2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
    Apr 14, 2021  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Adult Professional Studies (APS) - Undergraduate Program

APS Admissions Requirements    APS Student Community & Services

The mission of the Adult Professional Studies (APS) online degree program is to provide a quality academic program, within a Christian context, that equips nontraditional students to professional excellence in their chosen field. The Adult Professional Studies Program prepares students for leadership and service to others, cultivates attitudes of lifelong learning, and fosters spiritual development.

Adult Professional Studies (APS) Undergraduate Programs:

Leadership & Ministry, B.S.   Instructional Design, B.S.  
Social Work, B.S.   Instructional Design for Health Professions, B.S.  
Organizational Management, B.S.   Health Promotion & Wellness, B.S.  
Elementary Education Grades P - 5, B.S.   Public Health, B.S.  
  or Associate of Science Degree (Liberal Arts)  

Adult Professional Studies Tuition per Semester

2020-2021 $399 Per Credit Hour

See Undergraduate Student Fees & Course Fees  for additional costs and fees that may apply.

When to Apply

Asbury University has a rolling admission policy, meaning applications for admission are accepted throughout the calendar year. Applications are accepted for start of the fall or spring semesters. Students are encouraged to apply for admission at the earliest possible date. An early application for admission provides optimal opportunity for financial aid awards and course selection.

To obtain application materials and information go to www.asbury.edu/online
Email the APS Admissions Office: APS@asbury.edu
Phone: (859) 858-3511 ext. 2600
Completed admissions materials may be mailed to:

Adult Professional Studies
Corbitt Hall
Asbury University
One Macklem Drive
Wilmore, Kentucky 40390

APS Admissions Requirements

  1. Completed Application for Admissions www.asbury.edu/apply
  2. Two satisfactory non-family references
  3. Character and Fitness form (Elementary Education program applicants only)
  4. Official, final transcripts from ALL previously attended colleges and universities must be sent by mail or official electronic transfer to Asbury University, attn.: Adult Professional Studies Program. Hand carried, faxed, or emailed transcripts are not acceptable.
  5. Students who have completed less than 12 transferable semester hours of academic credit from an accredited college or university are also required to provide an official, final high school transcript, official GED certificate, or copy of high school diploma.

[ALL TRANSCRIPTS, whether high school or university, must be sent directly from that institution to the Admissions Office of Asbury University. Hand-carried transcripts may be used for evaluation only. They are NOT acceptable as final, official transcripts.]

[The APS program is designed primarily for nontraditional students, typically 23 years or older. Students who are younger than 23 years old and who need online course delivery will be considered for admission and may apply.]

  • A student who has completed less than 12 transferable semester hours of academic credit will be considered for admission as a first-time freshman. Credit from credit for prior learning, military or other non-college sources does not count as college attendance. Students with these credits only will still apply as new freshmen. [A high school transcript, GED, or high school diploma is required.]
  • A student who has earned at least 12 transferable semester hours of academic credit at another college or university will be considered for admission as a transfer student.
  • Students with a bachelor’s degree who are seeking elementary education certification follow the same application process as transfer students.
  • Students who are not seeking a degree, or who are enrolled in another institution, but wish to take an undergraduate online course from Asbury University may apply, completing the Special Status Application online at www.asbury.edu/apply.


Former Asbury University students who have withdrawn from the University or in any way failed to maintain continuous enrollment must apply for re-admission. Students applying for re-admission must submit:

  1. A completed Asbury University Application for Re-admission www.asbury.edu/apply
  2. An official transcript of all course work from all institutions attended since the last Asbury enrollment.

To be re-admitted, an applicant must be in good standing academically, socially and financially at Asbury University. An applicant not in good standing in one or more of these categories will be referred to the Admissions Review Committee for consideration.

Readmission is not automatically granted. In the event a former student is not readmitted, the university will provide the reason(s) in writing.

NOTE: Students who withdraw or become inactive must reenroll within two years of the last term attended to continue on the same year catalog degree requirements. Students who reenroll after the two years become subject to all catalog degree requirements in place at the time of reenrollment.  See Associate Degree Requirements  #8 and Bachelor Degree Requirements  #12

ALSO, returning students may not reenroll in a degree program that has been discontinued. Returning students in such programs must declare a current active program at the time of readmission.

Admission Decisions

When a candidate has completed the application process, one of the following decisions will be made:

  • Admission in Good Standing
  • Provisional Admission. In some cases, students will be given provisional admission based on self-reported information or unofficial documents pending receipt of official documentation to complete their application file. Students will be required to submit all outstanding official documentation prior to the term in which they intend to enroll. If all official documentation arrives prior to the start of the term, the student will be granted admission in good standing. If all official documentation fails to arrive before the start of the term, students will not be allowed to register for that term and will be considered for admission during the next enrollment period.
  • Denied Admission. Asbury University reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant when that decision is determined to be in the best interest of the student or the institution. An applicant who has been denied admission has the right to appeal that decision in writing to the Admissions Review Committee provided the applicant can present relevant additional information in support of his or her application.
  • Applicants will be notified of the decision in writing.

APS Student Community 

Information regarding Community Expectations for students enrolled in the Adult Professional Studies Program can be found on the Adult & Online Learning website: www.asbury.edu/academics/degrees/online/community-life

Official Communication Through Asbury University Email Account

Asbury email is the official means of communication between students, office representatives, and faculty at Asbury University. An Asbury email account will be created for all students. The required log in identifies communications as being from the student. Students are responsible for reviewing and responding to emails in a timely manner. Students should pay close attention to email from the representatives of the offices of Registrar, Financial Aid, or Student Accounts; these are often time sensitive.

Academic Support & Services

Adult Professional Studies (APS) Advising Center

The APS Advising Center provides a contact point and is an additional resource for adult learners in the APS program. Email: advisingcenter@asbury.edu

Center for Academic Excellence

The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) exists to support students across all academic disciplines. Online students in the APS program are offered free academic support through the CAE - writing support and tutoring services, and Academic Accessibility Resources. Students can request tutoring and other academic support services at any time during a semester through the CAE website, asbury.edu/academics/cae or by emailing: tutoring@asbury.edu. Contact the CAE office, ext. 2196, or your program office for details. See also Undergraduate “Academic Support - Undergraduate .

Academic Accessibility Resources

Academic Accessibility Resources (AAR) provides reasonable academic accommodations for students with disabilities in accordance with the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA). AAR offers academic accommodations on a case-by-case basis depending on student self-report, past history of need, and current need of academic accommodations. See more under Undergraduate “Academic Support - Undergraduate . Students who would like more information about receiving academic accommodations can contact the AAR Director at academicaccessibility@asbury.edu or (859) 858-5283

Center for Career and Calling

The Center for Career and Calling offers the following resources for APS students:

Online Job Postings - Access online internship and job board at asbury.edu/career (postings from employers specifically interested in candidates from Asbury).
Career Resources and Job Preparation - Access online career resources on our website, asbury.edu/career.
One-on-one Consultation - Schedule a free one-on-one consultation with a Career and Calling staff member at https://www.asbury.edu/about/offices/student-services/career-calling/appointments/
Career Assessment Tools - Career assessment costs: MBTI and Strong Interest Inventory $12; StrengthsFinder $10.

Go to asbury.edu/career for additional information and online resources or contact us at careerandcalling@asbury.edu or call campus ext. 2401.

International Student Support

Staff is available to answer international students’ questions regarding their student visa status and to ensure that they are maintaining compliance with U.S. regulations regarding international student study in the U.S. Individual support that is responsive to international students’ specific needs is also provided to assist them in being academically successful at the University. Go to asbury.edu/intercultural or call ext. 2314 for additional information.

Office of Spiritual Life and Chapel

The Asbury University community is committed to the integration of faith, learning and living. The Office of Spiritual Life serves to nurture students in their spiritual journeys by offering engaging opportunities for worship, discipleship, community service and social justice. Exalting Jesus Christ as our Cornerstone, students leave Asbury with a greater understanding and experience of Scripture, holiness, stewardship and mission. Local APS students are welcome to attend chapel on Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. as well as evening worship during our spiritual emphasis weeks in September and January. All APS students are encouraged to take advantage of podcasts of services and weekly devotionals available online. Go to asbury.edu/chapel or call ext. 2200 for additional information.


The Asbury University Student Complaint Policy (SCP) is available to students who request to have a concern resolved about a person or process of the University community not covered by existing policies, such as the grading policy, residency policy, student code of conduct policy, sexual misconduct policy, etc. The objective of the SCP is to resolve concerns as quickly and efficiently as possible at the level closest to the student.

Informal Resolution

Occasionally, a student will encounter a problem on campus that he or she does not know how to resolve. When this happens, the student should always try to work out the problem by first discussing it with those most appropriately involved with the issue, whether it is faculty, staff member or another student. Dealing with concerns in the most direct and honest fashion should always be the first step toward resolution. Based on the Matthew 18 principle encouraging believers to first go to each other and work out an issue, it is the hope that most issues and complaints could be amicably resolved through a process of discussion and negotiation.

Formal Complaint Process

If the complainant is not satisfied or unwilling to address the issue with the individual, a formal process may be initiated. All formal complaints must be in writing using the official Asbury University Student Complaint Form, which is available online and in the Office of Student Development. For the most efficient and thorough response, complaints should be filed during the semester of occurrence or within 30 days after the end of the semester. Process and procedures for the complaint resolution are available in the Office of Student Development, online at asbury.edu/complaint-policy, or via email to DeanofStudents@asbury.edu.

For Students Local to the Wilmore Campus

Center for Wholeness and Wellness

The Center for Wholeness and Wellness endeavors to equip and encourage Asbury University students toward greater personal and community health through the Health Services Clinic and Center for Counseling. The Center staff of licensed counselors, graduate level intern counselors, nurses and doctor work together toward developing the God-given potential of APS students.

Center for Counseling

The Center offers a broad range of professional counseling services including individual, group, couples, pre-marital, marital and crisis counseling. Integrating counseling practice with Christ-centered principles, the office seeks to prepare students for a lifetime of learning, leadership, and service.

Services are available for a fee of $50 per session (no insurance required). All counseling services other than consultation/referral are provided on campus at the Center for Wholeness and Wellness. Visit asbury.edu/counseling for more information.

Health Services

The Health Services Clinic on the Wilmore Campus is dedicated to enhancing the educational process by modifying or removing health-related barriers to learning, promoting an optimal level of wellness, and enabling students to make informed decisions about health-related concerns. The University maintains a well-equipped Health Services Clinic with a competent staff of experienced registered nurses and a part-time physician. The Clinic is open weekdays during the traditional academic year (excluding summers) and offers local APS students visits to the nurse or doctor on a fee-per-service basis. Since the Health Services Clinic does not participate with or bill any insurance, payment is due at the time of service. Visit asbury.edu/health for more information.

Intramural Sports

The intramural program is open to all local Asbury University students, alumni, faculty, and staff. A variety of sports, activities, and special events are available throughout the year. Visit asbury.edu/intramurals for more information.