Paul Matzko, a 2007 BJU graduate, said Penn State initially denied his application for a doctoral program because of the lack of accreditation at his alma mater. He ended up being accepted after appealing because he had earned a master’s degree from Temple, an accredited institution, and scratched Bob Jones off his application.
“I have friends who have been in situations like mine but didn’t have the benefit of another degree and who have been frozen out,” he said. “They had to shelve their plans for a career in academia. That’s the more normal story.”