Non-Degree Student Application

Thank you for your interest in taking classes at the San Francisco Theological Seminary as a non-degree student! We look forward to reviewing your application and welcoming you to the seminary upon approval.
  • We require a copy of your undergraduate transcript which shows the awarding of your baccalaureate degree.
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    Non-degree student status provides a means of pursuing an interest in theological study or testing one's ability to do graduate work with a minimum of administrative entanglements. As a non-degree student you may take any courses for which you qualify, (with the approval of the Dean) in the Master of Divinity curriculums of any of the Graduate Theological Union's affiliated seminaries, for credit or audit, without completing the application process required of MDiv applicants. The only document required is a copy of your undergraduate transcript which shows the awarding of your baccalaureate degree. If English is not your first language, you should note that participation in the MDiv classes on the San Anselmo/Berkeley campus presumes proficiency in reading, writing, and speaking English. MDiv applicants for whom English is a second language are required to achieve a TOEFL score of at least 80 on the iBT before enrolling, and comparable ability is expected of all students in English language classes. There is no financial aid available from Seminary sources for students in non-degree status. Therefore you need to be able to finance your course work from your own sources. The 2016-17 tuition cost is $1560 for a 3 unit course ($250 for auditing) payable at registration. Tuition for 1.5 unit courses is $780 ($125 for auditing). Seminary housing is not likely to be available since full-time degree candidates have prior claim. If you are considering taking courses as a non-degree student while applying for admission as an MDiv degree candidate, please note that if you are not admitted you will have to discontinue studies here. Course lists, course descriptions, and schedules may be requested from the Registrar's Office. They are also available on the web; check the Graduate Theological Union’s searchable course schedule on the registrar’s page on the GTU website, When we have received your completed application, your transcripts and your tuition, we will send you registration instructions. Should you need to add, drop or change a class, you may do so during the “Open Registration” period (see current academic calendar). Adjustments in collection or refund of tuition, if any, will then be calculated and applied. Questions may be directed to the Academic Services Coordinator Susan Lawlor at (415)451-2820 or