Professional Studies Admission
Procedure and Criteria

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The following must be submitted by all professional studies applicants:

  1. A fully completed DBU Application for Undergraduate Admission.
  2. A non-refundable $25 admission application fee.
  3. A 250-word essay (typewritten or word-processed) relating why the applicant would like to attend Dallas Baptist University.
  4. Official transcripts of all previous college work.
  5. Applicants with less than 30 hours of transferable credit must furnish high school transcripts or official GED scores and official scores of either the ACT or SAT.
  6. *Applicants who have permanent resident alien status in the United States must also fulfill the requirements listed under Special Admissions.

Careful consideration is given to a number of factors in reviewing applications and may include: academic records, class rank, standardized test scores, personal recommendations, church/ministry involvement, extracurricular activity participation, community service, and the applicant’s written essay. Applicants for admission are evaluated on the basis of the candidate’s academic record, character, aptitude, and potential for success in the DBU experience.

The following criteria are considered when selecting candidates for admission:

1. A grade point average of 2.5 or higher on all previous college work.

Applicants with less than 30 hours of acceptable credit must provide:

A final high school transcript demonstrating the following:

  •  At least a 2.5 grade point average.
  •  Official seal of the school.
  •  Graduation date.
  •  Satisfactory class rank based on the standards of      the particular high school attended.
  •  The following high school academic units are  recommended:
English  4 years
Mathematics 3 years
History 2 years
Science 2 years (minimum of 1 year Lab Science)
Social Studies 3 years
Foreign Languages 2-3 years
3. Students educated through a non-traditional secondary education, which includes a course of study at the secondary level in a non-accredited private school setting or home school, must submit an academic transcript. The academic transcript must include a list of courses completed, final course grades, and cumulative grade point average. Official ACT or SAT scores must be submitted. The documents submitted must demonstrate that the student meets regular admission standards.
4. Standardized composite test scores of 21 on the American College Testing Program (ACT) or 1020 on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
5.  Students with grade point averages below 2.5 on all previous college work may be considered for admission if their ACT and/or SAT test scores fall in the ranges indicated below:
2.49 - 2.31
2.30 - 2.21
2.20 - 2.00
Below 2.0


Students who are provisionally admitted to the university may only enroll for a maximum of 6 hours during their first semester at DBU. The academic progress of students who are admitted provisionally will be evaluated after each semester of enrollment until they have completed 6 hours at DBU. All provisional students who fall below a 2.0 grade point average during the first 6 hours at DBU will be placed on academic probation with additional requirements from the Registrar.



Dallas Baptist University complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws and does not engage in unlawful discrimination on the basis of age, gender, disability, veteran status, race, color or national origin in any employment practice, admissions, education program, or educational activity. Under federal and state law, the University may discriminate on the basis of religion in order to fulfill its purposes.

Transfer Credit
Adult students' grades earned on course work accepted in transfer to DBU will not become a part of the DBU grade point average. No course with a grade of "D" or "F" will be accepted in transfer. Only Dallas Baptist University residence credit will be considered in calculating the grade point average to determine:

(1) Eligibility for graduation;
(2) Eligibility for graduation with honors; and
(3) Eligibility for financial aid.

Courses taken on a pass/fail basis will be considered for acceptance unless the institution at which the work was earned equates a grade of "P", or pass, to a grade below "C".

Transfer credit will be considered for acceptance on all regular college credit courses taken at a regionally accredited institution. The total number of hours that can be transferred from all accredited, two-year colleges is 66. DBU will accept up to 12 credit hours of technical/occupational credit from regionally accredited institutions (including community/junior colleges) into the traditional degree programs. These 12 hours are to be used as elective credit only. No advanced courses will be accepted in transfer from a two-year college. A limited amount of transfer credit from identified non-accredited institutions may be accepted, upon review by the Registrar's Office. There is no limitation to the number of hours DBU will accept from accredited four-year institutions; however:

Thirty of the last 36 credit hours must be taken in residence at DBU.
A minimum of 30 hours total must be taken in residence. (Any courses which DBU offers at extension site locations are considered resident hours.)
All required courses of the student’s degree plan must be completed.
After matriculation, a student may only transfer a total of 12 credit hours to DBU.

Courses that are considered developmental/remedial; continuing education, college orientation, work co-op, and extension courses are not transferable. Credit given on another regionally accredited school's transcript for ACE, CLEP, AP, or departmental exams is transferable provided that institution's testing standards are comparable to those of DBU.

The student must recognize that academic advising is unofficial until an official transcript evaluation form and official degree plan have been approved by the Registrar's Office.

Credit for Corporate Training
DBU accepts, subject to departmental approval/policies, credit recommendations for courses that have been evaluated by the American Council of Education as specified in The National Guide to Educational Credit for Training Programs or College Recommendations: The Directory of the National Programs on Non-collegiate Sponsored Instruction. These recommendations may be placed on a DBU transcript for a fee.

Credit for Military Experience
Students may receive, subject to departmental approval/policies, credit for Army courses and military occupational specialties (MOS); Navy general rates, ratings, warrant officer and limited duty officer specialties; Air Force courses; Coast Guard courses; Marine Corps courses; and Department of Defense courses, if they have been evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE). DBU will accept credit recommendations made by ACE as specified in The Guide to the Evaluation of Educational Experiences in the Armed Services.

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