Mount Vernon Nazarene University

2011-2012 Catalog

Opportunities for Academically Advanced Students

Students with advanced academic ability or an exemplary academic record may qualify for the opportunities listed below. Students should note that a maximum of 30 semester hours of credit-by-examination may be recorded at the University.

College Level Examination Program

The University endorses the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). When the scores are received by the University Registrar, the scores are analyzed and the student informed of the credits earned. Additional information can be secured from the student’s high school counselor, the University’s Director of Testing, or the University Registrar.

Advanced Placement

Students who have participated in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program, sponsored by the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) while in high school, may receive college credit if they receive scores of 3, 4, or 5 (depends on exam). Mount Vernon Nazarene University’s College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) code number is 1531.

Scores required for credit earned through CLEP and AP are listed in the Admissions section of the Catalog. The use of CLEP or AP examinations to meet departmental requirements (e.g., major or minor) are subject to the department chair’s written approval through a memorandum to the University Registrar.

International Baccalaureate

The University also accepts International Baccalaureate (IB) higher level (HL) examinations for credit on a case-by-case basis. Contact the University Registrar for information on required scores.

Independent Study

Projects in areas not covered by the University’s curriculum may be designed and conducted. The projects, whether conducted on or off campus, must be of an educational nature and of sufficient content to warrant credit. Each independent study proposal is developed by the student and a supervising faculty member. The independent study application is available from the University Registrar, the student’s academic advisor, or the faculty member through which the independent study will be supervised. Approval of the completed application and learning plan developed in cooperation with the supervising faculty member must be secured from the supervising faculty member and school dean prior to registration.

Minimum requirements are:

  • junior or senior classification; and
  • cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00.

Directed Study

Because of course scheduling difficulties, the student may request that a designated course be taken as a directed study. The directed study application is available from the University Registrar, the student’s academic advisor, or the faculty member through which the directed study will be supervised. Approval of the completed application and learning plan developed in cooperation with the supervising faculty member must be secured from the supervising faculty member, student’s advisor, department chair and school dean prior to registration.

If the directed study is necessitated by student choice or request, a special fee of $50.00 per semester hour credit beyond tuition is assessed for a directed study. If the directed study is necessitated by University action, the student may request the fee be waived by the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs.

Approval of the directed study and request for waiver of fee must be completed prior to registration.

Minimum requirements for a directed study are:

  • sophomore, junior, or senior classification;
  • cumulative grade point average of at least 3.00; and
  • the scheduled study cannot duplicate a course on the current class schedule.