Graduate Catalog2019-2020

Table of ContentsAbout Columbia College . 32019 - 2020 Academic Calendars . 5Robert W. Plaster School of Business . 18School of Humanities, Art and Social Sciences . 21Admission Policies . 39Financial Aid . 55Tuition Rates and Payment Policies . 71Academic and Administrative Policies, Regulations and Procedures . 74Military, Veteran, Dependent and Spouse Education Benefits . 93International Programs . 101Student Conduct. 103State Regulatory Information. 115Course Descriptions . 162Catalog Non-Curricular Change Document . 178

Graduate Catalog 2019-2020MissionColumbia College improves lives by providing quality education to both traditional and nontraditionalstudents, helping them achieve their true potential.VisionOur vision is to be a highly innovative institution of higher education, dedicated to excellence in both itstraditional and nontraditional programs nationwide.ValuesWe believe all students deserve access to affordable, quality education. We believe higher learning shouldbe individualized, innovative and flexible. We believe a liberal arts core curriculum produces globallyengaged citizens who are creative, curious and ethical. We believe people of all beliefs and backgroundsshould engage in civil discourse and discovery.This catalog is published for the purpose of providing information about the College and its programs.Announcements contained herein are subject to change without notice and may not be regarded in thenature of binding obligations to the College. Columbia College reserves the right to change prices, curricula,policies and practices as described in this catalog as circumstances, efficiency of operation and fiscalcontingencies may require.Columbia College does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected byapplicable federal or state law, including race, religion, gender, nationality, ethnicity, age, sexual orientation,marital status, veteran status or disability in the administration of its educational policies, admission, financialassistance, employment, educational programs or activities. The following office has been designated tohandle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Office of Human Resources, Columbia College,1001 Rogers St., Columbia, MO 65216; (573) 875-7495.About Columbia CollegeColumbia College, a private, coeducational institution, offers associate, baccalaureate and master's degreesthat prepare students of differing backgrounds for entry level or advanced positions in various occupationsand professions. Founded in 1851 by charter of the Missouri legislature and then named Christian FemaleCollege, Columbia College assumed its current name and became coeducational in 1970. Although it retainsa covenant with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Columbia College is a nonsectarian institution.The college is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and holds a specialized accreditation in itseducation program. Students may enroll in day, evening or online education classes at the home campus inColumbia, Missouri, or through Columbia College Global (CCG) at one of our many nationwide locations.Degree requirements, course objectives and academic standards at each CCG location are the same asthose established for students on the main campus in Columbia, Missouri. Classes at extended locations aretaught primarily by adjunct faculty who meet the qualifications for appointment by the full-time faculty of eachacademic department, based at the Columbia campus. The credentials of adjunct faculty are reviewed by3

academic department chairs who determine the courses they are qualified to teach; faculty who aredetermined qualified by the departments are then approved by the Dean of the course's School.Course goals and objectives are prescribed by full-time faculty. They develop master syllabi for all coursesand recommend textbooks to be used. The Vice President for Columbia College Global, along with thedirector of each CCG campus, has the responsibility of recruiting faculty and ensuring the academicprograms and instruction at the campuses are of the highest quality. The campus classrooms are housedin appropriate facilities and are equipped with computers with internet access, projectors and otherequipment in support of academic courses and programs of study.Columbia College educates more than 27,000 students each year and has more than 89,000 alumni.College ProfileClassification:Private, coeducational undergraduate and graduate-degree granting college with a liberalarts and sciences foundation. Carnegie Foundation classification: Master's Level College.Location:Home campus in Columbia, Missouri (population 100,000 plus more than 30,000students at three separate colleges), on Interstate 70, halfway between St. Louis andKansas City. Air service via major airline to Columbia Regional Airport. Nationwidecampuses located throughout the U.S. and in Cuba: Alabama: Redstone Arsenal;California: Lemoore, Los Alamitos, San Diego, San Luis Obispo; Cuba: GuantanamoBay; Colorado: Denver; Florida: Jacksonville, NAS Jacksonville, Orlando, Georgia: FortStewart, Hunter Army Air Field; Illinois: Crystal Lake, Elgin, Freeport, Lake County;Missouri: Fort Leonard Wood, Jefferson City, Kansas City, Lake Ozark, Moberly, Rolla,Springfield, St. Louis; New York: Fort Drum, Hancock Field; Oklahoma: Fort Sill; Texas:Fort Worth, Mesquite; Utah: Salt Lake City; Washington: NS Everett/Marysville, WhidbeyIsland.DegreesConferred:Associate in Arts, Associate in General Studies, Associate in Science, Bachelor of Arts,Bachelor of General Studies, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Master of Arts inTeaching, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education and Master of Sciencein Criminal Justice.SchoolCode/FICE #:002456Campus:36 buildings on a 40-acre campus four blocks from downtown Columbia, and alsoincludes a building downtown.Library:Print: More than 64,000 items including 100 print periodicals and 1,900 audio-visualitems. Electronic: More than 220,000 e-books, 32,000 streaming videos, 142,000streaming audio discs and 60 databases. Member of MOBIUS statewide consortium.Enrollment:More than 1,000 full and part-time day students, representing 30 states and 45foreign countries; more than 2,000 evening and graduate students and more than24,000 Nationwide and Online students per year.Alumni:Athletics:More than 89,000 Columbia College alumni.Member, American Midwest Conference of the NAIA (men's and women's soccer,basketball, cross country, track and field, and golf; men's baseball and lacrosse; women'svolleyball, softball, and bowling) and a variety of intramural sports.4

Accrediting AgenciesColumbia College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Approved for teacher preparation bythe Missouri State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Associate in Science degree inNursing approved by the Missouri State Board of Nursing.The Higher Learning CommissionDepartment of Elementary and Secondary Education230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500P.O. Box 480Chicago, IL 60604-1411Jefferson City, MO 65102Telephone: (312) 263-0456 or (800) 621-7440 Telephone: (573) 751-6504E-mail: [email protected]: [email protected] State Board of Nursing3605 Missouri BoulevardP.O. Box 656Jefferson City, MO 65102-0656Telephone: (573) 751-0681 Email: [email protected] of Excellence: Columbia College, to include over 30 locations, fully complies with ExecutiveOrder 13607 establishing Principles of Excellence for Educational Institutions Serving Service Members,Veterans, Spouses and Other Family Members. The College is dedicated to continuing our long-standingpartnership with military and veteran communities.Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC): Columbia College is a charter member of theServicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) and the SOC Degree Network System (DNS) for allbranches. The SOC Consortium consists of colleges and universities committed to expanding andimproving voluntary postsecondary educational opportunities for servicemembers worldwide. SOCConsortium members subscribe to principles and criteria to ensure quality academic programs are availableto active-duty military students, their family members, and veterans. A list of current SOC Consortiummember institutions can be found on the SOC website.2019 - 2020 Academic CalendarsFall and Spring Semester Academic CalendarEarly and Late Fall Academic CalendarEarly and Late Spring Academic CalendarEarly and Late Summer Academic Calendar5

2019‐2020 Academic CalendarFall Semester August 26 – December 14, 2019February 1July 29Deadline for students to submit 2019‐2020 FAFSA for Missouri AccessGrantDeadline for new freshmen international students to ap ply & submit all requiredmaterials for admission(Day students only)July 29Deadline for cancelling housing contract (Day students, if approved for off‐campus living)July 31Day student deadline for making payment arrangements and/or makingfirst payment (if applicable) for Fall classes (class schedules will becanceled if payment is not made)August 1Deadline to submit housing contract (Day students only)August 21Move‐in for new residential Day students, 1:00 pmAugust 22Orientation for new students and parents 10:00 am5:00 pm; New StudentPinning, 1:15 pmAugust 25Last day to register before classes beginAugust 26Start of semesterAugust 26Classes beginAugust 28Last day to add classesSeptember 2Labor Day: classes cancelled; offices closed (library closed Sept. 1–Sept. 3)September 3Last day to drop a course (not applicable to Day totalwithdrawal)October 5Family Day/HomecomingOctober 18Midterm (Day students only)October 18Day Student Fall Break: day classes cancelled, officesand library openOctober 22Midterm grades for all Day 100‐ and 200‐level courses entered online by12:00 noonOctober 28‐ Nov 1Day Student Advising Week: students meet with advisor to determineSpring 2020 classes6

November 4Registration for Spring 2020 begins for currently enrolledseniors, Honors students and military membersNovember 6Day Registration for Spring 2020 begins for currently enrolled juniorsNovember 7Day Registration for Spring 2020 begins for currently enrolledsophomoresNovember 8Day Registration for Spring 2020 begins for currently enrolled freshmanand non‐ degree studentsNovember 15Last day to withdraw with grade of "W"November 15Residence halls close at 6:00 pm (except by special arrangement)November 25‐29Thanksgiving Break: day classes do not meet; offices and library closedNov. 28-30December 1Residence halls open at 12:00 noonDecember 2Classes resumeDecember 6Last day of day classes; last day to complete a total withdrawal from allclassesDecember 6Deadline for cancelling housing contract (if approved for off-campus living)December 9-12Final examinationsDecember 13Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony, 6:30 pmDecember 13Residence halls close at 12:00 noon (except by special arrangement)Winter Class Break: offices and library open 8:00 am5:00 pm, Monday‐FridayDecember 14COMMENCEMENT, 12:00 noonDecember 14End of semesterDecember 17Final grades entered by 12:00 noonSpring Semester January 6– April 25, 2020December 6Deadline for new Day students to submit housing contracts December 9Deadlinefor new students to apply & submit all requiredmaterials for admission and returning students to apply for readmission(deadline does not apply to ProgramTransfers)(Day students only)December 18Day student deadline for finalizing financial arrangements and makingpayment (if applicable) to hold Spring classes (classes will be canceled ifpayment is not made)7

January 4Residence Halls open, 12:00 noonJanuary 5Last day to register before classes beginJanuary 6Start of semesterJanuary 6Classes beginJanuary 8Last day to add classesJanuary 13Last day to drop a course (not applicable to Day total withdrawal)January 20Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: classes do not meet; offices and library closedFebruary 28Midterm (Day students only)March 3Midterm grades for all Day 100‐ and 200‐level courses entered online by 12:00noonMarch 20Residence halls close at 6:00 pm (except by special arrangement)March 23‐27Spring Break: day classes cancelled; evening and graduate classes are insessionMarch 29Residence halls reopen at 12:00 noonMarch 30Last day to withdraw from classes with a grade of "W"March 30Day classes resumeMarch 30-April 3Day Student Advising Week: students meet with their advisor to determine theirFall 2020 classesApril 6Day Registration for Fall 2020 begins for currently enrolled seniors, Honorsstudents and military membersApril 8Day Registration for Fall 2020 begins for currently enrolled juniorsApril 9Day Registration for Fall 2020 begins for currently enrolled sophomoresApril 10Day Registration for Fall 2020 begins for currently enrolled freshmanApril 17Last day of Day classes; last day to complete a total withdrawal from all classesApril 20‐23Final examinationsApril 24Residence halls close at 12:00 noon (except by special arrangement)April 24Nurses’ Pinning Ceremony, 6:30 pmApril 25Ivy Chain, 9:30 amApril 25COMMENCEMENTS, 11:30 pm and 4:00 pmApril 25End of semesterApril 28Final grades entered by 12:00 noon8

Early Fall Session August 26 – October 19, 2019July 8Registration begins for graduate, seniors, military and new studentsJuly 10Registration begins for returning juniorsJuly 11Registration begins for returning sophomoresJuly 12Registration begins for returning freshmen and nondegree seekingstudentsAugust 26Start of sessionAugust 26Classes beginAugust 28Last day to add undergraduate and graduate classesSeptember 2Labor Day: offices closed; in‐seat classes cancelled; (library closed Sept.1‐Sept. 3)September 3Last day to drop classesOctober 4Last day to withdraw from classes with grade of "W"October 19Classes endOctober 19End of sessionOctober 22Grades entered by 12:00 noonLate Fall Session October 21 – December 14, 2019July 8Registration begins graduate, seniors, military and new studentsJuly 10Registration begins for returning juniorsJuly 11Registration begins for returning sophomoresJuly 12Registration begins for returning freshmen and nondegree seekingstudentsOctober 21Start of sessionOctober 21Classes beginOctober 23Last day to add undergraduate and graduate classesOctober 28Last day to drop classesNovember 28‐29Thanksgiving Break: in-seat classes cancelled; officesand library closed Nov. 28-29December 2Last day to withdraw from classes with grade of "W"December 14Classes endDecember 14End of sessionDecember 17Grades entered by 12:00 noonEarly Spring Session January 6 – February 29, 2020November 4Registration begins graduate, seniors, military and new studentsNovember 6Registration begins for returning juniors9

November 7Registration begins for returning sophomoresNovember 8Registration begins for returning freshmen and nondegree seekingstudentsJanuary 6Start of sessionJanuary 6Classes beginJanuary 8Last day to add undergraduate and graduate classesJanuary 13Last day to drop classesJanuary 20Martin Luther King Jr. Day: offices and library closed, in‐seat classescancelledFebruary 14Last day to withdraw from classes with grade of "W"February 29Classes endFebruary 29End of sessionMarch 3Grades entered by 12:00 noonLate Spring Session March 2 – April 25, 2020November 4Registration begins graduate, seniors, military and new studentsNovember 6Registration begins for returning juniorsNovember 7Registration begins for returning sophomoresNovember 8Registration begins for returning freshmen and nondegree seekingstudentsMarch 2Start of sessionMarch 2Classes beginMarch 4Last day to add undergraduate and graduate classesMarch 9Last day to drop classesApril 10Last day to withdraw from classes with grade of "W"April 25Classes endApril 25End of sessionApril 28Grades entered by 12:00 noonEarly Summer Session April 27 – June 20, 2020March 16Registration begins graduate, seniors, military and new studentsMarch 18Registration begins for returning juniorsMarch 19Registration begins for returning sophomoresMarch 20Registration begins for returning freshmen and non‐degree seekingstudentsApril 27Start of session10

April 27Classes beginLibrary summer hours: Monday‐Thursday, 8:00 am10:00 pm; Friday, 8:00am‐8:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am5:00 pm; Sunday, 2:00‐10:00 pmApril 29Last day to add undergraduate and graduate classesMay 4Last day to drop classesMay 25Memorial Day: offices closed; library closed both May 24 & May 25; in‐seat classes cancelledJune 5Last day to withdraw from classes with grade of "W"June 20Classes endJune 20End of sessionJune 23Grades entered by 12:00 noonLate Summer Session June 22 – August 15, 2020March 16Registration begins graduate, seniors, military and new studentsMarch 18Registration begins for returning juniorsMarch 19Registration begins for returning sophomoresMarch 20Registration begins for returning freshmen and nondegree seekingstudentsJune 22Start of sessionJune 22Classes beginLibrary summer hours: Monday‐Thursday, 8:00 am10:00 pm; Friday, 8:00am‐8:00 pm; Saturday, 9:00 am5:00 pm; Sunday, 2:00‐10:00 pmJune 24Last day to add undergraduate and graduate in‐seat classesJune 29Last day to drop classesJuly 4Independence Day: offices and library closed, in‐seat classescancelledJuly 31Last day to withdraw from classes with grade of "W"August 15Classes endAugust 15End of sessionAugust 18Grades entered by 12:00 noonResourcesAlumni AssociationThe Columbia College Alumni Association (CCAA), founded in 1963, offers benefits, programs and activitiesto more than 89,000 members around the world. Its mission is to foster lasting relationships and to sustainthe College's traditions. Columbia College students become members of the CCAA upon graduation. Thereis no fee or registration process.11

Career Services CenterThe Grossnickle Career Services Center has trained personnel to assist students with all aspects of careerplanning and development. Specific services are designed to promote professional and personal successincluding a carefully guided assessment of students' skills, abilities, values, achievements and interestswhich can aid in effective career planning. Additionally, the Career Center meets with students and alumniin person, over the telephone or electronically to advise on a broad range of topics from resume and coverletter preparation, job search techniques, interview practice, graduate school assistance and much more.Career Services can also assist students in locating and applying for internships as well as processinginternships for credit for eligible students.Columbia College offers a dynamic and easy-to-use online career management system called Handshake.This system is free to all students and alumni and will lists jobs and internships all throughout the country aswell provides resources and information about hiring events. Columbia College offers career assistance toall graduates and works to help students conduct successful job searches; however, employment uponprogram completion is not guaranteed. For more information contact the Grossnickle Career ServicesCenter or visit our website at PurchaseStudents who anticipate buying a computer for use at college are encouraged to purchase a standard laptopmodel through the Columbia College website, allows students access to CougarMail (the official means of communication for the college)and to their Columbia College records via the internet. Students may view their Columbia Collegetranscripts, grades, student schedules, and more. Enrollment processes, to include registration and addingand dropping classes, are also available through CougarTrack. Once students have completed anenrollment process online, an e-mail confirmation of their activity is sent, which should be reviewed carefullyfor accuracy. Contact the Office of the Registrar at (573) 875-7600 with questions.E-mail, Internet Access and Anti-Virus SoftwareStudents are assigned e-mail accounts for all college-related communications. Students must authenticatetheir accounts using their student ID number at: Students may access CougarMailby logging in to CougarTrack or at the Gmail login page. Be sure to enter your full email address and yourCougarTrack password. CougarMail is a free service to all students and is a lifetime account for graduates.Internet access is available to students for use as a resource in the student computer lab and labclassrooms, Stafford Library and the residence halls. A wireless network is available for laptop andportable/mobile devices. Students using computers on the College network must have the latest version ofanti-virus software. Registered students are eligible for free Microsoft Office 365. A link to free MicrosoftOffice 365 and anti-virus software is available in CougarTrack, under Help-Technology Solutions Center.Enrollment Service CenterThe Enrollment Service Center is the one-stop for financial aid, bill payment, and registration inquiries. Clickhere for office hours and contact information.12

Honor SocietiesKappa Delta PiKappa Delta Pi is a national education honorary society. Eligibility for membership requires enrollment in aninstitution offering an education degree and having the intent to continue academically and professionally inthe field of education; demonstration of leadership attributes and evidence of completion of a bachelor'sdegree in education with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.Sigma Beta DeltaAn international honor society in business, management, and administration. Membership is open to allundergraduate and graduate students in the top 15 percent of their class with a minimum GPA of 3.5 and atleast 30 semester hours at Columbia College.LibraryThe J.W. and Lois Stafford Library, located at the main campus, provides a place for students to studyindividually or in groups and includes extensive electronic holdings in support of the college's curriculum.Stafford Library serves as the primary library for all locations and is open more than 90 hours a week withlibrarians available to provide assistance and answer questions at all times for persons visiting the library orby phone, e-mail, chat or text. Library instruction is provided to individuals or to classes. The libraryclassroom is used for group study and library instruction. Computers, wireless printer, scanner and copymachines are available for student use.The library's collection supports the curriculum of Columbia College with more than 64,000 physical items(books, videos, compact discs, etc.), 100 print magazine, journal, and newspaper titles, as well as more than100,000 full-text electronic journals, 220,000 electronic books, 32,000 streaming videos and 142,000streaming audio discs. All of the library's electronic collections are accessible remotely 24 hours/day via thelibrary website. Electronic delivery of inter-library loan articles is also available.Columbia College is a member of the MOBIUS Consortium. This membership provides Columbia Collegestudents taking classes at a Missouri location or residing in Missouri access to more than 29 million items inmore than 75 academic, special or public libraries. Students can borrow books by using the MOBIUS onlinecatalog or visiting a participating library.Click here for library hours. Hours are subject to change when classes are not in session and duringholidays.Contact Information:Phone: (573) 875-7381, (800) 231-2391 x7381E-mail: [email protected]; Accessibility ResourcesStudent Accessibility Resources (SAR) leads the campus in the creation of inclusive learning environmentsand facilitates access through innovative services, programs, and partnerships. Disability is an aspect ofdiversity that is integral to our society and to the Columbia College community. The SAR office collaborateswith students, faculty, and staff to create a campus environment that is usable, equitable, sustainable andinclusive of all members of the college community.After admission to the college, students who want to explore reasonable academic accommodations areencouraged to contact SAR to explore the possibilities and options without feeling a need to commit toutilizing any resources.13

Student Accessibility Resources can be reached at (573) 875-7626 or by emailing [email protected]. Theoffice is located in the Student Affairs suite on the second floor of Atkins-Holman Student Commons. Formore information please visit Student Accessibility Resources.Technology Solutions CenterThe Technology Solutions Center is available to students via phone or face-to-face. Help desk analysts areavailable to assist students with Internet connectivity and telephone issues in the residence halls, issueswith accessing CougarMail and CougarTrack, or other Columbia College owned systems. Please click herefor Technology Services hours of operation.Main Campus Graduate Only BookstoreThe Campus bookstore, located on the main floor of the Student Commons, carries a wide range ofclothing, snacks, and school supplies. If taking undergraudate classes at our traditional campus inColumbia, or are taking nursing courses at the Lake of the Ozarks location textbooks are available fromBarnes and Noble. New, used and select titles are available for rent and digitally. Textbook refunds arebased on the policies listed below. No refund will be issued without a valid receipt for all textbooks.Textbooks must be in the original condition.The Bookstore hours are posted on the Bookstore door; on their website and available via phone greeting.Contact Information:Phone:Columbia College BookstoreAtkins-Holman Student Commons1009 Rogers StreetColumbia, MO 65216(573) 875-7341FAX:(573) BookstoreRefund Policy:For all courses a full refund will be given with a receipt if the textbook is returned within the first week ofclasses. Textbooks must be in original condition, including all components in packages.Merchandise other than textbooks may be refunded with a valid receipt within thirty days.Merchandise must be in original condition, unopened with tags.Refunds will be issued in the original form of payment.The textbook buyback period is during finals week. This is the best time to sell back textbooks.TI-83 calculators will not be considered for buyback.Computer ClassroomsTechnology Services maintains two instructional use classrooms in Buchanan Hall. Classes usingcomputing resources, such as English, Computer Programming and Accounting are conducted in thesefacilities. Students may complete assignments outside of class using the computer resources in the StudentComputer Lab. An instructional lab is also available in the Tenth Street Center and in Federal Hall.14

Counseling ServicesCounseling Services is located on the second floor of the Atkins-Holman Student Commons (AHSC, Room210). In Columbia, confidential counseling is provided free of charge by licensed professionals to assiststudents with personal, developmental, or psychological concerns related to personal growth and makingacademic progress. Students use our services to seek assistance with matters such as anxiety/panic, testanxiety, depression, stress and time management, developing healthy relationships, sleep issues, conflictresolution, grief, eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, attention difficulties, and more. CounselingServices is a confidential resource for dating violence, domestic violence, sexual violence and harassment.Our office also provides referrals to community resources when appropriate. For additional information andonline resources, see the counseling services webpage: Appointmentsare available Monday - Friday; to make an appointment please call 573-875-7423.Student Computer LabTechnology Services maintains the Buchanan Hall Student Computer Lab, equipped with computers,scanners, and monochrome and color high speed laser printers. It is available to currently enrolled studentson a walk-in basis and offers extended hours. Software used in classroom instruction is available tostudents, and e-mail and Internet access is also provided.The Student Computer Lab multi-media room is equipped with three computers: two Dell and one Apple, acolor printer, a black and white printer, and scanners. T

Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC): Columbia College is a charter member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) and the SOC Degree Network System (DNS) for all branches. The SOC Consortium consists of colleges and universities committed to expanding and