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Robert W. Plaster School of Business & Entrepreneurship
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Academics Policies

Transfer Credit
A student wishing to transfer up to nine credit hours of graduate level coursework from a regionally accredited institution may do so by requesting that his or her official transcripts be sent directly to Lindenwood University’s Office of Graduate Admissions by the school(s) previously attended. An evaluation of transfer credit will be made by the student’s advisor and the dean of the business school.

A student wishing to transfer international credit into a business program may also transfer up to nine credit hours of coursework with the approval of the school dean. To do so, (in addition to submitting a WES evaluation as a part of his or her application to the university, as described in the International Application Procedures section of this website), the student must also bring to Lindenwood notarized copies of translated and certified course syllabi that describe the topics, concepts, and material covered in each class that the student wishes to apply to transfer. Upon arrival to Lindenwood, the student will submit these syllabi to the International Office and to his or her academic advisor. These syllabi will be forwarded to the dean of the Plaster School of Business and Entrepreneurship for approval.

Graduate evening programs are designed for motivated learners who take responsibility for their education. In a nine week program, it is assumed that a student will not miss any classes. However, recognizing that graduate students may be working adults, one absence may be compensated for (at the instructor’s discretion) through additional assigned work. Two unexcused absences will result in a grade drop. Three unexcused absences are unacceptable, as three missed classes is equivalent to missing one third of a nine-week term. A student with three or more unexcused absences may, at the discretion of the professor, fail the course and be required to re-take it. (Note that excessive absences will also jeopardize international students’ F-1 visa compliance.)

Add/Withdraw from Courses
Courses in a 5-term program may be added or dropped any time prior to the first class meeting. Classes may be added after the first class meeting only with the approval of the student’s academic advisor and the school dean. No classes may be added after the second class meeting. No student may add a class that has reached maximum capacity without the permission of the SB&E dean. Students must meet with their academic advisor before seeking approval from the dean for an override. The deadline for withdrawing from a course is the two thirds mark of the term, as set forth by the academic calendar. However, students who must maintain full-time student status will not be permitted to withdraw from a class if it would mean falling below the 9 credit hours required to maintain full time student status.

Graduation Preparation
Students are responsible for tracking their own academic progress and eligibility for graduation. The role of the academic advisor is to give advice to the student; however, the student is ultimately responsible for tracking his or her progress through the degree program and meeting all requirements for application for degree. Prior to graduation, students must apply to graduate. Graduation application deadlines are listed in the academic calendar in the graduate catalog.

Degree Requirements
1. Completion of Plaster School of Business & Entrepreneurship requirements for degree.
2. Completion of all coursework.
3. A minimum 3.0 GPA in all work completed as a graduate student at this university.

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