Student Consumer Information Disclosures
Cost of Attending UGST
Tuition (full time, on campus)
Fees (full time, on campus)
Books & Supplies (full time, on campus)
Room and board (off campus)
For a more detailed breakdown of tuition, fees and billing schedule, click here.
The Financial Aid Office of UGST is located in the main hallway of the campus at 704 Howdershell Rd, (phone: (314) 921-9290); financial aid personnel are available during regular business hours to discuss any student’s financial need with him/her and assist with the financial aid process for on campus and distance learning students. Additional information can also be found on this website.
Refund and Withdrawal Policies
Urshan Graduate School of Theology is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (www.ats.edu) to award masters’ degrees. Contact the Association of Theological Schools at 10 Summit Park Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15275-1110 or call 412-788-6505 for questions about the accreditation of UGST.
- Academic Educational Programs
- Instructional Facility
- Facilities and Services for Students with Disabilities
- Faculty, Staff and Administration
Student Body Diversity
Health and Safety
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse – “Students must refrain from using tobacco in any form, drinking alcoholic beverages, using illegal drugs, or abusing legal drugs” (from the ‘Code of Conduct’ in the Student Handbook).
- Vaccinations Policy – “To facilitate physical health and protect against the spread of disease, Urshan Graduate School of Theology encourages all faculty, staff and students to receive immunizations as recommended by personal medical care providers. UGST recommends all employees and students remain up-to-date on vaccinations and obtain any vaccines which need administered every year.
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- Annual Security Report
Transfer of Credit Policies
Students transferring to Urshan Graduate School of Theology from other institutions must provide official transcripts of all previous academic work as part of the regular admission requirements. Due to the difficulty of evaluating a student’s work from another institution, final evaluation will be made based on the student’s first semester work at Urshan Graduate School of Theology. In general, only courses with grades of B- or better from an accredited graduate institution may be transferred to Urshan Graduate School of Theology. Only courses similar to those offered at Urshan Graduate School of Theology will be considered for transfer.
The number of credits that can be transferred varies by degree program. The determination is made by the academic dean. In general, no more than a third of the credits will be considered for transfer due to the distinctive nature of the program at Urshan Graduate School of Theology.
Students may receive advanced standing from an accredited undergraduate religion or Bible degree. ATS requires a written and/or oral assessment to show “that students have the knowledge, competence, or skills that would normally be provided by the specific courses for which they have been admitted with advanced standing.” Advanced standing cannot be automatically granted based on ministerial experience or content of undergraduate work. A maximum of 1/6 of master’s degree credits may be granted as advanced credit.
A student normally will be excused from courses that parallel those from a previously attended accredited graduate institution with permission from the faculty member involved or the academic dean. Such waivers must be approved by the academic dean. Elective credit may be given for appropriate parallel study. In cases where course work done elsewhere is partially parallel, the instructor may allow partial class attendance and assign special research projects to fulfill the course requirements.
Copyright Infringement Policies
As part of our purpose to train servants of God to walk with God in all of life, we expect godly integrity in the academic work done at UGST. God’s covenant with His people calls for honesty and a commitment to truth. Specifically applied to academic labors, this means that we accurately represent our work to others. In other words, neither cheating nor plagiarism is tolerated. Plagiarism, simply defined, is presenting the ideas of others as if they were one’s own. The ideas of others can be written or spoken, published or non-published. The presentation of those ideas can be in a quotation, a paraphrase, a summary, or simply as the idea behind one’s own thoughts. Proper credit must always be given to the source or ideas through documentation, regardless of whether or not a professor has specifically requested footnotes and/or a bibliography. The first violation of either plagiarism or cheating will result in failure of the assignment or test in question and could, depending on the assignment, result in failure of the course. A second violation will result in dismissal from the institution. Unauthorized distribution of copyrighted material may also subject a student to civil and criminal liabilities (this includes but is not limited to lectures uploaded within a particular course).
Urshan’s complaint and grievance policy is intended to accommodate issues of serious merit and may not be abused by frivolous claims. Fair and prompt resolution of legitimate student grievances is a vital part of Urshan system’s professional and ethical commitment to its students.
All parties in the grievance process shall be guided by Christian principles as specified in the Urshan Honor Code and shall conduct themselves in both verbal and written expression in the highest tradition of Christian love and mutual respect.
The Urshan system’s recognition of a student’s right to make complaints adheres to the following policy:
Urshan takes every complaint or grievance seriously. Urshan aims to address complaints and grievances through a resolution process that:
- Is impartial and fair to all parties involved
- Is carried out with transparency and consistency
- Is accessible and available to all students
- Is handled within established timelines
- Respects the privacy of all parties involved
- Is appropriate for dealing with complex and sensitive issues
Students may make complaints or grievances without fear of reprisal.
The grievance procedure is as follows:
Complaints should be addressed to one of three appropriate offices:
- Complaints regarding student life to the Office of the Dean of Students
- Complaints regarding academics or faculty to the Office of the Academic Dean
- Complaints regarding institutional issues or administrative personnel to the Office of the Executive Vice President.
STEP 1: When a problem or issue arises, students are advised to seek information and assistance from the appropriate supervisory office. Students have three options for proceeding:
- Take no further action.
- Make comments or suggestions regarding the issues. The majority of complaints are resolved successfully at this step.
- File a formal written complaint (SEE STEP 2 BELOW).
STEP 2: A student files a formal written complaint to the appropriate supervisory office responsible for the service, decision, or action about which they wish to complain. The appropriate supervisory office will endeavor to find a resolution.
- Formal written complaints should be filed via the Urshan complaint portal.
- Receipt of grievance will be acknowledged in writing in no more than 10 business days.
- Resolution of grievance will be reached within 30 days.
STEP 3: If satisfactory resolution has not been obtained at this point, students may file a formal appeal with the Executive Vice President who will hear the complaint and render a final decision based on all the evidence presented. Only the President of the institution may overturn this decision.