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 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. 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:

Skinner School of Business and Technology

Master of Science: Management 0 semester hours

Master of Business Administration: Management 6 semester hours*

Master of Science: Information Technology - 0 semester hours

Master of Business Administration: Information Technology - 6 semester hours

*These 6 semester hours could also be waived based on an evaluation of the undergraduate transcript

Graduate Counseling Program

Master of Arts: Counseling 9 semester hours

Master of Arts: 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

No advanced placement is given to any student regardless of academic background, and no transfers of students are accepted.

School of Education

Master of Arts in Teaching 0 semester hours

Master of Arts in Education 0 semester hours

MEd: Educational Leadership 3 semester hours

MEd: English Language Learners 6 semester hours

MEd: Curriculum, Assessment, and Instruction 6 semester hours

MEd: Teacher Leader 6 semester hours

MEd: Reading 0 semester hours

MEd: Instructional Technology 0 semester hours

MEd: Modified Special Education 0 semester hours

MEd: Vision Impairments Special Education 0 semester hours

Master of Library and Information Science 6 semester hours

Ed.D.: Leadership and Professional Practice 0 semester hours

Millard Reed School of Theology and Christian Ministry

Master of Arts Religion: Biblical Studies 9 semester hours

Master of Arts Religion: Theological Studies 9 semester hours

Master of Arts Religion: Preaching 9 semester hours

Master of Arts Religion: Pastoral Arts 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 graduate international students must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

Submit a successful official TOEFL score report.

(Some programs may require a higher TOEFL score.)

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.

All students residing in the United States on an F-1 Student Visa and taking courses from Trevecca Nazarene University may take only one online class per semester during the period of their study. This is a requirement of the SEVIS program of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.