Exploratory Non-Degree Seeking Students

Thinking about theological education? Looking to take specific coursework to complete your degree?

Exploratory, Non-Degree students

The School of Divinity welcomes applications from persons seeking to determine if divinity school is an appropriate option to join our learning community as an exploratory, non-degree student.

Exploratory student status is also a restricted category of admission for people who do not have need of a degree program and who desire access to graduate theological education for personal or professional enrichment. Courses are taken for credit. If approved, these students may take six credits per semester for one academic year. No financial aid is available for students in this category. Exploratory students who decide to enter the Master of Divinity program must complete the full admissions process at the appropriate time. Courses taken during the exploratory process may be transferred into the Master of Divinity program.

Temporary enrollment students

Students seeking credit to transfer to other degree programs may apply for temporary enrollment status. Temporary students may enroll in School of Divinity courses after completing admissions materials specified by the Office of Admissions. No financial aid is available.

Ready to get started?

The School of Divinity has deadlines and accepts applications on a rolling basis until the final deadline.

Application Deadlines for 2018-2019
August 15, 2019 Fall 2019 Final Deadline for MDiv and Exploratory (Non-Degree) applicants
November 1, 2019 Spring 2020 Final Deadline for MDiv and Exploratory (Non-Degree) applicants

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After creating your account profile, you will be receive an email with a temporary PIN to confirm your account. Once your email has been confirmed using the temporary PIN you will be asked create a password for your application. After setting up your password, you will have access to the application home page. Click “Start New Application, select “Master of Divinity,” and then “Open Application.” On the Program of Study section select “Non-Degree Seeking / Exploratory” and “Master of Divinity.”

You may return to work on your application over several sessions before submitting. You will receive an email confirmation after you have successfully submitted your application. After submitting you will be able to re-enter the online system to review the status of your application and view any important communications (like an admissions decision).

What should I plan to submit as a part of my application?

Your application will not be considered complete until all of the following required materials are received:

  • Application for Admission
  • Statement of Intent
  • Resume
  • Official transcripts from each college and/or university you have attended