General Academic Policies
Issuing of Academic Transcripts
Academic Transcripts can be requested from the Registrar’s Office. Information on this can be found on the Academic Transcripts page.
All degrees are conferred upon approval by the NBS Senate.
Graduation Policies and Procedure
Northwest Baptist Seminary students approaching the end of their academic program must apply to graduate. This gives the Registrar the opportunity to do a program audit for the student and to confirm whether or not the student is eligible to graduate.
Academic Policies Specific to the Immerse Master of Divinity
The following policies govern the academic delivery and process governing the Immerse program. These policies build upon the principles described within the Immerse manual.
Student progress toward the accumulation of the required outcomes is managed through the student’s online portfolio. Students are responsible to upload all work supporting mastery of the appropriate outcomes. Mentors will have access to all of the student’s work through this web portal.
Each Ministry Leadership Outcome requires students to accumulate at least 9 Learning Units in pursuit of mastery. If, after these Learning Units are achieved, the mentoring team determines that the student has not yet attain mastery of the given Outcome, the mentors may require the student to accumulate further Learning Units. Such additional Learning Units will demonstrably contribute to mastery of the given Outcome, will be consistent with the Immerse Outcome Development Assignment categories, and will be clearly documented in the student’s online portfolio.
Graduate credit transferred into the program will be assessed by the dean’s office for academic suitability and applied toward the completion of select corresponding Learning Units by the mentoring team under the guidance of the academic advisor. The application of transfer credit to Immerse Learning Units is at the discretion of the mentoring team. Such arrangements will be articulated in writing with the student. Please note that no single outcome can be achieved entirely through transfer credit, as the student’s mentors will need some means of assessing the student as to each outcome. No more than 1/3 of overall program credit can be transferred into Immerse.
Instructional Seminar Participation
Students are required to personally attend at least one instructional seminar per year, but in-person attendance is strongly encouraged for all seminars. Should personal attendance not be possible, student participation may be facilitated through attendance at distance through online streaming or video-recorded access. Such participation at a distance must be approved by the student’s mentoring team and the academic advisor. Irrespective of their means of attendance, all students who participate in instructional seminars will be responsible to pay the seminar registration fee.
Request for Assessment
Students can request assessment by the mentors of the student’s work toward a specific Outcome upon the completion of the 9 required Learning Units. Such requests should be made to the student’s academic advisor.
Upon completion of each Outcome, students will be sent a simple evaluation form through which they may give feedback regarding the effectiveness of the Outcome. Students will not receive final credit for the outcome until this form has been submitted.
Grading in Immerse is at both the Assignment level and the Outcome level. Upon completion of an Outcome Development Assignment, mentoring teams will assign students a grade of A, B, or C for that Assignment. Mentoring teams are encouraged to work with students to refine Assignments until they attain at least a B grade. The grade scale is as follows:
|A||Student work is exceptional;|
|B||Student work is above the average level expected for graduate studies;|
|C||Student work is passable at the graduate level.|
Upon completion of a Ministry Leadership Outcome, which includes the 9 required Learning Units and any additional Learning Units, mentoring teams will assign students a grade to be recorded on student academic transcripts. Such final grades will take into account the aggregate evaluation of student Assignments, but will not necessarily involve mathematical calculations of Assignment percentages. Students in the Immerse program must achieve a grade of B+ or higher for each Outcome in order to count that Outcome toward the completion of their degree. The grade scale is as follows:
|A+||Students show near-perfect mastery of the Outcome|
|A||Students show exceptional mastery of the Outcome in all respects|
|A-||Students show exceptional mastery of the Outcome in most respects|
|B+||Students show mastery of the Outcome in all respects|
|B||Students show mastery of the Outcome in most respects|
|B-||Students show below-average mastery of the Outcome|
|F||Students show insufficient mastery of the Outcome|
Students can appeal decisions on academic matters such as grading to the NBS Dean. All such appeals must be made in writing with expressed rationale, received no later than 60 days after the assignment of the grade.
Students who enter Immerse with an approved undergraduate degree (as determined by the NBS Dean) will receive a Master of Divinity from NBS upon completion of the program requirements. Students who enter Immerse without a completed undergraduate degree, but with at least 60 hours of undergraduate training, will receive a Diploma in Christian Studies upon completion of the first 9 Ministry Leadership Outcomes, and a Master of Arts in Christian Studies upon completion of the remaining Outcomes. The requirements of the Diploma must be completed within 2 years of program admission.
Assessment for Candidacy
Upon the anniversary of their first acceptance into the program, students will be assessed for formal candidacy by their mentoring team. Candidacy is awarded to students who have shown satisfactory progress in the program to date and who display reasonable capacity to complete the program in an appropriate amount of time. Mentors may require remedial action from students who have not yet proved such capacity. Students who do not achieve candidacy within 24 months of acceptance into the program will not be allowed to continue in the Immerse program.
Removal of Candidacy
Students who are found to be in frequent and habitual violation of the expectations of the Immerse program (for example, persisting in actions that violate the Community Standards) may have their candidacy revoked. Such action will only be undertaken after a thorough review by the Joint Immerse Management team.
View the Immerse Graduation Policies and Procedures here.