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GPSFrequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Yes! Accreditation is a status granted to an educational institution or a program that has been found to meet or exceed stated criteria of educational quality. Accreditation has two fundamental purposes: to assure the quality of the institution or program, and to assist in the improvement of the institution or program. 

MVNU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, member of AdvancED and the Ohio Department of Higher Education.

You may find the answers to many of your questions in the FAQs listed here. If you still have unanswered questions, please call us at 1-800-839-2355. 

We want to be sure you have the information you need in order to move forward with your education. 


Yes. MVNU offers an Associate of Arts (General Studies) program and an Associate of Applied Science program. The AA is available through Graduate and Professional Studies (some classes may need to be taken outside of the GPS program to complete the full AA degree).

The Associate of Arts (AA) degree in general studies is available for individuals who plan to pursue to a four-year program in the future. The AA credits count toward the baccalaureate degree.

For more information, visit MVNU's Academic Catalog. 

This varies by the degree you are pursuing:


BBA, about 15 months (or more if you need to complete required foundation courses)

MBA, just under 24 months, taking one course at a time

MBA-HCA, just under 24 months, taking one course at a time

MSM, about 20 months

Executive MBA or YEMBA, about 11 months


MAEd Curriculum & Instruction, about 24 months

MAEd Intervention Specialist Mild/Moderate (initial license), about 34 months (depending on applicant's undergraduate background)

MAEd Interventional Specialist Mild/Moderate (advanced license), about 22 months

MAEd Professional Educator's License, about 22 months (includes student teaching)


MMin (church-based), about 11 months (full-time

MMin (module-based), 24-36 months (depending on number of courses taken at one time)

MDiv (partnership with Nazarene Theological Seminary), about 30-36 months


Nursing, Bachelor of Science (BS) in Nursing (for RNs), as little as 15 months

Social Work

BSW, about 26 months (or more if you need to complete required foundation courses)

Click here to see the list of online programs offered at MVNU.


Courses in the undergraduate and graduate business programs are available online. Start onsite or online! Transfer seamlessly between onsite and online programs. No need to worry about being transferred away from Ohio -- you will still be able to complete your degree online.


MAEd Curriculum & Instruction has three specialized tracks offered online (early childhood education, middle childhood education and educational technology facilitator). Currently, no portions of the MAEd Interventional Specialist or MAEd Professional Educator's License programs are offered online. We are hoping to be able to do this soon!


The MMin church-based program is now fully online, as is the MMin + MBA. The MMin modular-based program is a series of 1-week modular courses on MVNU's main campus. The MDiv (partnership with NTS) offers about one-third of classes online, some 1- or 2-week modular classes on the MVNU main campus and some on the NTS campus in Kansas City, Mo.

Social Work

No courses or programs are online at this time.

Our programs are designed for the working adult learner. Most classes are taken just one night a week. Students are able to maintain their other obligations while pursuing the dream of a college degree.

For those interested in business (undergraduate or graduate), you can take any course live or online, weeknights or Saturdays, one or two classes at a time. You can fit your education into just about any work/life schedule.

Click here to see the list of online courses available!


Unlike many other colleges and universities, MVNU does NOT charge an application fee - one more advantage for you!

Yes. To complete your application file, MVNU will need official copies of transcripts from sent directly from all schools you have previously attended. They can be sent to:
GPS Applications
800 Martinsburg Road
Mount Vernon, OH 43050
or sent electronically to

No, neither of these exams is required for any graduate-level program at Mount Vernon Nazarene University.


All college-level courses, meaning not remedial or developmental, will transfer from a regionally accredited institution with a passing score of C- or above. Official transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope from the institution in order for courses to be posted. All transfer credits must be posted 6 weeks prior to graduation.

Many types of professional training can be considered for college credit. With proper documentation, students can earn up to 40 semester hours of general electives.

Yes! MVNU accepts credit by exam for some degree requirements. Students can take CLEP and/or DANTES exams to earn additional credits in their Liberal Arts Audit. Students cannot test out of core curriculum courses. The maximum credits earned through exams cannot exceed 30. Once a student successfully passes an exam, they are required to pay transcription fees of $30 per credit hour to have the credits posted to their transcript. Flyers are provided for CLEP and/or DANTES exams with exams available and the categories in which the exams will fit. You should contact the Records and Registration Specialist for more information.


Yes. The Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program is a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. This program allows institutions like MVNU in the United States to voluntarily enter into an agreement with VA to fund tuition expenses that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition rate.

You may have tuition and fees that exceed that amount if you are attending a private institution, graduate school or attending in an out-of-state status. If you are enrolled at a Yellow Ribbon participating institution and the tuition and fees exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate tuition or fees, additional funds may be available for your education program without an additional charge to your entitlement. Click to learn more about the Yellow Ribbon Program and to see if you qualify.

Yes! We'll be happy to help you apply them to your education. The following are some of the benefits MVNU accepts:

  • Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Veteran's Benefits, Montgomery GI (DD214 form)
  • MyCAA for spouses of active duty military members
  • Ohio National Guard Scholarship Program (get forms from Ohio Adjutant General's Office)

For more information, contact Jared Sponseller at (740) 397-9000, ext. 4521.

Yes! Veterans can earn up to 40 semester hours of general electives by supplying us with their military training transcripts.


Yes, many MVNU Graduate and Professional Studies students are eligible for federal and state grant and loan opportunities. Additionally, many employers provide some level of tuition reimbursement. Details can be obtained from financial aid.

A GPS Recruiter will be able to provide more information regarding tuition and additional fees. Textbooks are not included in the cost of the program. For those interested in the Master of Divinity program, tuition questions should be directed to Nazarene Theological Seminary (NTS), as MVNU serves a partner for their program.

Eligibility for financial aid is dependent on many factors. Our financial aid department will provide assistance and explain your options as a part-time or full-time student.

FAFSA on the Web is the U.S. Department of Education's official electronic application for federal student aid. Visit to find out steps to apply. The GPS financial aid office can provide additional information.


Career-oriented events held at various times and locations throughout the year can boost your job search and resume writing skills. Special speakers from state offices and other agencies assist you in mock job interviews and offer advice on how to move forward.

It is the policy of MVNU that no qualified persons with disabilities shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any of its programs or activities.

Any qualified student who has a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more major life activities, such as walking, seeing, hearing, speaking, breathing, learning and/or working, can receive assistance at MVNU as provided in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and in the applicable provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

The office of Academic Support serves as the campus contact for any disability related needs that students may have. Below is a brief overview of Disability Services and a description of the steps that students follow in order to use these services. More comprehensive information is provided here.

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