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Franciscan University of Steubenville is a Catholic, liberal arts
institution dedicated to providing, in an environment of free
intellectual inquiry, the kind of education that develops mature
Christian men and women. These persons may, building on the foundations
of their education received at the University, engage in personally
satisfying careers, serve others to the best of their abilities, and
develop their capacity for intellectual, emotional, and spiritual
MBA: There are two 15-week semesters each year (Fall and Spring)
and one 13-week summer session with vacations as follows: four weeks at
Christmas and three weeks in August.
MA Counseling: The curriculum is offered during two semesters
(Fall and Spring) of the regular academic year and assumes full-time
participation by students during two academic years. A summer session
(optional) is available for the internship.
MS Education/Educational Administration: The academic year is
divided into five (5) terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Maymester,
1st Summer Session and 2nd Summer Session.
MS Nursing: There are three 15-week terms each year (fall, spring, and summer) with vacations as follows: four weeks at Christmas,
one week at Spring Break and three weeks in August.
MA Philosophy: The academic year is divided into five (5)
terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Mini-Session; 1st Summer Session and 2nd Summer Session.
MA Theology: The academic year is divided into six (6) terms:
Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Mini-Session; 1st Summer Session, 2nd
Summer Session and 3rd Summer Session.
Franciscan University of Steubenville is officially accredited by the
North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and is
authorized by the State of Ohio to offer the degrees listed above.
The Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of
Colleges and Schools at
Graduate students are classified according to their relationship to
formal programs, as follows:
Regular Status: The student who has met satisfactorily all the
general requirements of the University at the graduate level and the
specific requirements of the department in which the graduate program is
Conditional Status: The student who must fulfill some
conditions imposed by the department before admission to regular status;
and the student whose preparation cannot yet be determined.
Non-degree or Special Student Status: A student who fulfills
all the requirements and is taking courses for credit but is not seeking
a degree. Non-degree students who intend to apply formally for admission
in a degree program may complete up to 9 semester hours before making
formal application. Should a student accumulate 12 semester hours
without making formal application in a degree program and the student
intends to become a degree student, the student MUST apply for degree
status BEFORE TAKING ADDITIONAL COURSES. Hours earned beyond 12 as a
non-degree student WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED TOWARD COMPLETION OF THE DEGREE.
(Exception: Post-Master in Counseling requires 20 hours.) All students
contemplating studying for a degree are encouraged to complete formal
application immediately. Special Student status applies to those
students who are admitted to take a limited number of graduate courses
but are not matriculated into a master’s program.
Each graduate student will be assigned an advisor from his or her
graduate department to provide individual help and guidance in selecting
courses and other academic matters.
Any appeal for change of grade for a particular course should first
be directed to the class instructor. The student, if not satisfied, may
then speak with his/her advisor and the instructor. If not resolved in a
manner satisfactory to the student, the student may appeal to the
Director of the graduate program in which the student is enrolled. If
the student is still dissatisfied, a final appeal may be made to the
Vice President for Academic Affairs. At this time, the decision of the
Vice President for Academic Affairs is final, and no further appeal is
All requirements for a master’s degree must be satisfied within seven
(7) calendar years from the time of matriculation.
In some cases, a student, either possessing a master’s degree or
currently studying toward one, wishes to obtain an additional master’s
degree in a related field. Only 6 semester hours from the first
program may be applied toward the requirements of the additional
The student must assume responsibility for knowing University and his
or her graduate department regulations and for complying with all
applicable procedures. In no case will a requirement be waived or an
exception granted because a student pleads ignorance or claims that his
or her advisor or other authority did not inform the student of the
requirement. While advisors and personnel of Graduate Departments will
assist in any way possible, the student has the responsibility for
meeting the requirements stated in the catalog. A student is subject to
the requirements of the catalog in force at the beginning of the
semester in which the student enters the program.
The student’s proficiency in graduate coursework is recorded in the
following manner on a 4.0 Quality Point Average (QPA) grading scale.
A 3.0 QPA or “B” average in all graduate and required undergraduate
work undertaken at Franciscan University of Steubenville should be
maintained by graduate students. In order to qualify for graduation, the
student must have a 3.0 average for all graduate courses attempted.
According to University policy, graduate students must retake any
graduate courses in which they earn less than a grade of “C” (2.0).
These are minimum University standards; individual graduate programs may
have more stringent requirements.
Other grades recorded:
P — Passing. No quality points. Used for specific courses.
W — Withdrew - no quality points.
I — Incomplete
- no quality points
NR — No grade reported to the
Registrar - no quality points
The grade of Incomplete indicates that the work has not been
completed because of factors outside of the control of the student.
Students must complete the work 30 days after the beginning of the
succeeding semester to remove the Incomplete grade. If it is not removed
within this period, the grade becomes an “F.”
A student can be placed on probationary status as a result of one or
more semesters in which he or she has done substandard work or has
created disciplinary problems. The director of the program will set the
conditions that must be fulfilled by the student to have the
probationary status removed.
Candidacy for graduation will be reviewed by the Registrar near the
completion of a student’s coursework. Students are required to apply for
graduation in the semester prior to the anticipated graduation date.
Franciscan University of Steubenville admits students of any race,
color, national and ethnic origin, disability, and sex to all rights,
privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made
available to students at the school as required by Title IX of the 1972
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