artists and designers communicate their ideas. Applicants are encouraged to include more than the minimum numbers of required drawings as well as a sketchbook, if available.
  • Applicants who have had experience working in photography, film, animation or video are encouraged to also submit these examples of their work.
  • Work completed on one’s own initiative, beyond a class assignment, for example, may be included.
  • Do not include works copied from photographs.

Students without portfolios or adequate art experience will be accepted into thier chosen Art & Design program, however, they must follow the policies for all Art & Design students. Students will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Successful end of the semester (fall and spring) portfolio reviews
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0 (“B”) in freshman Art & Desing Core Curriculum: ADAH 100, 150; ADSA 100, 101, 150, 151.

Transfer students with prior art and design course work must present a portfolio for evaluation containing as much work as possible from each course for which they seek credit. Slides, photographs or CD’s are permissible for the representation of three-dimensional work. Call the Art & Design office at 314.529.9381 to schedule an appointment to present your portfolio for the evaluation to transfer credits and for course advisement.

Clinical Laboratory Science

Freshmen must have an ACT score of 20+ and a cumulative high school GPA of 2.5. A math and science high school GPA of 3.0 is highly recommended. Transfer students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 and a math and science GPA of 2.75 from college coursework.

Students who do not fulfill these requirements may be considered for admission after a personal interview with the program adviser.

Education

Admission to Maryville University does not guarantee admission to the teacher education program. Students must apply for admission by the completion of 10 credit hours in professional education. Transfer students must apply for admission to the program upon application to Maryville. Bridge students apply during their junior year for the graduate programs. Pre-service students must be admitted to the teacher education program to progress beyond EDUC 301, 310, 340, 341 or 342. Teacher education admission requirements include
the following:

  1. Maintain a minimum 2.7 cumulative GPA (3.0 graduate candidates) based on a 4.0 scale
  2. Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in all education courses with no grade below a “C-”
  3. Maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA in academic content area (Secondary and Art candidates only)
  4. Receive a passing score on the College Basic Academic Subjects Exam (CBASE) (undergraduates)
  5. Receive a satisfactory evaluation in the initial field experience
  6. Complete initial criminal background screening. Specific requirements and applications for all programs may be obtained from the School of Education Office. All requirements are subject to change if Missouri certification
    requirements change.

Music Therapy

Applicants to the Music Therapy Program are required to complete an audition and interview process with the Music Therapy faculty. The students are asked to demonstrate their musical performance abilities. Vocal and instrumental abilities can be joined, as in a self-accompanied song performance. The interview will include a discussion of the student’s background in music and personal interests and goals in music therapy. The purpose of the audition and interview is to assess the student’s probable success in the music therapy program. Fundamental knowledge of music will be assessed. Students deficient in general music knowledge will be required to take the Fundamentals of Music course before attempting the courses in Music Theory.

Students who meet Maryville’s admission criteria, but have not completed the audition and interview process, will be accepted as Pre-Music Therapy majors. Once the audition and interview process has been successfully accomplished, the student will be fully accepted in the program. Music Therapy majors are expected to maintain a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.

Students who pass the audition and interview process but enter with less than a 2.5 average will be accepted conditionally as a Pre-Music Therapy major. Conditional students must obtain a 2.5 average or above in their first semester at Maryville University in order to be accepted into the Music Therapy Program.

The audition and interview are ideally accomplished in the semester prior to admission. In the event that a student, because of distance, is not able to come to campus in the months prior to admission, a videotaped audition may be submitted and the interview can be conducted by phone. Auditions can be scheduled by contacting the School of Health Professions, Music Therapy Program Director, at 314.529.9441.

Nursing

Admission Requirements

  1. Admission to Maryville University
  2. A cumulative high school or college GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
  3. ACT composite score of 22 (ACT scores not required for students having completed more than 24 college credits.)
  4. A TOEFL score of 550 with no subscore under 50 for students for whom English is a second language. Undergraduate TOEFL test takers after September 24, 2005, who take the revised TOEFL will be admitted into the Nursing program with a speaking sub-score of 23, writing sub-score of 20 and reading and listening scores of 21 or higher, and a combined score of 85 or higher. Students not obtaining these scores are encouraged to contact ELS (www.els.com) in order to contract with them for English proficiency classes.
  5. Advanced placement in the basic baccalaureate nursing program is available for transfer students with college credit in nursing courses. Science courses must have been completed within the last seven years.
  6. Documentation of health requirements, background checks and a urine drug screen must be acceptable prior to clinical coursework.

Admission Requirements of the RN to the Nursing Program

  1. Admission to Maryville University
  2. Current licensure as a registered nurse.
  3. Cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  4. A TOEFL score of 550 with no subscore under 50 for students for whom English is a second language. Undergraduate TOEFL test takers after September 24, 2005, who take the revised TOEFL will be admitted into
    the Nursing program with a speaking sub-score of 23, writing sub-score of 20 and reading and listening scores of 21 or higher, and a combined score of 85 or higher. Students not obtaining these scores are encouraged to contact ELS (www.els.com) in order to contract with them for English proficiency classes.
  5. Documentation of health requirements.
  6. Documentation of health requirements. Nursing degree from a country other than the United States must request an evaluation from the Commission on Graduates from Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) www.cgfns.org.
  7. Students who are accepted into the program must adhere to the student policies outlined in the Nursing Student Handbook. Background checks and a urine drug screen must be acceptable prior to clinical coursework.

Occupational Therapy

Maryville’s program in Occupational Therapy is a freshman-entry graduate program. For information on admissions requirements, click here.

Physical Therapy

Maryville’s program in Physical Therapy is a freshman-entry program. For information on admissions requirements, click here.

Graduate Admissions

General Requirements

  1. Program application for admission.
  2. Non-refundable application processing fee.
  3. Official transcripts from undergraduate, and, if applicable, graduate institutions attended.
  4. International students must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 550.

Transfer of Credit

No more than six credits can be transferred into any master’s degree program. Only credits from an accredited college or university may be transferred into Maryville.

Special Admission Requirements for Graduate Academic Programs

College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Science in Actuarial Science

  1. Application for admission.
  2. Non-refundable application processing fee of $40.
  3. GRE (Graduate Record Exam): a minimum score of 600 on the mathematics quantitative sections.
  4. GPA (Grade Point Average): at least 3.0 (on 4.0 scales) on the last two years of the baccalaureate degree.
  5. A baccalaureate degree in mathematics or science or related field from a regionally accredited college or university verified on original transcripts sent by the institution directly to Maryville University. The student should be able to demonstrate a strong mathematics
    background through grades in mathematics courses, an undergraduate B.Sc. thesis involving mathematics, sciences, or risk analysis, or work experience involving actuarial science.
  6. Two letters of recommendation.
  7. International students must submit a TOEFL score of 550. TOEFL test takers after September 24, 2005, who take the revised TOEFL will be admitted into the MBA program with a speaking sub-score of 23, writing sub-score of 20 and reading and listening scores of 21 or higher and a combined score of 79 or higher. Students not obtaining these scores are encouraged to contact ELS (www.els.com) in order to contract with them for English proficiency classes.
  8. A letter of intent.

The John E. Simon School of Business

Master of Business Administration

  1. Application for admission.
  2. Non-refundable application processing fee of $40.
  3. Personal letter explaining qualifications for graduate work.
  4. GMAT waived if:
    • Undergraduate business degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Master’s Degree completed (accredited university)
    • Early Access-must complete at least one graduate level course prior to undergraduate degree completion

      GMAT required if:
       
    • Students have completed an undergraduate Business degree with cumulative GPA below 3.0
    • Students have an undergraduate degree in a Non-Business major
  5. International students must submit a TOEFL score of 550. TOEFL test takers after September 24, 2005, who take the revised TOEFL will be admitted into the MBA program with a speaking sub-score of 23, writing sub-score of 20 and reading and listening scores of 21 or higher and a combined score of 79 or higher. Students not obtaining these scores are encouraged to contact ELS (www.els.com) in order to contract with them for English proficiency classes.

Conditional Acceptance

Applicants to the MBA program with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale may apply for conditional acceptance prior to taking the GMAT. An official GMAT score must be received during the first semester of the student’s enrollment.

School of Education

Master of Arts in Education

  1. Application for admission.
  2. Non-refundable application processing fee of $40
  3. Cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  4. Three satisfactory professional recommendations.
  5. Submission of an acceptable essay demonstrating critical writing skills.
  6. International students also must submit a TOEFL score of 550 to pursue any graduate-level course work in the School of Education. Undergraduate TOEFL test takers after September 24, 2005, who take the revised TOEFL will be admitted into the Master of Arts in Education program with a speaking sub-score of 23 or higher and a combined score of 79 or higher. Students not obtaining these scores
    are encouraged to contact ELS (www.els.com) in order to contract with them for English proficiency classes.

Prospective students who already have obtained a baccalaureate degree and who wish to become certified in the State of Missouri to teach early childhood, elementary, middle-level or K-12 art education may apply to the Post A.B./ Certification/M.A. in Education program upon entrance to the M.A.Ed.

Provisional Acceptance

Applicants to the M.A.Ed. program who show potential for success but lack one of the criteria for full admission, such as a GPA below 3.0, may apply for provisional acceptance. This status must be changed to full admission by the completion of nine hours of graduate coursework at Maryville University with a 3.0 GPA and evidence of satisfactory writing skills.

The School of Education Graduate Student Personnel Committee reviews the completed files and recommends for admission. Candidates who do not meet the criteria may be assigned a provisional acceptance; decisions are made on a case-to-case basis (see above). Candidates also pursuing an initial teaching certificate in Elementary, ECE, Middle School or K-12 Art will have their criteria reviewed by the Pre-Service Student Personnel Committee after they have completed initial course work for admission into the certification program of their choice.

All candidates in graduate programs in the School of Education must maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average and exhibit acceptable levels of professional behavior. A student may receive no more than two “C” semester grades in their program. A candidate will be dismissed from the program during the semester when they receive a third grade of “C” or the first “D” or “F” grade.

Master of Arts in Education/Secondary Teaching and Inquiry

Students who have obtained a bachelor’s degree in English, history, mathematics, or biology, chemistry or physics and who wish to teach in the secondary school may apply to the Master of Arts in Education/Secondary Teaching and Inquiry. Students with a B.A. or B.S. should have their undergraduate transcripts analyzed for certification requirements in the content area. This is the only way to obtain secondary teaching certification at Maryville University.

  1. Application for admission.
  2. Non-refundable application processing fee of $35.
  3. Cumulative B.A. grade point average of 3.0.
  4. Grade point average of 3.0 in teaching area (major).
  5. Three satisfactory recommendations from past teachers or administrators.
  6. Satisfactory completion of on-site essay.
  7. Satisfactory interview with the mentoring triad.
  8. Passing score on the appropriate Praxis II test.

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

This program is designed for practicing professionals who have already completed an M.A. in Education and initial licensure for the principalship. The cohort based program is designed to provide intense an in-depth examination of the elements of advanced educational leadership and central office administration.

  1. Application for admission.
  2. Cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  3. Three satisfactory professional recommendations.
  4. Successful interview.
  5. Successful on-site writing sample.
  6. Upon evaluation of individual credentials, up to nine hours of post-M.A. credit may be transferred to the Ed.D.

School of Health Professions

Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling

  1. Application for admission.
  2. Non-refundable application processing fee of $40.
  3. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 for full acceptance to program. Conditional acceptance for one semester may be given to those individuals who do not meet this standard but have demonstrated exceptional strengths worthy of review.
  4. Two letters of recommendation, one of which, if applicable, should be from a supervisor of relevant work in the field.
  5. Successful Interview.
  6. International students must submit a TOEFL score of 550. Undergraduate TOEFL test takers after September 24, 2005, who take the revised TOEFL will be admitted into the Master of Rehabilitation Counseling program with a speaking sub-score of 23, writing sub-score of 20 and reading and listening scores of 21 or higher and a combined score of 85 or higher. Students not obtaining these scores are encouraged to contact ELS (www.els.com) in order to contract with them for English proficiency classes.

Application to the program must be submitted by January 15 before the Fall semester that the applicant desires to begin classes and by October 1 before the Spring semester that the applicant desires to begin classes. All program entry occurs at start of the Fall or Spring semester. Upon receipt of the application, the program will notify the applicant of receipt of application and schedule interviews between February 15 and March 15 for Fall admission and November 1 and December 1 for Spring admission. Letters of notification of acceptance will be sent by April 1 for Fall and December 15 for Spring admissions.

The interviews will be conducted by program faculty and members of the Rehabilitation Counseling Advisory Committee. The interview will include the applicant, at the time of the interview, completing a writing sample based on a question from the interview committee. Applicants will be expected to discuss their professional goals, their knowledge of the field of Rehabilitation Counseling and why applicant should be accepted into a graduate program of study.

Master of Music Therapy

Applicants are expected to have a bachelor’s degree and board certification in music therapy. Applicants who hold a degree in another area of music but who are not certified in music therapy are eligible to apply for the combined master’s/equivalency program. This program integrates undergraduate courses in music therapy required for certification with the master’s degree curriculum. Applicants who do not have at least 60 undergraduate credits in music will apply initially for the bachelor’s degree.

Application requirements include:

  1. Application for admission
  2. Non-refundable application processing fee of $35
  3. Career goal statement
  4. Official transcripts of all previous academic work
  5. Minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0
  6. Three letters of recommendation
  7. On-site or telephone interview
  8. Music audition
  9. International students must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 550. Undergraduate TOEFL test takers after September 24, 2005, who take the revised TOEFL will be admitted into the Master of Music Therapy program with a speaking sub-score of 23, writing sub-score of 20 and reading and listening scores of 21 or higher and a combined score of 85 or higher. Students not obtaining these scores are encouraged to contact ELS (www.els.com) in order to contract with them for English proficiency classes.

An audition and interview may be scheduled after an application has been filed. If a telephone interview is required the applicant must submit an audition video tape for review by the Maryville music and music therapy faculty. The live or taped audition must consist of two pieces in different styles in the applicant’s major performance medium and three standard songs sung and accompanied by the applicant on guitar or piano.

Applicants will be interviewed by Maryville’s music therapy faculty. In addition, faculty from the music department will participate in the interview process. Applicants will be expected to discuss their professional goals, their musical strengths and weaknesses, their philosophy of music therapy and the efforts they have made to advance their knowledge in music therapy.

The applicant’s goal statement should be a one to two page, typed document in which the applicant discusses his/her professional goals and reasons for pursuit of a graduate degree in music therapy. It is expected that this would be a well reasoned and professionally presented statement.

Master of Occupational Therapy

  1. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale)
  2. ACT composite score of 21 or SAT-I combined score of 990 (scores are not required if applicant has completed 30 or more college credits)
  3. International students must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 550. Undergraduate TOEFL test takers after September 24, 2005, who take the revised TOEFL will be admitted into the Master of Occupational Therapy program with a speaking sub-score of 23, writing sub-score of 20 and reading and listening scores of 21 or higher, and a combined score of 85 or higher. Students not obtaining these scores are encouraged to contact ELS (www.els.com) in order to contract with them for English proficiency classes
  4. An application for admission to Maryville University
  5. A resume that includes a list of references with contact information
  6. Pre-admission interview
  7. Completion of a writing sample (The writing sample will be considered in the admission process as well as for placement in composition courses.)

The Maryville Office of Admissions reviews completed applications and forwards files to the Occupational Therapy program.

The Occupational Therapy Program encourages and gives full consideration to all qualified applicants for admission. The Occupational Therapy Admissions Committee will review the applications and admission files for all applicants who meet the admission requirements. Those who do not meet the criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Admission decisions will be made after an on-campus interview. Students who meet Maryville University admission criteria and have successfully completed the interview and the writing portion of the admission process may be accepted on probation if their GPA or ACT scores are below the required minimum for the Occupational Therapy Program.

Acceptance into the Program as a first-year student assures the student a position in the professional portion of the Program if the student maintains satisfactory academic and professional behavior progress and is able to complete the Program within the required time frame. Eligible transfer students will be evaluated for admission on an individual basis. Transfer applicants who are eligible for admission and have completed general education, science, and psychology coursework may be admitted to the second year of the Program if space is available.

All occupational therapy students must be full-time students unless the occupational therapy faculty grants permission for part-time enrollment due to special circumstances. All students must complete the Program within four years of beginning the second year. While students complete the general education, biological science, and social science coursework during the first two-and-one-half years of the Program, they must maintain a minimum 2.7 grade point average each semester. When students enter the second semester of their third year, they are enrolled in primarily 500-level courses and must maintain the minimum 3.0 grade point average required by graduate standards. Failure to achieve the minimum grade point averages will result in the student being placed on probation and may result in dismissal from the Program.

Students in the Program are expected to attain and maintain acceptable levels of professional behavior. Failure to meet this requirement may result in clinical fieldwork experiences being delayed and/or may result in the student being placed on probation or terminated from the Program. Students are expected to read and follow the policies outlined in the OT Student Handbook provided by the Program.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

  1. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) from high school or college
  2. ACT composite score of 24 with Math and Science Reasoning subscores of 20 or SAT-I combined score of 1650 (test scores are not required for students who have earned a bachelor’s degree)
  3. International students must submit a minimum TOEFL score of 560 or greater. Undergraduate TOEFL test takers after September 24, 2005, who take the revised TOEFL will be admitted into the D.P.T. program with a speaking sub-score of 23, writing sub-score of 20 and reading and listening scores of 21 or higher, and a combined score of 85 or higher. Students not obtaining these scores are encouraged to contact ELS (www.els.com) in order to contract with them for English proficiency classes.
  4. Two letters of recommendation
  5. Documentation of 20 hours of observation in physical therapy settings with a physical therapist
  6. Successful interview
  7. Students must have the equivalent of high school chemistry before entering the program.

The Maryville Office of Admissions reviews completed applications and, beginning November 15, forwards files of applicants who meet all admission requirements to the physical therapy faculty for review.

Eligible students will be invited to participate in on-campus interviews with physical therapy faculty members. Top applicants will be offered admission to one of the spaces at the freshman level of the program, and additional students may be given places on the waiting list for that year.

Acceptance into the program as a freshman assures the student a place in the professional portion of the program if the student maintains satisfactory academic progress in the program. Physical therapy students also earn an undergraduate degree in Health Science upon successfully completing the first four years of the program. All physical therapy students must be full-time students unless accepted under special circumstances and must maintain a cumulative 3.0 grade point average.

All eligible transfer students will be interviewed and the applicant will be evaluated on an individual basis. Applicants who are eligible for admission to the second or third year of the program will be accepted if space is available. Students with a bachelor’s degree and appropriate prerequisites may transfer into the fourth year of the program.

Students in the Physical Therapy Program are required to have physical examinations, be current on all vaccinations, be certified in CPR for adult, infant and child, and have annual PPD Mantaux Tuberculin Test.

Prior to participation in clinicals, students must provide proof of health insurance. All students must undergo background checks and a urine drug screen. Possible checks to be conducted include the Missouri State Highway Patrol Criminal Background Check, Illinois State Police Criminal Background Check, other state criminal background checks, FBI Background Check, Family Care Safety Registry, Division of Family Services Disqualification List, Office of Inspector General Disqualification List, Social Security Number Verification and Address Verification.

Master of Science in Nursing

Adult Nurse Practitoner, Family Nurse Practitioner or Nursing Education

  1. Application for admission
  2. Non-refundable application processing fee of $35
  3. Completion of a B.S.N. or diploma in Nursing from an accredited program.
  4. Cumulative GPA of 3.0 to 4.0 scale.
  5. Current license as a registered nurse in the United States.
  6. Three letters of recommendation (minimum of one academic, one clinical).
  7. Copy of curriculum vitae.
  8. A 500 word essay describing professional goals
  9. An interview may be requested

Graduate Bridge/Early Access Programs

Business Administration

The early access program provides students the opportunity to accelerate their progress toward an M.B.A. Qualified undergraduate students may take 12 credit hours at the graduate level that count toward the undergraduate and graduate degree. Students must have completed 100 undergraduate credit hours (at least 20 credit hours at Maryville) and have a grade point average of 3.6.

Elementary Education

Qualified Maryville psychology or English majors may apply for admission to the elementary education bridge program during the fall of their junior year. Students complete a program of combined coursework in psychology or English and education and then, during the fifth year, complete the requirements for a Master of Arts in Education and for certification to teach the elementary grades (1-6) in the Missouri public schools. Early Childhood majors bridge into M.A.Ed. coursework in their fourth year.

Secondary Education Bridge

Qualified English, biology, chemistry, mathematics, or history majors may apply for admission to the Secondary Education Bridge during the fall of their junior year. Students complete a program of coursework in their major and selected education undergraduate and graduate courses prior to bachelor’s degree graduation. In their senior year, they apply for admission to the Master of Arts in Education/Secondary Teaching and Inquiry (a 14-month program) for certification to teach in grades 9-12.

Applications for access to candidacy for this program does not guarantee admission.

Actuarial Science

All Maryville University Actuarial Science students in good standing are eligible for early access to the graduate program in Actuarial Science. Qualified undergraduate students may take 12 credits hours at the graduate level that count toward both the undergraduate and graduate degree. Students must have completed 100 undergraduate credit hours (at least 20 credit hours at Maryville) and have a grade point average of 3.6 to be eligible for early admission.

Early access students are not required to take the GRE or TOEFL.

Music Therapy

Students can achieve early access to the Master of Music Therapy in their final year of preparation. Qualifying undergraduate and equivalency students are encouraged to take graduate level coursework as a bridge to the graduate degree.

Rehabilitation Counseling

Baccalaureate students who meet the requisite grade point average and coursework may be eligible for the bridge/early access program to the M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling at Maryville. The graduate Rehabilitation Counseling program is nationally accredited by the Council on Rehabilitation Education and provides the educational preparation for Missouri Licensing as a Professional Counselor and national certification as a Rehabilitation Counselor. Additional coursework is available for specialization in marriage and family therapy, and substance abuse. Please contact the director of Rehabilitation Counseling at 314.529.9625 for eligibility and requirements of this program or email hthprofessions@maryville.edu.

Social Work

Baccalaureate students in Psychology/Sociology as a double major are eligible to apply for early acceptance in the Master of Social Work program at Saint Louis University. See the academic course listing for Social Sciences for information on this program.

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