Transferring Credits

Students may receive transfer credit for studies completed at recognized graduate institutions. The work must be comparable to that listed in the catalog of Central Seminary. Grades from transferred courses will not be used in computing the Grade Point Average.

Transfer credits will be applied toward required courses when possible; otherwise, they will be counted toward electives. Transfer work applied to a required course may be evaluated to determine whether additional work is needed to meet in full particular course requirements. For example, one credit of independent study may be needed when a two-credit transfer course is applied to a three-credit required course. No credits from another completed masters degree may be transferred into the Master of Arts in Theology program.

Transfer of credits earned through correspondence or distance education is considered on a class-by-class basis. The applicant or student desiring to transfer credits must submit to the registrar a copy of the course syllabus that includes the course description, objectives, and requirements. The decision to transfer the credits is based on the amount of time the student spends on coursework and the level of the assignments required. As a rule, for a two-credit correspondence course, the student should complete 90 hours of coursework. Assignments should approximate 1,000 pages of reading and 15 pages of written work.

Specific questions on transfer of credit should be directed to the registrar.

Policies affecting all programs:

  • Credits must be earned at a recognized graduate institution.
  • The course must be comparable to one listed in Central Seminary's catalog.
  • Grades are not calculated into the cumulative GPA.
  • Credits must have been earned within the last ten years.
  • Master of Arts in Theology (M.A.T.)
  • The maximum number of credits that may be transferred is eight (8).
  • Credits may be transferred anytime during the student's program.
  • The student must earn a grade of C or better.
  • No credits from another completed masters degree may be transferred into the M.A.T. degree.
  • ST 602, Ecclesiology and Eschatology, must be taken at Central Seminary.
  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
  • The maximum number of credits that may be transferred is sixty-four (64).
  • Credits may not be transferred after the student has earned 64 credits.
  • The student must earn a grade of C or better.
  • The following classes may not be transferred:
  • ◦OT 601/OT 701 – Hebrew Syntax, Reading, and Exegesis

    ◦NT 601/NT 602 – Greek Exegesis

    ◦ST 602 – Ecclesiology and Eschatology

    Master of Theology (Th.M.)
  • The maximum number of credits that may be transferred is six (6).
  • Credits must be transferred upon entrance to the program.
  • The student must earn a grade of B- or better.
  • Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
  • The maximum number of credits that may be transferred is eight (8).
  • Credits must be transferred upon entrance to the program.
  • The student must earn a grade of B or better.