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Special Student Requirements

Austin Seminary provides educational opportunities for persons to enroll in seminary course work for academic credit.  Individuals who desire to pursue such studies may do so by completing a Special Student Application/Registration Form. A bachelor’s degree is strongly encouraged prior to applying as a Special Student and required if you are interested in eventually applying to a degree program.


Special Student Definition

A Special Student is a person not enrolled in an Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary degree program who desires to enroll in Austin Seminary course work for academic credit. Admission is for a specific term of an academic year and the total number of credits allowed is no more than 30 credits in the Fall and Spring terms and 8 credits in the Summer and January terms. Enrollment is permitted only in those courses open to Special Students. In courses with an enrollment limit, Special Students will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis.


Special Student Schedule, Fall 2019

Special Student Admission and Registration Information

Special Student Application Form

Admission into MATS or MDiv Programs from Special Student

Occasionally, a Special Student decides to seek admission in the Master of Arts (Theological Studies) or Master of Divinity degree program. In such an instance, a Special Student must complete the admissions process for the appropriate degree program. Up to 48 credits may be applied toward the MATS degree requirements; up to 92 credits may be applied toward the MDiv degree requirements. These credits include those earned as a Special Student at Austin Seminary and those earned at other theological institutions. Credits earned as a Special Student seven years prior to matriculation into a degree program cannot be applied toward degree requirements.

Auditor Information

Austin Seminary offers the opportunity to audit courses to those interested in deepening their knowledge of the Bible, theology, and Christian ministry. Auditors are eligible to attend class but do not complete course assignments, take part in discussion, or receive evaluations or academic credit. Auditing requires permission of the course instructor.

All applicants, including Auditors are required to complete the criminal history check process, including driving records, through Certifiedbackground.com, granting Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary permission to access those records.

The auditing fee, $150 per course; age 65 and over, $100 per course, is waived for current degree students and their spouses.


Auditor Schedule, Fall 2019

Auditor Information Sheet- Fall 2019

Auditor Application

Contact the Office of Admissions for additional information and registration procedures.


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