Transfer of Credit

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Credit will be transferred from accredited graduate schools and seminaries if it can appropriately be applied to a Trinity degree program and has not been credited toward a degree at another school. No transfer credit will be given for work done with a grade under C. There is a time limit of 10 years on (1) transfer credit, (2) credit from Trinity for a degree that was not completed, and (3) credit from Trinity for a completed degree that is to be applied to a different degree program, in the M.Div., M.T.S., and M.A. degree programs.

To qualify for a Trinity M.Div., M.T.S., or M.A. degree, a student must take at least 28 semester hours of course work at Trinity Lutheran Seminary. M.Div. students must take 24 of their final 32 semester hours at Trinity. Although credits transferred from another institution may be used to satisfy Trinity core and option requirements in a specific field of study, a student may be required, at the discretion of the Academic Dean, to take additional work in that field.

Students holding an M.A. or equivalent degree may be granted up to 30 hours advanced standing in the M.Div. at the discretion of the Academic Dean. Students may be granted up to 20 hours advanced standing in the M.T.S., M.A.Y.F.M., M.A.C.E., or M.A.C.M. degree programs at the discretion of the Academic Dean. Students holding an M.T.S. degree from Trinity may surrender that degree and apply the hours earned to a Trinity M.Div. degree.

A student who wishes to transfer from another theological seminary must present from that school a letter of honorable dismissal and a transcript of credits, along with the usual admissions data. A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America who has already completed the equivalent of one year or more of work at another seminary must obtain the approval of his or her synodical candidacy committee as part of the admission process.

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