Not ready to commit to a degree program? We understand some individuals may wish to learn more about United’s unique offerings—and their own personal vocation plan—before seeking formal admission to a specific program. By taking courses as a non-degree student or auditor, you’ll learn whether further theological education is the right fit for you.
People meeting admissions criteria for non-degree studies at United can be admitted without concern for earning academic credentials. Known as the non-degree path, students can sample theological education and pursue their own interests.
As a non-degree student, you are a full participant in class. You are required to do the same work and are graded in the same way as students in a certificate or degree program. Should you wish, credits earned can be applied toward a degree program at a later time.
Audit a Course
If you would like to audit a course at the seminary, there are two paths available.
Auditing as a non-degree student
Individuals who have either an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution or a graduate degree from a non-theological institution are qualified to audit a course as a non-degree student. Once you gain admittance as an auditor, you may audit as many eligible courses as you wish during one term or one academic year.
As an non-degree student auditor, you receive no credit for the courses in which you enroll. Assigned work is not required, including homework and papers, and you are not obligated to purchase either the required or recommended books from the course’s assigned Book List. No fees apply except for the audit fee of $245 per course. To apply, just complete and submit the Online Application.
Auditing for Continuing Education credits
Individuals with a master’s degree in theological studies (M.A., M.Div., etc.) may audit courses as Continuing Education without being admitted as a student.
As an Continuing Education auditor, you receive no credit for the courses in which you enroll. Assigned work is not required, including homework and papers, and you are not obligated to purchase either the required or recommended books from the course’s assigned Book List. Only the audit fee of $245 per course applies; there is no application fee. Simply complete and submit a CE Audit Form (one form per course).
The fee for each course in which an auditor enrolls is $245. This applies to both of the above auditing paths.