Transfer Credit Policy


BY TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION
The student, upon admission to the seminary, should submit a written request and a certified transcript for transfer evaluation to the Dean of the Seminary. Transfer credit will not be factored into the student's grade point average. The application and applicable fees for transfer credit is the responsibility of the student.

Any transcript that is older than 10 years will not be considered. The Academic Affairs Committee will consider an exception to this limitation only when the student has continued to work or study in the given field and when warranted by relevance to M.DIV. work.

TOTAL AMOUNT OF TRANSFER AND ADVANCED STANDING CREDIT ALLOWABLE
A student can only transfer a limited number of credits from all sources for credit toward the M.Div. or M.A. program.

For the Master of Divinity degree, a student cannot transfer in more than 64 credits from all sources, including ATS seminaries, CPE and other graduate programs. The last 32 credits for the M.Div. degree must be taken at NBTS. The Dean of the Seminary in consultation with the Faculty, where appropriate, will decide the granting of transfer credit for an individual student.

For the Master of Arts degree, a student cannot transfer in more than 28 credits from all sources, including ATS seminaries, other graduate programs and advanced standing by examination. The student must be "in residence" for at least 32 credits of her or his course work toward the M.A. degree. In other words, 32 credits must be taken in NBTS courses, even if the student has received the maximum possible advanced standing. Students who have received the maximum of twenty-eight credits of transfer and advanced standing may reasonably expect to be able to complete the degree in one year of full-time study.

TRANSFER CREDIT BY TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION
FROM A MASTER OF DIVINITY AND MASTER OF ARTS (IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES)
Academic credit from M.Div. and M.A. (in religious studies) programs completed at ATS accredited or regionally accredited institutions may be accepted as transfer credit toward the Master of Divinity degree. Only courses graded "B" (3.0) or higher will be considered for transfer credit. "P" grades are eligible for transfer if equivalent to a grade of B or better and accompanied by a letter of equivalency from the instructor of the course. Up to 64 credits may be granted from another institution. The last 32 credits for the M.Div. degree must be taken at NBTS. The Dean of the Seminary in consultation with the Faculty, where appropriate, will decide the granting of transfer credit for an individual student. The student may be asked to submit syllabi for courses considered for transfer as well as a certified transcript. Ordinarily, no credit may be transferred for thesis research work, course work done as independent study, or work in courses that were not graded. Transfer credit from M.Div. and M.A. programs (in religious studies) at institutions without ATS accreditation may be considered, but will be limited to a total of 12 hours of transfer credit. All syllabi must be submitted with any request for transfer evaluation from these institutions.

TRANSFER CREDIT BY TRANSCRIPT EVALUATION
GRADUATE PROGRAM OUTSIDE OF THE MASTER OF DIVINITY OR MASTER OF ARTS (IN RELIGIOUS STUDIES)
A student in the M.DIV. program who has earned 30 credit hours in a graduate program other than the M.Div. or M.A. (in religious studies) from an ATS accredited or a regionally accredited institution may submit a written request to the Dean of the Seminary asking that transfer credit be granted on the basis of a transcript review. When warranted by relevance to M.DIV. work, up to 12 hours of transfer credit will be given. Only courses graded "B" (3.0) or higher may be accepted for transfer credit. "P" grades are eligible for transfer if equivalent to a grade of B or better and accompanied by a letter of equivalency from the instructor of the course. Ordinarily, no credit may be transferred for thesis research work, course work done as independent study, or work in courses that were not graded. A maximum of 12 hours may be granted as transfer credit from graduate programs other than in Religious Studies, even if the student has earned multiple graduate degrees.


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