Admission

ADMISSIONS (GENERAL INFORMATION)

 

Statement of Compliance

Grace Mission University is in compliance with Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Acts of 1964 and Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972. The institution does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, or sex in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.

 

Personal Qualifications

Grace Mission University seeks to admit Christian believers who are committed to the study of the Bible, to spiritual growth, and who have a serious desire to devote their lives to Christian service. Furthermore, other personal qualities of the applicant, including leadership ability, character, responsibility, insight, maturity, motivation, tenacity, initiative, creativity, intellectual independence, and demonstrated concern for others and for the community, can be considered for admission. These qualities may not be reflected in traditional measures of academic achievement. They may be found elsewhere in the application and judged by the reader as positive indicators of the student’s ability to succeed at GMU.

 

Prospective Students

As a prospective student, you are encouraged to review this catalog prior to signing an enrollment agreement. You are also encouraged to review the School Performance Fact Sheet, which must be provided to you prior to signing an enrollment agreement.

 

Admissions policies

Students who apply for the Bachelor of Theology degree must hold a high school diploma or its academic equivalent. Students who apply for the Masters degree must hold a four-year college degree or its academic equivalent. Students who desire to take courses by audit will not be subject to this prerequisite.

 

Academic Qualifications

Students applying for admission to the undergraduate degree program must have graduated from a recognized high school or have passed the General Education Development Test (GED). In both cases, the applicant’s test scores and experiences are evaluated for evidence of the ability to do college work.

 

Performance on standardized tests, including the required SAT Subject Tests, the ACT plus Writing or SAT Reasoning, and any Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate Higher Level examinations the applicant may have taken. Applicants who have not had the opportunity to take Advanced Placement or IBHL courses or who have chosen not to take the examinations for these courses will not be disadvantaged. Test scores will be evaluated in the context of all other academic information in the application.

 

Students applying for admission to the graduate degree programs must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. The bachelor’s degree must be a four-year system or over 120 units in semester system. The applicant’s GPA at college level will be considered for admission to a graduate level. The applicant’s GPA at college level must above C (2.5). Applicants who graduated college level in different collage system from American standard will be evaluated in different methods. Applicants whose GPA is below than 2.5 will be under probation period if the applicant accepted in graduate program.

 

Ability-to-Benefit Students

GMU does not accept students who do not have high school degree or GED certification.

 

Application Procedure

Application for Admission forms may be obtained by contacting:

Grace Mission University

1645 W. Valencia Dr., Fullerton, CA 92833

Phone: (714) 525-0088

Email: gmu@gm.edu

Website: http://www.gm.edu

 

Students desiring admission to GMU must complete the application form, submit it with the admission fee and required documents to the Admissions Office. Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended must be sent from each school attended directly to the Registrar.

 

Language & English Proficiency Policy (TOEFL Score or English Skills)

Foreign students who cannot speak English can apply for admission to GMU. TOEFL and English Proficiency are not required for the students since the GMU offers ELSP programs. Students who do not have enough TOEFL (500 for BA & 550 for MDiv on PBT) score can start regular classes after passing ELSP program successfully.

 

Foreign students who do not have enough TOEFL score must complete 9 units of ELSP program and pass the exit exam. The tuition of the ELSP program is same as the regular class. The units taken from ELSP program are not counted to total graduate units.

 

Students who can speak Korean other than English can take courses at GMU because the institution offers Korean speaking lectures as well as English speaking lectures. The student’s Korean language skills should be fluent to understand the lectures or get at least 80% of TOPIK (Test of Proficiency in Korean).

 

Foreign Students and Visas

GMU is authorized by the U.S. Government to issue the I-20 form for Visas from foreign countries. Once the foreign applicant is accepted, GMU will send various documents including the I-20 form.

 

Foreign students must enroll as full time students, which means a graduate student must take 9 or more semester units per semester and an undergraduate student must take at least 12 semester units.

 

For foreign students, $ 200.00 of I-20 initial processing fee will be charged and $ 100.00 of

I-20 transfer processing fee will be charged if a foreign student transfers in GMU from another institution. Please direct other questions relating to foreign students to the Dean of Students.

 

Transfer of Credit Policy (Acceptance of Units)

Students from accredited institutions may be admitted to GMU, providing that they meet the admissions requirement of the institution. The institution does not have an articulation or transfer agreement with any other college or university. The Institution does not accept prior experiential learning as units. Academically earned units may be given for courses in which a grade of “C” or above for undergraduate courses (“B” or above for graduate courses) has been earned and which correlates with the courses required for the completion of the program to which the student was admitted as follows:

 

1) For undergraduate program, a maximum of 75 percent of the units or units that may be applied toward the award of a bachelor’s degree may be derived from a combination of any or both of the following:

Units earned at institutions approved by the Bureau, public or private institutions of higher learning accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the U. S. Department of Education, or any institution of higher learning, including foreign institutions, if the institution offering the undergraduate program documents that the institution of higher learning at which the units were earned offers degree programs equivalent to degree programs approved by the Bureau or accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the U.S. Department of Education; Challenge examinations and standardized tests such as the College Level Placement Tests  (CLEP) for general academic disciplines.

 

2) No more than 20% of graduate semester units or the equivalent in other units awarded by another institution may be transferred for units toward a Master’s degree. GMU accepts transfer units only from institutions approved by the Bureau, public or private institutions of higher learning accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the U. S. Department of Education, or any institution of higher learning, including foreign institutions.

 

3) No more than 10 semester units or its equivalent awarded by another institution may be transferred toward the doctoral degree. GMU accepts transfer units only from institutions approved by the Bureau, public or private institutions of higher learning accredited by an accrediting association recognized by the U. S. Department of Education, or any institution of higher learning, including foreign institutions.

 

4) Credits awarded by examination, on the basis of certificates, or by assessment of prior learning will not be accepted in GMU programs.

 

It is the student’s responsibility to request that each institution attended send official transcripts directly to Grace Mission University Office of Admissions for evaluation. Coursework that fits into our curriculum and was earned from an accredited school is normally transferred into our program on an equal units for units basis. The procedure for determining whether transfer units from unaccredited institutions is as follows:

 

  1. The academic dean or registrar will research the institution in question (e.g., do internet or telephone research to determine faculty credentials, hours of coursework per units, library resources, names of accredited schools accepting coursework from this institution…).
  2. The student is expected to demonstrate the equivalence between the courses in question, e.g., by showing the syllabus of the course previously taken.
  3. The Dean of Academic Affairs, in consultation with the GMU instructor who teaches the equivalent course, determines the transferability of the units by reviewing the material presented by the student.
  4. The grade for the course for which the units transfer is sought must be at least “C” for undergraduate courses and “B” for graduate courses.

 

A faculty and academic staff committee will award units for unaccredited coursework as follows:

 

1) No more than 30% of a units may be granted for each units earned at an unaccredited American school that has achieved state approval (the class must fit our curriculum) for undergraduate grogram

2) No more than 20% of graduate semester units may be granted for units earned at an unaccredited American school toward a Master’s degree.

3) No more than 10 graduate semester units may be granted for each units earned at an unaccredited American school toward a doctoral degree.

 

Students wishing to transfer units into GMU should include a note in their application packet indicating which transcripts should be assessed for transferable units. When receiving an acceptance letter into a GMU program, the letter should include the list of accepted transfer classes. If the list is not included, please contact the office of the academic dean.

 

In some cases, students take transferable courses while attending GMU (or did not ask for transfer units when applying to GMU). It is important that students request transfer units as soon as possible. In some cases, a student may take a GMU class that could have been transferred from a previous transcript. Since we cannot give units for taking the same class twice, the student has wasted time and money. In other cases, a student may assume that a class would be transferred. By the time the student learns that the course was not accepted for transfer (or not accepted for full units), he or she may have missed the chance to enroll in a class needed for graduation.

 

 

Notice Concerning Transferability of Units & Credentials Earned at This Institution

 

The transferability of units you earn at Grace Mission University is at the complete discretion of an institution to which you may seek to transfer. Acceptance of the Undergraduate or Graduate degree you earn in GMU is also at the complete discretion of the institution to which you may seek to transfer. If the degrees that you earn at this institution are not accepted at the institution to which you seek to transfer, you may be required to repeat some or all of your coursework at that institution. For this reason you should make certain that your attendance at this institution will meet your educational goals. This may include contacting an institution to which you may seek to transfer after attending GMU to determine if your degree will transfer.