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Transfer, Special Admission, International and Non-Degree Students


Transfer Students

In addition to other required application materials, students transferring from other seminaries must submit complete official transcripts, field education reports and evaluations (if applicable), evaluations of clinical pastoral education experiences (if applicable), and a letter of good standing from the institution. The Louisville Seminary Dean's Office determines the available transfer of credits after a student has completed the necessary admissions form.

International Students

Students from international settings are welcome and Louisville Semionary recognizes a responsibility to nurture these students who are preparing to serve their own national churches. The Seminary normally requires international students have the endorsement of their national church. Students must be able to read, write, and understand English by showing proficiency through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). They must also demonstrate sufficient financial resources to meet their needs. Admission as a regular student and degree candidate requires a BA or equivalent. Applications for international students must be completed by February 1 for admission the following fall. International applicants should contact the Office of Admissions for details on necessary credentials and procedures.  More information can also be found here.

Special Admission

Louisville Seminary believes that a bachelor's degree is important preparation for theological study and ordinarily requires one for all applicants for admissions. Prospective students who do not have a degree but who have done substantial college-level work and who show evidence of promise for ministry may in unusual circumstances be allowed to begin Seminary course work as special students while completing their undergraduate studies. Students wanting to be considered for this provisional admission must work with the Admissions Office to plan a program leading to a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, either from a local institution or from an external degree program accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) or comparable regional bodies.

An applicant to our Master of Divinity program who is a graduate of a college without regional accreditation may be admitted to Louisville Seminary only under exceptional circumstances, and then only through special admission. To be considered for Fall admission, an applicant must apply before March 1 and must come for an interview with the Admissions Committee. Graduates of a college without regional accreditation are responsible for meeting the undergraduate educational requirements of their official church bodies and are advised that these requirements may not be satisfied by their special student program at Louisville Seminary.

Such candidates, if admitted, are accepted provisionally and on probation as special students working toward a degree program. Ordinarily, after the completion of no more than 30 hours of course work - which must be completed in no more than three semesters - the Faculty will vote as to whether or not a person in this category will be allowed to continue in the degree program.

Special admission can be granted when official church bodies request that the Seminary arrange a special course of study for a person who does not have a bachelor's degree. This request must state the reasons for requesting the admission and that the applicant is capable of seminary-level study. Such a student is ineligible for a degree and, thus, is classified as a special admission. A student successfully completing a special course of study may be given a certificate.

Applications to our Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Master of Arts (Religion) degree programs from persons who do not have a college degree or who are graduates of a college without regional accreditation will not be considered under any circumstances.

Non-Degree Students

The Seminary community welcomes persons for special study, not in a degree program, in as many as two classes per semester. All tuition and fees must be paid at the time of registration. If a non-degree student wishes to apply for admission to degree candidacy at a later date, up to 12 hours of course work successfully completed at Louisville Seminary within the last five years may be applied toward a degree. For more information on non-degree students contact the Office of the Registrar.
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