Non-Traditional Students

Under exceptional circumstances, a student without a baccalaureate degree may be admitted to the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program as a non-traditional student.

Realizing that each non-traditional student has different credentials, please contact the Admissions office for information, transcript review, and aid in selecting the needed college courses. Contacting the office early in the process will allow the student to make the best choices for success in his or her seminary career. During this time before your admission to NBTS in addition to completing these college courses, we strongly recommend you be in contact with the ordaining body within your church and/or denomination about the possibility of ordination without a college degree.

  • All of the requirements for the Master of Divinity application process and:
  • Be at least of 40 years of age;
  • Have demonstrated distinguished service to the church and show a sense of vocation and commitment to professional ministry;
  • Prepared for the M.Div. program by completing five college courses with a grade of "B" or better at an accredited college or university. These courses must cover five areas:
  • English composition
  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, or anthropology),
  • Literature

    At least three of these courses must be completed with a transcript submitted and with a plan for the completion of the other two courses before the admissions committee will process the application.

    Students in this program cannot exceed 15% of the student population. Because of this requirement, there is often a waiting time for students desiring admission into the program. An admissions deposit will be required to place a student on the waiting list and the list is administered on a first-come basis.

    Admission to the non-traditional program does not guarantee you are eligible for ordination within your church. It is very important to be in contact with your church's ordaining body before you begin seminary work. Non-traditional students admitted will be on probationary status until the college courses are completed with a grade of "B" or better and/or 16 credits of NBTS coursework has been completed.

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