Maranatha's academic policies are designed to clarify expectations for both students and faculty members. Choose from the links below to find out about the University's attendance policy, grading system, and other important guidelines. You can also find out about our Learning Assistance Program, a great help to many students.
For a PDF of all of our academic policies, see our Academic Policies Document.
Some courses normally offered in a classroom setting may be available on a directed study basis. The following policies must be followed:
- Directed studies will not be permitted when the course is offered during the semester, either as an online offering or as a classroom opportunity that works for the student’s schedule.
- Directed studies are not authorized for convenience, for work enablement, to enable graduation in fewer than 8 semesters, to enable avoidance of residential living requirement, or to facilitate the avoidance of main campus classes during the final semester of academic work.
- Directed studies shall be given only to students who are enrolled in courses at the Watertown campus, except by special written permission given by the administration based upon endorsement of the Registrar, Academic Department Chair, and (if related to personal hardship), the Dean of Students.
- Generally, only one directed study project may be in process at a time.
- Only juniors or seniors are eligible for directed study. In rare cases a sophomore may petition the Academic Committee for special permission.
- The department, faculty, or Academic Committee has the right to deny the student permission for the directed study for any appropriate reason. (See the process below.)
- Approximately 35 to 45 hours of academic work are expected per directed study hour. Credit for the directed study may not exceed four semester hours. Credit for a directed study project may not exceed the credit for the standard classroom course.
- No more than six semester hours of directed study will be granted in any one field of study and no more than 12 hours total may be applied to a student’s graduation requirements.
- Students are expected to demonstrate mastery through the production of a significant written project or a comprehensive final exam.
- Final responsibility for evaluation and grading rests with the Faculty Director.
- Faculty Directors should include in the syllabus and instructions that accompany the proposal.
- Students are responsible to purchase textbooks.
- The non-refundable directed study fee is $100 per hour. Tuition is the same as a traditional class. If a student withdraws from a directed study, tuition for the directed study will be prorated, based on the date of the Registrar’s approval, according to the following schedule:
- During weeks 1 through 3: 25%
- During weeks 4 through 6: 50%
- During weeks 7 through 9: 75%
- During weeks 10 and after: 100%
A four-point system is used, and the grade point average is calculated on the semester hours attempted. Incompletes and WF (Withdrew Failing) will have the same effect as an F (Failure) on the student’s GPA.
Good Academic Standing
The following is the minimum cumulative grade point average which must be earned by any student to retain the status of Good Academic Standing, which makes the student Activities Eligible.
- First-semester students: 1.70 GPA (C-)
- Students who have completed at least one semester: 2.00 GPA (C)
Scholastic Graduation Honors
Candidates for four-year degrees are honored upon graduation for scholastic achievement based on all credits recorded on their Maranatha transcript. Honors are awarded as follows: cum laude, 3.50- 3.749; magna cum laude, 3.75-3.909; summa cum laude, 3.91-4.00.
Students who complete at least 12 credits and earn an A- or above in every course during the semester, with no incompletes or overcuts, are honored by being placed on the President’s List.
Academic Dean’s List
Students who complete at least 12 credits and attain a 3.0 average or higher during a semester, with no C’s, D’s, F’s, incompletes, or overcuts are recognized by being placed on the Academic Dean’s List.
Students who wish to participate in extracurricular activities must be activities eligible and enrolled in at least 12 semester hours. Extracurricular activities include participating in any Gospel team or Christian service, traveling with music groups (including the choirs or bands), holding an office in any student organization, and participating in athletics or drama. Athletes must be seeking a four-year degree per NCCAA regulations.
Part-time students may participate in Christian service and drama if they are activities eligible. Students who are in the final semester of their academic programs and need fewer than 12 semester hours to graduate will be treated as full-time students for activities eligibility purposes.
Students who have earned fewer than 24 semester hours of credit must earn a cumulative grade point average of 1.70 or higher at the end of each semester in order to be activities eligible for the following semester. All other students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher at the end of each semester in order to be activities eligible for the next semester. Incompletes and WF (Withdrew Failing) will have the same effect as an F (Failure) on the student’s grade point average. Grades for all courses found on your Maranatha transcript will affect your activities eligibility. For transfer students, this will begin after the first semester at Maranatha.
Study is your primary responsibility while you are in college. Preparation for lifelong ministry involves the rigorous work of developing and sustaining vital study habits. Active involvement in Christian service enables you to apply the principles you have learned in the classroom in outreach ministries. In order to promote the understanding, accurate interpretation, and application of biblical truth, diligent study must be a priority.
Activities Ineligibility Restrictions
The following restrictions apply to activities ineligible students:
- Placed on One Cut Attendance Status, which permits only one unexcused absence per course for the semester. No ministry cuts are permitted.
- May participate in only one Christian service or society ministry per week, but not both. Christian service must be on Sunday or Wednesday only. If society participation is chosen, the event must take place only on Sunday, Wednesday, Friday, or Saturday.
- May not hold any office in any student organization. Officers of student groups must earn a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and must earn a 2.0 grade point average for the most recent semester.
- May not enroll in distance education courses.
- Will be allowed a limited number of off-campus passes only by administrative approval.
- May not attend away University or Academy athletic contests.
- May not participate in or attend practices for extracurricular events such as bands, choirs, traveling groups, plays, concerts, contests, sports events, recitals of other students, or any on-campus individual or group performances.
- May participate in intramural sports only once per week.
Note: Athletic eligibility may also be affected by various athletic conference policies. Each athlete should check with the Athletic Director to determine criteria for each particular sport. The activities eligibility record is maintained in the Registrar’s Office. A transfer student’s prior work must meet Maranatha’s standards of eligibility for the first semester enrolled at Maranatha.
Any appeals for exceptions to this policy because of extenuating circumstances should be submitted in writing to the Academic Committee through the Registrar or the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Academically at Risk Classifications
Students whose cumulative GPA is adequate but whose semester grade point average falls below the standard for Good Academic Standing will be placed on Academic Alert. These students will be contacted by their academic advisor at the beginning of the semester in which they were placed on Academic Alert to provide guidance and accountability.
A student who earns a cumulative grade point average below Good Academic Support is placed on Academic Warning for one semester. This is to help the student evaluate his or her position and take corrective action to improve his or her academic status. These students are strongly encouraged to work with a tutor (see Learning Assistance) during that semester. Any student on Academic Warning will be limited to an academic load of 12 to 14 semester hours. Academic Warning includes automatic activities ineligibility as defined above.
A student who has been placed on Academic Warning for one semester and during that semester continues to earn a cumulative grade point average below Good Academic Standing will be placed on Academic Probation for one semester. A student who fails every course in which he or she is enrolled for one semester will also be placed on Academic Probation for one semester. These students are strongly encouraged to work with a tutor (see Learning Assistance) during the semester. Any student on Academic Probation will be limited to 12 semester hours. Academic Probation includes automatic activities ineligibility for the entire semester.
A student who has been placed on Academic Probation for one semester and during that semester continues to earn a cumulative grade point average below Good Academic Standing will be placed on Academic Suspension by the Academic Committee. If a full-time student (enrolled in 12 or more semester hours) fails to complete 10 or more semester hours toward graduation in any two semesters, that student will be placed on Academic Suspension for one semester. The student will not be allowed to enroll for one semester but may reapply to the University through the Admissions Office after that semester. If the student is readmitted, he or she will be placed on Academic Probation for one semester. The suspension period is to provide a time away from college for students to analyze their academic problems, examine their goals, and determine appropriate action.
A student who has been placed on Academic Suspension and then has been readmitted on Academic Probation and continues to earn a cumulative grade point average below the academic standard will be subject to academic dismissal by the Academic Committee. A student who has been academically dismissed may not re-enroll in the University as a degree candidate. He or she may, however, be allowed to enroll in some courses as a special student with the approval of the Academic Committee.
Any appeals for exceptions to the policy for academically at-risk students because of extenuating circumstances should be submitted in writing to the Academic Committee through the Registrar or the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
This program is designed to assist students who have exhibited difficulty in previous academic achievement. Students who are struggling with time management, test taking, written assignments, or sense a general need for academic assistance will benefit from this program. The assistance provided includes specialized help from a tutor, and supplemental instruction in selected courses. Tutors are trained to assist with various learning styles and course expectations. Many types of assistance are available to any student upon request.
Applicants who are described by the following are strongly encouraged to participate in the Academic Success Program and show academic progress and potential for success as a college student as a condition of enrollment. Students who have earned a GED, low grades in high school, a low ACT composite score, low scores on Maranatha placements tests, low grades for college work at other institutions, or who apply from a non-English speaking country. The application itself, the autobiography of the applicant, and references are also used as indicators when an applicant is being considered for Academic Support 1 or 2.
Academic Support 1
Incoming students (based on high school transcripts and ACT scores) are limited to 13 semester hours of classes and one extracurricular activity (choirs, athletics, play, etc.) for the first semester. Standard university and athletic conference eligibility standards will apply. Those students who test into it are placed in English Grammar.
Academic Support 2
Incoming students (based on high school transcripts and ACT scores) are limited to 14-15 semester hours of classes and one extracurricular activity (choir, athletics, play, etc. for the first semester. Standard college and athletic conference eligibility standards will apply. Those students who test into it are placed in English Grammar. These students are encouraged to receive tutorial assistance, and receive supplemental instruction.
Advanced Placement Policies
Maranatha grants advanced placement under the following policies:
- Entering freshmen who have completed Advanced Placement examinations and have scored 3 or above will receive credit.
- Application for credit must be made before registration.
- Students may receive credit for a maximum of 40 semester hours.
- Up to 12 hours in any one field will be accepted.
- Maranatha’s Advanced Placement code is 2732.
The chart below shows which AP examinations meet the requirements of specific courses or programs at Maranatha.
|Maranatha Course||Credits||AP Examination|
|BUMI 161 - Computer Applications Seminar||3||Computer Science (A, AB)|
|HUPS 131 - General Psychology||3||Introductory Psychology|
|ASMA 143 - Calculus 1||5||Calculus (AB)|
|ASMA 232 - Calculus 1||5||Calculus (BC)|
|ASMA 238 - Probability and Statistics||3||Statistics|
|HUHI 231 - US History 1||3||History of the US 1|
|HUSO 233 - National Government||3||Government & Politics|
|HUHI 352 - Modern European History||3||European history|
|HUEN 121 - English Composition 1||3||Language & Composition|
|HUEN 236 - Composition and Literature||3||Literature & Composition|
|ASSC 151, 152 - General Physics 1 & 2||8||Physics (BC)|
|ASSC 105 - Concepts in Environmental Science||3||Environmental Science|
|ASSC 141, 142 - General Chemistry 1 & 2||8||Chemistry|
|ASSC 120, 121 - General Biology 1 & 2||8||Biology|
|FIMU 114 - Harmony 1||2||Music Theory (Score 3)|
|FIMU 115 - Harmony 2||2||Music Theory (Score 4-5)|
At Maranatha, we value education and class attendance. Regular class attendance is required of every student enrolled in the University. Every day, students should come to class prepared, listen intently, actively interact with the ideas, and engage in class discussion.
The number of total absences that students are permitted without losing course credit is dependent upon their academic standing as follows:
|Academic Standing||Attendance Status|
|Activities Ineligible*||1-week of class absences (so, if a class meets twice a week, this student could miss two class periods)|
|Good Academic Standing*||2-weeks of class absences (so, if a class meets twice a week, this student could miss four class periods)|
|Dean’s or President’s List* and more than 15 semester hours earned in residence at Maranatha||3-weeks of class absences (so, if a class meets twice a week, this student could miss six class periods)|
* See Academic Eligibility
There are no “excused absences” or “unexcused absences,” just absences. Students must carefully track their absences. Students do not get two weeks’ worth of cuts and choir tour, illness, and a baseball trip. Students should reserve absences for legitimate causes.
Students are responsible for all assignments and class lectures. Faculty determine their own policies regarding late course work.
Students who are absent more than their attendance status permits, including both official University activities and personal absences in any given course, will not be granted credit for the course, except by special permission from the Academic Committee.
Absences are not permitted either the Thursday and Friday before or the Monday and Tuesday after Spring Break or Thanksgiving Break.
No cuts are permitted for chapel or evening services during Fall Revival, Missions Conference, Winter Revival, or Winter Fest Weeks, even when a student may be otherwise cutting any or all classes on one of those days. All other chapel attendance standards remain in place during these weeks.
Maranatha grants CLEP credit under the following guidelines:
- No more than 30 semester hours with up to 12 hours in one field may be accepted.
- CLEP examinations must be completed prior to completing 24 semester hours of residential or online college credit.
- CLEP examinations may not be used to raise grades or remove failures in courses already taken.
- The passing scores are those recommended by the American Council on Education (ACE).
- Maranatha’s CLEP score code is 2732.
- Questions should be directed to contact clep.collegeboard.org.
The chart below shows the courses approved for credit at Maranatha.
|Maranatha Course||Credits||Passing Score||CLEP Test|
|HUEN 121 - English Composition 1||3||50||College Composition Modular (no essay required)|
|HUEN 232 - American Masterpieces||3||50||American Literature|
|HUEN 233 - British Literature Survey to 1789||3||50||English Literature|
|HUHI 220 - Ancient Civilizations||3||50||Western Civilization 1: Ancient Near East to 1648|
|HUHI 130 - The Modern World||3||50||Western Civilization 2: 1648 to the Present|
|HUHI 231 - US History 1||3||50||History of the US 1|
|HUHI 232 - US History 2||3||50||History of the US 2|
|HUSO 141 - Introduction to Sociology||3||50||Introductory Sociology|
|BUMG 222 - Macroeconomics||3||50||Principles of Macroeconomics|
|BUMG 223 - Microeconomics||3||50||Principles of Microeconomics|
|HUPS 131 - General Psychology||3||50||Introductory Psychology|
|HUPS 233 - Developmental Psychology||3||50||Human Growth & Development|
|ASMA 103 - College Mathematics||3||50||College Mathematics|
|ASMA 131 - College Algebra||3||50||College Algebra|
|ASMA 132 - Trigonometry||3||50||Trigonometry|
|ASMA 143 - Calculus 1||5||50||Calculus|
|BUMI 161, BUMI 162 - Computer Applications Seminar and Information Systems||3||50||Information Systems & Computer Applications|
|BUAC 241 - Principles of Accounting 1||4||50||Financial Accounting|
After students have completed registration; they will be charged $15 for any adjustments to their schedule, including changes made during Drop/Add Week (Tuesday through Friday of the first week of school). No classes may be added after Drop/Add Week except by special permission. Please note the following policies:
- A course dropped before the final six weeks of class will be recorded as W (Withdrew).
- Any course dropped during the final six weeks of class when a student is earning a C- or above will be recorded as a WP (Withdrew Passing). A course with a W or WP is not included when computing a student’s grade point average.
- No course may be changed to audit during the final six weeks of class unless the student is earning a C- or above.
- Any course dropped during the final six weeks of class when a student is earning a D, F, or Incomplete will be recorded as a WF (Withdrew Failing). WF will have the same effect as an F on the student’s GPA and may result in the student becoming ineligible. The student will remain responsible for all tuition and fees according to the published refund policy.
A pass/fail option allows you to take life-enriching electives without negatively affecting your GPA, provided you pass the course. Courses typically taken as pass/fail include keyboarding, music lessons (for non-major or minor students), word processing, and other computer courses.
Standard tuition rates apply.
Courses applied to a student’s major, minor, proficiency, emphasis, specialization, concentration, Biblical Studies Core, and General Studies Core may not be taken on a pass/fail basis.
A class must be classified as pass/ fail by midterm. Students must notify the Registrar’s Office in writing before the date scheduled for the midterm examination.
Because credit for these classes apply toward graduation, students must earn at least a grade of C- to receive a grade of P (Passing). A grade of P is not included when computing a student’s grade-point average; however, students who earn less than C- competency will receive a grade of F. Failure will affect the student’s grade point average.
Every student pursuing a four-year degree at Maranatha is required to satisfactorily complete a minimum of 128 hours, including the core of 24 semester hours in Biblical Studies, the General Studies Core, and a major, in order to qualify for a degree. Students pursuing a four-year or two-year program must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours while in residence at the College. At least one-half of the credit hours in the major field and the last semester of the final year must be completed in residence at Maranatha, creating residence requirements. A maximum of six semester hours of credit may be transferred back to Maranatha during the final 30 credits and applied to a degree.
Students are classified as freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, or special based on the following semester hours earned:
- Freshman: Fewer than 27
- Sophomore: From 27 through 58.9
- Junior: From 59 through 91.0
- Senior: From 92 to completion
- Special: One not pursuing a degree
Grades are issued after mid-semester and final semester examinations, but only the final semester grade is entered on the permanent record. The following grading system and grading points are used (quality points are divided by the semester hours attempted to determine a student’s GPA):
- A: 4.0
- A- : 3.7
- B+ 3.3
- B: 3.0
- B-: 2.7
- C+: 2.3
- C: 2.0
- C-: 1.7
- D: 1.0
- D-: 0.7
- F: 0.0
- A: Superior
- B: Above Average
- C: Satisfactory
- D: Passing
- F: Failure
- WA: Withdrew from audit
- W: Withdrew
- WF: Withdrew failing
- WP: Withdrew passing
- AU: Audit
- I: Incomplete
- M: Member of group
- NC: No credit
- NR: Not reported
- OC: Overcut
- P: Passing
- R: Course repeated; no credit given
- Students wanting to transfer 30 semester hours must enroll in and successfully complete 12 semester hours in residence at Maranatha before transferability of courses can be confirmed.
- Undergraduate transfer students must complete a minimum of two semesters and at least 30 undergraduate hours of credit at Maranatha regardless of the number of hours transferred to graduate. At least one-half of the credit hours in the major field and 24 of the final 30 semester hours must be completed in residence at Maranatha. If a student withdraws, is expelled, or earns poor grades during his or her first semester at Maranatha, credit for courses earned at other institutions may not transfer.
- Activities eligibility for the first semester is based on the student’s completed courses at the prior institution, using Maranatha’s eligibility standards. Transfer students who earn a GPA below 1.7 for their most recent grading period will be activities ineligible. After the first semester, only grades on their Maranatha transcript will affect a student’s activities eligibility. (See Academic Standing)
- Once students enroll at Maranatha, they may not attend college classes at two-year institutions without securing special permission from the student’s academic department chair and the Vice President for Academic Affairs or the Registrar prior to enrolling in the class. (Forms are in the Registrar’s Office.) Courses and hours accepted for transfer are limited.
- Transcripts for coursework done elsewhere must reach the Registrar’s Office by the second Monday in April in the year of anticipated graduation to apply toward a degree. A late fee of $200 will be assessed for transcripts received after that date.
- A student’s cumulative grade point average for all courses found on his or her Maranatha transcript will affect a student’s activities eligibility. For transfer students, this will begin after the first semester at Maranatha.