Auditing Classes and Non-degree Status

Auditing Classes

Any person with a bachelor’s degree may audit courses for a per-course fee with permission of the instructor.

In order to receive a notation of  “audit” on the transcript, an auditor must attend classes.  Auditors in lecture-style courses are normally not required to complete the reading assignments, and are not permitted to participate in discussion, nor to ask questions.  Auditors in seminar-style courses are normally required to complete all the reading assignments and may participate in class discussion at the discretion of the instructor. Auditors may not take examinations, or request any kind of evaluation of their work.  Auditors in language courses must complete all the assignments, and may, at the discretion of the instructor, take quizzes and examinations.

All auditors must register during the registration period in the Registrar’s office.  At no time after the drop/add period is it possible to change the terms of a course from audit to credit.  There will be no upgrades to credit for courses taken as audits.

Admission policies for auditor status are as follows:

  1. Submit a completed and signed application.
  2. Have your undergraduate institution send an official transcript verifying the completion of an undergraduate degree.
  3. Total tuition and fees can be viewed here. 

Non-degree Student Status

Any person with a bachelor’s degree wishing to take course work apart from a specific degree program may apply for admission as a non-degree student.  This status is open to persons who wish to take occasional course work as a form of continuing education or would like to explore theological studies by taking a couple of classes.

Non-degree students are not eligible to receive financial aid and may enroll in courses only on a space-available basis.

Students may take a maximum of three courses per year.  Non-degree status is conferred for one year.

While non-degree status does not constitute a commitment to future admission to a degree program, a student may request that work taken while a non-degree student be applied to a degree program, if admitted.

The following faculty stipulations also apply to non-degree students who subsequently matriculate into a degree program:

  • In order for students to qualify for the conferral of the M.Div. degree, they must have completed at least 13 courses after formal admission to the M.Div. program.
  • In order for students to qualify for the M.A. degree, they must have completed at least 8 courses after formal admission to the M.A. program.

Admission policies for non-degree status are as follows:

The non-degree applicant must follow the application procedures outlined in the criteria for Master of Divinity and Master of Arts applicants, but may omit the 5- to 6-page personal statement and submit only two references.