All students are required to achieve an overall GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale as a requirement of graduation. It is emphasised that failure to achieve 3.0 in a given course or semester does not necessarily compromise a student’s graduation, as it is the overall GPA which is considered. However, students whose overall GPA falls below 3.0 at any time will be placed on academic probation and may be subject to suspension if their GPA does not show improvement or if the balance of remaining coursework is insufficient to allow them to achieve the 3.0 minimum (see below on Repeating Courses).
Academic Probation, Suspension and Dismissal
Students whose GPA falls below 3.0 will receive written notification from the Registrar that they have been placed on Academic Probation. Probation serves as a warning that the academic performance achieved so far is insufficient to receive a degree. Students will be removed from Academic Probation only when a cumulative 3.0 GPA is obtained. Students who have been placed on Academic Probation must maintain a 3.0 or better for every term during which they are on probation. Failure to do so will result in immediate suspension.
Suspended students may make written application to the Faculty Council for reinstatement. If the faculty believe the student is capable of completing the programme, they may allow the student to resume his or her studies on probation. However, if the semester GPA of a student who has been reinstated following suspension is ever below 3.0, the student will face automatic dismissal. Students for whom there is no possibility of achieving a 3.0 within the constraint of their remaining courses and the EGST policy for repeating courses (see below on Repeating Courses) will be automatically dismissed.
The EGST board on the recommendation of the EGST Faculty Council must approve all candidates for graduation. The Faculty Council will recommend for graduation those candidates who:
- Have demonstrated character worthy of Christ in conformity with those goals set forth in the EGST purpose statement;
- Have met or completed the requirements of the programme for which they are candidates for graduation.
Students will not receive their degree certificates nor will transcripts be released to them or on their behalf until they have fully paid all due fees.
Students with a final cumulative GPA of 3.50 will graduate cum laude. Students with a final cumulative GPA of 3.75 will graduate magna cum laude. Students with a final cumulative GPA of 3.90 will graduate summa cum laude. In addition, financial awards intended to be used towards the purchase of theological books will be given to at least one student in each degree programme who has the highest overall GPA. In years in which more than one student in a degree programme has performed at an exceptionally high standard, more than one award may be given.