Oct 18, 2021  
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin 
    
2021-2022 Graduate Bulletin

Admissions



Admission to Southern Wesleyan University is dependent upon scholastic attainment, character, and potential to profit by the programs offered. The university welcomes applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or physical handicap, so long as they have a genuine desire for a post-secondary education and possess character traits that will enable them to fit into a Christian collegiate environment.

Each application is considered individually, taking into account basic admissions requirements and the individual’s unique abilities and circumstances. Acceptance is determined by the Director of Admissions in consultation with the Admissions Committee. Applicants are notified in writing as soon as a decision is made. Admission requirements vary depending on the program for which the student has applied.

Master Degree Program Admission Status

Regular–Applicant meets all requirements and has completed all program prerequisites.

Conditional–Applicant is admitted by action of the Dean of the School of Education, the Dean of the Benson School of Business, or the Division of Social Sciences Graduate Admissions Committee.  The Dean or Social Sciences Graduate Admissions Committee may specify special admission requirements. Any specified requirements must be met no later than the end of the second graduate class. Regular admission after an “admission on condition” requires earning a minimum SWU GPA of 3.0 for the first semester in the master degree program.

Application to a Master Degree Program

For a candidate to be considered for admission, the following must be submitted to SWU’s Admissions Office:

  1. Submission of a completed SWU Online application.
  2. $25 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended; both undergraduate and graduate.
  4. Applicants to the MEd programs and the D. Clifton Wood MS in Counseling Psychology must provide two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge the applicant’s moral character, professional expertise, and capacity for graduate-level work.  One recommendation must be from a School Administrator for the MEDCL and MEDAS degree programs.
  5. Evidence of required employment and/or experience.
  6. Scores on the Graduate Record Exam, Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Management Admissions Test, as specified for the degree program, if requested by the Graduate Admissions Committee.
  7. Applicants to the MEd program must provide proof of teacher certification.
  8. For applicants for whom English is a second language, official TOEFL or IELTS score.
  9. Satisfactory interview with designated committee or academic division, if required.

If you have any questions regarding admission requirements for your degree program, please contact your admissions coordinator.

Master Degree Program Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. The specified minimum cumulative grade point average on all undergraduate course work or on the final 60 hours of undergraduate course work. Based on a 4.0 scale, the M.Ed. and D. Clifton Wood MS in Counseling Psychology require 3.0; other programs require 2.7.
  3. Official transcripts of all college-level course work, both undergraduate and graduate.
  4. Applicants to the MEd programs and the D. Clifton Wood MS in Counseling Psychology program must provide two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge the applicant’s moral character, professional expertise, and capacity for graduate-level work.  One recommendation must be from a School Administrator for the MEDCL and MEDAS degree programs.
  5. Official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test) or equivalent evidence of proficiency in English (for applicants for whom English is a second language).
  6. Satisfactory interview with designated committee or academic division, if required.
  7. Experience or employment, as specified for each program.
  8. Satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam, Miller Analogies Test, or Graduate Management Admissions Test, as specified for the degree program, if requested by the Graduate Admissions Committee. Official records are required from the testing organization.

Additional Requirements for International Student Admission into SWU Online

International students seeking admission into a fully online graduate program must provide evidence of English proficiency using one of the following, taken within the past two years:

  • Official TOEFL score:
    • 570, with no individual score below 50, and TWE score of at least 5-paper test version
    • 80, with no individual score below 20-online version
  • Official IELTS score of 7

On the request of the prospective students, if one of the above test scores is unavailable, one of the following criteria may be used to demonstrate proficiency in English.

  1. Completion of equivalent of U.S. bachelor’s degree at a university where the curriculum and instruction were exclusively in English.
  2. GRE scores of no less than 287 overall, with at least 150 on Verbal Reasoning and 4 in writing, taken within the past two years.
  3. GMAT scores of no less than 550 overall, with at least 35 on the Verbal section, and an AWA score of at least 5, and IR score of at least 6, taken within the past five years.

Academic Leveling Courses for Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Students applying to the MBA who hold a bachelor’s degree in a non-business field will be required to take academic leveling course (ALC) exams. In addition, students who hold a bachelor’s degree in a business field may take the ALC exams in lieu of the GMAT, GRE, or Millers Analogies, if required. The ALC provides a comprehensive review of all the foundational material associated with the degree program. As a program prerequisite, the ALC ensures that students are leveled to the program of study as they start the degree program.  

Learn more about the MBA leveling course requirements.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Additional Admission Requirements

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. GPA of 2.7 or better on all undergraduate course work or on the final 60 hours of undergraduate course work.
  3. If GPA is less than 2.7 but better than 2.5, students may be granted conditional admission if approved by the Admission Committee.
  4. If GPA is less than 2.5 and upon approval of the Admission Committee, students may take the GMAT and present a score of 450 or greater for consideration. Admission to the program is not guaranteed by taking the GMAT.
  5. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  6. Applicants for whom English is a second language, applicant must submit an official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test) or equivalent evidence of proficiency in English. 
  7. Undergraduate course work in statistics, accounting, and economics.  If this course work is missing, students may complete courses with these designations prior to the beginning of the program or students may take academic leveling courses (ALC) through Peregrine Academics.  Students must score an 80% or higher on the post-test.  Students must complete the ALC exams within 90 days from the start of their first academic term at Southern Wesleyan University.

Master of Education in Teacher Leadership or Virtual Teaching

Additional Admissions Requirements

  1. Valid teaching certificate from the State of South Carolina or equivalent out-of-state certification.
  2. For a student who is not currently employed in a school district, written permission from the school administrator permitting the student access to the school for completion of course requirements and practicum experiences.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge the applicant’s moral character, professional expertise, and capacity for graduate-level work. One recommendation must be from School Administrator.
  4. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  5. GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate course work or on the final 60 hours of undergraduate course work. (If less than 3.0, student must have satisfactory scores on the GRE and/or approval of the Graduate Admissions Committee.)
  6. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  7. Applicants for whom English is a second language, applicant must submit an official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test) or equivalent evidence of proficiency in English. 

The M.Ed. program curriculum does not lead to initial teacher certification in South Carolina.

Master of Education in Administration and Supervision (MEDAS)

Additional Admissions Requirements

  1. Valid teaching certificate from the State of South Carolina.
  2. Current employment with a minimum of two years’ experience as an administrator or teacher such that the teacher’s classroom can serve as a “laboratory” for the completion of course requirements.
  3. Two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge the applicant’s moral character, professional expertise, and capacity for graduate-level work. One recommendation must be from School Administrator.
  4. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  5. GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate course work or on the final 60 hours of undergraduate course work. (If less than 3.0, student must have satisfactory scores on the GRE and/or approval of the Graduate Admissions Committee.)
  6. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  7. Applicants for whom English is a second language, applicant must submit an official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test) or equivalent evidence of proficiency in English.
  8. Background statement (supplied by the university) of disclosure concerning all prior convictions including felonies and misdemeanors.

The M.Ed. program curriculum does not lead to initial teacher certification in South Carolina.

Disclaimer

The guidelines for renewing or adding an endorsement to your South Carolina Educator Licensure are established by the South Carolina Department of Education. Contact the South Carolina Department of Education for individual course requirements for licensure renewal and add on endorsements. Licensure and renewal requirements may change due to changes made by the South Carolina Department of Education. It is the candidate’s responsibility to be aware of changes and his/her course needs.

Individuals from states other than South Carolina must contact their state department of education for audits of transcripts and course requirements unique to each state.

Master of Education in e-Learning and Instructional Design

Additional Admissions Requirements

  1. Two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge the applicant’s moral character, professional expertise, and capacity for graduate-level work.
  2. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. Minimum GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate course work or on the final 60 hours of undergraduate course work.  Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 must have satisfactory scores on the GRE and/or approval by the Graduate Admissions Committee.
  4. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  5. Applicants for whom English is not their primary language must submit an official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test), or equivalent evidence of proficiency in English.

The M.Ed. in e-Learning and Instructional Design program curriculum does not lead to initial teacher certification in South Carolina.

D. Clifton Wood Master of Science (MS) in Counseling/Counseling Psychology

Additional Admissions Requirements

  1. Two letters of recommendation from persons qualified to judge the applicant’s moral character, professional expertise, and capacity for graduate-level work.
  2. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. Minimum GPA of 3.0 on all undergraduate course work or on the final 60 hours of undergraduate course work.  Students with a GPA of less than 3.0 must have satisfactory scores on the GRE and/or approval by the Graduate Admissions Committee.
  4. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate course work.
  5. Applicants for whom English is not their primary language must submit an official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test), or equivalent evidence of proficiency in English.
  6. Satisfactory interview with designated committee or academic division, if required.

Master of Science in Management and Leadership (MSML)

Additional Admissions Requirements

In addition to the general admission requirements listed above, an applicant for admission to the Master of Science in Management program must:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. GPA of 2.7 or better on all undergraduate course work or on the final 60 hours of undergraduate course work.
  3. If GPA is less than 2.7 but better than 2.5, students may be granted conditional admission if approved by the Admissions Committee and/or the Dean of the Benson School of Business.
  4. If GPA is less than 2.5 and upon approval of the Admissions Committee, students may take the GMAT and present a score of 450 or greater for consideration. Admission to the program is not guaranteed by taking the GMAT.
  5. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  6. Applicants for whom English is a second language, applicant must submit an official TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test) or equivalent evidence of proficiency in English.  

Doctor of Education (EdD) Program Admission Status

Accepted

A student with accepted status has earned an average score from the Graduate Review Committee that meets or exceeds the cut score for admittance into the program.  Accepted students enroll in the upcoming semester:  fall or spring.  If a student earned accepted status and does not enroll in the upcoming semester, the student must re-apply or receive permission from the Dean of the School of Education to defer enrollment to the next term.

Reserve

A student with reserve status has earned an average score from the Graduate Review Committee that meets the cut score for admittance into the program.  The reserve student is accepted into the program, but the student’s eligibility to enroll is waitlisted until a seat opens.  The reserve student will be notified when an enrollment slot opens. Should a slot not open for the term of application, the student will be offered enrollment in the following term.  If the student does not enroll in the following term as offered, the student must re-apply or receive permission from the Dean of the School of Education to defer enrollment to the next term.  An applicant may submit a written request to the Graduate Review Committee for reserve status once.  The applicant must justify the reason for deferring enrollment in this request. 

Denied

A student with denied status has earned an average score from the Graduate Review Committee that is below the cut score for admittance into the program.  An applicant denied admission may not reapply for future admission to the program.

Amend

A student with amend status may be required by the Graduate Review Committee, upon initial review of the applicant’s submitted documentation, to provide additional documentation or information (e.g., additional professional recommendations) prior to the committee’s review of the student’s application for admission.  The student will have 10 business days from the date of notification of the amend status to upload the additional information requested to the application file.  Failure of the student to respond to the Graduate Review Committee requirements will result in the student being denied admission.

Admission Status Appeal

An applicant who is denied admission or placed on the reserve list may appeal this decision only in the case of one of the following:

  • bias or perception of bias in the admission decision-making process;
  • extenuating circumstances, which for good reason, the applicant did not inform the University in the application process, and the extenuating circumstances may have had a material impact on the admission decision.

In the case of an appeal that meets either of these criteria, the applicant must:

  • appeal in writing to the Dean of the School of Education within 10 days of receiving the admission denial, as documented by the date on the status letter.
  • state the reason for the appeal and provide supporting evidence.

The Dean will consider the appeal and supporting evidence, will evaluate application documents, and will review the basis for the admission denial as was determined by the School of Education Graduate Review Committee.

The applicant will receive a written decision from the Dean.  The Dean is not a member of the Graduate Review Committee to ensure objectivity in the consideration of the appeal; therefore, the decision of the Dean of the School of Education is final.

Application to the Doctor of Education Program

For a candidate to be considered for admission, the following must be submitted to SWU’s Admissions Office:

  1. Submission of a completed SWU Online application.
  2. $25 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official transcripts of all college-level course work, both undergraduate and graduate. 
  4. In response to COVID-19, the School of Education will waive the Miller Analogy Test for Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. This change affects almost all applicants, both on-campus and online, whose scores have not been received as of March 15, 2020. Official Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score of 351 or higher or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) score of 134 or higher will be accepted.  Only official test scores are accepted.  Test scores must be no more than five years old. Note:  The Graduate Admissions Rubric Ranges are MAT 402-600/GRE 154-170; MAT 382-401; GRE 145-153; MAT 351-381/GRE 134-144.  Applicants with scores of MAT 350/GRE 133 or below will not be considered for admission.
  5. A minimum of two professional references from persons qualified to judge the applicant’s moral character, professional expertise, and capacity for postgraduate-level work.  One of these references must be from a supervisor or administrator, and the other must be an academic reference from a professor or a content expert (not a colleague).  Professional references should be able to clearly describe the applicant’s abilities, knowledge, experience, and capability to succeed in this program.  It is recommended the applicant has the references focus on relevant competencies, aptitudes, and experiences.  References must be within one calendar year of application.
  6. One-page personal statement to the School of Education Graduate Admissions Committee that states goals specific to the applicant’s plan of use for future teaching, learning, training, and research in a clear and compelling manner.  Applicants should share experiences that closely align with the program goals.  The statement is also reviewed for level of writing proficiency and evidence of originality and creativity.
  7. Current resume that includes institution’s/organization’s name, role/s, and start and end dates.  The resume should demonstrate extensive broad experience in multiple relevant settings.
  8. TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper test), 213 (computer test) or equivalent evidence of proficiency in English for applicants for whom English is a second language.

The Doctor of Education Program with a specialization in Curriculum and Assessment is designed to allow for initial enrollment in either the fall or spring semester while the Doctor of Education Program with a specialization in the Exceptional Learner will only allow for initial enrollment in the fall semester; new students will not be permitted to start courses during summer semester.  For questions regarding admission requirements for this degree program, please contact your admissions coordinator.

Doctor of Education (EdD) Program Admission Requirements

For a candidate to be considered for admission, he or she must:

  1. have earned a master degree in education or related field from an institution that is fully accredited by a regional accrediting agency or a comparable degree from an international institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4-point scale.  Master degrees earned in a related field must be approved by the School of Education Graduate Review Committee.  Alignment of coursework foundational to and supportive of the EdD-curriculum and assessment is taken into consideration, e.g., research-related coursework.
  2. be in good standing at all previous institutions of higher learning.  Students who, for academic or disciplinary reasons, are not eligible to register in the college or university last attended will not be admitted for graduate study.

Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) Program Admission Status

Accepted

A student with accepted status has earned an average score from the Graduate Review Committee that meets or exceeds the cut score for admittance into the program.  Accepted students enroll in the upcoming semester:  fall or spring.  If a student earned accepted status and does not enroll in the upcoming semester, the student must re-apply or receive permission from the Dean of the School of Education to defer enrollment to the next term.

Reserve

A student with reserve status has earned an average score from the Graduate Review Committee that meets the cut score for admittance into the program.  The reserve student is accepted into the program, but the student’s eligibility to enroll is waitlisted until a seat opens.  The reserve student will be notified when an enrollment slot opens. Should a slot not open for the term of application, the student will be offered enrollment in the following term.  If the student does not enroll in the following term as offered, the student must re-apply or receive permission from the Dean of the School of Education to defer enrollment to the next term.  An applicant may submit a written request to the Graduate Review Committee for reserve status once.  The applicant must justify the reason for deferring enrollment in this request. 

Denied

A student with denied status has earned an average score from the Graduate Review Committee that is below the cut score for admittance into the program.  An applicant denied admission may not reapply for future admission to the program.

Amend

A student with amend status may be required by the Graduate Review Committee, upon initial review of the applicant’s submitted documentation, to provide additional documentation or information (e.g., additional professional recommendations) prior to the committee’s review of the student’s application for admission.  The student will have 10 business days from the date of notification of the amend status to upload the additional information requested to the application file.  Failure of the student to respond to the Graduate Review Committee requirements will result in the student being denied admission.

Admission Status Appeal

An applicant who is denied admission or placed on the reserve list may appeal this decision only in the case of one of the following:

  • bias or perception of bias in the admission decision-making process;
  • extenuating circumstances, which for good reason, the applicant did not inform the University in the application process, and the extenuating circumstances may have had a material impact on the admission decision.

In the case of an appeal that meets either of these criteria, the applicant must:

  • appeal in writing to the Dean of the School of Education within 10 days of receiving the admission denial, as documented by the date on the status letter.
  • state the reason for the appeal and provide supporting evidence.

The Dean will consider the appeal and supporting evidence, will evaluate application documents, and will review the basis for the admission denial as was determined by the School of Education Graduate Review Committee.

The applicant will receive a written decision from the Dean.  The Dean is not a member of the Graduate Review Committee to ensure objectivity in the consideration of the appeal; therefore, the decision of the Dean of the School of Education is final.

Application to the Doctorate of Business Administration Program

For a candidate to be considered for admission, the following must be submitted to SWU’s Admissions Office:

  1. Submission of a completed SWU Online application.
  2. $25 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official transcripts of all college-level course work, both undergraduate and graduate. 
  4. International transcripts must be approved by a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) endorsed academic credentialing agency.  Southern Wesleyan University recommends the World Education Services and Josef Silny but will accept evaluations from other NACES members.
  5. Submission of a Statement of Purpose essay.
  6. Submission of a resume documenting professional experience in business or a related field for a minimum of three (3) years.
  7. Provision of official documents of satisfactory GRE, GMAT, or MAT test scores that are no older than five (5) years from the date of application to the doctorate program.
  8. Submission of official English language proficiency scores if English is not the candidate’s first language.  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are required.  A minimum score of 83 on the Internet-based TOEFL or a minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required.

The Doctorate of Business Administration Program is designed to allow for initial enrollment in either the fall or spring semester; new students will not be permitted to start courses during summer semester.  For questions regarding admission requirements for this degree program, please contact your admissions coordinator.

Doctorate of Business Administration Program Admission Requirements

For a candidate to be considered for admission, he or she must:

  1. have earned a master degree in business or related field from an institution that is fully accredited by a regional accrediting agency or a comparable degree from an international institution with a minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4-point scale.  Master degrees earned in a related field must be approved by the Benson School of Business Graduate Review Committee.
  2. International transcripts must be approved by a NACES (National Association of Credential Evaluation Services) endorsed academic credentialing agency.  Southern Wesleyan University recommends the World Education Services and Josef Silny but will accept evaluations from other NACES members.
  3. submit all official graduate transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
  4. be in good standing at all previous institutions of higher learning.  Students who for academic or disciplinary reasons are not eligible to register in the college or university last attended, will not be admitted for graduate study.
  5. submit a Statement of Purpose essay.
  6. submit a resume documenting professional experience in business or a related field for a minimum of three (3) years.
  7. provide official documents of satisfactory GRE, GMAT, or MAT test scores that are no older than five (5) years from the date of application to the doctorate program.
  8. submit official English language proficiency scores if English is not the candidate’s first language.  Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores are required.  A minimum score of 83 on the Internet-based TOEFL or a minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS is required.

Application to a Microcredential Program

For a candidate to be considered for admission in a microcredential program, the following must be submitted to the Office of Admissions:

  1. Submission of a completed SWU Online application.
  2. $25 non-refundable application fee.
  3. Official academic transcript from the regionally accredited college or university of highest degree earned.

Additionally, a candidate for the Microcredential in the Master of Education in Classroom Leaders program must also submit:

  1. Valid teaching certificate from the State of South Carolina or equivalent out-of-state certification. 
  2. Verification of current employment as a school teacher.  Applicants who are not currently employed in a school district must provide written permission from the school administrator permitting the student access to the school for completion of course requirements and practicum experiences.

A candidate for the Healthcare Microcredential in the Benson School of Business must also submit:

  1. Proof of a minimum of one-year professional experience in a healthcare field.

Additional Graduate Admission Information

If you have any questions regarding admission requirements for your degree program, please contact your admissions coordinator.

Requests for general information about SWU Online or questions about the application process should be directed to (864) 644-5557 or online@swu.edu.