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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 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 Seminary 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, admitted into Louisville Seminary. To find more details about requirements and stipulations of such admission, please click here.

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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