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Academic Information



Moody Bible Institute is a professional school at the Undergraduate level that grants a a four-year Bachelor of Arts (BA) and a five-year Bachelor of Music degree (BMus).

Academic Load

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Class Assignments

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Class Attendance Requirements

Class attendance is of primary importance to academic achievements. Students should keep absences to a minimum, making certain that any absence from class is for unavoidable reasons only. Class attendance is of critical importance for those who have a grade point average of 2.0 or less. Students are personally responsible to keep records of all absences. The maximum number of absences for any reason shall not exceed twice the number of hours a class meets per week. 

Course Audit Policies

Courses may be added for audit during the second and third weeks of classes only. Audit forms are available from the Academic Records Office. Faculty signature is required. Students are required to attend the class and follow class attendance requirements, but are not required to complete class assignments unless required by that course instructor. Degree requirement courses may not be audited as a substitution for degree credit. 

Course Cancellation Policies

Courses that must be cancelled by the Institute and are necessary for a student's degree program, and cannot reasonably be fit into the student's academic schedule, either by rearranging the current semester schedule and enrolling in a different section, or by scheduling it in a future semester, then the student is offered the opportunity to take the course by another means. This may include distance learning course offering options, transfer credit options, replacement course options or the opportunity to enroll in an arranged/contracted (Directed Study) course with an appropriate faculty member to meet the necessary educational goals. If the cancelled course is an elective, the student is directed to other elective options. 

Course Drop Policies

Students may drop a class at any time through the myMoodystudent portal. Grades will be assigned based on the date the course is dropped, according to the schedule below. Courses dropped after the halfway point of the class will be assigned a grade of Withdraw Fail (WF), which will negatively affect the GPA.

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Course Numbering

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Credit by Examination

Moody Bible Institute will grant credit recognition for students who have received acceptable scores through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the Advanced Placement (AP) Examination. For a list of courses and the established acceptable scores, contact the Registrar's Office. Where tests are not available through external testing programs, MBI departmentally offers validation examinations for certain courses. Arrangements for validation exams must be made through the Registrar's Office. A validation examination fee applies. Credit by examination has the following limitations: 

  • Examination credit will be awarded only if the student has not previously taken the course at  MBI or another institution of higher education.
  • Credit by examination will be listed on the student's record indicating the subject for which the credits were awarded.  Grades and honor points will not be recorded.  The credits, though counting toward graduation, will not be used in the computation of the student's cumulative grade point average.
  • Transfer students with examination credits will be required to submit official test scores. These scores will then be evaluated according to MBI criteria.
  • Graduating students need to complete CLEP exams by the deadline dates listed below:
Graduation Date CLEP / Independent /
Self-Paced Study Course Deadline
Spring (May) Jan. 15
Summer (July) June 1
Fall (December) Sept. 15              

Credit Hour Definition

A semester credit hour is defined by one 50-minute period in addition to two-three hours of out of class student work each semester for approximately 15-16 weeks. An equivalent to greater amount of work is required for internships, practica, studio work and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours. Semester sessions that are less than 15-16 weeks provide a concentrated schedule to achieve the required semester credit hours.

MBI has three academic terms (semesters) during each academic year whereby students may complete credit hours towards their degree programs.

Fall Term August–December
Spring Term January–May
Summer Term May–July

Degree Completion Time Limits

Bachelor of Arts Degree Programs
Students must complete their degree program in 4 years.* 

Bachelor of Music Degree Programs
Students must complete their degree program in 5 years.*

* Students have one less semester per 15 credit hours transferred in.

Enrollment Status Definitions

The student has completed his or her academic program and is no longer considered a student at MBI.

Students who no longer have an active enrollment status due to leaving MBI for personal reasons or who have had their enrollment status discontinued due to non-enrollment.

Students who have had their MBI program enrollment discontinued due to Academic or Student Development reasons.

Students who are in good standing may take up to a total of two semesters of intermission, fall and spring semesters only (summer not included). Intermission may be requested for medical, financial, or personal reasons that may prevent a student from continuing on the normal path towards degree completion.

Students must apply for Intermission status prior to the start of the semester. A $200.00 fee will be charged to the student’s account for each semester of intermission, with the exception of students who are enrolled in distance learning courses, or students who are only enrolled in their internship. Students who have less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA are not eligible for Intermission status.

Students who have a cumulative GPA less than a 2.0 (on a 4.0 scale) are required to keep an active enrollment until a CUM 2.0 GPA has been achieved or will be subject to Academic Program dismissal. Students below a 2.0 do not qualify for Intermission. 

Students enrolled in any Moody Distance Learning Certificate or Degree programs will be permitted six consecutive semesters (Fall, Spring and Summer) of non-enrollment. The seventh semester of non-enrollment will result in enrollment status discontinuation. Once discontinued, students will be required to re-apply through the MBI Admissions department.

This status is assigned to students who must leave MBI once the semester has begun.

FERPA: Access to Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, sets forth requirements regarding the privacy of student records.  This document outlines the Moody requirements regarding the privacy of student records.  This document outlines the Moody Bible Institute (MBI) policies for the handling of student educational records, which are protected by this federal law.  All educational officials requesting educational records on any MBI student must read the following policies and demonstrate a legitimate educational interest in order to access FERPA-protected information.

This information is also provided to all students of Moody Bible Institute as required by federal law, in accordance with the Annual Notification Requirement.  Students have three primary rights under FERPA: 1) the right to inspect and review their education records; 2) the right to seek to amend education records; 3) the right to have some control over the disclosure of information from their education records.

Moody Bible Institute is in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which is designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings.  Students also have the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office concerning alleged failures by Moody Bible Institute to comply with provisions of the Act.  Such complaints should be sent to the following address:  Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue. SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605.

Moody Bible Institute has adopted a policy that explains in detail the procedures used for compliance with the provisions of the Act.  Copies of the policy are available upon request in the Academic Records/Registrar's Office, or may be printed from the Web Site. 

Academic Transcripts

Students may request a transcript of their academic record through the Office of Academic Records. MBI will not issue a transcript or release other nonpublic information except on the written request of the student.

If a request for a transcript is submitted between the completion of a course and the release of a grade (s), the Academic Records Office will send out that transcript without the latest course grade (s) unless otherwise requested by the student.

The following fees are applied to transcript requests per transcript:

  • 3-5 business days processing ($10 U.S.; check, cash or credit card).
  • 1-2 business days processing ($15 U.S.; check, cash or credit card).
  • Overnight within the continental U.S. ($40 U.S.; check, cash or credit card).

Processing time does not include delivery time. Please make checks payable to "Moody Bible Institute." Only MasterCard or Visa are accepted. For additional information, contact the Academic Records Office at (312) 329-2087 or

Grade Point Average

The semester or cumulative grade point average is determined by dividing the total number of cumulative points with the total units taken towards the student's GPA.

Grade Points

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Grading System

The student's work for any semester in a given subject is evaluated by the teacher according to the following letter grades

AExcellent; outstanding accomplishment in mastering the subject AUAudit
BVery good; better than average accomplishment in mastering subject P/NPPass/No Pass
CSatisfactory; fulfills the requirements and has made acceptable progress towards mastering the subject WWithdrew with penalty
DPassing; deficient in some respects but meets the minimum standards for obtaining credit in the subject. XFailed course, repeated and passed
FFailure; falls below the minimum standards of accomplishment, and must be repeated to obtain credit. WPWithdrew with greater penalty, passing
IIncomplete. This is a temporary grade that represents a course that is still being completed based on an officially approved course extension. WFWithdrew with greater penalty, failing


Students must registrar for classes each semester to maintain an active enrollment. Pre-Registration and Open Enrollment occur in the following sequence:

Fall Semester Registration begins in April
Spring Semester Registration begins in late October/early November
Summer Semester Registration begins in late February/early March

Students with holds on their academic record will be prohibited from enrolling in classes until all holds have been cared for. Students are responsible to read and follow all enrollment procedures and policies provided by the Academic Records Office. 

All students are required to locate and follow their degree curriculum as documented in the program/major optimal schedule located in the Undergraduate catalog and on the degree pages on this website. All students are responsible to ensure that their degree requirements are completed in the correct course sequence as stated in the optimal schedule. Academic Advisors are available in the Office of Academic Records to assist students who have questions concerning their optimal schedule including correct course sequence selections.

Scholastic Honors

Honors at graduation are based on a student's cumulative grade point average and evidence of Christian character. Honors are not automatically granted to graduates. Honors are granted by the faculty and may be withheld or modified, based on the processing of final grades. The following guidelines are used to determine academic honors:

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Student Academic Probation and Dismissal

Each student admitted to Moody Bible Institute is assumed to have the preparation, desire and the ability to make satisfactory progress towards the completion of the program or degree that he or she was admitted into. When a student's cumulative GPA falls below the appropriate level of warning status on the academic status schedule below, the student will be placed on academic restriction.  The Committee on Academic Standards has the responsibility of reviewing and determining the student's academic status each semester based on academic proficiency. 

An academic restriction student must keep a continual enrollment until a 2.0 GPA is achieved. The student must follow the instructions and guidelines of their academic restriction meted out by the Committee on Academic Standards. The Committee's decision regarding Academic Dismissal is determined on an individual basis. 

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A student will be removed from academic restriction when he or she achieves a 2.0 GPA or greater at the end of the semester. A student who wishes to request an exception to a dismissal status must do so within ten (10) days from the time the dismissal notification (written or verbal) is received. 


The student must file a written petition with the Academic Records Office stating the reason for the appeal. The Committee on Academic Standards will act on the appeal and the Registrar will communicate the final decision to the student. 

Student Advising

Academic advisors located in the Office of Academic Records are available to discuss student's program requirements, transfer credits (including CLEP and AP credits) as well as graduation requirements. Faculty advisors are available to meet with and discuss student's degree programs in relation to the student's ministry and vocational future and calling.

Transfer Credit

Courses presented for transfer credit must meet the following criteria:

  •  The course must be taken at a regionally accredited or the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) accredited higher learning institution.
  • The course content, as listed in a catalog course description or syllabus, is equivalent to the content of the Undergraduate School course and is to be equal in academic credits.
  • The student earns a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale). A course that was graded on a pass/fail basis will not transfer.
  • The course fulfills a requirement of the student's degree requirements as indicated in the student's curriculum.

Transfer credit does not affect a student's grade point average. It is not academically acceptable to apply credit used to fulfill the requirements of one bachelor's degree toward the completion of a second bachelor's degree. Academic credits that exceed ten years from the date of completion may not be applicable to current degree curricula. Questions regarding transfer credit should be referred to the Registrar's Office prior to enrolling in the course.


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