"In some cases with exceptional previous training or experience, you may be able to test out of a course."
Credit by Examination
Because of the excellence of the preparation some students bring to their studies at the Seminary, they may be relieved of the necessity of taking a course, with the following provisos:
- The course must be required for the degree, diploma, or certificate that you are seeking.
- The number of courses tested out of may not exceed six.
- The number of credits for courses tested out of may not exceed 14.
- No professor may permit you to test out of more than three courses in any of the following fields: Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology, or Pastoral Ministry, or out of two courses in any of the following fields: Church History, Missions, or Homiletics.
- No replacement credit need be earned at the Seminary for courses that are tested out of.
- In particular, practical experience may permit you to test out of pastoral ministry courses, at the discretion of the Professor of Pastoral Ministry.
- The professor for each required course determines the method used to permit you to test out of that course.
- Each professor is responsible to provide written documentation about each course that he permits you to test out of; this documentation will be kept in your student file and credit will be entered onto your official transcript.