Transfer Credit & Advanced Standing

Students with extensive undergraduate and/or graduate work in theology, ministry or counseling programs may be eligible to receive up to 25% of total program hours of credit through Advanced Standing, thereby reducing the credit hours a student is required to earn in the Seminary for the graduate degree of interest. 

During the course of application, the Seminary Admissions Committee will conduct a review of a student’s undergraduate and/or graduate transcript(s) to determine which courses, if any, are comparable to current seminary courses and may therefore be applied toward Advanced Standing credit. The committee must conclude that a student has acquired the “knowledge, competence, or skills that would normally be provided by the specific courses for which they have been admitted with Advanced Standing.” (ATS Educational Standard 7.4.2) 

The Seminary Admissions Committee will determine a student’s acquisition of “knowledge, competence, or skills” by using the following “appropriate means of assessment” (ES.7.4.2): 

  • Accreditation status of the institution where courses were completed
  • Equivalent course descriptions and content between undergraduate course and graduate requirement
  • Earned grade of B- or above

The Seminary Admissions Committee reserves the right to require from a student further evidence of competency before granting Advanced Standing. This evidence may include any or all of the following: 

  • Oral interview
  • Academic writing sample related to course content
  • Oral or written competency exam (may require non-refundable fee)

If no clear equivalency exists between a single undergraduate and/or graduate course and a Seminary requirement, the Seminary Admissions Committee may choose to allow multiple undergraduate and/or graduate courses to satisfy a single Seminary course requirement. In order for this to be possible: 

  • The average of the undergraduate and/or graduate courses must be a B- or above
  • No single course may have a grade of B- (2.67 on a 4.0 scale) or below

Appeals for Advanced Standing can be made for undergraduate and/or graduate courses that would otherwise qualify in which a student has earned a grade B- (2.67) or above. To appeal a student must: 

  • Submit a formal appeal to the Seminary Dean
  • Demonstrate competency through an oral or written exam facilitated by an assigned faculty member in the discipline

Advanced Standing is awarded by the Seminary Admissions Committee at a student’s admission. Any appeals or exceptions must be completed before the end of a student’s first full-time semester of study or the completion of 9 hours. 

Maximum Transfer Credit and Advanced Standing by Program: 

Doctor of Ministry: 8 credit hours; 24 hours remain for degree completion 

Master of Divinity: 18 credit hours; 63 hours remain for degree completion 

Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling: 15 credit hours; 54 hours remain for degree completion 

Master of Arts in Practical Theology: 15 credit hours; 45 hours remain for degree completion 

Master of Arts in Family Ministry: 12 credit hours; 36 hours remain for degree completion