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Full Program Standing
A student is admitted to Full Program Standing if he/she possesses a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent, has provided official, original transcripts of academic studies in post‑secondary institutions, has two formal recommendations, and is considered to meet personal qualifications for admission, and, where applicable, has attained a satisfactory TOEFL score.
Provisional standing is granted for one term only to applicants whose documents are incomplete at the time of admission. Evidence of capability must be strong enough to justify provisional admission pending receipt of outstanding documents. It is the student’s responsibility to submit the missing documentation in a timely manner. In exceptional cases the provisional status may be extended for a second term. Term grades will be withheld until all required documentation is submitted.
The Admissions Committee will review the file of each student on provisional standing for full admission when all documentation is complete.
An international student who has earned an undergraduate degree from a foreign institution whose course of study represents the equivalent of three years of undergraduate studies in the U.S. may be admitted with Conditional Standing. After completion of 12 UTS credits (non ESL) his/her academic performance is reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The student may then be admitted to Full Program Standing, directed to pre‑Seminary study, or if conditions warrant, have his/her Conditional Standing extended one term.
A limited number of applicants who do not hold a Bachelor's degree may be admitted into the Seminary degree programs if they: (a) have substantial experience in ministry or related careers; and (b) can demonstrate the knowledge, academic skill, and ability generally associated with persons who hold a Bachelor's degree.
Applicants are required to submit, in addition to the documents required for regular admissions, an essay that demonstrates the applicant has the knowledge, academic skill, and ability generally associated with persons holding a Bachelor's degree. Additional documentation that would be helpful includes: experiences of ministry or related careers, diplomas, certificates, GRE scores, and evidence of noncredit theological studies at workshops, seminars and conferences. Applicants may be placed on a waiting list to which priority is given based on merit of the applicants rather than the chronological order in which the applications were received.
Special Status is a privilege, and students on Special Status should be aware of their duty to finish the program expeditiously. They may take no more than one term of leave of absence. Those at the Barrytown campus have a time cap of three years to complete their degree if in the R.E. Program and four years if in the Divinity Program.
Non‑matriculated students take courses for credit but are not enrolled in a degree program. The maximum number of credits that can be taken with non‑matriculated standing is 12. In order to take more than 12 credits, students must apply for admission to a program.