For information about our graduate programs and about application procedures, call Aimee Sage at 660-248-6651 or visit the Graduate Studies webpage.
The Mission of the Graduate Program at Central Methodist University is to create a learning environment that allows students to continue their professional development. This is achieved through emphasis on academic and professional excellence, ethical leadership and social responsibility.
All students who desire to enroll in graduate courses at CMU must complete an application to the respective graduate program, along with all official transcripts. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to enroll in the graduate program. Following acceptance into the graduate program, students then may apply to specific graduate programs as outlined in this section of the catalog. Students may need to meet additional admission requirements for specific programs. A $25 application fee must accompany the application.
Credit Hour Definition
The semester credit hour is the unit of measure for college-credit course work. The Carnegie unit is generally the guideline used to determine credit hour worth, with one hour of credit equated to 750 minutes plus the final exam. Additional hours may be required for laboratory, clinical, internships, practicums, and music performance courses in which additional instructional time is required to achieve learning objectives.
For distance learning courses (e.g., online and hybrid), the Carnegie unit is applicable in the sense that students meet the same objectives as those delivered in traditional coursework; therefore, students are expected to spend comparable amounts of time in achieving these objectives. However, because learning is difficult to quantify in terms of minutes and hours in online and hybrid courses, more emphasis is placed upon evidence of student learning. In order to earn credit hours, students must meet stated learning outcomes at a satisfactory level.
For applied music lessons, students are expected to practice at least three hours per week for each hour of credit:
- 1 hour credit = three hours practice per week
- 2 hours credit = six hours practice per week
- 3 hours credit = nine hours practice per week
- 4 hours credit = twelve hours practice per week
A full-time graduate student course load per semester is six (6) semester hours. No student may register for more than none (9) hours of graduate credit unless that student has a grade point average of 3.20 in the previous semester and obtains written permission from the Director of Graduate Studies. Students may not earn more than twelve (12) hours of graduate credit in a semester under any circumstances.
With permission of the Director of Graduate Studies, students who do not yet meet the requirements for regular admission may be conditionally admitted and may enroll in one (1) semester (including the summer term) of coursework up to a maximum of nine (9) hours of graduate credit. At that point, continuation in the degree program requires full admission status.
Graduate students are placed on academic probation for failing to achieve a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (or higher) in any given semester or a 2.5 for two semesters. This serves as a serious warning of the need for academic improvement if the student is to succeed in the program.
Graduate students are placed on academic suspension for failing to achieve a cumulative grade point average of 1.5 (or above) in any given semester or 2.0 for two or more consecutive semesters. Suspended students may not return the following semester and must petition the Graduate Studies Committee for readmission at any later date. The petition should explain the reasons for previous academic difficulties, plans for improvement, and reasons for believing the plans will be successful.
A maximum of nine (9) hours of graduate-level credit from other accredited institutions may be applied to the graduate programs at CMU, depending on the specific program of study. The courses transferred
must be applicable to the categories of the degree program. All courses for transfer credit must have a grade of "B" or above. CMU students who earn a Master's degree at CMU may transfer up to nine (9) hours from that degree to a second Master's degree from CMU.
Non-Degree Seeking Students
With the permission of the Director of Graduate Studies, non-degree-seeking students may enroll in courses for graduate credit. Such students must complete an application and present transcripts certifying that they have an undergraduate degree from an accredited college. If they later choose to seek admission to the graduate program, non-degree seeking students must follow the regular admission process and may apply earned CMU graduate credit to the degree.
Waiving of Admission Requirements
Admission requirements for all graduate programs may be waived at the discretion of the Dean of the University.
- Overall Graduate GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale;
- A maximum of two (2) grades below a C are allowed, but the overall GPA must be a minimum of 3.0;
- Courses with grades below a "C" will not count toward graduation; and
- All work must be completed within a six-year (6-year) period from the time of initial graduate enrollment.
NOTE: No current CMU student shall supervise another CMU student as part of any CMU course. This specifically includes all practicum, internship, and student-teaching experiences or related courses. Students should consult the appropriate advisor if they have any questions regarding their assignment for the aforementioned experiences.