In This Section:
Load & Tuition
Students in the M.S.P. degree program will enroll for seven (7) or eight (8) hours during the fall, spring, and May/summer semesters. The normal load is seven (7) semester hours for each of the fall and spring terms and eight (8) semester hours for the May/summer session.
Peer as well as faculty interaction is a very important component in the M.S.P. graduate learning process. Thus, the class attendance of each student is a significant factor in the teaching and learning environment, and student attendance in class is an important expectation of the program. A student is expected to discuss any absence, preferably in advance, with his/her professor.
In general, faculty members will assist the student in securing the information missed due to an emergency and/or work-related absence.
All cellular telephones and paging devices must be turned off during class and testing periods.
Tuition and Fees
The 2010-2011 graduate tuition rate is $775.00 per semester hour. For enrollees taking seven (7) semester hours, the tuition is $5,425.00. During the one (1) semester the M.S.P. students take eight (8) semester hours, the tuition would be $6,200.00. There is no activity fee for M.S.P. enrollees. A graduation fee will be charged during the last semester of enrollment, prior to graduation.
Scholarship Availability and Cost of Attendance with a Scholarship
An admitted M.S.P. student will qualify for a special graduate scholarship. The University provides these awards based on the enrollee having received a baccalaureate degree and the perceived potential for success in both this academic program and in the current/future employment arena. Individual scholarship students are encouraged to seek additional funding and/or reimbursement from their employing agencies. A per month payment plan and/or a student loan program will be made available on tuition balances due after all scholarship monies have been applied to a student account. The University accepts both personal checks and MasterCard/Visa/Discover/American Express in addition to cash for the payment of tuition and fees. The tuition cost(s) for scholarship students will be calculated at the following rate:
$ 410.00 per semester hour
$ 2,870.00 per semester (taking seven  hours)
$ 3,280.00 per semester (taking eight  hours)
Employees of the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services may be eligible to receive additional tuition assistance. Specific information is available through the Department.
A no-interest budget plan (“FACTS”) is available for students. A $35.00 per semester or a $50.00 annual enrollment fee is charged. In order to participate, a student must complete an “Automatic Tuition Payment Agreement” which authorizes their bank to deduct tuition charges from a checking and/or savings account on specific dates during the semester. This plan may also be used with a valid MasterCard/Visa/Discover/American Express credit card. Students considering the “FACTS” payment plan should read the current information and apply for the plan through the University website – www.cumberland.edu.
Cumberland University has adopted the federal refund policy as established by the United States Department of Education as defined in the “Higher Education Act Amendments” as specified in 1992. Federal refund policies are subject to revisions based on legislative changes and/or the issuance of additional federal regulations. The current policy is as follows:
A student that officially withdraws up to one week before or on the
first day of class – 100% refund.
A student that officially withdraws after the first day of class through
the first ten percent of the enrollment period – 90% refund.
A student that officially withdraws after the first ten percent through
the first twenty-five percent of the enrollment period – 50% refund.
A student that officially withdraws after the first twenty-five per cent
through the first fifty percent of the enrollment period – 25% refund.
A student that officially withdraws after the first fifty percent of the
enrollment period is entitled to no refund.
Official withdrawal, during any semester, does not cancel tuition and fee charges already incurred from previous terms.
Books and Supplies
Required textbooks and supplies will be available for purchase in the University Bookstore located in the Labry Hall on the main campus of the University.
Application of Regulation
The Cumberland University rules and regulations found in program specific documents and in the Cumberland University Catalog, plus the Cumberland University Student Handbook, apply to M.S.P. students. These regulations include, but are not limited to, registration, schedule changes, withdrawal from class and/or the University, graduation participation, grade-point average requirements, release of information, student services, class availability, use of English, class attendance/preparation, grade reports, enrollment certification/verification, change of name/address, and academic misconduct.