1. All applicants must give evidence of a Christian conversion experience and a sincere desire to seek and experience the truths of God’s Word.
2. Applicants must be committed to the will of God for their lives and to a life of service for Jesus Christ.
3. Before making application to the SCM, the student must have completed the following courses in the liberal arts core with a grade of “C-” or above: EN101, EN102, CM130, and TH237.
4. Applicants must have a minimum of a 2.00 grade point average on a 4.00 scale on all course work completed at Emmanuel College. A minimum grade of “C-“ is required in GR 351 and PY 210 as part of the Liberal Arts Core.
5. In addition to being admitted to Emmanuel College, applicants must fulfill specific application requirements stated on the SCM application form. Official admission to a SCM baccalaureate degree program is determined by the faculty in the SCM. Forms for application and letters of recommendation are available from the office of the Dean of the School of Christian Ministries.
6. Once admitted to a SCM program, the student must maintain a 2.00 overall GPA in order to continue in the program, as well as complete chapel and Christian Service Practicum requirements.
7. Transfer credits which are applicable to the programs of the SCM are accepted as stated in the College’s Transfer Policy.
Students majoring and minoring in a program offered in the School of Christian Ministries should declare their major and/or minor early in their college experience in order to be able to enroll in the required courses when they are offered by the college. Courses should be taken according to the suggested course sequence plan if timely graduation is desired. SCM majors must have a minimum 2.00 GPA on all course work taken. A minimum grade of “C-” must be earned in the previously identified courses from the liberal arts core as well as all courses within the SCM core. In the event a grade of “D” or lower is earned in any required SCM course, each course must be retaken until a grade of “C-“ or higher is earned. Any time a student’s GPA falls below 2.00, the student will be placed on probation with the SCM. Failure to improve the GPA to 2.00 or higher within two semesters will result in dismissal from the SCM degree program.
An SCM degree candidate at Emmanuel College must spend at least three sequential semesters (excluding summer) in residence, carrying a minimum of 12 credits per semester. For two of these semesters, the student must be registered as a senior. These residential requirements reflect the SCM’s emphasis on growth and development in personal character and ministry. SCM majors must take at least 30 hours of their major in residence. Included in these thirty hours must be TH460.
In addition, any courses taken from other institutions while a student is attending EC full time must be approved by the SCM faculty in order for such courses to be counted toward the student’s degree program. This approval must be granted prior to the student’s enrollment in any such course. In order to gain approval students must submit a letter to the Dean of the SCM explaining the course they wish to take and the reason it cannot be taken on campus.
Mere completion of a curricular program is not regarded as sufficient to meet graduation requirements. A student must be officially accepted by the SCM and fulfill additional SCM requirements before courses can be used in an SCM baccalaureate degree program. During the junior or senior year, an SCM student must satisfy a public speaking requirement judged by an SCM faculty member in one of the following ways:
- Speaking in an Emmanuel College or SCM Chapel;
- Doing an oral presentation of ten minutes minimum in an approved junior or senior level course.
In addition to completing the requirements of chapel attendance (SCM and EC Convocation), Christian service practicum, and internship, the student must be recommended for graduation by the SCM faculty. The student must also successfully complete both a comprehensive theology exit exam and a selected exit exegetical paper, as well as an SCM exit interview. Other requirements for graduation are listed under Requirements for Graduation in this Catalog.