2017-2018 Graduate Studies Catalog

25 academic record and, when required, standardized test scores. Each application, however, is evaluated individually and careful consideration is given to applicants who present other evidence of graduate potential. Applicants who have recently completed undergraduate work, for example, may expect that their academic record will serve as the principal indicator of graduate potential. Alternatively, applicants who have had time to establish a record of effective professional experience beyond their undergraduate experience may expect that to be given significant consideration as well. Provisional Admission Applicants whose materials are difficult to evaluate, lack the required materials, or necessary undergraduate prerequisites may be admitted provisionally. Students granted provisional admission may earn full admission upon the completion of 12 hours of graduate study with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and/or the completion of all undergraduate prerequisite work. Students who have been granted provisional admission for a graduate degree programmust receive full admission in order to continue beyond 12 hours of graduate study, unless otherwise specified by individual program. International students are not eligible for provisional admission. Post Graduate This is a special status for students who neither apply to nor are admitted to any graduate degree or certificate program but wish to take a limited number of courses. In order to be granted postgraduate admission, the student must submit a transcript showing possession of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Students who wish to complete a second undergraduate degree should apply through Enrollment Services. Those who wish to begin or complete teacher certification should apply to the university through the Office of Admission; they will also apply for Teacher Certification and register for classes through the Irvin School of Education. All other postgraduate students should apply online and register in the Office of Admission. No student classified as postgraduate may take more than 12 graduate hours before receiving provisional or full admission unless enrolled in a certificate program. Postgraduate status does not imply admission to any graduate degree program and most are not eligible for financial aid. International students are not eligible for this status. Notification Official notification of admission or non-admission is communicated solely by the Office of Admission. Appeals Students wishing to appeal an admission decision should first consult with the program director. If the student is not satisfied, an appeal may be made to the dean of graduate studies, then to the Graduate Council, and finally to the provost. Orientation At the beginning of the fall term, the Office of Graduate Studies conducts a student orientation for new graduate students. During this time, graduate school policies and procedures are explained and representatives from Graduate Studies, the Business Office, Information Management, and the Library introduce services available to graduate students and discuss important policies, procedures, and deadlines. All new graduate students are invited to attend. A PPLICANTS WITH D ISABILITIES Hardin-Simmons University complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 regarding students with disabilities. Eligible students seeking