Transfer Policies

Dip.Th., B.Th., and M.Div.

TRANSFER CREDITS/ ADVANCED ACADEMIC STANDING

Applicants transferring into the Master of Divinity, Bachelor of Theology or Diploma of Theology programs from other seminaries with recognized theological and academic standards will ordinarily be given full credit for course work satisfactorily completed (C or above) up to a maximum of 48 semester hours of applicable credits. The last 12 hours must be completed at The Master’s Seminary. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions involved to the Office of the Academic Provost. In no case is credit granted for course work taken at the undergraduate level or for life experiences.

CREDIT BY EXAMINATION

TMS offers an incoming student to earn course credit through PASS Exams (Provision for Advanced Scholastic Standing). Students that earn a passing score on these exams are eligible to receive a maximum of 16 credit hours. PASS exams are offered during Orientation. Students taking advantage of this opportunity could potentially complete their work a semester early.

The following courses are eligible for PASS exams:

Beginning Greek I & II              (2 + 2)
Greek Exegesis I & II                 (3 + 3)
Hebrew Grammar I & II           (3 + 3)
OT I & II/ /NT Studies           (3 + 3 + 3)

COURSE WAIVERS

TMS does not wish to require any student to enroll in a class that is repetitious of previous education. The seminary invites any student to appeal to the Academic Provost for a waiver for previously completed courses. The decision will be based on a review of the student’s official transcript and the course syllabus. A waiver grants no credit; rather, in such cases, an elective course from the same discipline must be taken in the place of the waived course.

M.M.B.

Applicants transferring into this program from other seminaries with recognized theological and academic standards will ordinarily be given full credit for course work satisfactorily completed (C or above) up to a maximum of 18 semester hours of applicable credits. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the institutions involved to the director of the program. In no case is credit granted for course work taken at the undergraduate level or for life experiences.

CREDIT BY EXAMINATION

TMS offers an incoming student the option to earn course credit through PASS Exams (Provision for Advanced Scholastic Standing). Students that earn a passing score on these exams are eligible to receive a maximum of 18 credit hours. All PASS Exams are taken by arrangement within the first semester. PASS exams include both an exam component and a written project component.

Students taking advantage of this opportunity could potentially complete their work a semester early.

The following courses are eligible for PASS exams:
OT I & II/ /NT Studies            (3 + 3 + 3)

The following courses are eligible for PASS exams in the Spanish-language M.M.B. program only:
Theology I, II, Counseling, Message Preparation: History and Mechanics (3 + 3 + 3 + 3)

Th.M.

Applicants transferring into the Master of Theology (Th.M.) program may apply up to four advanced graduate semester credit hours from an accredited theological institution toward fulfillment of Th.M. course requirements at The Master’s Seminary.

D.Min.

Students with previous training in the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree program will be required to submit official transcripts prior to enrollment. The transcript(s) will be evaluated by the Academic Provost and the Director of the D.Min. degree program and appropriate transfer credit given. Credits awarded will be recorded in the student’s official record and the length of the course shortened proportionately. The student and any relevant governmental agency (e.g., Department of Veteran Affairs [DVA]) will be notified.  

Ph.D.

Students with previous training in this degree program will be required to submit official transcripts prior to enrollment. The transcript(s) will be evaluated by the Academic Provost and the Director of the Ph.D. degree program and appropriate transfer credit given. Credits awarded will be recorded in the student’s official record and the length of the course shortened proportionately. The student and any relevant governmental agency (e.g., Department of Veteran Affairs [DVA]) will be notified.

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