Admission to the seminary is without regard to race, ethnic origin, or sex, and is the responsibility of the faculty. Much of the admission process, however, is handled in the academic office and dealt with by the admissions and standards committee. Admission requirements for degree programs are listed in the seminary. The various status designations are also explained there. Three matters need particular attention. Click here to view the Academic Catalog for further details.
- A student not yet admissible to a degree program.
e.g., “unclassified, pre-degree (Uncl.P.D./[name of degree])”
- A student who takes classes without entering a degree program.
e.g., “unclassified, non-degree (Uncl. N.D.)”
- A student from another school taking courses only for transfer purposes.
e.g., “unclassified, visiting student (Uncl. V.S.)”
2. Special Status (one admitted without all admission requirements completed)
The student must generally have all admission requirements met before the beginning of the second calendar year of his/her residence at the seminary. ThM students will not be admitted with a special status.
3. Probationary Status (one admitted without meeting the minimum GPA requirement)
Minimum GPA requirement for admission into the MDiv, MTS, or MA programs is 2.67. Minimum GPA requirement for admission to the ThM program is 3.0. ThM students are not admitted on probation.
At admission (based on college work)
Those students admitted on probation without the required 2.67 G.P.A. must have their probation lifted before the end of the third semester of residence at the seminary. Ordinarily probationary students will be required to reduce their academic load if still on probation after two semesters. The lifting of probationary status is a decision made by the admissions and standards committee on an individual basis.
The following regulations and procedures also relate to the probationary student:
- The acceptance letter sent to a student admitted on probation will strongly advise him/her to take four years to complete his/her academic program for the M.Div. degree.
- The admissions and standards committee will strongly advise a probationary student to limit the number of hours he/she spends in outside work to a recommended maximum of 15 hours.
- A probationary student is required to discuss the matter of outside workload with his/her Mentored Ministry group leader or program adviser during the first month of the first academic semester. This discussion is to be initiated by the student.
During Program of Studies (based on seminary work)
The standard for admission to the seminary for the MDiv, MTS, and MA programs (2.67 G.P.A.) is also the standard used to determine a student’s satisfactory progress while in seminary. While a student is not immediately expelled for falling below 2.67, he/she may be placed on probation and allowed to remain on probation for only two terms. Any student who has a 2.50 G.P.A. or lower will be terminated from the seminary program. Funding sources such as the Veterans Administration, Classes and the guaranteed student loan program will be promptly notified when a student receiving funds is placed on probation and/or terminated.
- Leave of Absence: A student may request a Leave of Absence from studies for up to two semesters. A Leave of Absence form is available here.
At the student’s request, and for unusual circumstances, they may be granted an extension of their leave. After two semesters, if the student fails to communicate with the Registrar’s Office and does not enroll in courses, the student will be considered as withdrawn from their seminary program. If they choose to pick up their studies at a later date, they would need to re-apply to the program.
For a variety of reasons, such as personal, financial, academic or vocational, a student may choose to withdraw from studies at the seminary. The student is requested to contact the registrar to discuss formal withdrawal. The failure of a student to remain registered as a full-time or part-time student (or to submit a Leave of Absence form) will be considered an act of withdrawal. Should a student desire later to resume studies after having withdrawn, he or she must reapply for admission to the seminary. Students who withdraw and who are holding scholarships, loans, or other indebtedness related to their tenure as seminary students, are required to contact the financial aid officer concerning their responsibility for meeting repayment obligations.
No period of time is specified before students dismissed for poor academic performance are eligible to petition for readmission. The seminary’s admissions and standards committee, however, will only readmit a student when there is clear evidence that the difficulties previously encountered can be overcome and that eventual completion of degree requirements can reasonably be expected.