The School of Theology. Sewanee: The University of the South

Come & See

Feb. 19–21, 2015

You are invited to be our guest for Come & See 2015

If you’re in the discernment process as a postulant or exploring your faith and ministry as a lay leader, a visit to The School of Theology at the University of the South is your best way to experience Episcopal seminary education in Sewanee, Tenn. Student-organized and student-led, Come & See 2015will introduce you to community life and theological formation in one of the most beautiful settings in the nation.

The Come & See weekend includes a wide range of activities:

  • Worship with us in the seminary’s Chapel of the Apostles and the University’s All Saints’ Chapel.
  • Attend classes in an intimate setting taught by our highly credentialed faculty.
  • Engage with faculty and students as they discuss a variety of issues regarding formation for ordained ministry, theological education, preaching excellence, and seminary life and work.
  • Explore our 13,000 acre campus and discover why our campus is in one of the most beautiful environments for education in America.
  • Allow our financial aid professionals to detail the ways we can support you as you pursue your education.
  • Once on the Mountain for Come & See, your expenses — food and campus lodging — are covered by The School of Theology.

Is Sewanee for You?

  • If you’re in the discernment process as a postulant or exploring your faith and ministry as a lay leader;
  • if living in a faithful, diverse, and loving community appeals to you;
  • if the daily practice of the baptismal covenant, stewardship of the Earth, and social justice is compelling to you;
  • if forming a lifelong discipline of worship, prayer, and spiritual growth grounded in the Anglican tradition is essential to you;
  • if the idea of daily discourse with a quality faculty who is intellectually challenging, academically engaging, and well-published is exciting to you;
  • and if affiliation with, and proximity to, one of the nation’s leading liberal arts colleges located on a 13,000 acre sustainable campus, with a wide range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities, is attractive to you — please visit Sewanee and see for yourself if Sewanee is right for you!

Where is Sewanee?

Sewanee is a “thin” place, a place charged with God’s presence, a place where the corporal and the spiritual meet. Located in Middle Tennessee, up on the Cumberland Plateau, its natural beauty is unparalled. Learn more about Sewanee.



Scholarships, Grants, and Loans | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Scholarships, Grants, and Loans

These scholarships are available through The School of Theology:

Chancellor's Scholarships

The School of Theology annually awards a small number of Chancellor’s Scholarships. These are grants above and beyond an applicant’s demonstrated financial need to some students of exceptional promise preparing for distinctive ministries in the Episcopal Church. Applicants who wish to be considered for a Chancellor’s Scholarship should include a letter with their financial aid application, describing their plans for ministry and mission, and indicating their qualifications. Recipients are selected prior to entering seminary. Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients will continue to receive their award for the normal period of the degree program if their performance is deemed adequate by the faculty.

William A. Griffin Holy Land Theological Scholarship

This scholarship was established as a memorial by his wife, Anne Griffin, and daughter, Shore Griffin. William A. Griffin taught Old Testament at The School of Theology from 1959 until his untimely death in 1988. Recipients are selected to participate in a summer study abroad program conducted in the Holy Land. Griffin believed that travel and study in the Holy Land should be a part of every seminarian's experience to give a sense of authenticity in Biblical studies that is hard to come by otherwise.

Other possible sources for scholarships and grants:

DuBose Scholarship

DuBose Scholarships are based on need. You must be at least 32 years old by May 1; be a postulant or candidate for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church; and be enrolled in an approved seminary to be considered for a scholarship. Click here for application and instructions. Deadline for submitting an application is April 30.

Evangelical Education Society

The Evangelical Education Society of the Episcopal Church makes Evangelism for the 21st Century grants of up to $5,000 for special initiatives to Episcopalians at ATS-accredited schools. For further information, visit their Web site at or contact Note: This is a grant for actual ministry initiatives, not for tuition, books, or living expenses at school.

Fund for Theological Education, Inc.
  • The Benjamin E. Mays Fellowships for Ministry are for black North American persons who are at least graduating seniors from a college or university, official candidates for ministerial ordination within their communion, and are either enrolled in a theological school or are prepared to enroll in the autumn following receipt of an award.
  • Fellowships for Hispanic Americans Preparing for Christian Ministries are for Hispanics who at the time of nomination are citizens of the United States, at least juniors in an accredited college or university, and are either enrolled in a theological school or prepared to enroll in the autumn following receipt of an award. 
Knights Templar Educational Foundation

Awards have been granted from time to time to seminarians from Georgia as an expression of the interest and high regard of Masons for young people who devote their lives to the service of God and humanity. These awards are made only on the nomination of the dean upon request of the Knights Templar Educational Foundation. Application forms are available from the office of the Grand Recorder of the Grand Commandery of each Division or Division Chairman.

Order of the Daughters of the King

This grant is for female applicants seeking training in any recognized church-related college, seminary, or training school in the United States or abroad. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age and have at least two years of college education or its equivalent. For more information, visit their Web site at To apply, write to Attention: Master Fund Chair, 101 Weatherstone Dr., Suite 870, Woodstock, GA 30188.

Order of the Eastern Star Religious Leadership Scholarships

These scholarships aid students preparing for the ministry or for any form of religious leadership. Applicants should write to the Grand Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star in their home state. Address of state chapter can be obtained from any local chapter.

William–Rhodes Scholarship

This scholarship is for seminarians from the Diocese of Atlanta and available to new and continuing students. For more information visit their Web site at Apply through Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 498 Prince Ave., Athens, GA, 30601.

Roothbert Fund, Inc.

Qualified students from high school to postgraduate levels who can satisfy fairly high scholastic requirements and who are considering teaching as their vocation are eligible for this grant. For more information, visit their Web site at Interview required with the New York–based committee. Address: The Roothbert Fund, Inc., 475 Riverside Dr., Room 252, New York, NY 10115.

Society for the Increase of the Ministry (SIM)

Since 1857, SIM has been awarding grants and scholarships to postulants and candidates attending seminary in preparation for ordination in the Episcopal Church. Application forms may be obtained from SIM, 120 Sigourney Street, Hartford, CT 06105; email:; or download an application and guidelines from


Knights Templar

Loans are made by one of 50 state divisions. For address of a given state's educational foundation, contact Charles R. Neumann, 5097 N. Elston Ave., Suite 101, Chicago, IL 60630.

Honorable and Mrs. Nelson P. Sanford Endowment Fund

This is a revolving emergency loan fund available for the training of Episcopal priests available only once in a seminary career in the amount of $1,000.  Apply through the Office of Financial Aid.

Hattie M. Strong Foundation

Loans are made to American students with no restriction as to race, sex, or religion, who are within two years of their final degree from college or graduate school with a maximum of $4,000 to any one student over a period of two years, without interest. Address: 1620 Eye St., NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20006, or email:


Here are some additional sources for outside grants and scholarships.

Financial Aid | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Financial Aid

Policy on Financial Aid for Academic Year Students

The School of Theology of the University of the South offers generous financial aid to supplement seminary students’ own resources and the financial support of the parishes and dioceses that send them. Financial aid is meant to serve the church’s mission by opening the way to excellent theological education to those who otherwise could not afford it, and to minimize the burden of additional educational debt carried into parish ministry. Thanks to the gifts of many generations, Sewanee has substantial resources for these purposes, and is glad to be able to meet as much as possible of students’ demonstrated financial need.

To ensure that grant aid goes where it is needed most, applicants for financial aid are required to demonstrate financial need. These awards are calculated on the basis of income from all sources in relation to allowable expenses, up to a maximum grant level set annually.

School of Theology students should return financial aid materials to the Seminary Office of Financial Aid, 335 Tennessee Avenue, Sewanee, Tennessee, 37383-0001. Questions regarding the financial aid application should be directed to Connie Arrick, 931.598.1340, or email

If you anticipate the need for a federal loan, submit your FAFSA to the University Office of Financial Aid, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, Tennessee, 37383-1000, and questions regarding federal loans and federal loan eligibility should be directed to that office at 931.598.1312, or by email

Financial Aid Policy for Summer Term (Advanced Degrees Program) Students

Some scholarship monies are available for tuition to students enrolled in the Advanced Degrees Program. A financial aid request form is available via email request. It must be returned by April 9 in order to be considered for the coming summer. Scholarship money is available only for tuition assistance. The student is responsible for all other costs, such as travel, housing, board, etc. Financial aid is not available to special students.

Guidelines for Financial Aid

The School of Theology annually awards a small number of Chancellor's Scholarships to some students of exceptional promise preparing for distinctive ministries in the Episcopal Church, showing exceptional academic merit, enhancing diversity among the students body, or occasionally (as determined by the dean) to meet certain goals related to strategic initiatives that serve the School's mission. These grants are not based on an applicant's demonstrated financial need. Applicants who wish to be considered for a Chancellor’s Scholarship should include a letter with their financial aid application, describing their plans for ministry and mission and indicating their qualifications. Recipients are selected prior to entering seminary, and the financial documentation described below must be provided by those students. Chancellor’s Scholarship recipients will continue to receive their award for the normal period of the degree program if their performance is deemed adequate by the faculty.

Financial aid is available to full-time students for the normal period to complete a degree or program (three years for the M.Div., two years for the M.A., and one year for the Certificate in Anglican Studies). Part-time, degree-seeking students may apply for financial aid in the same manner as full-time students. If aid for a part-time student is approved, it will be on a pro-rated basis, according to the number of credit hours the student is taking in the semester in question. The maximum financial aid granted during the student’s program cannot exceed the total of what would have been awarded if completed on a full-time basis. Part-time students who are not in a degree program are not eligible for financial aid. Financial need is calculated for a 12-month period except for the final year when it is calculated for a 10-month period.

Financial aid may not be used for study at other institutions. Students may apply for grants for cross-cultural study from other sources and from special funds at The School of Theology.

Application Instructions/Requirements

1. Need-based University grants are awarded after all sources of income and estimated expenses are identified. It is the responsibility of the student to provide the required information, including:  financial aid application, Form 1040 federal income tax return from the last completed filing year, letters of diocesan and parish support, copies of applications for outside scholarships, documentation of student’s income, documentation of spouse’s current and anticipated net salary, documentation of child support, documentation of uninsured medical expenses, documentation of assets, and cost of health insurance. The current and anticipated income of a spouse must be included even if the spouse is not living in Sewanee. Each year, the University determines a maximum amount of need-based aid for applicants. The maximum amount takes into account the size of the household. Need-based awards will not exceed that amount.
2. Letters from the sponsoring parish and the sponsoring diocese, indicating all local sources of support, are required as part of the need-based financial aid application (except in the M.A. program, in which church sponsorship is not required.) A list of potential resources for outside scholarship assistance is provided under Other Sources of Grants, published in the Catalog and on the website. Many students find other potential resources on the Internet. It is the responsibility of all applicants for need-based financial aid to show evidence of submitting applications for scholarships from at least three outside sources in addition to diocese and parish, before the University will award additional financial aid. To offer an additional incentive to seek outside scholarships, students who win outside scholarships, not including diocesan, parish, or family grants, will have only fifty percent (50%) of that additional aid counted as income in calculating their financial need.
3. Information about all assets must be provided as part of the need-based financial aid application. A percentage of all assets held by the student and the student’s spouse (if applicable) is considered as available annually to help meet the costs while in seminary. For the current year, that percentage is ten percent (10%) for all assets. There are special provisions for retirement accounts to which the student does not have access without penalty.  Twenty-five percent (25%) of such retirement accounts are exempt, and an additional ten percent (10%) for students under 59.5 years of age. For students with dependents who are attending college full-time, the University will exempt up to $10,000 per dependent college student from retirement funds. Debt and debt service cannot be considered as part of a student’s financial need, although in some cases liabilities may be set against assets (e.g. house mortgages).
4. There is a minimum amount, annually set, which a student and (if applicable) a student’s spouse must contribute toward their own support, irrespective of need or employment. For the current year, the contribution is $1,500 for a student and $2,000 for a spouse. That contribution is waived in the case of a spouse caring for children too young to be eligible for Sewanee child care. To encourage spousal employment, the University will exclude one third of spouses’ after-tax earnings from consideration as revenue.
5. The School of Theology Student Employment Program (work-study) is available to eligible seminary students and spouses through positions created in various departments of the University and The School of Theology. Students receiving need-based financial aid must have Student Employment Program or other jobs. A full-time seminary student typically works a maximum of 12 hours per week.
6. Cost of attendance is based on a budget set by the institution. This budget is based on tuition and fees and a modest cost of living allowance for housing, food, utilities, books, transportation, and other incidental personal expenses.  In addition, students may submit documented health insurance premiums, out-of-pocket medial expenses, and certain childcare expenses, which will  be added to the cost of attendance within predetermined limits. 
7. Students who purchase a house in the Sewanee area and apply for financial aid must declare the house as an asset.
8. Normally, the University considers only the expense of one household for purposes of financial aid; the expense of a second household, away from Sewanee, is in general not included. In special cases, when a student can demonstrate the necessity of maintaining two households, a limited proportion of the extra household expense may be allowable.
9. If both spouses wish to enroll in seminary and seek financial aid at the same time, they must indicate this intention at the time of their applications. Financial aid will be awarded on the basis of the expenses of a combined household.
10. The University and St. Andrew’s-Sewanee School provide significant assistance for seminary children attending St. Andrew’s-Sewanee. No educational expenses for children are allowable expenses with regard to financial aid. No childcare expenses are considered except for daycare for pre-school children of single or geographically single parents or working spouses.

Extraordinary and Emergency Need

A Sanford Fund loan of $1,000 is available to School of Theology students for extraordinary circumstances. Students may borrow no more than this amount from the Sanford Fund during their seminary years. No justification is required for a Sanford Loan, as long as the student meets the loan requirements.

In the event of emergency need, students should first request a loan from the Sanford Fund. If that fund has been used and the student presents evidence of need, the Dean may designate funding from other sources.

Reporting Changes

Students receiving financial aid must report significant changes that occur in their financial situation during the course of an academic year. In some cases the financial aid grant may be recalculated. Such recalculations will be made at the end of the semester, to apply to the following semester.  It is the responsibility of students to assess their financial outlook at the end of each semester.

Termination of Financial Aid

A student whose performance is evaluated by the faculty of The School of Theology as “inadequate” is not eligible to receive financial aid for the following year. Reinstatement of aid is dependent upon reacceptance into the graduate program of The School of Theology and a letter from the student to the Dean requesting reinstatement of financial aid.


Admission | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South


Educating men and women since 1878, The School of Theology at the University of the South is an intellectual center grounded in faith, Anglican heritage, and rigorous sholarship. You are invited to explore the admission process.

Tuition & Fees | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South

Tuition & Fees

2014-15 Tuition and Fees for Degree Programs

Pre-registration deposit:  $50
Paid when applicant accepts admission; nonrefundable but credited at registration to the tuition charge when the admitted applicant registers.

All regular students (full-time) and non-degree-seeking students (full-time)*
Tuition:  $15,630
One-half payable by due date each semester.
*A person taking 12 credit hours per semester is considered a full-time student and will be charged full tuition and fees.

Academic Year Fees

Activities fee:  $260
Wednesday lunch fee:  $278
Vehicle registration fee:  $100

Medical insurance:  The student must provide a copy of his or her health insurance card to the registrar at registration.

University housing:  $456-1,298 per month

Estimated cost for books:  $1,700 per year.

Part-time students:
Fee per credit hour at the seminary:   $652
AUDIT fee per credit hour at the seminary:   $225

Summer Term (June 2014 Program) Fees

Tuition and fees are payable no later than June 11, 2014
Registration deposit: $50 (paid when applicant accepts admission and with each summer’s registration; nonrefundable but credited to the tuition charge at registration)

Fees:  $56
University Housing:  $494 (Subject to change)
Board:  $475
Tuition per course:  $1,320 (Courses are three-credit hours)

Tuition per credit hour:   $440

Audit fee per course:  $252

There is a $150 continuance fee to stay in the program for those missing a summer.

Spouses of seminary students

Seminary student spouses may audit one course each semester, for no fee, at The School of Theology with permission of the instructor.  They may also, with the approval of the Dean, take one course each semester for credit at The School of Theology for a fee of $50.  Spouses may also, with the approval of the Dean, audit one course per semester at the College of Arts and Sciences for a fee of $100.  Additional courses for audit or credit may be taken for the full appropriate tuition.

Tuition covers the following:

  • All regular course work at The School of Theology
  • Up to two courses any semester in the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Services of the health and counseling offices while school is in session. (Health office services are available to students only.) Special costs such as emergency room treatment, hospitalization costs, surgery, medicine, and x-ray examinations are not included in this coverage. These special costs are covered to some degree by the university-sponsored medical insurance plan (see below) and recommended for all students who do not already have adequate health insurance.
  • Use of the facilities of the student union (Bishop's Common).

Student Activity Fee Covers the Following:

Admission to the performing arts and film series, the Sewanee Purple, Cap and Gown, and Sewanee Theological Review, a variety of student activities, SPO box rental, transcripts, counseling services, and athletic privileges, including free admission to intercollegiate events.  The fee does not cover use of the golf course.

Vehicle registration fee is required and covers one or more cars belonging to the same owner.

Penalty fees may be charged for late or incomplete registration, re-examinations, make-up examinations, or for removal at the end of a grading period of a mark of “Incomplete.”

In addition to general expenses, students will have other living expenses that will vary in accordance with their individual situations. Applicants who work out comprehensive budgets should communicate with the Office of Financial Aid in order to obtain detailed information on living costs in Sewanee. There also will be room and board expenses connected with the clinical pastoral education program in the summer following the junior year and summer immersion field education programs. An estimate of these expenses can be obtained from the director of field education.

Payment of Fees

Full-time, academic-year tuition is billed each semester as one-half of the total annual amount and is due in August and January, 10 days before each semester starts. Part-time, academic-year tuition is billed in full for each semester and due in August and January, 10 days before each semester starts. Academic-year fees are billed in full at the start of the first semester and are due 10 days before the semester starts. Summer term tuition, fees and expenses are billed in April and payable by June 1 each summer.

For many academic-year students with sufficient financial need, the actual amount of financial aid is more than the fees payable. The difference will be refunded to the student, subject to holdback for rental housing commitments or outstanding debt. Students who prefer to pay educational expenses in installments may want to consider one of the deferred payment plans offered by commercial lending organizations. Information about such plans is available from the Office of Financial Aid. The university accepts installment payments of semester charges only by means of one of these plans.

Any balance remaining on the student bill, after credit for financial aid, must be paid in full by the due date; the University accepts monthly payment only by means of the plans mentioned above. No student who has any past due balance on his or her account will be permitted to register for classes or obtain a transcript of grades.

Health Insurance

All students at The School of Theology must have adequate health insurance coverage for themselves and if applicable, family members. Students are required to furnish evidence of such insurance prior to registration. Failure to provide evidence of insurance may preclude registration at the university’s option. A student medical insurance plan is available for those students who do not already have insurance. Information about this plan is sent to new students before the beginning of the school year.

Campus Identification Card

A SEWANEE Card is issued to all students as a means of identification.

  • The card must be presented for cashing checks at the University Cashier’s Office, using the library, entering McClurg Dining Hall, and using the Fowler Center.
  • The card is not transferable; its loss should be reported immediately to the Telecommunications Office for replacement. Cash stored on the low-dollar CashStripe will be lost. There is a $25 charge to replace a lost, stolen, damaged or misused card.         
  • The card becomes void upon interruption or termination of enrollment.  

Students will have the options of using cash, check, commercial credit card, or ATM card at many University facilities. A full-service automated teller machine (ATM) is located in front of the College Bookstore.

Summer Term Housing

Single men and women may be housed in conference housing for the three-week period. Conference housing generally consists of houses turned into mini-dorms, rather than traditional dormitories. Students in conference housing must provide their own bed linens (sheets, blankets, pillows) and towels. All dormitory residents must also purchase the board plan. Some student and faculty houses and apartments may be sublet from persons who will be away for the summer. The board plan is optional if you choose this type of housing. The housing form must be submitted by May 1. Sublet information will be available in the spring.

Summer Term Board

Students who stay in conference housing must purchase the board plan. The plan is optional for others. The plan provides for breakfast and dinner at McClurg Dining Hall and lunch in the Hamilton Hall refectory. Those not on the board plan may purchase lunch on weekdays.

Other Charges

Students who have account balances will receive a statement. This statement is due within 30 days to avoid a late payment penalty. Statements will be sent to the student mailbox at the Seminary. If there is a credit shown on the statement, please contact the Student Accounts office at ext. 1432 or 1347 to receive a refund. Please call a few days in advance of the date that you need the refund.

Policy on Financial Refunds for Withdrawal

  • Refund of costs is made only for reasons of illness; withdrawal because of illness must be recommended by a physician and certified to the dean.
  • Refunds for a withdrawal because of illness are calculated by prorating fees for the period from the date of withdrawal to the end of the semester. The amounts to be prorated are one-half of the semester’s total tuition and room charges, if any, and three-fourths of the board charge, if any. No refund is made for the activity fee or any other fees. Refunds are credited to financial aid accounts, to the extent of any financial aid; any balance is credited to the student’s account.
  • Any student who is a federal loan recipient will have his or her refund subject to the provisions of federal regulation (specifically, 34 CFR 668.22).
  • Payment of a credit balance occasioned by a refund for withdrawal is made during the month following withdrawal by check payable to the student at the home address.

Other Financial Matters

  • Students should take precautions to protect personal belongings from theft, fire, water damage or other loss. University insurance does not cover personal losses.
  • A student using a personal automobile for a class or field education trip or other university business should have vehicle liability insurance. The University insurance does not cover the vehicle, owner, driver, or passengers if an accident occurs.
  • Checks may be cashed at the Cashier’s Office, Room 118, Carnegie Hall.
  • Special arrangements will be made available for a student who is unable by reason of physical handicap to go to the Cashier’s Office.
Requirements | The School of Theology | Sewanee: The University of the South


Academic Year Basic Requirements

  • Students applying for admission to one of our graduate programs should hold a B.A. or B.S., or the equivalent, from an accredited college or university.
  • One must be a postulant for Holy Orders, have the permission of one's bishop, or have an equivalent ecclesiastical authority, in order to enroll in our Master of Divinity program.
  • The applicant for Anglican Studies should have a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from an accredited seminary and be a postulant for holy orders.
  • For admission to the S.T.M. degree, evidence of a first theological degree is required.
  • Students whose first language is not English are required to complete the TOEFL or IELTS.  Students who do not have US citizenship or legal permanent residency in the United States are required to have or acquire a valid U.S. visa.

Other Attributes for the Academic-Year Programs

  • Applicants should have a mature Christian faith, a history of active participation in a church community, and have begun a disciplined spiritual life.
  • The applicant's vocational goals should have been examined and tested within a faith community. The program to which the applicant is applying should be appropriate to his or her vocational goals.
  • The applicant should have the intellectual ability and academic background to engage the curriculum in a satisfactory way and to fulfill successfully the requirements of the program to which he or she is applying.
  • We require transcripts of the applicant’s previous academic work, and examples of the applicant’s writing.
  • The applicant should demonstrate appropriate maturity and emotional stability.
  • The applicant should have what the admission committee considers a realistic plan of how the student intends to finance his or her seminary program including adequate medical insurance for self and if applicable, other family members. It is expected that the applicant will not be encumbered with significant consumer debt.

Summer Term Requirements

  • Evidence of the Master of Divinity degree, ordination, and a minimum of three years ministry experience are required for the D.Min. degree.
  • The completed application form
  • Official transcripts of all the student’s previous college, seminary, and graduate school work
  • Recommendations from two theological school professors and, for D.Min. applicants, one church official
  • An extended paper addressing the questions on the application form (some questions are directed toward a particular degree)
  • Records of non-academic continuing education experiences, such as C.P.E., career development counseling, workshops and conferences that the student considers to be relevant to his/her participation in the D.Min. program
  • The completed application must be received by May 1 to begin classes in June.

Other Attributes of the Summer Term Programs

  • A minimum grade average of B in post-baccalaureate work is generally required for admission.
  • For the S.T.M. degree, evidence of a first theological degree is required.
  • Applicants for the D.Min. program must possess an ATS Board of Commissioners-approved M.Div. In rare cases, for exceptional applicants, The School of Theology will accept an educationally equivalent degree from an institution of higher education accredited by a U.S. agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or approved by a Canadian provincial quality assurance agency. Degrees from institutions outside of North America may be accepted provided would-be applicants can demonstrate that they meet the standards of the Board-approved degrees for admission. M.Div. equivalency is defined as 72 graduate semester hours or comparable graduate credits in other systems that represent broad-based work in theology, biblical studies, and the arts of ministry and that include a masters degree and significant ministerial leadership. Ministerial experience alone is not considered the equivalent of or a substitute for the master’s degree. Three years of post-degree, ordained, pastoral experience is in any case required of applicants. The determination of degree equivalence is made by the associate dean for academic affairs, whose decision is final. Applicants who wish to request that a degree be considered as equivalent to the M.Div. must submit a transcript and course syllabi, together with a cover letter outlining the request and the ways in which the degree satisfies the criteria listed above.

Policy on Transfer Credit for Summer Term Students

The School of Theology may accept credit for transfer to a degree program, advanced placement and professional certificates after appropriate evaluation. Such evaluations are made by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. All transfer work is evaluated on a course-by-course basis using the following criteria:

  • Only graduate (post-baccalaureate) credits will be considered for transfer.
  • Credits are accepted only from institutions accredited by agencies recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.
  • No credits are accepted with a grade less than “B.”
  • Normally credits are not accepted that were earned more than five years earlier.
  • The Associate Dean assesses the relevance of the course(s) to the Advanced Degrees curriculum, and may interview the student as part of that assessment.
  • A maximum of nine semester hours may be transferred.
  • When deemed appropriate, final approval for transfer credit may be deferred until the student has completed further academic work at The School of Theology.
  • The School of Theology does not award transfer credit for course work taken on a non-credit basis or for life experiences, or for course work used in earning another degree.

Requirements for Special Students

Non-degree-seeking students may enroll in courses in the Advanced Degree Program with some limitations. Special students must be able to do graduate level work, and the Advanced Degrees Committee reserves the right to determine who will be admitted as a special student. Special students are limited to nine credit hours.

Special student applications must be approved by the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and include:

  • The Special Student Application form
  • Transcripts of all previous college, seminary, and graduate work
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