Academic Catalog 2019-2020 
    Mar 27, 2023  
Academic Catalog 2019-2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Policies (CAGS)

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Catalog as Guide and Agreement


The catalog provides students with the best information available concerning the University and its programs at the time of publication. While every effort is made to provide accurate and up to date information, the University reserves the right to change the catalog without notice. This includes all content, statements of policy, academic offerings, standards of conduct, charges for tuition, and fees. Since the University continually modifies and improves the curriculum to meet the needs of students, the catalog serves as a guide and agreement between the student and Colorado Christian University. Students who are admitted to Colorado Christian University agree to abide by University policies and Standards of Student Conduct (Student Handbook, pg. 41).

A student who enrolls in the University will be allowed to graduate under the academic program requirements in the catalog published at the time of admission, as long as the student completes a minimum of one course in 365 days. A student who has not been enrolled for 366 days must apply for readmission and complete a degree program under the regulations and policies published in the catalog that is in effect at the time of re-enrollment.

Students who change their major will complete the degree program under the catalog in effect at the time they change their major. To change majors and catalog years, students must be currently enrolled.

Student Success: Academic Advising and Student Services

Student Success Coaching

CAGS students enrolled in INT 211A - Adult Studies Seminar I  are assigned a Student Success Coach (SSC) to guide and assist them toward successful completion of their first course at CCU. The SSC helps students understand University policies and procedures, available resources, and strategies for academic success.

Academic Advising

All students are assigned a Student Service Advisor (SSA) to provide guidance through the College of Adult and Graduate Studies (CAGS). Student Service Advisors assist students with navigating online resources, degree planning, form selection and completion, schedule recommendations, and understanding University policies and procedures. While advisors are valuable resources, responsibility for selecting courses and maintaining satisfactory academic progress toward graduation ultimately rests with each student.

Student Resources on Blackboard

The Student Success team provides online resources and encouragement to support all aspects of your journey to degree completion. Examples of these resources include: CAGS Student Toolbox, Disability Accommodations, Tips for Success, Writing Guide, Blackboard Tutorials, Student Success Team contact information, Prior Learning Credit, and Biblical Resources. We encourage you to take advantage of these resources which are available 24/7 in Blackboard.

Career Development

CCU’s Employment Management Services (EMS) team provides professional development tips and career advancement ideas to keep students and alumni aware of current trends in the employment arena. Students and alumni interested in gaining assistance or utilizing EMS for job searching, networking, interviewing, and more are invited to visit the EMS website.

Pathway U

CCU has partnered with Pathway U to offer CAGS students a self-directed career development service, at no additional cost. Pathway U uses proven science and predictive analytics to assess student’s values, interests, personality, etc., to drive degree completion and enhance career success. The goal of the assessments is to help adult learners make the best education and vocational choices along their journey - ultimately connecting students to real world opportunities that align with their particular results. For more information visit Pathway U.

Traditional Transfer Credit

Traditional credit is earned through post-secondary accredited institutions, colleges, universities, or schools. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that official transcripts have been received by Colorado Christian University as decisions about transfer credits are based on official transcripts only; photocopies and unofficial transcripts are not accepted. Credit received is treated as transfer credit and does not count toward CCU residency requirements. Students are required to meet all residency requirements for graduation.

Potential transfer credit is reviewed to determine its equivalency to CCU coursework. The transfer evaluation process is typically completed within 10-15 business days after receipt of the official transcript. Courses that are evaluated as transferable toward CCU degree requirements will be listed on the student’s progress report in Self-Service Advising indicating which CCU program requirements the transfer credit will satisfy. Courses which are predominantly identical in content and intent may be defined as equivalent to CCU courses and applied to the student’s record. Courses that are not considered equivalent to CCU coursework may be transferred as elective credit and applied toward the student’s elective degree requirements. Students transferring credit must fulfill the CCU residency requirements as stated in this Academic Catalog. All credits must be transferred from a regionally or nationally accredited body such as the Accrediting Association of Bible Colleges, and must be a relevant or equivalent course required for the student’s program of study.

CCU transfers credits but not grades or grade point averages (GPA). For all undergraduate majors (except nursing and education), transfer courses must have letter grades of A through C-. 

  • For Nursing students, all transfer credit must be a grade of C or better.
  • For all other undergraduate programs, all transfer credit must be a grade of C- or better.
  • Graduate level courses must be a grade of B or better.

Transferred courses of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) must be equivalent to the grade requirements above.

Computer science credits transferred to meet major core requirements must have been completed within five years of acceptance for admission to CCU. 

Transfer courses must be numbered 100 or above in the course numbering system. Certain CCU degree programs, such as nursing and education, will have specific transfer equivalency requirements. Students may not receive duplicate credit through college coursework, CLEP/DSST exams, or prior learning credit earned at CCU or transferred from another institution.

CCU may partner with other institutions to articulate a seamless process for the transfer of credits, allowing students to complete their degree at CCU. These articulation agreements may be between community colleges, four-year institutions, technical institutions, unaccredited schools, etc. Credit from unaccredited institutions is only transferable if a current articulation agreement is in place.

Nontraditional Transfer Credit

Nontraditional credit is earned outside of the formal academic learning environment. Credit received is treated as transfer credit and does not count toward CCU residency requirements. Students are required to meet all residency requirements for graduation. Colorado Christian University and the College of Adult and Graduate Studies offers opportunities for students to reduce the time and cost of their degree by proving learning in a specific discipline. 


StraighterLine is a leading provider of affordable and transferrable online college courses for adult learners. CCU has partnered with StraighterLine to offer courses that can potentially save students substantial time and money as they work toward degree completion. StraighterLine specializes in online general education courses with 60 low-cost, self-paced offerings. For more information visit StraighterLine


FEMA offers free self-paced, web-based, courses through its Emergency Management Institutue. Students complete the independent study portion and take a final exam. For instructions on how to complete a FEMA course and obtain credit go to the FEMA Emergency Management Institute.

Additional Prior Learning Credit Opportunities

Many Prior Learning Credit (PLC) assessments acceptable in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies are listed on Blackboard’s Student Resources page. Please see your Student Service Advisor for more information or to review/create a degree plan. 

  • CLEP, DSST, UExcel, and other approved exams: CCU will grant credit for students whose test scores are at or above established levels. Information about specific CLEP and DSST testing equivalents and scores as well as testing policies and procedures may be obtained from a Student Service Advisor or on Blackboard’s Student Resources. Transcripts are required to be direct from the testing company. 
  • Credit by Portfolio: Credit is awarded on the basis of evaluation of the extent of the student’s learning experience. Undergraduate students may earn elective and some general education credit through the portfolio process by documenting post-high school learning experiences. Graduate students in the MBA and MOL degree programs may use the credit by portfolio process to attach an emphasis or specialization to their degree. CCU is guided by standards delineated by the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and ACE.
  • Military Experience and the American Council on Education (ACE): Active duty personnel and veterans may receive undergraduate credit for basic training and other educational learning experience gained while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Military active duty, guard, reserve, and veterans must request an official Joint Services Transcript (JST), Community College of the Air Force (CCAF) transcript, or other documentation of their experience to be sent to CCU to receive credit.
  • Technical Credit: College Credit Recommendation Service (CREDIT) at the American Council on Education (ACE) evaluates workplace and non-traditional learning with colleges and employers by helping adults gain access to academic credit for training courses and certifications taken outside traditional degree programs. Technical credit is defined as vocational and occupational. Examples of technical credit are electronics, cosmetology, dental assisting, auto body repair, ammunition, welding, and paraprofessional health care. A student may transfer in a maximum of thirty hours of technical credit towards a Bachelor’s degree. Nursing students are not eligible to transfer any technical credit.
  • Advanced Placement Examinations (AP): A high school graduate who has taken Advanced Placement Examinations conducted by the College Entrance Examination Board and passed with a score of 3, 4, or 5 may receive University credit.

Grading System


University Grade Scale and Chart of Percentages with Honor Points (Letter)

Grade Quality Points Percentage
A 4.00 92.50 - 100%
A- 3.70 89.50 ≤ 92.49%
B+ 3.30 87.50 ≤ 89.49%
B 3.00 82.50 ≤ 87.49%
B- 2.70 79.50 ≤ 82.49%
C+ 2.30 77.50 ≤ 79.49%
C 2.00 72.50 ≤ 77.49%
C- 1.70 69.50 ≤ 72.49%
D+ 1.30 67.50 ≤ 69.49%
D 1.00 62.50 ≤ 67.49%
D-* 0.70 59.50 ≤ 62.49%
F** 0.00 Below 59.50%

*  No credit for CCU program requirements
** Failing, no credit

Please refer to individual academic program requirements for the minimum grade acceptable for graduation.

Nursing Grade Scale and Chart of Percentages 

For students enrolled in the nursing program, the Nursing School grade scale replaces the University grade scale.

Grade Quality Points Percentage
A 4.00 94-100%
A- 3.70 92-93%
B+ 3.30 90-91%
B 3.00 85-89%
B- 2.70 83-84%
C+ 2.30 81-82%
C 2.00 75-80%
C-* 1.70 73-74%
D+* 1.30 71-72%
D* 1.00 66-70%
D-* 0.70 64-65%
F** 0.00 Below 64%

*  No credit for Nursing program requirements
** Failing, no credit

Grading System with No Honor Points (Letter)

AU Audit
I Incomplete
CIP Course In Progress
NC No Credit
P Pass (indicates grade of C or better)
W Course Withdrawal
FW Failing Withdrawal
FX Administrative Failing
NR No Record

Audit (AU)

Sudents auditing a course do not earn college credit for that course; however, audited courses do appear on their official transcripts. Students may audit adult undergraduate or graduate courses that do not have prerequisites. Students auditing a course are expected to purchase textbooks and materials, meet attendance requirements, and actively participate in course activities, but are exempt from submitting graded written assignments or exams. Auditing students who are participating in an online course are required to participate in the threaded discussion portion of course assignments. By arrangement with the Student Service Advisor or Service Central, students may change from audit to credit, or credit to audit prior to the drop deadline for the course.

Incomplete (I)

Incomplete course grades are recorded as an (I) on a student’s program evaluation until the completed grade is posted. Failure on the part of the student to complete the required coursework in the allotted time will result in an automatic failure of the incomplete coursework, which may result in a failure of the course.

Course In Progress (CIP)

A final grade has not yet been posted. In the case of an extension, course grades are posted at the end of the extension, reflecting the work completed.

No Credit (NC)

An NC is assigned to courses when a student does not earn college credit for a course.

Pass (P) and Fail (F)

Certain courses are designated Pass/Fail. A “P” represents a grade of C or better, and awards credit but does not impact the student’s GPA. An “F” represents a grade of C- or lower, does not award credit, and does impact the student’s GPA.

Course Withdrawal (W)

A W indicates the student has submitted a form officially requesting his/her withdrawal from a course in accordance with the CAGS Student Handbook. No credit or quality points are assigned with a W. No refunds are given on course withdrawals and students are encouraged to contact Service Central to determine the impact a course withdrawal has on their financial aid awards and/or VA benefits. A student who was earning an F in a course, and withdraws from the course through proper procedure, will not receive an F on their transcript; they will receive a W, which will not impact their GPA but may affect their financial status. A W will not be awarded if the student has already earned an F, FW, or FX grade for the course.

Failing Withdrawal (FW)

The FW indicates an unauthorized withdrawal from the course by a student who failed to complete course requirements. It will also be used for failure to meet on-site attendance requirements per established guidelines, and will be assigned to a student who has not participated in a course for fourteen consecutive days and has not received authorization to withdraw from the course. Students who meet on-site attendance requirements and participate up to the last week of the class will not receive a FW; they will receive the letter grade they have earned for the course. For purposes of the grade point average and satisfactory academic progress, the FW is equivalent to an F and is included in the cumulative grade point average.

Administrative Failing (FX)

An FX is initiated by an instructor or administrator for a student’s failing grade at any time for reasons other than poor grade performance, such as violation of academic integrity, the student code of conduct, and/or disruptive behavior. The FX may also be used for unsafe or unsatisfactory performance in a lab, clinic, practicum, or internship, in accordance with published criteria and procedures. The FX is calculated in the student’s GPA according to the University Grading Scale as an earned F. The FX will not be used for poor grade performance.

No Record (NR)

NR is assigned when no grade is submitted for a student. A grade of NR does not factor into the student’s cumulative GPA but may affect their financial status.

Continuing Education Courses

Continuing Education (CE) courses carry no academic credit and are non-graded. CE courses and for-credit courses are displayed on separate transcripts.

Course Repeat Privileges

Students may repeat any course in which a grade of B or lower was earned (with the exception of Nursing students). When the course is repeated, both courses and their grades are shown on the transcript, but only the last grade received will be used in calculating the cumulative GPA. If the same grade is earned twice, only one grade will be used to calculate the GPA. Full tuition is charged for the repeated course. For information on financial aid eligibility for repeated courses, see the “Financial Aid Eligibility-Repeated Courses” section of the Financial Aid Handbook.

Exception: Education students are required to complete ECE/EDU/SED 414A Field II in proximity to ECE/EDU/SED 480A Student Teaching. For education students who are suspended or take a leave of absence, Field II may need to be repeated, regardless of the grade received, if it has been 5 or more semesters since Field II was completed. Students returning to complete a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction (MACI) may also need to repeat coursework earned prior to 2010. Please see the MACI   program page for more information.

Academic Information



A cohort is the sequential order of courses to be taken within a degree, certificate, or program. Certain requirements must be met in order for a cohort to begin. Graduate students begin their cohort sequence immediately. For further information regarding cohorts and FAQs please contact your Student Service Advisor.


Attendance and promptness is essential for student learning; for personal and small-group relationships; and for the accomplishment of learning outcomes.  Additionally, attendance is essential to comply with government regulations for Federal Financial Aid, Veterans Administration (VA) benefits, accreditation standards, and other scholarships.

Attendance is defined as the physical presence in an on-site class session or evidence of active participation in an online class session. For attendance procedures, please review the CAGS Student Handbook.

Block Start & End Dates

Course start dates for courses are defined as the beginning of the block, not the date of the first class session. Course end dates are the last day of the block as listed in the student’s Student Planning portal.

Leave of Absence

Students who find it necessary to take a temporary leave of absence from the University should complete the Leave of Absence Form. A leave of absence may be taken for up to three consecutive semesters. The form should be completed during the current active semester and prior to beginning the leave of absence. The leave of absence puts the student’s registration status on hold, allowing the University to schedule the reactivation of their account without the necessity of additional paperwork or procedures beyond completion of the form. After the leave of absence time period has expired, the readmission time line begins. The student has 366 days to enroll in a course at CCU without readmitting. Students who return within 366 days after the end of the Leave of Absence semester may be allowed to stay on their existing catalog year.

Course Extension

Official start and end dates for each course are available in Student Planning. When a student encounters an extenuating circumstance during a course (extenuating circumstances include death in the immediate family, extended hospitalization, extended hospitalization of a family member, unforeseen work-related relocation, or military deployment) and becomes unable to complete the course by the course end date (as listed in Student Planning), a request for an extension can made through their Student Service Advisor. See the CAGS Student Handbook (pg. 26) for more information.

Academic Appeals Policy

Academic appeals provide a timely and equitable resolution of problems or complaints of an academic nature when reasonable and/or direct discussion between the parties have failed to do so.  Please see the CAGS Student Handbook for details concerning the process of the Academic Appeals procedure. 


CAGS Academic Administration is responsible for student cases involving plagiarism. Students found to have plagiarized will work through the Academic Integrity procedure in the CAGS Student Handbook. Each case of plagiarism is recorded and kept on file.

University Withdrawal

Students withdrawing from the College of Adult and Graduate Studies should complete the University Withdrawal Form and ensure financial clearance with Service Central. A University withdrawal does not drop or withdraw a student from his or her individual courses. Additional required Course Add/Drop Forms must be filed separately.

Directed and Independent Study

Directed or Independent Studies may be available, with approval, upon student request or institutional need. Either the Independent Study or Directed Study form must be completed before the course is added to the student’s schedule and must be concluded within the normal block time frame.

An Independent Study is intended to provide the student with an opportunity to investigate an area of academic interest not available through the regular curriculum. The investigation may include a planned program of readings or may involve research in some aspect of science. Independent Studies are available to students whose cumulative GPA meets their program GPA requirements and must be approved by an instructor and the Academic Dean under whose department the course is offered.

A Directed Study is a regular course offered based on institutional need or to assist a student in maintaining adequate progress toward completion of their degree. Directed Studies are available to students whose cumulative GPA meets their program GPA requirements. Students must complete all objectives, readings, and assignments of the established course.

Internships, Student Teaching, Field Experience, Practicum, Theses

Internships, student teaching, field experience, practicum, and theses are used to fulfill specific requirements of degree programs. Field experience and student teaching generally do not extend beyond a regular semester. A thesis or internship may extend beyond a regular semester provided a formal course extension has been approved. Requirements for these courses are outlined in the course syllabus and students are supervised by University faculty.

Academic Standing


CAGS has established standards for academic standing. Course completion and grade point average (GPA) standards identify progress toward a specific degree program. In order to earn an academic standing status, students must complete a minimum of 6 total credits. Associate and bachelor’s degree students are in undergraduate programs; master’s and doctoral students are in graduate programs.

GPAs for matriculating CCU students

  CAGS undergraduate degrees CAGS undergraduate nursing degree CAGS undergraduate education programs (non-licensure) CAGS undergraduate education programs (licensure) CAGS graduate degree and licensure programs
Regular: cumulative GPA 2.00-4.00 2.50-4.00 2.50-4.00 2.75-4.00 3.00-4.00
Probation: cumulative GPA 0.00-1.99 0.00-2.49 0.00-2.49 0.00-2.74 0.00-2.99
Continued Probation: cumulative GPA 0.00-1.99 0.00-2.49 0.00-2.49 0.00-2.74 0.00-2.99


A student who has earned six or more total credit hours and maintained minimum program GPA requirements will be in regular standing. Financial Aid may be affected by an academic status. Contact Service Central or VA Support for individual advice.

Probation & Continued Probation

In the event that students’ GPA falls below the above stated regular standards, they will receive a probationary status. Students are ultimately responsible for their own success or failure during academic probation.

  • Undergraduate and Graduate students on academic probation are limited to a maximum of nine (9) non-concurrent semester credits.
  • Students on probation are not eligible to register for classes until they have consulted with their Student Service Advisor and completed the form as directed.
  • Financial Aid may be affected by a probationary status. Contact Service Central or VA Support for individual advice.
  • In the event a probationary student’s grades do not meet the stated requirements to return to regular standing, the student will go onto continued probation or suspension (depending on term GPA). The student will be notified of progressive action by their Student Service Advisor.
  • Students may be placed on continued probation if their term GPA meets or is above the program requirement but their cumulative GPA is still below the requirement.


  • Any student not meeting the cumulative and term GPA requirements at the end of a semester on probation is suspended.
  • Any student not meeting the cumulative GPA requirements at the end of a semester on continued probation is suspended.
  • Financial Aid and Veterans benefits may be affected by a suspension status. Contact Service Central or VA Support for individual advice.

Suspension Appeal

  • A suspended student (with the exception of students in the nursing programs) has the right to appeal in writing to the CAGS Dean of Student Services within ten days following the suspension. Please see the CAGS Student Handbook for more detail on this procedure.
  •  If the student’s appeal is received prior to the ten day deadline, as stated in the handbook, it will be reviewed by the CAGS Dean of Student Services and he/she may: 
  1. Approve the appeal.
  2. Deny the appeal.
  • If the student’s appeal is not received within the ten day deadline, the student will remain suspended for one calendar year (365 days) with no right to appeal.
  • A student who is reinstated from suspension will meet the requirements of an Academic Contract for one semester. Students who withdraw from the University while on an Academic Contract will be placed back on suspension.
  • Students are limited to two suspension appeals during their academic career at CCU (Academic Suspension, SAP Unsatisfactory, or Appeal for Readmission). 


Students who have not completed a course at CCU for more than 365 days (from the end date of the last registered course) must reapply for admission.  See the Admission Information: Readmission section  for details.

Readmission after Suspension

Any student who applies to Colorado Christian University after an academic standing period of suspension has concluded, is required to submit a CAGS Academic Standing Suspension Appeal for Readmission form to the CAGS Dean of Student Services before being considered for readmission to CAGS. If approved for readmission, the student may be considered for the program for which they are requesting according to the guidelines established by the academic school’s dean to which this program is assigned. Readmission to the original program is not guaranteed and will be based on the program admission requirements established at the time that the student seeks readmission to the program. Readmission after academic suspension does not guarantee financial aid eligibility. All readmission applicants are subject to background checks. Students are requested to confirm financial aid eligibility or verified payment arrangements before registration.

Conditionally Admitted Students

Students admitted on a Conditional Admit (CAD) Agreement are required to meet specific performance standards, as stated on the CAD Agreement Form, their first term at CCU. Failure to meet the CAD Agreement standards may result in suspension following the student’s first term. See the CAD Agreement for specific requirements.




Prerequisites are intended to prepare students for successful completion of advanced courses. Failure to complete a prerequisite will prevent a student from continuing in a predetermined sequence. It is the student’s responsibility to work closely with their Student Service Advisor to ensure prerequisites have been completed and sequence is taken in order.

CUS and CAGS Courses

Students enrolled in CAGS programs may be approved to take no more than six credits from the College of Undergraduate Studies (CUS) during their time at CCU. CAGS students registered in CUS courses will follow the standards and expectations of the policies and procedures of the College of Undergraduate Studies. Likewise, CUS students may be approved to take no more than six credits and will follow the standards and expectations of the policies and procedures of the College of Adult and Graduate Studies.

Classification of Students

Students are classified according to their objective, level, progress, and load.

Objective: A regular student is working toward a degree or certification and must meet all standard requirements for admission. A non-degree seeking student is not working toward a degree or certification; please see section below.

Level: Students working toward an Associate or Bachelor’s degree are classified as undergraduate level students. Students working toward a graduate degree (Masters or Doctoral) are classified as graduate level students. Students seeking certificates or licensure may be classified as either undergraduate or graduate level students.

Progress: Student progress is reflected in the number of semester hours completed.


Credit Hours Completed


Up to 29






90 or more


Undergraduate Classification

Credit Hours Per Semester

Full Time

12 or more

Part Time


Less than Part Time



Graduate Classification

Credit Hours Per Semester

Full Time

6 or more

Part Time


Less than Part Time


Load: Course load varies depending on program of study and personal choice. Load limit classifications and definitions may vary between federal regulations and CCU’s block schedule.

Course Load Limits:


  1. New CAGS undergraduate students admitted in good standing may enroll in no more than 15 semester credits their first semester at CCU.
  2. Continuing undergraduate students may not exceed 18 semester credits without override approval from the dean of their respective program.
  3. Students may not exceed nine credit hours concurrently in any block.
  4. CAGS academic standing policy imposes a maximum of nine semester credits for students on probation. Courses cannot be taken concurrently. 


  1. Graduate students in good standing may not exceed 12 semester credits in any given semester without override approval from the dean of their respective program.
  2. Students may not exceed six credit hours concurrently in any block.
  3. CAGS academic standing policy imposes a maximum of nine semester credits for students on probation. Courses cannot be taken concurrently. 

Adding Courses

Students may add/register for a course up to the start date of the course, according to Student Planning. Students are not able to register for a course after the official start date. Students who drop a course (intentionally or unintentionally) after the start date may not be re-added to the course for that block.

Regardless of registration date, students must be prepared to complete course requirements as presented in the course shell. Failure to obtain course materials, such as textbooks, does not qualify for an assignment extension. You must be registered for a course to attend and participate in academic coursework.

Dropping Courses

Courses may be dropped/unenrolled using Student Planning. Course drops are processed in real-time and students are responsible for confirming that the drop has been processed.

The drop deadline for any undergraduate or graduate course is seven days after the block start.  For semester long courses, the drop deadline is twenty-one days after the start of the semester. For residency courses, the drop deadline is seven days after the block start, and residency course fees are non-refundable. Courses must be dropped before the drop deadline in order to receive a full reversal of tuition and fees. Students are financially and academically responsible for any course(s) not dropped by the drop deadline. Reference the Course Withdrawal policy for withdrawing from a course after the drop deadline has past (Student Handbook, p. 34).

Residency Requirement


To earn a Colorado Christian University degree, the following must be earned through CCU:

1. Certificate and Endorsement
    75% of the program requirements.

2. Associate of Arts/Science Degree 
    25% of the program requirements.
    50% of any major credit requirements.

3. Bachelor Degrees 
    25% of the program requirements.

Within a major
At least 50% of the course requirements in the major field.
At least 50% of major coursework must be upper division (300 and above).

Within a minor
At least 80% of the course requirements in the minor field.

4. Graduate Degrees/Programs

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice: A minimum of 30 semester credits (no transfer credit allowed).
  • M.A. Biblical Studies: A minimum of 30 semester credits (maximum of 9 transfer credits allowed).
  • M.A. Counseling: A minimum of 48 semester credits (maximum of 12 transfer credits allowed).
  • M.A. Curriculum and Instruction: A minimum of 30 semester credits (maximum of 6 transfer credits allowed).
  • M.A. Theological Studies: A minimum of 30 semester credits (maximum of 9 transfer credits allowed).
  • Master of Business Administration: A minimum of 30 semester credits (maximum of 9 transfer credits allowed).
  • M.Ed. Educational Leadership: A minimum of 30 semester credits (maximum of 6 transfer credits allowed).
  • M.Ed. Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education: A minimum of 30 semester credits (no transfer credits allowed).
  • M.Ed. Special Education: A minimum of 30 semester credits (maximum of 8-13 transfer credits allowed).
  • Master of Organizational Leadership: A minimum of 30 semester credits (maximum of 6 transfer credits allowed).
  • Master of Public Administration: A minimum of 30 semester credits (maximum of 6 transfer credits allowed).
  • M.S. Accounting: A minimum of 30 semester credits (no transfer credit allowed).
  • M.S. Criminal Justice: A minimum of 30 semester credits (maximum of 6 transfer credits allowed).
  • M.S. Cyber Security: A minimum of 30 semester credits (no transfer credits allowed).
  • M.S. Nursing: A minimum of 30 semester credits (maximum of 9 transfer credits allowed).
  • Principal Licensure: A minimum of 21 semester credits (maximum of 6 transfer credits allowed).

Prior Learning Credit (PLC): American Council on Education (ACE) Credit, FEMA - Emergency Management Institute, Credit by Examination (CLEP, DSST, UExcel), StraighterLine, Credit by Portfolio, and Advanced Placement (AP) credits earned are considered transfer credit, and therefore do not apply towards CCU’s residency requirements.

Students are not required to be enrolled in order to graduate, but must submit final transfer credit to fulfill degree requirements within one year of their enrollment at CCU.  

Dual Use of Courses


Within certain degree programs, some courses may serve dual purposes within the general education required core and the major core requirements. However, in order to uphold the integrity of our programs, this option is limited to fifteen credit hours total. Examples of courses that can be used in both the general education section and the foundation/major areas are: HUM 425A, BUS 105A, MKT 205A, ECO 220A, and select psychology courses. If a student elects to utilize these courses in both areas, they must ensure that they have completed sufficient electives to maintain the full 120 credits for degree completion. An example where this option does not work: major/core courses from the Organizational Management: Christian Leadership degree cannot be used to fulfill Biblical Studies requirements. 

Undergraduate students may complete a maximum of twelve (12) credits of 500 level education courses in their major for a Bachelor’s degree and use the same credits to fulfill requirements in a Master’s degree. Undergraduate students are only eligible to take graduate level courses if the course is part of their undergraduate degree program. Students who have earned EDU 500 level courses completed in an undergraduate education degree may be applied to the graduate degree if they have been completed within five years. Grades earned for graduate level courses taken as part of an undergraduate degree program are calculated with the student’s undergraduate cumulative grade point average (GPA) and are not factored into the student’s graduate program GPA. Graduate-level tuition pricing is applicable for all graduate level courses. 

Double Majors


To earn a second major, the student must complete all course requirements of the major including any foundational courses. Within the second major, there must be a minimum of twenty-four non-duplicated credits. Students may utilize the courses of the second major to fulfill the elective requirements of the first major. If the double majors are the same degree (i.e. Bachelor of arts or Bachelor of science), a student receives one Bachelor’s degree with two separate disciplines. Majors completed in two different degrees (B.A. and B.S.) will be awarded both degrees.



Students can add a minor to any CAGS Bachelor’s degree. When students declare a minor, they must complete the full eighteen credits required by the minor and fulfill CCU’s residency requirement as stated above. In addition, students must complete any required prerequisites of the minor. None of the courses in the minor can be a duplicate of major course requirements. See Student Service Advisor for additional options and further clarification.

Non-Degree Seeking Students


Non-degree seeking students are students who are not working toward a degree or certification, but who select courses to meet personal interests.  Non-degree seeking students are limited by the number of hours they can complete prior to admission as a degree seeking student. A maximum of fifteen (15) CCU undergraduate credit hours earned prior to admission to an undergraduate degree program may be applied to a degree program. Graduate students may apply a maximum of nine (9) graduate credit hours earned prior to admission toward a graduate degree. Non-degree seeking students, other than certificate students, wanting to take graduate level courses must gain approval from the appropriate Academic Dean. Permission to enroll in graduate courses as a non-degree seeking student does not guarantee admission to a graduate degree program. Students must be enrolled as a regular student seeking a degree, diploma or licensure to qualify for federal financial aid programs. See the Financial Information  section of the catalog for further information.

Graduation and Commencement


Graduation Requirements


Minimum Cumulative GPA

Associate of Arts/Science


Bachelor of Science


Bachelor of Science (Nursing)


Bachelor of Arts


Bachelor of Arts Educational Licensure


Bachelor of Arts Educational Non-Licensure


Graduate Educator Licensing


Master of Arts


Master of Business Administration

Master of Education


Master of Organizational Leadership


Master of Public Administration


Master of Science

Master of Science in Nursing


   Doctor of Nursing Practice 3.00


  1. Complete all course and credit requirements of the respective degree or licensure program.
  2. Attain a minimum cumulative GPA for the respective degree or licensure program (above).
  3. Meet minimum letter grade requirements for all CCU courses. Additional letter grade requirements for major core courses may apply.
  4. Meet minimum score requirements for standardized exams as required by certain degree programs.
  5. Undergraduate education students must earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher in all CCU coursework. Students must earn a C- or higher in all education core courses, and must consistently demonstrate professional disposition qualities, knowledge and skills in all core courses and field studies. Please see the School of Education Professions  page for more information.
  6. Undergraduate nursing students must earn a grade of C or better and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or better in all CCU coursework.
  7. Check the Degree Program catalog pages for a complete list of degree requirements.
  8. Meet the CCU residency requirement.
  9. Submit a Graduation Application prior to registering for the semester in which the student plans to graduate.
  10. Have no outstanding financial obligation to the University.
  11. Procedure to receive transcripts and/or a letter of completion can be found in the student handbook or on line at

Commencement Participation

The University holds commencement in May of each year. Students are expected to complete all requirements toward fulfillment of their degree prior to participating in commencement. However, CCU will make an exception to this policy provided an undergraduate or graduate student has no more than six credits of work outstanding or no more than student teaching remaining and is completing those credits in the upcoming summer or fall semester. 

Students are expected to have all financial obligations owed to the University paid in full prior to participating in commencement. Commencement participation is reserved for students who are earning an Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s, or Doctoral degree. Commencement participation is not extended to students who have earned a license, endorsement, or certificate without earning an accompanying degree. For more information, visit the Commencement Team Site on the My CCU portal. The site is updated and made available each spring.

Students who anticipate submitting Prior Learning Credit (see Nontraditional Transfer Credit) must complete requirements and have all transcripts submitted prior to the end of the Fall semester in order to have the credit count toward fulfillment of their degree requirements and to participate in commencement.

Latin Laude Honors

Because spring semester grades are due after the commencement ceremony, for the purposes of the May commencement ceremony all honors and awards will be based on the calculations of the previous Fall term records. Final honors and awards will be posted on students’ transcripts at the time they complete their degree requirements and will be based on the final cumulative grade point average.

Undergraduate students seeking a Bachelor’s degree who have completed at least sixty semester hours of credit at Colorado Christian University may be eligible for Laude Honors. To participate in the Spring commencement with Laude Honors, students must achieve the following cumulative GPAs by the beginning of the Spring term:

  • Cum Laude (with honor): 3.50 - 3.69
  • Magna Cum Laude (with high honor): 3.70 - 3.89
  • Summa Cum Laude (with highest honor): 3.90 - 4.00

University Honors: Undergraduate Honors

Undergraduate students seeking a Bachelor’s degree who have completed fewer than sixty semester hours of credit at Colorado Christian University may be eligible for University Honors. To achieve University Honors at graduation, students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or better while attending CCU.

University Honors: Graduate Honors

Graduate students seeking their graduate or doctoral degree who have completed thirty or more semester hours of credit at Colorado Christian University may be eligible for University Honors. To achieve University Honors (Graduate with High Distinction) at graduation, graduate students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or better while attending CCU.

Dean’s List

To encourage academic excellence and progress, undergraduate CAGS students who complete at least nine CCU credit hours in the semester, are recognized by placement on the Dean’s List for the corresponding semester if their GPA is 3.80 or better.

Alpha Sigma Lambda

To recognize undergraduate students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence, servant leadership, and a promise for future community leadership, Colorado Christian University supports the Sigma Nu chapter of the Alpha Sigma Lambda (ASL) National Honor Society. To qualify for consideration into ASL’s national chapter, these students must be matriculated in a degree-seeking Bachelor’s program, have completed at least twenty-four credit hours at CCU out of a total of at least ninety successfully completed credit hours, and a minimum grade-point average of 3.20* on a 4.00 scale. Only the top ten percent of the students in the College of Adult and Graduate Studies program may receive this award. ASL membership is granted based on meeting all the criteria and not any one element alone.

*A 3.20 GPA is the minimum GPA requirement for induction eligibility by the ASL National Office. However, in recent years, the highest ten percent of students selected from CCU programs has caused a significant and impressive increase to the GPA requirement. For example 3.949 was recently the minimum GPA for inductees. As a result, the GPA requirement may vary from year to year.

Sigma Theta Tau

The Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI), is a global organization advancing world health and honoring nursing excellence in scholarship, leadership and service.  STTI membership is by invitation only and is extended to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship. Colorado Christian University is one of four institutions which comprise the Alpha Kappa Chapter at Large.

Chi Sigma Iota

Chi Sigma Iota (CSI) is an international honor society that values academic and professional excellence in counseling. CSI promotes a strong professional identity through its 100,000 members (professional counselors, counselor educators, and students) who contribute to the realization of a healthy society by fostering wellness and human dignity. Membership is by invitation only to those recognized for their attainment of academic and clinical excellence in professional counseling.

United Stated Armed Forces Recognition

Candidates for graduation who have served or who are currently serving in any of the five branches of the United States Armed Forces (including National Guard or Reserves) are eligible to receive a red, white, and blue recognition cord from CCU for commencement.

Graduate Students


Master-level courses are numbered 500 and 600, and doctoral-level courses are numbered 700. Undergraduate students are only eligible to take master-level courses (500-600) if the course is part of their undergraduate degree program. Graduate-level tuition pricing is applicable for all graduate level courses.

Cancellation of Courses


Under-enrolled courses may be cancelled and need to be completed at another date, location or online. Notification to the student will be made by phone or email. The responsibility for checking course schedules and maintaining progress toward graduation ultimately remains with the student.

Emergency Cancellation


Temporary and/or individual class cancellation due to inclement weather, power failure, or other emergencies will be publicized via email, emergency RAVE text messages, phone, student/staff portal and/or Blackboard