2018-2019 Graduate and Professional Studies Student Handbook 
    Oct 05, 2022  
2018-2019 Graduate and Professional Studies Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Center for Student Success

The Center for Student Success supports our Graduate and Professional Studies students throughout their academic journey. It provides student services such as academic planning, resource workshops, career services, and tutorial services. 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 Center for Student Success at 619-563-2850 or studentsuccess@pointloma.edu.

Graduate and Professional Student Services

Graduate and Professional Student Services (GPSS) is the student’s resource center 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 Success Counselor can assist in registering for classes. Students are responsible for reviewing the courses in which they have been registered.

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

Disability Services

GPSS is dedicated to assisting students with disabilities by providing the opportunity for success and equal access at the PLNU through the Disability Resource Center (DRC).  We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations as outlined by 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.

The DRC evaluates disability documentation, determines eligibility, and implements reasonable accommodations for enrolled students as guided by Section 504 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and university policy.

Tutoring Services

The GPS Writing Center provides feedback on written material including: organization, voice, grammar, and citation. The Writing Center Coach serves all students and locations working alongside you either in person, over the phone, or online-remote service to help sharpen your writing skills. The Writing Coach is located at the Mission Valley Regional Center. To set up an appointment, please email gpswritingcenter@pointloma.edu.

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. To access Brainfuse services, email studentsuccess@pointloma.edu.

Graduate and Professional Career Services

The Career Services 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 Services 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 Services 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 Services 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 Services 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.