MDiv Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing For Master Of Divinity (MDiv)
Students with extensive undergraduate work in theology or ministry programs may be eligible to receive up to 18 hours of credit through Advanced Standing, thereby reducing the 90 hours a student is required to earn in the Seminary for the MDiv degree to as few as 72.

During the course of application, the Seminary Acceptance Committee will conduct a review of a student’s undergraduate transcript to determine which undergraduate courses, if any, are comparable to select seminary foundational 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) [*These foundational courses will be identified on each concentration’s course requirements.]

The 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 (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or above

The 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 $100 non-refundable fee)

If no clear equivalency exists between a single undergraduate class and a Seminary requirement, the Seminary Acceptance Committee can choose to allow multiple undergraduate courses to satisfy a single Seminary course requirement. In order for this to be possible:
• The average of the undergraduate courses must be a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) 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 courses that would otherwise qualify in which a student has earned a grade below a B (3.0) if the grade is a B- (2.67) or above. To appeal a student must:
• Submit a formal appeal to the Seminary Dean
• Pay a non-refundable fee of $100
• Demonstrate competency through an oral or written exam facilitated by an assigned faculty member in the discipline

Advanced Standing is awarded by the 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.