Graduate Catalog

Trevecca Nazarene University offers graduate students a curriculum that combines academic and field study in dynamic learning environments. We celebrate spiritual growth, intellectual debate, an atmosphere of rigorous learning, individual growth, and a dedication to social justice.

Students work closely with a faculty recognized not only for academic scholarship and engaging instruction, but also for ongoing service conducted in the field. Our graduates enter the field prepared to become creative leaders who transform society through education, religious, and management studies and elevate individuals through psychological, social, and medical support.

We welcome you to join us in this endeavor. This catalog will further introduce you to our community, our programs, and our mission. We look forward to supporting you on your journey to success.

The University Catalog serves as the master catalog for all policies, procedures, and guidelines relative to all academic programs of the University. This catalog supplement provides additional information for the graduate programs generally and for each program specifically; however, it is viewed only as an extension of the University Catalog document. A copy of the University Catalog is available on-line at

Statements in this catalog should be taken as the University's current courses, programs, and policies. Admission to specific courses and programs will be dependent upon the qualifications of students and the availability of instructors. The University reserves the right to change its courses, programs, tuition and fees subsequent to the publication of this catalog.

Student Responsibility

Graduate students must assume full responsibility for knowledge of rules and regulations of the Graduate Committee and program requirements for the chosen degree program. Any exceptions to the policies stated in the Graduate Catalog must be approved by the Dean of the School responsible for the program. Individual colleges and departments may have requirements beyond the minimum established by the Graduate Committee.

A Word From the President

Reading is an interesting event. When we read, some words rise while others remain flat on the page. You sit in a restaurant scanning a menu. Some descriptions of food entice you; others leave you less than interested. You stand in a book store. Some titles intrigue you, others don't. You read the newspaper. Some stories stop you; others don't even slow you down.

Could it be that reading reveals you, what your interests are, what your future may be like?

I would suggest you read this catalog prayerfully. If words rise off the page, maybe God is speaking to you about the kind of work you are born to do. In the pages that follow, your future may be calling you. Your God-called work is the business of Trevecca.


Dan Boone, President


Who We Are

Trevecca Nazarene University is a fully accredited comprehensive institution of higher education located in Nashville, Tennessee. The University offers baccalaureate, associate, and master's degrees. In addition, the School of Education and the Graduate Psychology Program each offer a doctoral degree.

Trevecca's distinctiveness is that of being a holiness institution of higher education that presents a Christian interpretation of truth. While the nature of the University has changed some over the years, its mission to provide quality Christian-centered education, with an emphasis on the integration of faith and learning, has been maintained. The name "university" is especially appropriate for any institution that clearly focuses on this mission.

There are several elements that are key to Trevecca's character:

First, teaching is the University's primary responsibility. While some faculty are increasingly engaged in research, writing, and service projects, their greatest task is to teach.

Second, the main concern is in helping the individual student. Trevecca is a Christian community.

Third, spiritual life development remains at the core of its focus. The spiritual commitment of the faculty and student body are a vital part of University life.

We welcome you and encourage you to be a part of Trevecca Nazarene University.

History of Trevecca

Trevecca Nazarene University was founded in Nashville in 1901 by the Rev. J.O. McClurkan as a training school for Christian workers. In 1910 the curriculum was broadened and the name changed to Trevecca College, which was chartered by the State of Tennessee. The name "Trevecca" is derived from "House of Rebekah" and means "a binding together in love." The original Trevecca College was started in 1768 in South Wales during the Wesleyan Revival.

In 1914 the college was moved from downtown Nashville to Gallatin Road in East Nashville and in 1935 was established at its present location on Murfreesboro Road in Southeast Nashville. Trevecca became the official college of the Church of the Nazarene in the Southeast Educational Zone in 1917. It graduated its first four-year class in 1942. The college was accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1969 with membership reaffirmed for ten years in 1973, 1983, 1993, and 2003. Its teacher education program was first approved by the Tennessee Department of Education in 1956. Master's degree programs were started in 1984. In 1995 the name of the institution was changed to Trevecca Nazarene University, and in December 1998 Trevecca was approved as a level-V institution by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and began offering the doctor of education (Ed.D.) degree in January 1999.

From the very beginning Trevecca has sought to provide Christian education for both ministers and laymen. Today its educational program is reflected in some fifty baccalaureate, associate, pre-professional, and graduate programs. Its service-oriented philosophy has resulted in worldwide alumni representation.

The motto of Trevecca is esse quam videri—"to be rather than to seem." Its colors are purple and white, and its athletic team name is "the Trojans." The Trevecca Alma Mater is the following:

On a hill stands old Trevecca

Lined against the sky.

Hallowed halls of faith and learning,

As the years go by.

We will honor and we'll love her,

We will stand for right.

Always carry high her banner,

Hail to the purple and the white.

Fellow students, let us honor her,

And be ever true.

Sons and daughters she'll be proud of—

Dear old T.N.U.

The first president of Trevecca was the Rev. J. O. McClurkan (1901-1914). He was followed by Dr. C. E. Hardy (1915-1919, 1920-1925, 1928-1937), Dr. S. S. White (1919-1920), Mr. John T. Benson (1925-1926), Dr. A .B. Mackey (1937-1963), Dr. William M. Greathouse (1963-1968), Dr. Mark Moore (1968-1979), Dr. Homer J. Adams (1979-1991), and Dr. Millard Reed (1991-2005). Dr. Dan L. Boone was elected Trevecca's eleventh president in 2005.

For the 75th Anniversary celebration of Trevecca in 1976, a history of the institution, authored by Dr. Mildred Bangs Wynkoop was published under the title The Trevecca Story. A Vine of God's Own Planting by Dr. John Chilton, emeritus professor of history, was published in 2001 as part of the Trevecca Centennial Series. This latest work focuses primarily on the events that shaped Trevecca from the years 1976 to 2001.


The University is located in southeast Nashville on Murfreesboro Road. It is easily accessible from all points in the city including three major interstate highways and is about five miles from the airport. Nashville is the home of country music, health care conglomerate headquarters, internationally known publishers, the state Capital and state government offices, and nationally famous entertainment and historic sites. Trevecca is one of fifteen colleges and universities in Nashville.


Trevecca Nazarene University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097; (404)-679-4500) to award associate's, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.

Trevecca's Teacher Education Program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Education and is a pre-candidate for accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and its Graduate Physician Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistants (ARC-PA). Trevecca Nazarene University is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Accreditation documents are on file in the Academic Affairs Office and may be reviewed upon request.

Trevecca is a member of the

Mission Statement

Trevecca Nazarene University is a Christian Community providing education for leadership and service.


Trevecca Nazarene University, founded in 1901 by J.O. McClurkan, is a private, accredited, co-educational, comprehensive institution of higher learning that exists to meet the higher educational needs of the Church of the Nazarene. Its academic programs are based on Christian values that promote scholarship, critical thinking, and meaningful worship for students in preparation for lives of leadership and service to the church, the community and the world at large.

As the official University of the Church of the Nazarene in the southeastern United States, Trevecca is guided by the doctrines and principles of conduct of the denomination. The University emphasizes the authority of the Bible, as well as the doctrine, experience, and ethic of Christian holiness as interpreted by the Wesleyan tradition. The University welcomes students of any religious affiliation who subscribe to its ideals and standards.

Trevecca intends that its graduates be persons who are developing holistically in the cognitive, emotional, physical, social, and spiritual areas of being. They are to be individuals of strong Christian character, able to make ethical decisions based on biblical principles. Their characteristics should include competence, responsibility, compassion, and the ability to integrate Christian faith and learning in practice. The University desires that each student develop a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

The University's traditional undergraduate curricular programs focus on the liberal arts and sciences as reflected in the core curriculum and emphasize a number of professional content areas. The University also provides a variety of nontraditional and continuing education professional programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. All University programs seek to prepare individuals for positions of leadership and service in their chosen careers.

To achieve its purpose, Trevecca employs faculty, administrators, and staff who seek to provide a supportive and challenging environment in which every student can realize his or her full potential in Christ. Therefore, employees must be committed Christians who are professionally qualified and fully committed to the mission and purpose of the school.


The Church of the Nazarene believes:

  1. We believe in one God—the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  2. We believe that the Old and New Testament Scriptures, given by plenary inspiration, contain all truth necessary for faith and Christian living.
  3. We believe that man is born with a fallen nature and is, therefore, inclined to evil, and that continually.
  4. We believe that the finally impenitent are hopelessly and eternally lost.
  5. We believe that the atonement through Christ is for the whole human race and that whosoever repents and believes on the Lord Jesus Christ is justified and regenerated and saved from the dominion of sin.
  6. We believe that believers are to be sanctified wholly, subsequent to regeneration, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  7. We believe that the Holy Spirit bears witness to the new birth and also to the entire sanctification of believers.
  8. We believe that our Lord will return, the dead will be raised, and the final judgment will take place.


Institutional Operational Goals:

Trevecca is committed to:

  1. Being a Christian university, which is guided by Wesleyan holiness tradition, and ethical and moral values as interpreted by the Church of the Nazarene.
  2. Providing students with opportunities for academic, social, emotional, physical, and spiritual growth.
  3. Meeting the higher educational needs of our primary stakeholder—the Church of the Nazarene in the southeastern region.
  4. Maintaining a residential campus for traditional-age students, a majority of whom are from Nazarene and other Wesleyan holiness churches.
  5. Providing mission-based educational services when possible to all individuals who desire a university education in a Christian environment and from a Christian worldview.
  6. Maintaining all University resources in a responsible manner.
  7. Maintaining quality academic programs.
  8. Increasing enrollment in all programs, if such growth does not sacrifice other core values.
  9. Being a redemptive, evangelistic community of believers and learners.
  10. Providing a safe and healthy learning and living environment for students and employees.
  11. Improving the quality of life for students and employees in a consistent manner.
  12. Exploring new technologies and innovative ways of program delivery.
  13. Serving students as our primary customers.
  14. Developing life long relationships with students and alumni.
  15. Providing high quality support services for all aspects of the campus.
  16. Maintaining a positive relationship with the Middle Tennessee community.

Institutional Educational Goals:

Trevecca Nazarene University seeks to develop a graduate who:

  1. Has a character capable of leadership and service shaped by the habits and practices of the Christian tradition.
  2. Has developed the capacity for disciplined reflection on the faith through the ministry of the Church and exposure to the parameters of the Christian faith, especially as it is engendered in the Wesleyan holiness tradition.
  3. Understands the literary, artistic, mathematical, and scientific contributions along with the persons, events, and ideas, which have given shape to civilization.
  4. Has developed an appreciation for the diversity of insight and perspective evident in the global community.
  5. Can write, speak, and use appropriate technologies in order to learn and communicate at a level consistent with an academic community.
  6. Has the critical thinking skills and commitment to learning that will foster a lifetime of intellectual growth.
  7. Sees life in its cognitive and affective; personal and relational; intellectual and spiritual; emotional, physiological, and physical dimensions in a way that engenders wholeness.
  8. Has developed essential skills through practicums, internships, and other educational experiences in the larger community, which will enable him/her to become a productive influence in society.
  9. Demonstrates competence in at least one academic discipline commensurate with the professional and degree standards.

Graduate Programs of Study

Trevecca's graduate programs offer all the advantages that come with an established institution with a long history of academic quality and a focus on customer service. Many of our graduate students in business, education, and counseling are able to balance work and family schedules by taking courses in evenings, on weekends, or in online learning environments.  Other programs such as the physician assistant program are more highly structured and require a full time commitment on the part of the student. We also provide personalized student support to meet the demanding needs of adult learners.

Business-School of Business and Management

The School of Business and Management is housed in the Boone Business Building.

Master of Science in Management: The M.S. in Management exists to provide a quality graduate level business education for professional adult students. This program seeks to equip and empower students to lead the organizations they serve to achieve organizational excellence. This program functions from a Christian worldview and is committed to continuous improvement.

Master of Business Administration: The M.B.A. exists to provide a quality graduate-level business education for professional adult students. This program, which functions from a Christian worldview, seeks to equip and empower students with quantitative skills for organizational leadership and excellence.

For additional information, schedule of classes, and application for graduate admissions, write or call: Graduate Management Program, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37210-2877 (615) 248-1529; (800) 818-4256. E-mail:

Counseling-Graduate Psychology

The Graduate Psychology office is located in the lower level of Waggoner Library.

Master of Arts in Counseling: The M.A. in Counseling is a 48 semester hour degree that prepares a student for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC). In the state of Tennessee one can be licensed as a LPC or as an LPC with Mental Health Service Provider (MHSP) designation. This degree meets most of the academic requirements for LPC with MHSP. In addition to the M.A. in Counseling, one needs an additional 12 semester hours for a total of 60 semester hours for licensure. The degree equips one to counsel in an agency or private practice setting.

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology: The M.A. in Counseling Psychology is a 54 semester hour degree that prepares a student for licensure as an LPC with MHSP (as does the counseling degree above) but also prepares one for certification as a Psychological Assistant through the Board of Examiners in Psychology. This is the degree normally pursued by students who anticipate pursuing a doctoral degree in psychology after the completion of their M.A.

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy: The M.M.F.T. degree is a 51 semester hour degree that meets the requirements for licensure as a Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT). The degree equips one to counsel with individuals, couples or families from a systemic perspective in an agency or private practice setting.

Doctorate of Education in Clinical Counseling: The Ed.D. degree in Clinical Counseling is a 66 semester hour advanced professional degree designed for several groups: a) those who wish to enhance their skills as a therapist, b) those who wish to further their career within the mental health delivery system, c) those who wish to take a more active role in supervision and the development of other therapists, and d) those who wish to expand their professional options to include teaching in undergraduate and graduate training programs. The strong theme of the program is to develop clinicians who will themselves positively enhance the professional mental health community.

For additional information, schedule of classes, and application for graduate admissions, write or call: Graduate Psychology Program, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37210-2877; (615) 248-1384. E-mail: Website:

Education-School of Education

The School of Education is housed in the Mackey Building.

Master of Arts in Teaching K - 6; 7 - 12: The M.A. in Teaching K-6 and the M.A. in Teaching 7-12 are non-traditional programs designed to accommodate working adults who have an undergraduate degree in a field other than teacher education. The programs are comprised of thirty hours of course work and six hours of student teaching (or evidence of two years of successful teaching within the past five years.)
The Master of Arts in Teaching K-6 provides course work required for licensure as a teacher in grades K-6.
The Master of Arts in Teaching 7-12 provides course work required for licensure as a teacher to individuals who completed a bachelor's degree in a subject specialty (biology, physical education, history, theatre, speech, music, chemistry, business education, English, mathematics) but who did not take the teacher education courses needed to obtain initial licensure as a teacher.

Master of Education in Educational Leadership/Administration K-12: The M.Ed. in Educational Leadership/Administration K-12 is a licensure program for principals that enables candidates to develop knowledge and skills specified for the Beginning Administrator License (BAL) and Professional Administrator License (PAL) in the State of Tennessee. The Educational Leadership Program curriculum satisfies the requirements of Interstate School Leader Licensure Consortium (SLL).

Master of Education in English Language Learners PreK-12: The Master of Education in Teaching English Language Learners (ELL) provides prospective teachers of students for whom English is not their first language with a concentrated focus appropriate to grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. This program is designed for individuals who are already licensed teachers with an option for individuals who seek only initial licensure as an ELL teacher to obtain a Master of Arts in Teaching English Language Learners.

Master of Education in Instructional Effectiveness/Curriculum K-12: The M.Ed. in Instructional Effectiveness is appropriate for individuals who wish to continue working as teachers and increase their knowledge and skills regarding curriculum and instruction. This degree does not lead to licensure.

Master of Education in Instructional Technology PreK-12: The M.Ed. in Technology PreK-12 provides prospective technology specialists with a concentrated focus appropriate to grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. This 15 month program is designed as an additional field of expertise for individuals who are already licensed as teachers. All technology courses are laboratory-based, providing hands-on computer experience in class and requiring extensive computer work outside of class. Students must have access to Microsoft Office Suite, Internet, and email. 

Master of Education in Reading PreK-12: The M.Ed. in Reading provides prospective reading teachers with a concentrated focus appropriate to grades pre-kindergarten through twelve. This program is not designed for individuals seeking initial certification. Candidates for the reading endorsement must have three years of successful experience as a licensed teacher.

Master of Library and Information Science K-12: The main focus of the M.L.I.S. program is to prepare teachers to become school library information specialists, with emphasis on the twenty-one competencies required by the Tennessee State Department of Education.

Ed.D. in Leadership and Professional Practice: The Ed.D. in Professional Leadership and Practice is a non-traditional doctoral program designed for the working practitioner. The program extends for nine semesters over 36 months. A major action research project, a non-traditional dissertation, is completed in concert with the course work. The program is designed around a cohort model and a rigorous, standardized curriculum. A nine-day, on-campus residency period is required during the three summers of the student's program. The instructional delivery system includes extended time beyond actual class meeting for reflections, lectures, group work, technology, presentation, and action research reports.

For additional information, schedule of classes, and application for graduate admissions, write or call: Graduate Education Program, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37210-2877; (615) 248-1201; (800) 284-1594. E-mail:

Physician Assistant-Division of Natural and Applied Sciences

The Division of Natural and Applied Sciences is housed in the Greathouse Science building.

Master of Science: Medicine (Physician Assistant): Physician assistants are health professionals licensed, or in the case of those employed by the Federal Government, credentialed to practice medicine with physician supervision. Physician assistants are qualified by graduation from an accredited physician assistant educational program and certification by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. Within the physician/PA relationship, physician assistants exercise autonomy in medical decision making and provide a broad range of diagnostic and therapeutic services. The clinical role of physician assistants includes primary and specialty care in medical and surgical practice settings in rural and urban areas. Physician assistant practice is centered on patient care and may include educational, research, and administrative activities. Adopted 1995 Amended 1966 AAPA House of Delegates

For additional information, schedule of classes, and application for graduate admissions, go to the web site or you can E-mail:

Religion-Millard Reed School of Religion

The Millard Reed School of Religion is housed in the McClurkan building.

Master of Arts in Religion: The M.A. in Religion is designed to provide advanced study and training for those who wish to pursue such programs beyond the baccalaureate degree. The goal of the program is to provide the depth of training, the specialized skills, and the sense of creative independence that will allow learners to practice and to contribute to their profession and to develop competence in methods of study appropriate to their areas of interest. This program offers course work with concentrations in Biblical Studies, Theological Studies, and Preaching.

For additional information, schedule of classes, and application for graduate admissions, write or call: Graduate Religion Program, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37210-2877; (615) 248-1378.


Graduate Committee

Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs (chair)

Carol Maxson

University Provost

Steve Pusey

Director of Graduate Education/ MLIS Programs

Esther Swink

Director of Graduate Religion Program

Tim Green

Director of Graduate Management Program

Ken Burger

Director of Graduate Psychology Program

Peter Wilson

Director of Graduate Physician Assistant Program

Mike Moredock

Graduate Education Faculty Member

Stella Simpson

Graduate Religion Faculty Member

Nate Kerr

Graduate Management Faculty Member

Allen Jinnette

Graduate Psychology Faculty Member

Don Harvey

Graduate Physician Assistant Faculty Member

Larry Gerdom

Director of Academic Records

Becky Niece

Director of Library Services

Ruth Kinnersley



As a private Christian university affiliated with the Church of the Nazarene, Trevecca is open to any qualified student without regard to race, color, sex, age, creed, national or ethnic origin, or physical disability. Trevecca Nazarene University complies with all statutory and regulatory nondiscrimination requirements applicable to this institution in the administration of its educational policies and programs, scholarships and loan program, equal opportunity employment practices, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

Admissions Process

Enrollment to a graduate program requires an applicant to apply to the specific graduate program. Application procedures are specific to each graduate program and applicants should familiarize themselves with the deadlines and materials required for their program of choice in the specific program section of this catalog. No student will be allowed to seek admission to the university until they are granted a letter of acceptance by their graduate program director.

Specific program admission requirements are listed in the program section of this catalog.

Transcript Evaluation

Official transcripts are needed in order for an applicant's record to be evaluated. Transcripts will be evaluated by University personnel when the applicant has completed an official application and paid the application fee.

In education programs where an evaluation is needed to determine whether or not courses are needed to obtain state teacher licensure, a transcript evaluation fee of $50.00 will be required prior to evaluation. If the student enrolls in Trevecca, the fee will be in lieu of the application fee.

Transfer Credit/Transient Work

The number of hours of transfer credit allowed is determined by the degree program requirements and is considered on a case-by-case basis. Transfer credit is not automatic. Transfer credit will be carefully evaluated by the program director/coordinator or advisor/appointee. If a graduate program accepts transfer credit, transferability will be based on specific criteria:

Permission to take courses at other institutions while working on a graduate degree at Trevecca must be obtained from the dean of the school offering the program or the dean's designee.

Maximum transfer credits have been established for each degree program:

School of Business and Management

Master of Science in Management – 6 semester hours

Master of Business Administration – 6 semester hours

Graduate Psychology

Master of Arts in Counseling – 9 semester hours

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology – 9 semester hours

Master of Marriage and Family Therapy – 9 semester hours

Division of Natural and Applied Sciences

All transfer work will be evaluated by the curriculum committee. Transfer students may need to undergo additional testing over course material to demonstrate competency in the subject matter. Transfer credit will only be accepted from another physician assistant program, accredited by The Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (ARC-PA), and offering a graduate Physician's Assistant degree. The applicant must be in good academic/social standing with the PA Program from which he or she is transferring.

School of Education

Educational Leadership – 3 semester hours

English Language Learners – 6 semester hours

Instructional Effectiveness – 6 semester hours

Instructional Technology – 6 semester hours

Master of Arts in Teaching – 0 semester hours

Reading – 6 semester hours

Library and Information Science – 0 semester hours

Ed.D. – 0 semester hours

Millard Reed School of Religion

Master of Arts in Religion: Biblical Studies – 9 semester hours

Master of Arts in Religion: Theological Studies – 9 semester hours

Master of Arts in Religion: Preaching – 9 semester hours

Second Master's Degree

If a student desires to earn a second master's degree at Trevecca, all current admission requirements must be met as well as the prescribed curriculum. A course may be counted for one degree only.

International Students

International students who wish to enter the University must file their applications and complete certified copies of official transcripts, certificates, diplomas and degrees translated to English well in advance of the semester for which they seek admission.

International students must show evidence of ability to understand and use English sufficiently well to succeed in their work at Trevecca. All international students must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

Submit a successful official TOEFL score report.

The TOEFL requirement can be waived if:

The TOEFL examination is administered in many overseas testing centers. Students who wish to take the test should contact TOEFL, Educational Testing Service, Box 6151, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6151 or

All regular admission requirements must be completed before official acceptance will be granted, including evidence of financial resources sufficient to pay expenses while a student at the University. Trevecca's Certification of Financial Support must be on file at the time an I-20 is issued. International students will have the same financial policy applied to them as any other student. In addition, an advance deposit of $1,000 USD is held in escrow for the total period of enrollment. The deposit must be received prior to the issuance of the letter of acceptance. Unless there is documented proof of reading, writing and math skills, international students will be required to register for developmental courses.

Only Immigrants (Lawful Permanent Residents) and Nonimmigrants in which study is incident to their visa status will be admitted. (Lawful Permanent Residents are those holding an I-551 stamp in a passport or in possession of the Form I-551 Alien Registration Card – "Green Card.")

Academic Policies

The Academic Council, a committee of faculty, administrators, and students, is responsible for developing the academic policies of the University. The Teacher Education Committee and Graduate Teacher Education Committee are responsible for Teacher Education policies. The Graduate Committee sets policy for graduate programs.


Enrollment in a graduate program requires an applicant to apply to the specific graduate program. Application procedures are specific to each graduate program, and applicants should familiarize themselves with the deadlines and materials required for their program of choice in the specific program section of this catalog.


Because Trevecca's graduate programs are non-traditional and have standardized curricula, advising, though significant, does not follow the traditional pattern. All students begin with a group that takes the same courses on the same schedule. The only exceptions are nondegree seeking students, students who have earned transfer credit, or the occasional student whose program is interrupted. Advising information unique to a program will be given in the specific program section of this catalog. Please read carefully the information in your program section.

Cohort Groups

Most of Trevecca's graduate programs use the cohort model in which an entering group of learners stays together for the entire program. Students receive the schedule of classes for their entire program when a new group begins. Students must be flexible to make up days that may be missed due to inclement weather or other unforeseen circumstances.

Academic Load

Academic Load policies are specific to each program. If you have additional questions, please refer to the program section of this catalog.

Time Limitations

Course work must be completed within certain time limits of the date of the first registration in a degree program. Students not completing within these time limits must re-enroll and will be charged the tuition rate in effect at the time. The University is not responsible for any changes or delays in graduation for students who change groups, cycles, or who join a cycle already in progress.


A student may withdraw by the end of the second class meeting and receive a grade of W. If a student withdraws from the program, he/she must submit a letter for withdrawal. If the student was in good standing upon withdrawal, the student needs to apply for readmission with the program coordinator/director. The student must meet the degree requirements in effect at the time of re-entry.

Graduation Application

Degree candidates are personally responsible for meeting all requirements for graduation. All candidates for a master's degree must signify the intention to complete the requirements by submitting a completed Application for Graduation form. The form must be received by the date specified below.

Submission Date

Graduation Date

Sept. 30 of each year

December of each year

Dec. 31 of each year

May and August of each year

Trevecca Nazarene University holds one commencement program in the spring of each academic year. Program specific graduation requirements are listed in the program catalog. All students must successfully complete all academic and professional requirements and satisfy all financial obligations in order to be eligible for graduation and/or for degree conferral.


Students who fail to complete all course requirements on a timely basis due to crisis circumstances may receive the grade of Incomplete (I) at the discretion of the course facilitator. A grade of "I" is given as a result of emergencies and not for unsatisfactory work or failure to submit work. Some reasons incompletes may be granted are sickness, death in the immediate family, required military service, and/or a major life crisis. Students may receive an "I" provided they have demonstrated effort toward meeting the course requirements. In order to receive a temporary grade of "I" and receive an extension of time to complete a course offered through Trevecca, a requests for an incomplete must be made in writing as directed by the individual programs. All requests must be made before the last class session.

Change of Grade

After an instructor has submitted a grade in a course, changes may be made only with approval of the dean of the school in which the program is housed. Grades changes are submitted to the individual in charge of the graduate program and must then be submitted to Academic Records.

Grade Appeal Policy and Procedures

Trevecca Nazarene University recognizes a student's right to appeal decisions and practices that affect his or her academic status without fear of punishment or unfair treatment. A student can expect the University to deal with a final course grade appeal sincerely, objectively, within a reasonable time frame, and as appropriate, in confidence. Appeals will be heard when the student alleges that an arbitrary, capricious, or prejudiced evaluation or a mechanical error has occurred. The purpose of the appeal process is to treat all parties fairly and to alert all parties to the appeal procedure. During the appeal, the burden of proof is on the student, except in the case of alleged academic dishonesty, in which case the professor must support the accusation. The student may have an advisor or friend present during all meetings with faculty, administrators, and/or committees; he or she may counsel the student but may not speak for the student during the meetings. The grade appealed shall remain in effect until the appeal process is completed, or the problem resolved.

Order of Appeal

Should a student feel there is concrete reason to appeal a course grade, these procedures should be followed sequentially:

1. The University supports and encourages responsive and respectful dialogue between faculty and students when there is a disagreement about a final course grade. Whatever the nature of the grade appeal, the student must make an effort to first discuss the matter with the faculty member. In order to begin the appeal process, students must initiate a complaint to the faculty member in writing or via e-mail within 15 calendar days of the posting of a final grade. The faculty member will provide a written response within 15 calendar days of receiving the letter or e-mail from the student.

2. If the student is not satisfied with the faculty member's response or lack of response, the student shall contact the person designated in the table as the second level of appeal (either the program director or department coordinator) within 30 calendar days of the posting of a final grade. The contact needs to be in writing. Upon receipt of the written appeal, the program director or department coordinator will communicate with the student within 30 calendar days to attempt to resolve the issue.

3. If after the meeting with the program director or department coordinator, the student is still not satisfied with the decision, the student may choose to file an appeal to the school dean in which the course under appeal is housed. This appeal must be in writing within 15 calendar days of the previous contact with the program director or department coordinator. The dean will contact the student within 15 calendar days of receiving the appeal in an attempt to resolve the issue. The dean may elect to include or consult with others in evaluating the appeal. The decision of the dean is final.

The following diagram illustrates the order of appeals for specific programs. In the event the professor happens to be a department coordinator, program director, dean, or division chair, the appeal will be submitted to the next higher academic officer. In other words, every student will have the right to have his/her appeal heard by the professor and two other academic administrators.

The student may elect to discontinue the appeal process at any level.

The failure of the student to proceed from one level of the appeal procedure to the next level within the prescribed time limits shall be deemed to be an acceptance of the decision previously rendered. All further considerations and proceedings regarding that particular appeal will cease at that point. Under unusual circumstances, deadlines may be extended.

The following table illustrates the specific person to whom an appeal is directed, depending upon the academic program in which the course under appeal is offered. The three levels of appeal must be followed sequentially.

Physician Assistant


Director of Physician Assistant Program

Dean, School of Arts and


Traditional Undergraduate


Department Coordinator

Dean, School of Arts and

Sciences, School of Business

and Management, School

of Religion, or School

of Education

Criminal Justice


Director of Criminal Justice Program

Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

Management and Human Relations


Director of MHR Program

Dean, School of Business and Management



Director of MSM/MBA Program

Dean, School of Business and Management

Graduate Psychology


Director of Graduate Psychology Program

Dean, School of Arts and


Graduate Religion


Director of Graduate Religion Program

Dean, Millard Reed School of Religion

Graduate Education


Program Coordinator

Dean, School of Education

Rights and Responsibilities

Academic Student Rights

Every graduate student at Trevecca Nazarene University has the right to:

  1. Respect as an individual and to forthright, friendly, tactful, and helpful treatment.
  2. Ask sincere questions and receive appropriate answers.
  3. The expectation that course material reflects the current state of learning in the field.
  4. Information in a printed syllabus as to course objectives, requirements, evaluation procedures, and attendance policy.
  5. Information from instructors at regular intervals regarding his/her progress in courses.
  6. Assignments returned within a reasonable period of time, including corrections and criticisms (oral or written) of the work.
  7. A personal consultation with instructor and/or advisor.
  8. Consideration of issues related to grades or academic matters relating to a course.
  9. Make appeals about grades or academic matters relating to a course using the appeals policy given in this catalog.

Academic Student Responsibilities

  1. Attend classes regularly and participate in class discussions.
  2. Complete all assignments on time to the best of his/her ability.
  3. Know the academic policies of the University as stated in the Graduate Catalog.
  4. Maintain honesty and integrity in all academic work.
  5. Take proper care of equipment and materials used in academic work, such as in the library.
  6. Maintain a standard of professional student conduct in the various areas, such as the classroom, library, and practicum sites. The University reserves the right to withdraw any student not in compliance.
  7. Communicate through e-mail and appointments with faculty and university personnel.
  8. Comply with policies related to dress and conduct as outlined in official university publications.
  9. Comply with "Human Subjects" or "Research Requirements." All research involving human subjects must be approved prior to initiating data collection in accordance with guidelines and procedures available from the Institutional Review Board. This information can be accessed on the Institutional Review Board web site: (



The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 guarantees each student the right to know what information the University maintains about individual students and the right to ensure the accuracy of that information. The written institutional policy is as follows:

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students the right to consent to disclosure (release) of personally identifiable information with respect to their educational records. Trevecca Nazarene University designates the following categories of student record information as public or directory information: student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, previous school(s) or college(s), dates of attendance, class, major field of study, awards, honors, degree(s), expected date of completion, full or part time enrollment status, past and present participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of athletes.

Students may restrict the release of directory information listed above by submitting a written request to the Academic Records Office during the first two weeks of the Fall semester.

Trevecca Nazarene University is subject to the provisions of the FERPA (Buckley Amendment) that affords to students certain rights of access to educational records and imposes obligations on the University in the release and disclosure of those records to third parties. The Buckley Amendment regulations, however, allow the University to provide academic progress reports and other academic information to parents if the student is the parent's dependent for federal income tax purposes.


Trevecca Nazarene University informs students annually through the Student Handbook of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. This act, with which the institution intends to comply fully, was designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings, and to establish guidelines for the release of or access to student records. Students also have the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Right and Privacy Act Office (FERPA) concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the act.

Financial Services

Trevecca Nazarene University offers the Federal Stafford Loan Program to students enrolled in the graduate programs. A student must be admitted to the University before an award will be made.

The academic unit program office will coordinate academic registration of the students enrolled in their unit's program. Completing academic and financial registration is the student's responsibility. Students are expected to make all necessary arrangements with the Financial Aid Office. Students assigned to an out-of-town rotation, must make all arrangements before they leave. Students should always check with the Financial Aid Office in advance, however, to avoid any delays in assignment of financial aid, etc.

Financial Aid and Student Accounts are in the Adams Administration Building which is not handicap accessible. Any student with disability limitations can call these offices and our personnel will be glad to meet them in an area that is accessible.


The following financial policies apply to all graduate education students: All charges are payable by the class start date.

If charges are not paid when due, interest will be added at the rate of one and a half percent (1.5%) at the end of each month for charges that are over 30 days old. (This includes students who have applied for and not yet received financial aid.) Any student who has become delinquent through failure to make payment will be subject to disenrollment until such matters are satisfactorily resolved with the accounting office. Students will not be allowed to enroll for subsequent semesters unless all obligations from a previous semester have been satisfactorily resolved. If it becomes necessary to refer a student's account to an outside collection agency, the student will be responsible for all costs of collection, including reasonable attorneys' fees, if applicable.

Diplomas, certificates, and transcripts will not be issued until all financial obligations to the University are paid in full. For immediate release, payment must be in the form of cash, credit card, money order, or cashier's check. Payment by personal check will necessitate a delay of ten working days before transcripts or diplomas will be released. The University reserves the right to make financial changes for tuition and fees as approved by the Board of Trustees.


Graduate Education


Education Ed.D


Graduate MLIS


Graduate Management


Graduate Physician Assistant


Graduate Psychology


Psychology Ed.D


Graduate Religion


Post Baccalaureate


Methods of Payment

Trevecca has established an agreement with Tuition Management Systems (TMS) to administer the University's tuition payment plan. An interest-free payment plan is available to enable students more easily to budget and afford education expenses. Students who are not prepared to pay their semester charges in full at the time of registration should contact the Accounting Office for information regarding the tuition payment plan.

If a student chooses not to participate in the Tuition Management Systems payment plan, then each class is due and payable on or before the class start date. Interest of 1.5% per month (18% annual) will be charged on any unpaid balance over thirty (30) days old until the account is paid in full. This policy applies to students who have applied for but have not yet received financial aid. Any student who has become delinquent through failure to make payment will be subject to disenrollment unless such matters are satisfactorily resolved with the Accounting Office. Students will not be allowed to register for subsequent semesters unless all obligations from a previous semester have been satisfactorily resolved.

If it becomes necessary to refer a student's account to an outside collection agency, the student will be responsible for all costs of collection, including reasonable attorneys' fees, if applicable.

Diplomas, certificates and transcripts will not be issued until all financial obligations to the University are paid in full. For immediate release, payment must be in the form of cash, credit card, money order, or cashier's check. Payment by personal check will necessitate a delay of ten working days before transcripts or diplomas will be released. The University reserves the right to make financial changes for tuition and fees as approved by the Board of Trustees.

Questions regarding payment or account status may be answered by contacting the Accounting Office at 615-248-1315.

Financial Aid Policy

Graduate students who are taking at least three (3) hours of course work in a degree-seeking program and are in good standing on past federal student loans are eligible to apply for a Federal Stafford loan.

Students are expected to be making satisfactory progress toward a degree. Students receiving federal student loans must be enrolled for at least three (3) hours at the beginning of each semester. Failure to enroll will result in all or a portion of the loan being returned to the lender.

To meet federal regulations concerning loan disbursements and refunds from loan proceeds, the University must delay the disbursement of loan proceeds until at least three weeks into each semester.

Students must submit a new application for federal aid (FAFSA) each year they are enrolled and want to receive federal loans. This can be done on-line at Students must monitor their funds and call the Financial Aid Office when additional funds are needed. Financial aid packets and additional information concerning financial aid may be obtained by calling the Financial Aid Office at 615-248-1242 or email

Refund Policy:

For students dropping a course or courses, the following tuition refund policy applies:

Before 1st Class Meeting - 100%

After 1st Class Meeting - 75%

After 2nd Class Meeting - 50%

After 3rd Class Meeting - 0%

Satisfactory Progress

Any student who drops below half-time status (3 credit hours for masters, 3 credit hours for doctoral) for two consecutive semesters will be suspended from financial aid. This suspension will require the student to pay for at least three hours with his/her own resources before he/she can regain eligibility for aid. A student may appeal the suspension to the review committee.

Veteran's Benefits

Veterans who have served on active duty since January 31, 1955, may be eligible for educational assistance under Public Law 94-502 and 95-202. Application should be made to the Veterans Administration regional office having custody of the veteran's file. Certificates of eligibility to be used at registration will be issued by the appropriate regional office of the Veterans Administration to those who are eligible for education benefits. The director of academic records serves as the campus veteran's coordinator.

Professional Performance

As a Christian liberal arts university, Trevecca Nazarene University encourages each student to develop his or her abilities fully in the area in which God provided them. Developing these abilities in a Christian environment is marked by a warm, supportive relationship with others, which encourages being and doing what will contribute to those positive ends. For this reason, each class begins with a devotional/inspirational thought and/or prayer. A life style that is positive, considerate of the rights and privileges of others and based upon other ethical concepts will lead to achieving the most that life has to offer.

It is expected that whenever class is in session, all attention is directed toward whoever is leading the class. Any activity that disrupts or distracts the instructor or classmates is unacceptable. This includes hallway noise. Please move conversations away from any classes or testing in progress. In keeping with the desire to create an environment that is conducive to learning, please do not bring children to class.

Academic Honesty

Academic honesty is expected of all students at Trevecca Nazarene University. It is an integral part of the educational process where learning takes place in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect. Each student is responsible to maintain high standards of academic ethics, personal honesty, and moral integrity. Dishonest academic behavior will be dealt with fairly and firmly.

The following types of infractions may result in course failure and/or program termination:

Plagiarism, using another's statements or thoughts without giving the source appropriate credit.

Cheating on an exam.

Unauthorized multiple submissions of the same paper or major parts of a paper for another assignment.

Submitting a borrowed or purchased paper for course credit.

Defacing or unauthorized removal of course materials either from the classroom or library.

Signing the roll for someone who is not present in class.

Falsifying documentation including logs, reading lists and other self- reported items.


The rationale for a strict attendance policy is best understood when viewed in the light of the unique program design. Class attendance is an important student obligation, and each student is responsible for all work conducted in class meetings. Many of Trevecca's graduate programs are accelerated, and a great deal of material is covered in a relatively short time. As a result, attendance and participation are crucial to the success of he learner in the course. It is essential and expected that learners attend all class sessions. Making up missed class time is nearly impossible; therefore, maintaining the integrity of the course dictates a strict attendance policy. Class attendance is an important student obligation , and each student is responsible for all work conducted in the class meetings. Please refer to the academic program for specific attendance policies.

Class Cancellation

A decision to cancel class due to inclement weather, faculty illness, or other reasons will be made by the program director. Announcement of cancellation will be sent to appropriate faculty and class members by 4:30 P.M. If inclement weather conditions arise after 6:00 P.M., the class and faculty member will jointly decide appropriate action. All cancelled classes must be made up during the remaining weeks of the course. Faculty members will schedule a make-up session through the program office.

Any variation from the class schedule outlined in the program calendar must receive prior approval from the program director.

Inclement Weather Policy

A decision to postpone classes due to inclement weather will be made as early as seems appropriate and will be communicated to Nashville-area radio and television stations. Contact will also be made through the email distribution lists maintained by the director of the Graduate programs. The posted Saturday schedule may be interrupted in order to make up a postponed class. Students should maintain enough flexibility to accommodate calendar changes.

Technology Services

Trevecca is a one-login computer networked campus; therefore, it is important for each full-time student to have a network login and password from the Information Technology Services department (ITS). The account login provides direct access to all network applications and programs, and without the login and password, students will not be able to access the Trevecca network. Most professors and administrators communicate information to individual students using campus email. A growing number of Trevecca's on-campus courses are also supported by Angel, an Internet course delivery system. In these classes, students are provided with an additional login and password to access course sites by the individual course instructor. For more information, please contact the ITS Helpdesk by calling 248-1223 or emailing

E-Mail Account Procedures

Each student will receive a TNU computer e-mail account through the ITS Department. This account will be authorized by the Academic Records Office upon completion of registration. In the event the student has difficulty with the account after it is assigned, notify the helpdesk by e-mail or call 248-1223 for assistance.

Technology Standards

Users must not create or willfully disseminate computer viruses. Those that will be using network services or internet usage are required to register their PCs, laptops, or other desktop devices through Campus Manager to insure that they have all necessary operating system patches, anti-virus software, and spyware/greyware protection. Users need to be aware that there are federal, state, and sometimes local laws that govern certain aspects of computer and telecommunications use. Members of the TNU community are expected to respect these laws and to observe and respect University rules and regulations.

Any questionable use must be considered "not acceptable."

Students who do not comply with this policy will be referred to the Dean of Student Development for disciplinary action, in conjunction with the Technology Policy Committee. Other users who do not comply with this policy will be referred to the Personnel Office for disciplinary action. In all instances, disciplinary action may include, but is not limited to, loss of network account privileges and suspension, withdrawal or termination from the University.

E-Mail Acceptable Use

E-mail services are provided by TNUnet and should be used to support the mission and purposes of the University. E-mail services may be used for incidental personal purposes provided such use:

Users are not permitted to send e-mail solicitations and must not forward e-mail chain letters to any person, on or off campus, except to forward a message to the director of ITS. Only authorized employees may send broadcast e-mail messages. Unauthorized users are specifically prohibited from using the University's Address Book to harvest e-mail addresses for bulk e-mail purposes. Requests to send broadcast e-mail messages may be submitted to the ITS HelpDesk.

Users should be aware of the following:

Faculty, staff, and students are strongly encouraged to use the same personal and professional courtesies and considerations in e-mail as they would in other forms of communication.

Internet Acceptable Use

High-speed Internet services are provided by TNUnet and should be used to support the mission and purposes of the University. Web site filtering is performed to block Internet sites that are offensive, malicious, bandwidth intensive, illegal, or unethical. Web sites in categories that will be blocked include the following: adult content, gambling, hacking, audio/video streaming, pornography, tastelessness, sexuality, and violence. It is a violation of the Network Acceptable Use policy for any TNUnet user to bypass or attempt to bypass the Web content filtering controls installed on the TNU network.

ITS HelpDesk

The ITS HelpDesk provides a variety of support services that benefit all TNUnet users. Specifically, the ITS HelpDesk provides support for "service requests" and "trouble tickets." All requests are logged and assigned to ITS support staff based on technical skills and experience. All requests will be logged, tracked, and analyzed to ensure the highest level of customer service for all TNUnet users. The ITS HelpDesk will provide users with e-mail confirmation of requests and e-mail notification upon completion of requests. ITS HelpDesk services are provided Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, between 7:30 AM and 10:00 PM; Wednesday between 7:30 AM and 7:00 PM; and Saturday between 7:00 AM and 4:00 PM. The ITS HelpDesk is not staffed on standard TNU holidays. Customers may submit requests to the ITS HelpDesk via telephone or e-mail.

Requests received outside the standard ITS HelpDesk hours will be handled on a priority basis on the next available weekday.

Cellular Phone Usage

As a courtesy to the professor and other students, personal cellular phone calls should not be taken during class. In rare situations, it may be appropriate for a student to take a personal call, but arrangements for those calls should be made in advance with the instructor.

Please keep in mind the following policies:

Cell phones should be set to vibrate. If a student receives a call, he or she must leave the room and close the door before answering the call.

Students who do not have a vibrate feature on their phones must turn off their phones.

During break times students may make calls as necessary or respond to messages if accomplished within the time allotted for breaks. Students are expected to be present for class once breaks are completed.

Dress Code

The Trevecca Nazarene University community recognizes that there is a positive correlation between the appearance of students and the development of self discipline and self respect. Personal appearance should be appropriate to the occasion, neat, clean and modest. Dress and grooming should be consistent with and contribute to a vital Christian witness. Students not observing the personal appearance policies of the university should expect to be approached by faculty, staff, or administrative personnel. Those refusing to comply with university policies will be referred to the appropriate adult program director. If students are uncertain about the dress code, they should ask the appropriate adult program director for clarification.

While the University attempts to allow for individual freedom and personal choice, there are times when these must give way to group conscience and practice. Whether on or off campus students are encouraged to remember that they represent Trevecca Nazarene University. The following guidelines are listed to provide a framework for interpreting the dress standards. Individual programs may have more detailed dress requirements.

1. Short shorts/skirts and form fitting items are not permissible. Shorts should be mid-thigh or longer.

2. Clothing giving the appearance of being undergarments and/or sleepwear is not permissible as outerwear.

3. Revealing clothing is inappropriate.

4. Footwear must be worn in all campus buildings.

5. Men's tank tops, half-shirts, and cut-away shirts are not permissible.

While these guidelines are provided to aid in defining what is modest, one should realize some clothing that meets these guidelines may still appear immodest. For example, clothing which appears modest while standing may be quite immodest in some seated positions. All student members of the community are subject to the stated dress policies, including MHR and graduate level students.

The Office of Student Development is responsible for the interpretation of the dress policies of the University. Any questions may be directed to your adult program director.

Obscene Language and Literature

Vulgar, foul, or profane language will not be tolerated on campus. Pornographic materials, literature, or pictures are not allowed. The TNU computer network is not to be used to transmit threatening, obscene, harassing, or pornographic materials. Violations will result in disciplinary action.


The University recognizes the danger to the safety of others and one's ethical responsibilities resulting from the use of or possession of alcoholic beverages and therefore insists that all members of the University community abstain from possessing or using them on campus property. When attending a school sponsored or any professional event or requirement, it is expected that the student will conduct herself/himself in an appropriate manner consistent with all university and program behavioral standards.


The University recognizes the danger to health in the use of tobacco products and thus prohibits the use or possession of tobacco on campus property. When attending a school sponsored or any professional event or requirement, it is expected that the student will conduct herself/himself in an appropriate manner consistent with all university and program behavioral standards.


Trevecca Nazarene University forbids the use, possession, and or/distribution of marijuana, narcotics, or other dangerous drugs. The medical use of drugs may be permitted when prescribed by a licensed health care provider.

Firearms, Fireworks, Smoke Bombs, Fire Alarms, and Fire Extinguishers

Firearms are forbidden on campus, and provisions must be made with Security for safeguarding. The possession, sale, or firing of fireworks, fire crackers, explosives, guns, and other items of similar nature is prohibited by University regulations and by the Metro ordinances. Regulations prohibit setting false fire alarms or discharging of fire extinguishers. Violators will be subject to a $500.00 fine and/or suspension by the University as deemed necessary, and may be fined by the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County.

Sexual Harassment

Trevecca Nazarene University is committed to providing and maintaining a healthy learning and working environment for all students, staff, faculty and other members of the University's community, free of discrimination and all forms of sexual and gender harassment, which diminish the dignity or impede the academic freedom of any member of the University community. In accordance with Trevecca Nazarene University's Wesleyan values, its role as an educational institution, and both federal and state law, the University condemns any form of sexual [or gender] harassment [or assault] and is committed to taking action to prevent and eliminate all forms of them, including coercive sexual behavior. Although not rising to the legal definition of sexual harassment, the University is committed to prevent and eliminate unethical and/or inappropriate conduct as defined by the Wesleyan Christian values. Sexual relationships outside marriage are inconsistent with Trevecca's Wesleyan values. Any employee or student found to have engaged in such conduct is subject to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge and/or expulsion. Further, the University condemns any acts in violation of this policy involving any third parties, including visitors, guests and agents, representatives and employees of suppliers or contractors, and will take violations of this policy by such parties into consideration in the awarding of contracts and the future conduct of business.

Sexual and gender harassment are not only repugnant to the Trevecca community and a violation of this policy, but may be criminal offenses according to Tennessee or federal law. Members of the University's community who have been found in violation of statutes related to sexual harassment and/or assault may be subject to additional University disciplinary action. Trevecca's full policy regarding sexual harassment, including procedures for filing a complaint, can be accessed on the Intranet Campus Exchange (I.C.E) page.

Sexual Ethics

Recognizing that true maturity involves a deep respect for the moral integrity of the individual, we expect men and women attending this University to refrain from engaging in acts of sexual immorality, such as premarital and extramarital relations, heterosexual and homosexual advances, and sexual perversion of any form.

University Services

All students at Trevecca are welcomed into a community, one that genuinely cares about its members. The theme of "community" is one that pervades all of campus life and all of the relationships that develop on a university campus.

Alumni Association

"Keeping Trevecca alive in the hearts and minds of its alumni"is a primary goal of Trevecca's Alumni Association. With graduates and former students located throughout the world, the association seeks to be the communication link between the University and its alumni.

Through the Office of Alumni Services various activities are conducted to encourage strong alumni support. These activities include Homecoming Weekend, commencement functions, special interest alumni group meetings, and annual alumni fund raising activities. The Treveccan, issued quarterly, is the official magazine of the University and serves as the major information channel for alumni and friends. It contains a section entitled "AlumNews" which highlights alumni activities and achievements.


The TNU Bookstore is located in the lower level of the Jernigan Student center. Textbooks, paper, pencils, pens, and other necessary stationery supplies may be purchased there, as well as a limited supply of personal items such as greeting cards, toothpaste, school sweaters, shirts, and jackets, etc. Graduation announcements may also be purchased through the University Bookstore. The bookstore also has TNU logo clothing, giftware, snacks, and school supplies.

Cafeteria/The HUB/The CUBE

The cafeteria is located in the Jernigan Student Center. A variety of foods are offered including meat and vegetables on the hot bar, a salad and fruit bar, desserts and drinks, and more. Prices are very reasonable. Hours of operation are posted on the door of the cafeteria and may vary during the weekends and summer.

The HUB is located on the lower level of the Jernigan Student Center and the Cube is located in the Boone Business Building. They serve sandwiches and other fast foods.

Campus Events

All graduate students are encouraged and welcomed to attend campus events. These can be found on the main Trevecca web site. Trevecca desires all graduate students to be an integral part of campus life at all levels.

Career Services

The University offers a variety of career based services to its students and alumni. The Office of Career Services is currently housed in the Career and Counseling Center located on Alumni Drive, just south of the Greathouse Science building. Available areas of service are in personal assessment of life calling and career planning, career exploration and research, internships, job search strategies and education, mentorship and referral. To obtain career services students must register with the center through the Career Services Online system (CSO), accessible from the Trevecca intranet (ICE) page under "Services"; and from the Center's web page: . After registering, students can call for an appointment: 615-248-1237. Office hours are 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Some evening appointments can be arranged.

Computer Labs

Trevecca has three computer labs that are located in Boone Business Building, Bud Robinson Building, and the Mackey Building. During normal school semesters, lab hours are as follows:

Boone Lab

Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 10:00 pm

Friday and Saturday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday Closed

Bud Lab

Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 11:00 pm

Friday and Saturday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Mackey Lab

Monday - Thursday 7:30 am - 10:00 pm

Friday 7:30 am - 9:00 pm

Saturday 7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Sunday Closed

Student lab assistants are on duty during all the times posted above. Technical support is available from Monday through Friday from 7:30 A.M. until 5:30 P.M. by calling the ITS Help Desk at 248-1223. Students who need information about the lab schedule during school breaks and summer should contact the ITS Help Desk. A schedule of lab hours is posted on the door of the computer lab. Any exceptions to the schedule are posted as they occur.


Trevecca offers apartments for rent on or near the campus for married students and other personnel. The majority are one-bedroom and two-bedroom unfurnished apartments. The coordinator of married student housing can give more specific details regarding the amount of rent, availability, and regulations. To arrange for on-campus housing, contact the coordinator at 615-248-1316. Guest Housing: A limited number of rooms are available at a minimal rate. These may be reserved by calling 615-248-1249, Monday through Friday, 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Services for Students with Disabilities

Trevecca is committed to the provisions of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act as the University strives to be an inclusive community for students. A wide range of accommodations is available to provide access to Trevecca's facilities, academics, and programs. Individuals seeking accommodations for any type of disability are encouraged to contact the coordinator of student disability services in the Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service for information concerning the documentation of a disability and the procedure for implementing accommodations


Waggoner Library provides an attractive and inviting, quiet place for learning through research, reflection, and contemplation away from other campus activities. Group study rooms are available to students to help them complete small group assignments. Books may be checked out for several weeks. Items on reserve and media materials are also available for a limited-time checkout.

Graduate students, on and off campus, have full access to Waggoner Library and all its services. Research databases are accessible from the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The library Web site serves as a portal to all resources available. Print books, electronic books and media are searched through the online catalog. Journal articles are searched through the databases. Full text journal databases available include ATLA Serials (Religion), Business Source Premier, Digital Dissertations Full Text, ERIC Plus Text, Library Literature & Information Science, PsycARTICLES, and others. See for a complete list of electronic resources.

Inter Library Loan services are available for those resources not available in Trevecca's collection and can be requested online from the library Web site.

A library orientation, where students receive information and training in how to use the library's resources, is given on the first class day for new student groups both on and off campus. On campus students will come to Waggoner library while a librarian will visit each off-campus site for orientation.

Doctoral study rooms are available to Ed.D. students. Located on the second floor of the library, these rooms provide a quiet place to research or collaborate.

Hours (fall and spring semesters) are:

Monday - Thursday: 8:00 A.M. - 10:00 P.M.

Friday: 8:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Saturday: 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Sunday: 2:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

Hours (summer semester) are:

Monday & Friday 10:00 A.M. - 6:00 P.M.

Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 A.M. - 8:00 P.M.

Wednesday 10:00 A.M. - 4:00 P.M.

Saturday 10:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.


Library materials may be returned after hours by placing them in the book drop on the front portico at the left of the main entrance. Seasonal and holiday schedules may be accessed by the library's Web page ( or phone (248-1214). Graduate students are subject to fines and overdue charges. Email reminders and overdue notices are sent to the student's campus email account.


Trevecca provides student ID's for all graduate students. Program coordinators are responsible for scheduling pictures and issuing ID's. Students are asked to carry these ID's with them on campus at all times.

Parking for On-Campus Programs

Students should complete a Vehicle Registration form and be issued an auto sticker which indicates the assigned parking lot. This form is usually distributed during the interview or the first class of each group. If a student does not get the sticker through the normal process, he or she should contact the Security Office at 248-1296.


Trevecca has a very effective Security Department. If any student desires to be accompanied to his/her car after dark, call the Office of Campus Security at 248-1296. Students should report any disturbances to the Office of Campus Security.

Spiritual Formation

Grounded in the optimism that God's grace can transform hearts and lives, Trevecca Nazarene University seeks to provide all members of the community with a context for spiritual growth as well as opportunities to participate in various means of grace. Graduate students are encouraged to participate in these opportunities as well as in a local church or Bible study. Central to Trevecca's purpose is the integration of faith and learning in all programs. Faculty in the graduate programs usually start a class with a brief devotional and prayer. Students with spiritual needs are encouraged either to talk with a faculty member, the program coordinator, or a member of the University's Chaplain's Office.

Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service

The Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service offers a variety of educational services for graduate students. These services include individualized instruction in mathematics, reading skills, vocabulary improvement, writing improvement, and assistance with study skills development. Students who need the services of this office should contact the Center at 248-1346.


The transcript of a student's academic record will be released by the director of academic records only upon receipt of the student's written request. No transcripts or diplomas will be issued until all financial accounts have been settled satisfactorily. There is no charge for copies of transcripts.


All students are permitted to drive cars on campus; however, all cars driven on campus must be registered with campus security and are subject to traffic control regulations of the University and Metro Nashville.

Sources of Information

The University welcomes visitors to the campus at any time. During the academic year the administrative offices are open between the hours of 8:00 A.M. and 4:30 P.M., Monday through Friday.

Below are listed the offices to which inquiries of various types should be directed:

Academic Affairs


Academic Records (Transcripts and Diplomas)


Center for Leadership, Calling, and Service


Disability Services



Graduate Education Admissions


Graduate Psychology Admissions


Graduate Religion Admissions


Graduate Physician Assistant Admissions


Graduate Business Program Admissions

615-248-1529 or




Post-Baccalaureate Admissions





Alumni Department




See for specific sports




Campus Visitation

615-248-1320 or




Career and Counseling Center


Financial Aid


ITS Help Desk


Library Services


Security and Auto Issues



Student Accounts


Student Development


Veteran's Benefits


Program Contacts

Graduate Business

615-248-1529 1-800-818-4256

Master of Science in Management


Master of Business Administration


Graduate Psychology


Master of Arts in Counseling


Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology


Master of Marriage and Family Therapy


Ed.D. in Counseling


Graduate Physician Assistant


Master of Science: Medicine


Graduate Education

615-248-1201 1-800-284-1594 Fax 615-248-1597

Master of Arts in Teaching K-6, 7-12

Dr. Stella Simpson

Master of Education in Educational
Leadership/Administration K-12

Dr. George Kersey

Master of Education in English Language Learners

Dr. Alice Patterson

Master of Education in Instructional
Effectiveness/Curriculum K-12

Dr. Alice Patterson

Master of Education in Instructional Technology P-12

Mrs. Judy Bivens

Master of Education in Reading P-12

Dr. Alice Patterson

Master of Library and Information Science K-12

Mrs. Judy Bivens

Ed.D. in Professional Leadership and Practice

Dr. Esther Swink

Graduate Religion

615-248-1378 Fax 615-248-7417

Master of Arts in Religion: Biblical Studies


Master of Arts in Religion: Theological Studies


Master of Arts in Religion: Preaching