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 or the Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Affairs. 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

Mission Statement

Mission Statement

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

Statement of Purpose

Trevecca Nazarene University, founded in 1901 by J.O. McClurkan, is a private, accredited, comprehensive institution of higher learning that exists to meet the higher educational needs of the Church of the Nazarene by providing educational services to qualified individuals who desire a university education in a Christian environment and from a Christian understanding. 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 for the Church of the Nazarene in the southeastern United States, Trevecca is guided by the Articles of Faith and the Covenant of Christian Conduct of the denomination. It emphasizes the authority of the Bible, time-honored tradition, reasoned thought, and authentic experience of Christian holiness as interpreted by the Wesleyan doctrine and worldview. The university welcomes students of any religious affiliation who subscribe to its ideals and standards.

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

The university provides a variety of nontraditional and continuing education professional programs at the undergraduate, master's, and doctoral levels. 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. While the primary focus of Trevecca faculty is to teach, faculty members are encouraged as reflective practitioners to conduct action research that contributes to the practical wisdom of applied knowledge and enhances the learning experience. All programs strive to prepare students for positions of leadership and service in their chosen careers by clarifying their life calling, developing their intellectual abilities, and engaging them in research, service learning, internships, and/or other opportunities that will allow them to demonstrate practical application of their knowledge and skills.

To achieve its purpose, Trevecca employs faculty, administrators, and staff who model the ideals of the university and, as mentors, seek to foster a supportive and challenging environment in which every student can realize his or her full potential in Christ. Therefore, Trevecca seeks to employ Christians who are competent, professionally qualified, and fully committed to the university's mission and purpose.


Who We Are

Trevecca Nazarene University is a comprehensive institution of higher education located in Nashville, Tennessee. The University offers associate, baccalaureate, 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 is 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 Rev. J. O. McClurkan as the Literary and Bible Training School for Christian Workers. In 1910 the curriculum was enlarged and the name changed to Trevecca College, a name taken from an institution started in Wales in 1768 during the Wesleyan Revival.

In 1914 the College was moved from downtown Nashville to a site on Gallatin Road in East Nashville and in 1935 was established at its present location on Murfreesboro Road in Southeast Nashville. Trevecca became an official college of the Church of the Nazarene in 1917 and graduated its first four-year class approved by the State of Tennessee in 1942. It was first accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools in 1969. The first master's degree was added in 1984. In 1995 the name of the institution was changed to Trevecca Nazarene University. In December 1998 Trevecca was approved as a level V institution by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to add the first doctoral degree, the EdD with a major in Leadership and Professional Practice.

The University is governed by a board of trustees elected by the various districts of the Church of the Nazarene which comprise the Southeast Educational Region.

From the very beginning Trevecca has sought to provide Christian education for both ministers and laymen. Today its educational program is reflected in more than one hundred associate, baccalaureate, and graduate majors. 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, may we 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. In 2001 A Vine of God's Own Planting by Dr. John Chilton, emeritus professor of history, was published 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.


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.


Trevecca Nazarene University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, master's and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Trevecca Nazarene University.

Normal inquiries about Trevecca Nazarene University such as admissions, financial aid, and educational programs should be addressed directly to the University and not to the Office of the Commission on Colleges. Interested constituents should contact the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools only if there is significant evidence for alleged non-compliance with a standard or requirement.

The Teacher Education Unit of Trevecca Nazarene University is accredited at the national level by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and the programs and unit are approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education. The teaching majors offered in collaboration with other University departments are approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education and are part of the unit accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). The Graduate Physician Assistant Program is accredited by the Accreditation Review Commission for Physician Assistants (ARC-PA). Trevecca is a member of the Belmont University Partners in Nursing Consortium. As a part of this consortium, its nursing program is approved by the Tennessee Board of Nursing and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Trevecca Nazarene University is also an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Accreditation documents are on file in the Office of Academic Affairs and may be reviewed upon request.

Trevecca is a member of the

Nondiscrimination Policy

Trevecca Nazarene University complies with all statutory and regulatory nondiscrimination requirements applicable to the institution in the administration of its educational policies, programs, scholarships, loan programs, practices, athletics, and other school-administered programs.

Trevecca will comply with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act and with the terms of the President's Executive Orders 11246 and 11375 on Equal Employment Opportunity, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967, Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and Section 402 of the Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Act of 1974, as amended. Accordingly, there shall be no discrimination against any employee or applicant because of race, color, sex, national origin, age, disability or veteran status.

To resolve any matter prohibited by Section 504, Title IX, and ADA, a student is to follow the existing grievance procedure that is included in either the student's academic catalog or the Student Handbook, depending on the nature of the concern.

The University reserves the right to refuse admission/readmission to any student or applicant based upon a determination that admission/readmission of the applicant would not be consistent with the goals and standards of the University.


Institutional Operational Goals (Values Statement)

At Trevecca Nazarene University we are committed to:

  1. Being a Christian university that serves its primary stakeholder, the southeastern region of the Church of the Nazarene, through delivering higher education rooted in the Wesleyan-holiness tradition.
  2. Serving the Middle Tennessee community and beyond by providing relevant academic programs in a thoroughly Christian atmosphere.
  3. Preparing servant-leaders through the holistic development of students.
  4. Mentoring students and developing life-long relationships with them.
  5. Offering a beautiful campus and classroom environments for students and employees that are healthy, safe, and conducive to good teaching and learning.
  6. Growing enrollment while developing new programs in alignment with the mission.
  7. Providing high quality support services at all program locations, implementing best practices in program delivery, and maintaining all university resources in a responsible manner.

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.

The student learning outcomes listed in each academic area are derived from or are in harmony with these institutional goals.

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, counseling, and organizational leadership 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 Technology

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

Master of Science: Management. The Management M.S. is a 19-month program innovatively designed for educating today's professional working adult. Leadership, team building, communication, diversity, change management, strategic planning, business ethics and globalization are key themes.

Master of Business Administration: The M.B.A. is a 24-month program designed to extend the knowledge and intellectual maturity of professional adult students and to equip them with the specialized skills and a sense of creative independence that will allow them to provide leadership in whatever organization they may serve.

Master of Business Administration: Information Technology: The M.B.A.: Information Technology is a 24-month program specifically designed to develop and polish mid-level and senior-level executives to assume strategic roles in the business community. The emphasis in IT will add to the manager's understanding of the IT function in complex organizations.

For additional information, schedule of classes, and application for graduate admissions, write or call: College of Lifelong Learning, Trevecca Nazarene University, 333 Murfreesboro Road, Nashville, Tennessee 37210-2877 (615) 248-1529; (800) 818-4256. E-mail: MSM Website:; MBA Website:; MBAIT Website:

Counseling-Graduate Psychology

The Graduate Psychology office is located in the Adams Building.

Master of Arts: Counseling. The major in Counseling is a 60 semester hour major 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 the academic requirements for LPC with MHSP. The degree equips one to counsel in an agency or private practice setting.

Master of Arts: Counseling Psychology. The major in Counseling Psychology is a 60 semester hour major that prepares a student for licensure as an LPC with MHSP (as does the counseling major 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 60 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.

Ph.D.: Clinical Counseling: Teaching and Supervision. The major in Clinical Counseling: Teaching and Supervision is a 66 semester hour advanced professional major 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 either student teaching or completion of all transitional licensure requirements.
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 content area but who did not take the teacher education courses needed to obtain initial licensure.

Master of Arts in Teaching: K - 6/English Language Learners. The M.A. in Teaching K-6/ELL is a non-traditional program designed for adults who have an undergraduate degree in a field other than teacher education, desire licensure as a K-6 teacher, and desire an English Language Learners endorsement.

Master of Arts in Education: Teaching K-6 (Fifth Year Residency Program). This program is designed as a cohort model. The first four years of the program will result in a BS in Studies in Education with a minor in Elementary Curriculum. The fifth year of study will consist of a residency in an urban public school setting. Candidates completing the fifth-year residency will be awarded a Master of Arts in Education degree along with Elementary K-6 Certification (for licensure the candidate must meet state licensure requirements).

Master of Education: Educational Leadership K-12. The major in Educational Leadership K-12 is a licensure program for principals that enables candidates to develop knowledge and skills specified for the Instructional Leadership License - Beginning (ILL-B) and the Instructional Leadership License -Professional (ILL-P) in the State of Tennessee. The Educational Leadership Program curriculum satisfies the requirements of Interstate School Leader Licensure Consortium (SLL).

Master of Education: English Language Learners PreK-12. The major 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: Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction K-12. The major in Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction is appropriate for individuals who wish to continue working as teachers and increase their knowledge and skills regarding curriculum, assessment, and instruction. This major does not lead to licensure.

Master of Education: Instructional Technology PreK-12.  The major 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 e-mail. Not currently being offered.

Master of Education: Reading PreK-12.  The major 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. Not currently being offered.

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.

Master of Education: Leading Instructional Improvement for Teachers K-12. The major is designed for classroom teachers preparing to be leaders in schools working effectively with colleagues for school improvement. The program, organized on a cohort model, is designed to be highly selective.

Master of Education: Special Education K-12. The major special education provides prospective teachers of students with special needs a concentrated focus appropriate to grades kindergarten through twelve. This program provides an additional endorsement in special education for teachers who are already licensed to teach and initial licensure as a special education teacher only. Courses are designed to enable teachers to develop expertise in general knowledge of special education, appropriate instructional models, accommodations specific to special needs populations, curriculum design, assessment, technology, as well as legal issues pertinent to special education. Not currently being offered.

Master of Education: Visual Impairments Special Education. The major is designed to equip teachers to work as special education teachers who are viewed as the visual impairments expert, as itinerant teachers for students with visual impairments and other disabilities, and in specialized settings such as Tennessee School for the Blind. The program is offered through a collaborative partnership between Trevecca and Tennessee School for the Blind, with funding provided through the Tennessee Department of Education.

Ed.D.: Leadership and Professional Practice. The major in Leadership and Professional 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 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.

Courses for Teachers: The School of Education provides professional and personal development for educators and administrators. These courses for license renewal, plus 30, and additional learning are available as online courses and summer courses. Courses are available for both undergraduate and graduate credit.

Center for Leadership Effectiveness and Renewal: The School of Education provides professional and personal development for educators and administrators through C.L.E.A.R., the Center of Leadership Effectiveness and Renewal. The center provides a variety of practical and inspirational programs and products designed to address the current and changing needs of teachers and leaders. Through the expertise of the faculty of the School of Education, services include individualized programs for schools and districts, consulting services, speakers, and skill training. The center also disseminates the current research of faculty members in practical venues. The purpose of C.L.E.A.R. is to address the changing needs of educators with developmental opportunities that increase competence, enrich character, enlarge compassion, and inspire courage.

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-Graduate Physician Assistant

The Graduate Physician Assistant Program 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: Religion. The major 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.


Organizational Leadership-Graduate Organizational Leadership

The Graduate Organizational Leadership is an online program with administrative offices located in the College of Lifelong Learning.

Master of Organizational Leadership. The Master of Organizational Leadership (MOL) is a multi-disciplinary online degree designed to give a solid business and theological understanding in the area of organizational leadership within various Christian ministries. In this program, the model of servant leadership is the over arching theme directly aligned with Trevecca's mission statement. The MOL is an interdisciplinary program that stresses the application of management research to real-world situations. It can also be part of a program that prepares students to enter a Ph.D. program, a theoretical discipline-oriented research degree for students looking to become a tenured faculty or researcher within the university. The 36 credit hour degree takes two years to complete. The twelve courses are taken one class at a time, most classes being six weeks long. There is one week between courses and time off during the summer.

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


Admissions Policies and Process


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, and athletic and other school-administered programs.

The University reserves the right to refuse admission/readmission to any student or applicant based upon a determination that admission/readmission of the applicant would not be consistent with the goals and standards of the University.

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 Technology

Master of Science in Management – 6 semester hours

Master of Business Administration – 6 semester hours

Master of Business Administration Information Technology - 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

Ph.D. Clinical Counseling: Teaching and Supervision - 9 semester hours

Graduate Physician Assistant Program

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 Assistant degree. The applicant must be in good academic/social standing with the PA Program from which he or she is transferring. Graduate work not completed in a PA program will not be accepted for advanced placement. The amount of transfer credit will vary depending upon the circumstances at the prior program, but 59 semester hours must be completed at Trevecca.

School of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching – 0 semester hours

Master of Arts in Education – 0 semester hours

Educational Leadership – 3 semester hours

English Language Learners – 6 semester hours

Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction – 6 semester hours

Leading Instructional Improvement for Teachers – 6 semester hours

Reading – 0 semester hours

Instructional Technology – 0 semester hours

Special Education – 0 semester hours

Vision Impairments Special Education – 0 semester hours

Library and Information Science – 6 semester hours

Ed.D. Leadership and Professional Practice – 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

Organizational Leadership Program

Master of Organizational Leadership – 6 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.