Academic Probation Policy
Probation Policy for Admission to the Program
Applicants must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale in their undergraduate level work (not only from the degree-granting institution but also for all undergraduate work). Applicants with less than a 2.50 may be admitted on probation, at the discretion of the Dean of the Graduate Theology School, provided that they provide a letter to the committee explaining any unusual circumstances that contributed to the low scholarship level attained during their undergraduate level work and why these circumstances will not be repeated during their master’s level work. In certain circumstances, the School may also require the applicant to complete the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) as a condition for admission.
If an applicant is admitted to the Graduate Theology School under a probationary status, they will be required to maintain a GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale during their first year of master’s level work. Failure to maintain this required can result in either a suspension or dismissal from the program.
Probation Policy for Students in the Graduate Theology School
Each student’s transcript will be evaluated at the end of every academic year for the college (summer semester). Students in the Graduate Theology School at Arlington Baptist College must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale during their seminar work. Failure to maintain the required GPA will result in the student being place on academic probation, academic suspension, and/or dismissal from the program.
- Academic Probation – Any student whose overall GPA drops below a 3.00 GPA will first be placed on academic probation. This will require the student to (1) develop an action plan with the Dean of the Graduate Theology School that will ensure the avoidance of continued work that is below master’s level standards and (2) limit himself to registering for only one seminar per semester during the following academic year.
- Academic Suspension – If a student who is placed on Academic Probation in a previous academic year fails to raise his GPA to required standards, he will be placed on Academic Suspension for a minimum of one semester (discretion for a longer suspension time will be an option for the Dean of the Graduate Theology School to consider). Academic Suspension stipulates that the student will not be allowed to complete seminars for the upcoming semester (and/or longer) as he evaluates his status in the program and whether or not he should continue with the program at the given time. Please note that the student’s six-year time limit will continue while the student is on Academic Suspension.
- Dismissal from the Program – If a student continues to struggle academically, even after being placed on Academic Probation and Academic Suspension, the Dean of the Graduate Theology School reserves the right to dismiss the student from the program. If after dismissal from the program the student wishes to be re-admitted, the student will be required to wait a minimum of one academic year before seeking admission to the program.
Please also note that no grade lower than a “C” will be given credit. Seminars in which a student receives a grade lower than a “C” will not only result in the student being required to repeat the seminar at a time in the future but will also result in the student being placed on immediate “Academic Probation” status.