2016-2017 Graduate and Professional Studies Student Handbook 
    Sep 25, 2022  
2016-2017 Graduate and Professional Studies Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Center for Student Success

The Center for Student Success oversees or facilitates services provided to graduate and professional studies students by the Office of Graduate Admissions, the Office of Graduate Student Services, Military Programs and Services, Career Services, Information Technology Services, Ryan Library, and Common Knowledge Bookstore. The Center itself is located on the first floor of the Mission Valley Regional Center. If you have any questions about how to access resources at PLNU, please start by calling or emailing the Student Success Advisor for your program, listed below. Find your program under the corresponding Student Success Advisor and stay in touch!

Student Success Advisors

Hilary Greene  P: (619) 563-2869  E: HilaryGreene@pointloma.edu

Liberty Station Campus Daytime MBA
Mission Valley Campus Evening MBA
M.A. Education; Credential Only
M.A. Special Education
M.A. Teaching
Point Loma Campus M.S. Kinesiology

Jean Moncada  P: (619) 563-2849  E: JMoncada@pointloma.edu

Bakersfield Campus B.A. Integrated Studies, Emphasis in Education
B.A. Management and Relational Development
M.A. Education; Credential Only
M.A. Special Education
M.A. Teaching
Mission Valley Campus B.A. Criminal Justice
B.A. Integrated Studies, Emphasis in Education
B.A. Management and Relational Development

Susy Iribe  P: (619) 563-2808  E: SusyIribe@pointloma.edu

Liberty Station Campus School of Nursing
Mission Valley Campus M.A. Strategic Organizational Leadership
Online M.A. Strategic Organizational Leadership
Point Loma Campus M.A. Biology
M. Ministry

Amber Hanna  P: (619) 201-4883  E: AmberHanna@pointloma.edu

Grossmont College All B.A. and B.S. Programs
San Diego City College All B.A. and B.S. Programs

Yvette Miranda  P: (619) 201-3362  E: YMiranda@pointloma.edu

Southwestern College All B.A. and B.S. Programs

Kate Homer  P: (619) 905-0802  E: KateHomer@pointloma.edu

MiraCosta College All B.A. and B.S. Programs
Palomar College All B.A. and B.S. Programs


Graduate and Professional Student Services

Graduate and Professional Student Services (GPSS) is the student’s one stop for Financial Services, Records, Registration, Disability Services, Tutoring, Student Wellness and any other needs the student might have. The student services advisors specialize in helping students to overcome barriers to success in their personal and academic journeys. We are dedicated to providing you with the tools, mentoring, and accompaniment to enable and enhance a transformational education at PLNU.  We will be committed to you from the point of admission through graduation and even beyond.

Financial Aid

The financial aid program at Point Loma Nazarene University consists of: Federal, state, and institutional grants; Federal Direct Loans; and external scholarships and grants awarded by corporations and civic organizations. Financial assistance is intended to recognize and assist students who otherwise would be unable to attend the university. For detailed financial aid information, click here.


Registration for Graduate Programs is done by the student after meeting with their academic advisor. In the event that there is a problem with registering for classes, the Student Services Advisor can assist in registering for classes.

Registration for Professional programs is automated and students will be informed when they have been registered for their next course.

Disability Services

GPSS is dedicated to assisting students with disabilities by providing the opportunity for success and equal access at the PLNU.  We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations as outlined by Federal and State law.  We also strive to create an inclusive, safe and respectful environment.  By promoting awareness, knowledge and equity, we aspire to impact positive change within individuals and the campus community.

GPSS evaluates disability documentation, determines eligibility, and implements reasonable accommodations for enrolled students as guided by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and university policy.

Tutoring Services

GPSS partners with Brainfuse to offer 24/7 online tutoring services. Brainfuse offers innovative services designed to meet students’ needs including subject specific studying, writing support, and a host of tools and resources to increase a student’s study techniques.

GPSS is aware that Graduate and Professional students are busy and has partnered with Brainfuse to offer a collaborative workroom where professors and students can meet to assist students with course specific topics and projects.

Graduate and Professional Career Development

The Career Development team at PLNU is focused and committed to developing and engaging students in the pursuit of their career goals.  Our mission is to empower students and alumni to develop professional goals, sharpen their career strategy, and connect with the community for future success. 

Career Development teaches students the skills and strategies they will need to succeed in today’s job market through a number of offerings.  Our team offers one on one career coaching to help students identify their unique strengths and navigate the stages of developing a career plan.  During these individualized coaching sessions, students craft concrete goals and build a personal brand and strategic plan that will help them succeed in their career. 

In addition to one on one career coaching, Career Development offers the following support and programs focused on student development:

Career Assessments

Designed to help students discern their values, strengths and professional calling, assessment tools like StrengthsFinder, Myers Briggs Type Indicator, and the Strong Interest Inventory are made available to all students and alumni.  Each student has access to a Career Strategist who can assist them in deciphering their results and creating an action plan with their new awareness. 

Job Search Support Services

Students and alumni can receive individualized feedback on their cover letter, resume, and LinkedIn profile.  Students learn how to strategically pursue their career goals and market their unique skills to targeted employers.  Students and alumni have access to live mock interview sessions to ensure they are putting their best foot forward.

Networking Support

Career Development networking events are designed to expose current students to a structured networking session featuring local executives, hiring managers, and recruiters.  During these events, students can ask their tough questions about what it takes to persevere and get hired in today’s job market. 

Career Workshops and Webinars

Career workshops and webinars teach students about the fundamentals of resume writing, interviewing, and offer advice and guidance on career-related topics.  During these events, students have the opportunity to network with employers and peers in person or in a live, interactive, virtual environment.

For Career Development support, contact careerdevelopment@pointloma.edu.

Military Programs and Services

Military Programs and Services interacts with all active duty and veteran students enrolled in the Extended Learning programs.  Many of military and veteran students are introduced to the university through outreach efforts on local military bases and veterans organizations.  The convenient nature of evening and hybrid programs make Extended Learning degree programs attractive to service men and women.

Financial Aid

Point Loma Nazarene University is a Yellow Ribbon participant.  As such, Military Programs and Services advises prospective and enrolled students on unique aspects and details of military educational benefits including the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Tuition Assistance.  Students can also receive tailored career coaching, transition assistance and networking advice as a service.

Military Transition Assistance Programs

Extended Learning offers a transferable three unit course; Educational Strategies for Student Success (CEL100), which is designed to help transitioning service members and/or family members ease into academic rigor while building study habits, writing skills and other academic qualities.  This eight week course is offered at no cost or obligation to potential students.