Academic Information

Academic Information

Student Records

      Students have the right to inspect their own academic record (from which transcripts are made), and are entitled to an explanation of any information recorded in it. Transcripts from other schools on file with MTS cannot be copied and given to the student or a third party. Students have the right to examine all other items contained in their own records on file with the registrar, except such items to which access may be waived. Faculty and administrative officers of the seminary who have a legitimate interest in the material and demonstrate a need to know will be permitted access to the academic records of any student.

Transcripts

      A transcript will be released only upon written request of the student by filling out and submitting the transcript request form available on the website at www.ACTSUS.org/registrar and the request will be processed only if all financial obligations to the seminary have been met. When submitting a transcript request, the request should include the address to where the transcript should be mailed. Any transcript mailed or handed directly to a student will be stamped “Issued to Student.” There is no charge for the first transcript or for transcripts sent for purposes related to ordination for current students. All other transcripts are $5 per copy.

Class Attendance

      Punctual class attendance is a requirement of every course. A student who is absent from a class is responsible for reporting the reason for the absence directly to the professor. Absences may adversely affect the grade received in the course. If absences in a course for any reason exceed one-third of the class sessions, the student will receive an “F” in the course. Professors may set a more stringent attendance policy in specific courses. These policies will be specified in the course syllabus.

Time Limit

      Students may complete the degree requirements as stated in the catalog for the year in which they enter the seminary or in the catalog of any subsequent year, providing the catalog is not more than five years old. The time limit for completion of degrees is six years for the MEM, five years for the MCC, and eight years for the MDiv. The academic dean must approve any extensions of time. Graduation and Commencement A commencement ceremony is conducted annually at the end of every spring semester. All students who have completed degree requirements within the academic year, have settled all financial accounts with the seminary, and have submitted an Intent to Graduate form to the registrar’s office are eligible to participate.

Grade Policy

      Grading policies must also differentiate between what is graded and what is not. It must be made clear if things like formative assessments, tools used to monitor student progress during instruction, will be factored into your grading. Furthermore, grading policies must include a weighting system.     

  • Very low    (D)         The true effect is probably markedly different from the estimated effect
  • Low            (C)          The true effect might be markedly different from the estimated effect
  • Moderate (B)          The authors believe that the true effect is probably close to the estimated effect
  • High          (A)          The authors have a lot of confidence that the true effect is similar to the estimated effect

What shapes us

FOR MORE THAN A CENTURY AND A HALF, MEMPHIS THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY’S IDENTITY HAS BEEN SHAPED BY

TRADITION

The traditions of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, its parent denomination

LOCATION

Its location in Alpharetta and the East-South region of the United States

COMMUNITY

Creative partnership with the broader Christian community

DIALOGUE

A commitment to dialogue with people from other faith traditions, and participation in the community of higher education