Academic Policies


A student participates in an online course by engaging in academically related activities of the course. Examples of such activities include but are not limited to: contributing to an online discussion or chat term; submitting an assignment or working draft; working exercises; taking a quiz or exam; or initiating contact with a faculty member to ask a course-related question. Documenting that a student has logged into an online class or website is not sufficient, by itself, to demonstrate academic participation by the student.

Any student who has not logged into an online course within one week of the start date of the course may be dropped from the class roster for non-participation. Any student who fails to complete coursework which in the aggregate constitutes 10% or more of the course grade during the session may be dropped from the course for non-participation. The last date of a student’s participation will be the date the student last logged into the course and completed an academically related activity.

All students enrolled in concentrations with an Applied Option must follow syllabi for each course and enroll in sections that each require regular physical meetings in the USA. Participation at these physical meetings following published guidelines for each course is required of all students selecting an Applied Option. Each student enrolled in concentrations with an Applied Option must further more engage in an internship integral to the established curriculum, participation in which is required to begin immediately. The practical training must directly relate to the student's major area of study. Locating an internship is the responsibility of the student, with all placements subject to the approval of SOBAPP and certified as cooperative practical training required to achieve the curricular objective of the Applied Option. Students unable to locate an acceptable practical training placement will be given a special project or other substitution per the discretion of SOBAPP, satisfactory completion of which will be required prior to graduation from the MBA program. Internships (or approved substitutions) are assessed on a pass/fail basis.

Transfer Credit

Texas Wesleyan’s SOBAPP may accept up to 6 credit hours (2 courses) as transfer credit from another AACSB-accredited university’s M.B.A. or other graduate program. No transfer of credit is automatic and all possible transfer courses must receive final approval from the Dean or Associate Dean after consulting with appropriate graduate faculty members. To be eligible for transfer, a course grade of a “B” or above is required, and the class must have been taken no more than seven years prior to the applicant’s projected graduation date from the M.B.A. program at Texas Wesleyan (refer to the Time Limitation policy below). Students must have a 3.0 GPA or higher in their previous program in order for transfer credits to be considered.

Acceptance of transfer credit toward business graduate program requirements is contingent upon its relevance and appropriateness to the degree being sought and is subject to approval by the Dean or Associate Dean of the SOBAPP. Transfer hours of a “B” or better will receive a grade of “P” and will not be computed in the GPA.

Time Limitation

A student must complete the requirements for a graduate degree in the School of Business Administration and Professional Programs within seven years from the date of initial enrollment in graduate courses at Texas Wesleyan University. Students may, in writing, request an additional extension of time to graduate which must be approved by the Graduate Committee. All decisions made by the Graduate Committee will be communicated to the student in writing and approved extension requests may have stipulations or conditions included which must be adhered to by the student.

Residency Requirement

To be awarded the M.B.A., students must successfully complete 24 credit hours and 10 courses at Texas Wesleyan University.


Graduate credit is allowed only for courses completed with grades “A,” “B,” and “C,” although grades “D” and “F” are used in computing grade point averages.

No final grade assigned for a graduate-level course may be raised unless an error has been made. The substitution of another course for one completed with a lower grade is not permitted.

Selected courses, workshops, etc. may be graded on a “P” (pass) or “F” (fail) basis at the option of the Graduate Committee. No more than 3 hours may be graded pass/fail. A grade of “P” for a pass/fail course is not calculated in the grade point average. However, a grade of “F” for a pass/fail course will be used in the grade point calculation.

Minimum Academic Standards

The graduate business programs in the SOBAPP requires that a student maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) or better. The Graduate Committee of the SOBAPP will recommend withdrawal of a student from a master’s program if a student receives two course grades below “C.” For purposes of enforcing this withdrawal rule, the first grade received in a course is used by the Graduate Committee. Master’s program students may not graduate with more than two “Cs” in their program requirements, although a course may be repeated once to raise a grade of “C” or lower. A student may not repeat more than three courses at the graduate level, and all replacement course work must be completed at Texas Wesleyan University. Pending recommendation of the Graduate Committee, the Dean of the SOBAPP will make the final decision on a student’s withdrawal.

Students will be placed on probation if their cumulative GPA falls below a 3.0.  Students will remain on probation until they raise their cumulative GPA to a 3.0 and above.