Forms and Procedures
Below are forms and procedures that will be useful for your academic career at the School of Divinity.
If you have any questions about any academic policies or procedures, please contact the Office of the Academic Dean.
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Note: A full description of all Policies and Procedures related to academic affairs at the School of Divinity can be reviewed in the 2014-2015 Bulletin.
- Adding A Class
The Add Period starts on the first day of classes and is open for two weeks. You can also use the Add Form to change a grade option, register for more than 16 credit hours, and change flexible credit hours.
- Independent Study
Please note that the following rules apply for requesting an Independent Study (IDS):
- An independent study may serve as a general elective course, not as a core course or an area elective.
- A student may take no more than six hours of independent studies in the MDiv program.
- A student must have a GPA of 3.0 in order to register for an independent study.
- A request for the study must be made in writing by the student to the faculty member.
- The faculty member must be convinced that special circumstances warrant the request.
- The terms for an independent study must be put in writing and agreed to by the student and the faculty member.
- No faculty member is obligated to offer independent studies.
- Credit varies from one to three hours.
- Registering for Courses Outside the School of Divinity
Permission of both the course instructor and the School of Divinity Associate Dean for Academic Affairs is required in order to take courses outside of divinity in either the undergraduate college (example: Religion Department) or other professional schools.
- Specialized Internships (MIN 540 and MIN 541)
In order to register for MIN 540 or MIN 541, you must get the permission of the Director for Art of Ministry.
- Dropping a Class
The Drop Period starts on the first day of classes and is open for four weeks. Students can drop a course through WIN during the first two weeks of the drop period. After the first two weeks and until the last day to drop, students must complete a drop form. Note: Students cannot use a drop form to withdraw from school.
- Incomplete Grades
The grade of I (incomplete) may be assigned only when a student is unable to complete the work of a course because of illness or some other emergency. The Incomplete Grade Form is signed by the instructor and deadlines are set by the instructor for when the work is to be completed. The form is filed in the Office of Academic Affairs. More information can be found in the Bulletin.
- Applying for Graduation
In order to have your degree audit processed for graduation, please complete, sign and file the graduation application form with the Registrar’s Office.
- Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)
In order to receive credit for CPE course work that is taken in an ACPE Accredited Institution, you must supply a transcript or certificate which shows that you have completed the CPE course work. You can receive up to 6 elective credit hours, pass/fail.
- Transfer Credit
Academic credit earned at another school may be submitted for review during the first semester a student is enrolled in a degree program. Transfer credit is awarded through the Office of the Academic Dean at the recommendation of the faculty committee on curriculum and academic policy. A student may not transfer more than 24 hours of credit into the Master of Divinity program. No more than 10 of these transfer credits will be awarded as required courses. Students should be prepared to submit supporting documents, including course transcripts and syllabi, to the faculty committee and registrar.
The following requirements must be met before a request for transfer credit can be submitted:
- The course must be taken at an institution accredited by an accrediting body recognized by the U.S. Department of Education or the Council on Post-Secondary Education.
- Courses must be taken at the graduate or professional level.
- A grade of B- or higher must be earned in the course in order for the course to be considered for transfer credit. If the course is to be considered for transfer credit as a required course the grade earned must be a B or higher.
- Applicants for transfer credit must have earned the credit after earning a bachelor’s degree.
- The course must have been taken within the eight years prior to matriculating at the School of Divinity.
- Any course credit earned that has been utilized or will be utilized for another degree program is not normally transferred.
- No more than 12 hours will be transferred from a non-theological graduate program. If 12 hours are to be transferred, the student will be required to demonstrate the course’s or courses’ relevance to the Master of Divinity degree.
- Withdrawal from the School
Students who decide to withdraw from the school must meet with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. A withdrawal form will be generated and signatures requested on this form will indicate that the student’s record in each of these departments has been cleared and there are no holds. Assistance will be offered when possible in obtaining these signatures.
All enrolled divinity students who must withdraw from the University prior to the last day to drop courses in a given term, may do so by completing a drop form and submitting the form to the School of Divinity registrar. While forms completed prior to the semester drop deadline will not result in academic penalties, meeting the deadline may not prevent negative implications for merit and need-based financial aid.
Withdrawing from the University within the period allowed for dropping and adding courses may result in partial or total charges for the term and may alter scholarship, grants, and loan amounts. Students who borrow under federal loan programs are responsible for repaying loans granted based upon full-time enrollment. Students are strongly urged to discuss the financial implications of all withdrawals from the University with the financial aid office. Students who drop all courses are considered withdrawn from the University and must seek approval from the academic dean for readmission in a subsequent term.
Withdrawing from the University after the last day to drop courses and before the last day of classes may result in academic penalties. A grade of W will be assigned only where approved medical or special leaves of absence are granted. If a student withdraws after the drop deadline and is in the judgment of the professor failing a course, a WF will be granted and will appear on the transcript. The grade of WF does factor into a student’s overall grade point average and as such may negatively affect academic standing.
A course abandoned with insufficient reason for withdrawal is assigned the letter grade F. In some cases, faculty may initiate the withdrawal process for due cause. To withdraw, a student must complete an official withdrawal form. Withdrawal forms are available in the Office of the Academic Dean.
Students who withdraw may be readmitted within a period of 12 months from the date of their withdrawal. All readmissions are contingent upon a student’s academic standing.
The Wake Forest University School of Divinity requires a readmission application, including the Application for Readmission form, transcripts for any coursework taken since withdrawal or leave from the school, an updated resume, and a written statement, for those who were granted a leave of absence for medical, personal, or special circumstances. Readmission must be processed within 12 months of the date granted leave. Full details regarding the procedure can be found on the Application for Readmission.