2010-2011 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 17, 2024  
2010-2011 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Academic Expectations

Maryville faculty members strive 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 Student Service Center, any of the Weekend and Evening College offices, School offices, or in the Center for First-Year Experience and Advising.

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  and three times 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 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 Student Service Center. The restriction will remain in place until a written request is sent to the Student Service Center 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 Student Service Center 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.

FERPA provides “eligible students” and, in certain circumstances, their parents, the right to review and confirm the accuracy of education records. All students at Maryville University are “eligible students” under FERPA. However, a parent of a child who is his or her dependent for tax purposes under Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code retains FERPA rights and may access the educational records of his or her dependent student without the written consent of the student. The Director of Financial Aid, the appropriate academic dean, the Director of Health & Wellness Services, Dean of Student Life, the Director of Admissions, and the Registrar are the officials responsible for the maintenance of records listed in the section entitled “education records”.

 Education Records—Student “education records” are official and confidential records, files, documents, and other materials which contain information directly related to a student and which Maryville University maintains in any recorded way, such as handwriting, print, computer media, video or audio tape, film, microfilm, and microfiche. Examples include:

    Financial Aid records;

    Admissions file;

    The academic record, including grades, test scores, courses taken, academic specializations and activities, and official letters regarding a student’s status in school;

    Date and place of birth, parent(s) and/or guardian addresses, and where parents can be contacted in emergencies.

    Special education records;

    Disciplinary records;

    Medical and health records that the school creates or collects and maintains;

    Documentation of attendance, schools attended, courses taken, awards conferred, and degrees earned.

   Personal information such as a student’s identification code, social security number, picture, or other information that would make it easy to identify or locate a student.

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 Student Service Center 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 Student Service Center 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.
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 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. Students are limited to a total of two undergraduate courses, not required by major or minor, for this option.  A form for this permission must include the adviser’s or program director’s signature and be submitted to the Student Service Center no later than the deadline posted in the academic calendar.

Academic Forgiveness

Upon re-entry to Maryville University, undergraduate students are eligible to request academic forgiveness after 5 years of absence.  The Student Petition for Requesting Academic Forgiveness form can be obtained in the Student Service Center.  The form should be completed and submitted to the Director of the Academic Success Center located in the University Library.  Upon approval, all prior grades will be removed from the grade point average (GPA) calculation if the student maintains at least a 2.5 cummulative GPA on the first 12 credit hours subsequent to re-enrollment.  This adjustment will be permanently noted on the student’s official transcript.

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 (Student Service Center)

  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 (Student Service Center)

  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 Student Service Center.


A permanent record of courses, grades and credit for each student is maintained in the Student Service Center. Official transcripts are issued at the written request of the student. Transcript request forms are available in the Student Service Center 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.


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.



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. Maryville University’s advising mission is to create a collaborative educational journey which empowers students to accomplish their personal, academic, and professional developmental goals.  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, with the exception of adult students entering The Weekend & Evening College. This program is administered by the Center for First-Year Experience and Advising. In this session, classes for the first semester are planned and scheduled and the student receives general information about the University.

By the beginning 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 are advised by professional staff in the Center for First-Year Experience and Advising.  Advisers assist Undeclared studetns with the declaration process and encourage them to meet with a counselor in the Personal Counseling Office or Career Education Office to explore interests, career options, and majors.

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 Center for First-Year Experience and Advising. Students may request a new adviser by contacting the Center. 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 Center for First-Year Experience and Advising. 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 based on the student’s score on the Mathematics Placement Test administered by the Center for First-Year Experience and Advising.

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/.

Center for First-Year Experience and Advising

Center for First-Year Experience and Advising focuses on ensuring a successful transition for students into the Maryville community.  Once a student chooses Maryville, the Center for First-Year Experience and Advising 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 connecting with others at Maryville.  All programs and services sponsored by the Center focus on three goals: critical thinking, community, and communication. Maryville University first-year students 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.

The first-year experience begins with Maryville’s Student Testing, Advising, Registration, and Transition (START) program. A first-year adviser helps the student understand academic requirements and plan an academic program that leads to personal fulfillment and professional success.  After registering for classes, students are invited to participate in the first-year experience summer excursions and new student orientation. During these events students learn about opportunities for involvement on campus, including leadership development and community service.

A distinctive opportunity offered only to first-year studetns during the fall semester is the University Seminar course. These seminars are limited to 18 students so faculty and students can engage in meaningful dialogues. The University Seminar introduces first-year students to higher education and helps them develop skills that will enhance their experience as college students. All seminars focus on the three goals of 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. 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, students continue the First-Year Experience either in a 100-level course in their major or in a general education course designed for first-year students. These second semester classes continue to emphasize the First-Year Experience goals of critical thinking, communication, and community.

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

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
  • Lambda Pi Eta
    National Communication Honor Society
  • 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
  • PSI  CHI
    National Honor Society in Psychology
  • 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.

Academic Year

At Maryville, the academic year begins with the fall semester, followed by the spring semester, and ends with the summer semester.

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 Student Service Center.

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 Student Service Center.

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 Student Service Center.

ACE Military Recommendations

Maryville recognizes ACE credit recommendations on military education and training. A maximum of 30 credit hours may be applied toward an undergraduate Maryville degree.  A student should submit a military transcript to the Student Service Center.

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 Student Service Center at 314.529.9360 or ssc@maryville.edu for details.

Classification of Students

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

  • Freshmen: 0–27
  • Sophomores: 28–59
  • Juniors: 60–89
  • 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.

Students are encouraged to register online through Access Maryville.  Undergraduate Day students require an adviser’s approval before permission will be granted to enroll in classes.

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 Student Service Center. 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.


  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.


  • 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.

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 Student Service Center for course registration. Consortium students are guests of the host institution, and registration is offered on a “space available” basis. Contact the Maryville Student Service Center 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.


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 Student Service Center 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 adviser 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, Gerontology, Rehabilitation Nursing, or Rehabilitation Services.
  • 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, interior design, or interactive 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 four and-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.



Satisfactory Academic 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.


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
  • Certificate of Graduate Studies in Accounting, Business Studies, Management, or Marketing - five years
  • Master of Arts in Education - six years
  • Master of Business Administration - five years
  • Master of Arts in Rehabilitation Counseling - six years
  • Master of Music Therapy - six years
  • Master of Occupational Therapy - see program handbook
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership - six years
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership - six years
  • 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 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 and educational preparation for Missouri licensing as a Professional Counselor (LPC). 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 qualifies the 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.
  • 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/Geriatric Nurse Practitioner, Family Nurse Practitioner, and Nursing Educator. Accelerated option available for this degree.
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP):  A post Master’s option for certified advanced practice nurses.
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership(M.A.): a 36-credit interdisciplinary program that focuses on the human side of organizations and prepares individuals for leadership positions in corporate, government, not-for-profit, and community organizations.
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communication and Leadership (M.A.): A 36-credit hour program providing managerial-level knowledge and skills for communicators into managerial and executive communication positions.

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.