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Frequently Asked Questions


Yes! Accreditation is a status granted to an educational institution or a program that has been found to meet or exceed stated criteria of educational quality. Accreditation has two fundamental purposes: to assure the quality of the institution or program, and to assist in the improvement of the institution or program. 

MVNU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, member of AdvancED and the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

You may find the answers to many of your questions in the FAQs listed here. If you still have unanswered questions, please call us at 1-800-839-2355. 

We want to be sure you have the information you need in order to move forward with your education. 


Yes. MVNU offers an Associate of Arts (General Studies) program. This is available through Graduate and Professional Studies (some classes may need to be taken outside of the GPS program to complete the full AA degree).

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree in general studies is available for individuals who plan to pursue to a four-year program in the future. The AA credits count toward the baccalaureate degree.

For more information, visit MVNU's Academic Catalog. 

This varies by the degree you are pursuing:


BBA, about 15 months (or more if you need to complete required foundation courses)

BAL, as little as 21 months, depending on previous credit

BAML, as little as 21 months, depending on previous credit

BAPA, as little as 21 months, depending on previous credit

MBA, just under 20 months, taking one course at a time

MBA-HCA, just under 20 months, taking one course at a time

MSM, about 16 months

Executive MBA or YEMBA, about 11 months


MAEd Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate (initial license), about 34 months (depending on applicant's undergraduate background)

MAEd Interventional Specialist Mild/Moderate (advanced license), about 22 months

MAEd Professional Educator's License, about 22 months (includes student teaching)


MMin, about 18 months

Master of Ministry + MBA Dual Degree, 30 months


Nursing, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing (for RNs), as little as 18 months

Social Work

BSW, about 27 months (or more if you need to complete required foundation courses)

Click here to see the list of online programs offered at MVNU.


Courses in the undergraduate and graduate business programs are offered fully online. Regardless of your location, you will be able to complete your degree program on your time.


All of our education programs at the undergraduate and graduate level are offered entirely online.


Our Bachelor of Arts in Ministry Leadership and our Master of Ministry (including our M.Min./MBA dual degree program) are offered 100% online.

Social Work

No courses or programs are online at this time.

Our programs are designed for the working adult learner. Most of our programs are offered entirely online, while others hold classes just one night a week. Students are able to maintain their other obligations while pursuing the dream of a college degree. You can fit your education into just about any work/life schedule.

Click here to see the list of online courses available!


Unlike many other colleges and universities, MVNU does NOT charge an application fee - one more advantage for you!

Yes. To complete your application file, MVNU will need official copies of transcripts from sent directly from all schools you have previously attended. They can be sent to:
GPS Applications
800 Martinsburg Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
or sent electronically to

No, neither of these exams are required for any graduate-level program at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.


All college-level courses, meaning not remedial or developmental, will transfer from a regionally accredited institution with a passing score of C- or above. Official transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution in order for courses to be posted. All transfer credits must be posted 6 weeks prior to graduation.

Many types of professional training can be considered for college credit. With proper documentation, students can earn up to 40 semester hours of general electives.

Yes! MVNU accepts credit by exam for some degree requirements. Students can take CLEP and/or DANTES exams to earn additional credits towards their Liberal Arts Audit. Students cannot test out of core curriculum courses. The maximum credits earned through exams cannot exceed 30. Once a student successfully passes an exam, they are required to pay transcription fees of $30 per credit hour to have the credits posted to their transcript. Flyers are provided for CLEP and/or DANTES exams with exams available and the categories in which the exams will fit. Talk to your Enrollment Specialist for more information about these opportunities.


Yes. The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions, like MVNU, in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.

You may have tuition and fees that exceed that amount if you are attending a private institution, graduate school or attending an out-of-state school. If you are enrolled at a Yellow Ribbon participating institution and the tuition and fees exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition or fees, additional funds may be available for your education program without an additional charge to your entitlement. Click to learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program and to see if you qualify.

Yes! We'll be happy to help you apply them to your education. The following are some of the benefits MVNU accepts:

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Veteran's Benefits, Montgomery GI (DD214 form)
  • MyCAA for spouses of active duty military members
  • Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program (get forms from Ohio Adjutant General's Office)

For more information, contact Jared Sponseller at (740) 397-9000, ext. 4521.

Yes! Veterans can earn up to 40 semester hours of general electives by supplying us with their military training transcripts.


Yes, many MVNU Graduate and Professional Studies students are eligible for federal and state grant and loan opportunities. Additionally, many employers provide some level of tuition reimbursement. Details can be obtained from financial aid.

A GPS Enrollment Specialist will be able to provide more information regarding tuition and additional fees. Textbooks are not included in the cost of the program.

Eligibility for financial aid is dependent on many factors. Our financial aid department will provide assistance and explain your options as a part-time or full-time student.

FAFSA on the Web is the U.S. Department of Education's official electronic application for federal student aid. Visit to find out steps to apply. The GPS financial aid office can provide additional information.


Career-oriented events held at various times and locations throughout the year can boost your job search and resume writing skills. Special speakers from state offices and other agencies assist you in mock job interviews and offer advice on how to move forward.

It is the policy of MVNU that no qualified persons with disabilities shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any of its programs or activities.

Any qualified student who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and/or working, can receive assistance at MVNU as provided in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and in the applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The office of Academic Support serves as the campus contact for any disability related needs that students may have. Below is a brief overview of Disability Services and a description of the steps that students follow in order to use these services. More comprehensive information is provided here.


At this link you will find information on the type of computer, hardware, software and internet requirements necessary to be successful as an MVNU GPS student.

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