Graduate Programs

Graduate Student Handbook (pdf)


Graduate Programs Reference Guide


· Graduate Student Services  
· Contact Information
Office Hours
· Graduate Registration Week
· Student ID Cards

· View Course Offerings & Schedules
· Student Computing
      Eagle Mail
· Masland Library Resources
· Technology Awareness
· Bookstore
· Office of Safety and Security
      Security Phones
· Vehicle Registration

· Business Services Office

· Financial Aid

· Health Services

      University Health Center
      OASIS Counseling Center
· Food Services

      Food Service Venues
      Hours of Service
         Summer Cafeteria Hours
         Eagle’s Nest Hours

      Payment Options
· Student Housing
· Fitness Center
· Contact Information

      Academic Leadership



Graduate Student Services

Cairn is committed to providing quality services to students through continual evaluation of policies, procedures, and programs. That commitment can be seen through the relationship management approach to graduate admissions and student services. Each student is assigned to an Assistant Director. The Assistant Director serves as the primary contact for students as they move through their academic program from applicants, to students, to alumni. This approach provides continuity of contact and service from the point of entry through graduation. It is recommended that students call or visit their Assistant Director at least once each semester to check on their academic progress.



Contact Information

Binu Abraham
Associate Director of Graduate Admissions

Abigail Sattler
Assistant Director of Admissions
M.S. in Education/M.S. in Educational Leadership & Administration/Master of Divinity/M.S. in Bible

Gwen Dorsey
Assistant Director of Admissions
M.S. in Christian Counseling

Tim Nessler
Assistant Director of Admissions

Office Hours

Graduate Admissions is located in room 100 of the Smith Administration Building. The office retains flexible hours during the semester in order to accommodate the needs of our students.

Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday 8:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

You can also contact us by calling 866.617.GRAD or 866.617.4723



Graduate Registration Week

During the first week of classes, returning graduate students have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Registrar’s Office, Office of Safety and Security, Business Services, and Admissions in the lower lobby of the Biblical Learning Center between 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Students are encouraged to attend on the day and time that is most convenient to them. We recommend that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the beginning of class to ensure ample time to meet your registration needs.



Student ID Cards

All graduate students must have a current, valid Cairn student ID card. Student ID cards will be created for new students during Graduate Programs Orientation. If you are unable to attend Orientation, a new student ID card can be obtained through the Office of Student Life located in the Smith Administration Building. Student Life is open Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. If you cannot visit Student Life during these hours, individual appointments for obtaining a student ID card can be made by contacting the Assistant Dean of Students, Mr. Tom Sherf at or 215.702.4848.

Lost ID cards may be replaced after payment of a $20 replacement fee at the Business Services Office.

Obtain Your Username and Password

As a member of the University community, you will have access to a number of online tools designed to assist you in your graduate education experience. In order to utilize these resources, you must have a Cairn University username and password. To activate your account, you must first go to and click on “Student/Alumni Password Change.” Upon entering the required information, the account username will be displayed. You will create your own new password. This username and password will be used to log in to eLearning, Self-Service, Email, and Cairn’s Intranet page.


View Course Offerings & Schedules

Course offerings and schedules for upcoming semesters can be found on Cairn's website. To view the list of course offerings, visit and select your degree or program.

Course registration instructions are available on the Registrar’s intranet page.

Certain courses require a pre-course assignment to be completed by the first day of class. It is the student’s responsibility to complete all pre- course assignments as stated in the syllabus. Pre-course requirements will be posted on eLearning at least one month before the start of the course.



Student Computing

Technology support services are available to all students for computing needs. Students may contact Technology Services (TS) professionals with questions pertaining to computing needs, computer problems and issues, hardware support, and technology applications. Contact the TS Help Desk by calling 215.702.4554 or emailing

Support is provided in the following areas:

  • On-campus wireless connectivity.
  • Issues related to University technology applications such as email, Self-Service, intranet, internet, Library resources, and the University website.
  • Diagnostics and recommendations for problematic student- owned computers.

Cairn students are granted access to a broad base of technology applications.

Eagle Mail

Students are provided with a University email account via Google Apps. Visit and click on Student/Alumni password change  to activate your account and set up your password. Instructions for forwarding emails are on the email site. Your email account will be the primary means that the University uses to communicate with you about your program regarding registration deadlines, cancellation, or other important announcements.


SelfService is Cairn’s online academic information system. Students can view course schedules, check their account balance, view final grades, and track progress toward a degree. Students will also use Self Service to register for classes. (Note: for your first semester as a graduate student, you must register through your Assistant Director.) No payment is required to register online; however, registration is not official until financial arrangements have been finalized with the Business Services Office. To access Self-Service, visit


Cairn’s Intranet provides information specific to the student population. This includes academic announcements, event details, relevant forms, policies, and more. Graduate students will find information and links on their pages of the intranet. Visit


Online course management is provided by the eLearning web application. Instructors will post all course media (i.e. pre-course assignments and syllabus) on eLearning. Students enrolled in a distance learning course will also use eLearning to access course materials and submit assignments.    eLearning cannot be used to access final grades or register for courses (both must be done through Self-Service). Pre- course information is posted on eLearning. To access eLearning, visit


Masland Library Resources

With more than 150,000 books and 40,000 e-books, the Masland Library provides students with all of the resources that they will need as they study at Cairn. In addition to on-campus use of the library, students can access the online library catalog, course reserves, and research databases at Some resources will require additional authentications; enter your name and 14-digit barcode as it appears on your student identification card.



Technology Awareness

It is important for each student to understand the benefits and hazards of using inter-networked technology. The University provides numerous safeguards; however, social technology has the potential for vulnerability. Students are expected to exercise good judgment in all areas of life, and must be especially careful when sharing personal information on any system that communicates beyond the immediate, personal computer.

  • Protect your password; use a unique combination of letters and characters.
  • Protect your social security number and date of birth. Do not provide this information to websites or in online communication.
  • Protect your computer with reputable anti-virus software.
  • Protect your computer by restricting internet downloads. Do not install any application that contains a Peer-to-Peer (P2P) architecture.

Note: Downloading and distributing copyrighted material is a legal infringement unless express permission is granted by the copyright holder.



Students can prepare for the coming semester by ordering their textbooks through our online ordering service, Simply select the campus bookstore and enter your course numbers and sections as listed on your class schedule. Payment is accepted in cash, checks made payable to the Cairn Bookstore, or by debit and credit cards. Bookstore hours are also available online.


Office of Safety and Security

Located at 708 N. Pine Street, the Office of Safety and Security (OSS) protects people and property, maintaining as safe a learning environment as possible. The security force is in operation 24 hours a day, every day of the year. The OSS also provides vehicle assistance, emergency information, “Safe Ride” services, crime prevention tips and presentations, as well as health and safety training.

The safety of our students is our number one priority. The Director of Safety and Security has over 18 years of experience in campus security, holds multiple criminal justice degrees, and a variety of certifications. In addition, Cairn has an Emergency Response System in place in the event that any emergency should take place on campus.

Security Phones

Courtesy phones are located in each building for dialing an on-campus line. The number to reach the Office of Safety and Security is posted at each location. In case of an emergency, security call boxes are located in several parking lots, and at the entrance to the on-campus dorms, Stillman and Memorial, as well as by G dorm in Penndel. The courtesy phones may be used to make local phone calls at no charge.


Vehicle Registration

Students who park on Cairn’s campus are required to register their vehicle with the University. The Office of Safety and Security works with the Business Services Office to register vehicles. Visit to learn more.


Business Services Office

All information related to student accounts may be obtained through the Self-Service website. All students are responsible to make payment arrangements with the Graduate Student Accounts Counselor by the start of the student’s first class each semester. Please note that Cairn does not use paper billing.


Financial Aid

Although there are no federal or state grant programs for Cairn graduate students, students may still apply for a loan through the Stafford Loan Program and/or for grants and discounts through Cairn University. Information is available at



Health Services

University Health Center

Students who become ill or are simply seeking information on health- related topics can visit the University Health Center. The Health Center exists to advance the health of students by providing primary health care, prevention-focused services, and learning experiences which develop health knowledge and practical skills. The Center is staffed by a registered nurse. Referrals for health care needs beyond the scope of practice for the Health Center are made to area doctors by the Cairn Nurse. The University Health Center also maintains all student health related documents in a secure and confidential manner.

OASIS Counseling Center

The Oasis Counseling Center is a safe place where students can seek assistance in the challenging circumstances of University life. Oasis staff members provide professional guidance that is biblically centered, supportive of each student, and morally responsible before Christ. Our counselors strive if appropriate to provide individual counseling and small group counseling. Services are confidential and free of cost to all Cairn students. For more information, visit



Food Services

Food Service Venues

Pioneer College Caterers offers a variety of dining options to Cairn students. The Furman Dining Commons and the Grille and Café are located on the upper level of the Mason Activity Center. The Café is a coffee-house-style gathering place for students, providing mixed coffee drinks, hot and cold beverages, and snack selections. A coffee stand, located in the Biblical Learning Center second floor lounge, offers beverages, snacks, and Seattle’s Best coffee on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings.

Hours of Service

Fall and Spring Cafeteria Hours
The cafeteria is open from 7:15 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Full cafeteria offerings are available during traditional breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours. More information can be found at or on the intranet.

Summer Cafeteria Hours

The cafeteria offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner for most of the summer. Contact the cafeteria at 215.702.4257 for summer hours or additional information.

Caf Hours
The Grille and Café are open during the spring and fall semesters as follows:
Grille: Monday – Friday 11:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Café: Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Additional hours may be scheduled for special events.

Payment Options

Cafeteria meals for students are priced as follows: Breakfast - $4.25; Lunch - $5.25; Dinner - $6.00. Grille and Café items are priced a la carte.

Students may pay with cash or with Flex $$$. Flex $$$ can be purchased from the cashier in the Business Services Office and are spent by presenting your University ID. Purchased Flex $$$ will carry over from semester to semester, and from academic year to academic year, until the student graduates or withdraws from the University at which time the balance is non-refundable.



Student Housing

Student housing is available for graduate students during the summer session. Housing reservations are administered by the Office of Student Life. To request housing, or determine the current housing rates and application deadline, visit the Accepted Student section of the Graduate Admissions pages: The Office of Student Life can be reached at 215.702.4213.

Additionally, the University has a limited number of one- and two- bedroom apartments available for rent to full-time students in the Penndel borough. Students may call 215.702.4250 for information on availability and pricing.


Fitness Center

The Fitness Center is located on the first floor of the Mason Activity Center and is available for use by graduate students. The aerobic and weight training areas have recently been renovated to allow space for a variety of new exercise equipment. Fitness Center hours and regulations are available on the Intranet (



Contact Information

Academic Leadership

Education / Educational Leadership and Administration
Dr. Deborah MacCullough
Dean, School of Education

Christian Counseling

Dr. Jeffrey Black
Chair, Graduate Christian Counseling Program

MBA / Organizational Leadership
Mr. Ron Ferner
Dean, School of Business and Leadership

Dr. William Bowles
Chair, Graduate Programs in Business and Leadership

Bible/Master of Divinity
Dr. Jonathan Master
Dean, School of Bible and Ministry