Distance Learning Policies and Procedures

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This page provides some basic policies and guidelines about which you need to be aware if you plan to purchase materials or enroll in a course for credit.

Enrollment for Academic Credit

If you are not a graduate of Wheaton College and are enrolling in a distance-learning course for graduate credit, request that an official transcript of your Bachelor's degree from a "regionally" accredited college or university be sent as soon as possible. (Photocopies are not acceptable.) Without this, no credit will be granted. If your undergraduate degree is not from a regionally accredited college in the United States, there may be a question about your eligibility to enroll in a class and receive academic credit. In this case transcripts will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine eligibility. Do not enroll in a course for credit if there is a question about your academic eligibility.


Status of Distance Learning Students

Students enrolled in courses for graduate credit through the Office of Distance Learning are considered "distance learning" students of Wheaton College Graduate School. Enrollment in a graduate credit distributed learning course does not constitute admission to a degree program at the Wheaton College Graduate School. Application to graduate degree programs must be made through the Wheaton College Graduate School Admissions Office.


Matriculated Student Policies

Once students have matriculated into a degree program at the Wheaton College Graduate School and are enrolled in residential classes, they may not take a distance learning course for graduate credit unless special permission is granted. If permission is granted, regular Graduate School tuition rates will apply instead of the distance learning tuition rates. However, this policy does not apply to courses for students in the GradLink programs in Missions and Intercultural Studies.


Biblical & Theological Studies Requirement

Please note that Distributed Learning courses may not be used to meet the Wheaton College Graduate School six-hour Biblical and Theological Studies Requirement for all degree programs.

Applicants will be required to report whether or not they have any bible or theology courses in order to determine which graduate Theological Studies Requirement (TSR- p. 139 of 2006-07 college catalog) courses they will be eligible to take. Further questions can be addressed to the Graduate Admissions Office, Ph. 630-752-5195,

1-800-888-0141 or gradadm@wheaton.edu


Fees

Invoicing and payment is handled through the Student Accounts Office.

Tuition for graduate credit (MA level) distributed learning courses is set at $450/semester hour for the 20011-2012 academic year. Thus, tuition for a four semester hour course is currently $1800. This amount does not include the cost of the instructional materials or textbooks.

Course Materials and Textbooks are an additional cost. They may be ordered through the Wheaton College Bookstore.


Refund Policy

Refunds are computed on the date the course drop application is filed in the Registrar's Office. A full refund is allowed during the first week after registration; a 90% refund is granted during the second week; and none thereafter.

The materials purchased from Wheaton College Bookstore are returnable within two weeks from the date of purchase as long as they remain in the sealed plastic covering.

Refunds are computed on the date the course drop application is filed in the Registrar's Office. A full refund is allowed during the first week after registration; a 90% refund is granted during the second week; and none thereafter.

The materials purchased from Wheaton College Bookstore are returnable within two weeks from the date of purchase as long as they remain in the sealed plastic covering.


Grading System

Letter Grade

Grade on
4.0 scale

Significance

A

4.0

outstanding

A-

3.7

superior

B+

3.3

very good

B

3.0

satisfactory

B-

2.7

acceptable but below average

C+

2.3

acceptable but below average

C

2.0

acceptable but below average

 

An F is not acceptable and carries no credit on a four-point scale.

Pass/Fall

P is the passing grade given for non-credit Biblical Foundations Courses.


Transcripts

When you have completed a distributed learning course for graduate credit and have fully met your financial obligations to the College, you may request a free transcript of your credits earned.

Proctor Agreement Form

View the Proctor Agreement Form (PDF).

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