Concurrent Dual-Degree Enrollment
A student may apply to the appropriate admissions committee to be accepted into a second degree program. If accepted, the student must complete all the requirements of both degree programs, but may apply a limited number of credits from the first degree toward the second degree. Concurrent dual-degree enrollment must meet the following guidelines:
- No more than half of the required hours from the first degree may be transferred toward the second degree. Thus, M.A. students may transfer not more than 20 hours; M.A.P.S. students not more than 24 hours; M.Div. students not more than 55 hours. Transfer credits, however, may not exceed the guidelines identified in number 2 below.
- Not more than half of the degree credits required for the second degree may be granted by credits applied from the first degree. Thus, a maximum of 20 hours may be applied toward an M.A. concurrent degree; a maximum of 24 hours may be applied toward an M.A.P.S. concurrent degree; a maximum of 55 hours toward a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) concurrent degree. Transfer credits may not exceed the guidelines identified in number 1 above.
- Students must maintain the GPA of the second degree program as computed on the basis of courses taken for that degree.
- Students must complete the language, formation and integrating studies requirements (if any) of the second degree program and pay for these at the current credit rate (those courses are not to be used as elective credit in the first degree program).
- Students must complete the second degree program in the requisite time period for matriculation into the second degree program.
Subsequent Dual-Degree Enrollment
A student who has completed one degree program in the SHMS Graduate School of Theology may apply to the appropriate degree committee for another degree program. To complete this second degree, the student may credit toward the second program coursework completed during the first degree, if those courses were completed within ten years prior to the matriculation into the second degree and as long as all the principles mentioned in the concurrent dual-degree enrollment policy are followed.