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).
Class Attendance Requirements
Course Audit Policies
Course Cancellation Policies
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.
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:
|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.
Degree Completion Time Limits
Bachelor of Arts Degree Programs
Students must complete their degree program in 4 years.*
Bachelor of Music Degree
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.
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grade Point Average
The student's work for any semester in a given subject is evaluated by the teacher according to the following letter grades
|A||Excellent; outstanding accomplishment in mastering the subject||AU||Audit|
|B||Very good; better than average accomplishment in mastering subject||P/NP||Pass/No Pass|
|C||Satisfactory; fulfills the requirements and has made acceptable progress towards mastering the subject||W||Withdrew with penalty|
|D||Passing; deficient in some respects but meets the minimum standards for obtaining credit in the subject.||X||Failed course, repeated and passed|
|F||Failure; falls below the minimum standards of accomplishment, and must be repeated to obtain credit.||WP||Withdrew with greater penalty, passing|
|I||Incomplete. This is a temporary grade that represents a course that is still being completed based on an officially approved course extension.||WF||Withdrew 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.
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:
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.
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.
Courses presented for transfer credit must meet the following criteria:
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.