Where do I go for information on academic policy?
The Community of Educators (COE) handbook is a resource on academic policy and procedure.
Undergraduate (Section 8):
Graduate (Section 10):
How do I declare or change my major?
Students who wish to declare or change their major may obtain a Change of Major card from the office. The department chair of the new major assigns the student’s new academic advisor. The student obtains the signatures of the previous advisor, new department chair and new academic advisor on the card and returns it to the Registrar’s Office. Students follow the major requirements for the catalog year in which they declare the major
How do I declare, change or drop a minor?
Upperclassmen who wish to declare or drop a minor may obtain a Minor Declaration card from the office. Students are required to provide their signature, which indicates that they have reviewed the overlap rule and discussed potential for overlap with their Academic Advisor. Violation of the overlap rule will result in the minor being dropped. Students are not eligible to declare a minor until their Sophomore year.
What is the overlap rule?
When a student is completing more than one program, at least 12 credits in a minor, 24 credits in a major, and 8 credits in a concentration must be unique to each program. Before declaring a second major or minor, students should consult their Academic Advisor to confirm compliance with this policy.
What is the difference between a double major and dual degree status?
A student pursuing a double major must determine which is the primary major and which is the secondary. The primary major determines whether a B.A. or a B.S. will be granted. The primary major is also the standard by which QuEST, other requirements, and the degree are determined. Each major must have a minimum of 24 unique credits. A student completing a double major receives only one diploma and one degree representative of the primary major.
A dual degree is the concurrent awarding of two different majors, each eligible to earn a different baccalaureate degree type (e.g. a B.A. and a B.S.). In order to graduate with dual degrees, the following conditions must be met:
1. Each major must have a minimum of 24 unique credits.
2. The student completes the QuEST requirements related to each major.
3. At least 30 additional credits beyond the larger baccalaureate degree program are completed. (Since Messiah's baccalaureate programs currently range from 123 to 128 credits, anyone completing two degrees must currently complete from 153-158 credits).
What is a degree audit?
The degree audit is a tool used by students, academic advisors and the Registrar’s Office to display and track a student’s curriculum requirements for graduation. You may access it in the Registrar’s Channel in MCSquare.
Where do I send questions about my degree audit?
Before contacting your advisor or the Registrar’s Office, click the “Process New” button first, which causes DegreeWorks to recalculate and redisplay any information that has changed since the last time you viewed it. If there are still questions, email email@example.com and a representative from the Registrar’s office will follow up with you.
How can I find out if a course transfers to Messiah?
The Registrar’s Office strongly encourages students to have transfer work pre-approved before enrolling in a course. Failure to do so may jeopardize meeting the requirement, as it may not be approved for the requirement you are intending.
You may review courses already evaluated by the Registrar’s Office in the Transfer Course Equivalency Database. If you do not find the course you are looking for, or you’d like it to meet a different requirement, complete the Approval for Transfer Credit form.
Can I retake a class to get a better grade?
For undergraduate students, a student may repeat or retake any course in which a grade of D+, D, or F was received. With repeated courses the second grade counts in the calculation of the student’s cumulative GPA, but the original grade will remain on the student’s transcript. The student only receives academic credit for the course one time. All repeat courses must be taken at Messiah College. The courses will be marked on the student’s transcript as repeated when final grades for the term are processed.
Transfer credits are not eligible to be calculated or used for repeat purposes, but they may be taken if you simply want to show success in the course. The transcript from the transfer institution will be given to your Department and Advisor to show success in the course. The repeated course/credits will not be applied to your academic transcript. Credits will only be applied if you failed the Messiah course, resulting in no credits being applied or earned.
How do I calculate a GPA?
Grade point average is determined by dividing the number of quality points earned by the number of graded credits attempted. Credit hours in which the student receive a “P”ass count toward the total credits earned but not toward the GPA. Credit hours in which the student receives an “F” are calculated in the GPA.
Credits transferred from other institutions do not carry
quality points and are therefore not computed in the GPA.|
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What is the last 30 credit rule?
Academic policy requires that the last 30 credits preceding the conferring of the degree be earned at Messiah College with a minimum of 12 credits in the major. To request an exception to this policy, an Academic Policy Petition must be submitted to the Registrar's Office.
What is required in order to graduate? (Undergraduate Students)
For undergraduate students:
1. 123 hours of credit, except as noted in the requirements for selected majors.
2. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) for all academic work.
3. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) for all work listed as specific requirements for the major.
4. The last 30 credits preceding the conferring of the degree earned at Messiah college with a minimum of 12 credits in the major.
5. For transfer students, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 (C) for hours required at Messiah College for graduation.
6. Completion of a major with requirements as specified by the respective academic department.
7. Completion of all QuEST (Gen Ed) requirements.
What is required in order to graduate? (Graduate Students)
For Graduate Program students:
1. A minimum of 30 hours of credit.
2. A minimum scholarship quotient (GPA) of 3.0 for all work listed as specific requirements for the major.
3. A total of 80% of the credits preceding the conferring of the degree must be earned at Messiah College.
4. Completion of a major with requirements as specified under the department of instruction in which that program falls.