Transfer Applicants

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Transfer Credit Policies

  • A limited number of transfer credits for M.A.C.E. and M.Div. students may be accepted for work completed within the past eight years at accredited institutions.
  • Work must have been done at a school accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the U.S. or Canada, or at an institutions offering graduate-level work accredited by one of the nationally recognized regional accrediting agencies in the U.S. Union Presbyterian Seminary reserves the right to deny transfer credit for courses taken at institutions that do not meet its accreditation standards.
  • Students who receive transfer credit for all required courses in any academic department are required to take at least one elective course in that department (biblical studies, theology and ethics, history, education, and practical theology).
  • Transfer students must earn at least half of the credits required for their degree at Union Presbyterian Seminary, including at least two credits in supervised ministry for M.Div. students.
  • Students transferring into the Dual degree program must spend a minimum of three years enrolled in the program in order to receive the degrees.
  • Union Presbyterian Seminary does not accept for transfer credit courses that were offered solely through a “correspondence” format, and considers for transfer only those distance-learning courses for which it can be established, in the judgment of the associate dean, or the dean of Union Presbyterian Seminary, Charlotte campus, that peer and student-faculty interaction met or exceeded standards maintained in Union Presbyterian Seminary  courses.
  • Credits that have already been applied toward an earned degree cannot ordinarily be transferred.

Transfer Credits Procedure

  1. By the end of their first term following matriculation at Union Presbyterian Seminary, transfer students must by written notice to the registrar initiate requests to transfer course credits earned prior to attending Union Presbyterian Seminary.
  2. The student is responsible to provide the registrar with documentation of the content of each course proposed for transfer.
  3. The registrar will assemble a packet of proposed transfer materials for the student and submit it to those determining acceptance of the credits.
  4. The associate dean, or the dean of Union Presbyterian Seminary, Charlotte campus, as is applicable, the chair of the department into which the transfer of credit is requested, and the registrar will review the packet and determine the acceptability of transfer credits and decide the student’s remaining degree requirements.

Transferability of credits to be earned through study at another school (including a Richmond Theological Consortium school), after a student has enrolled at Union Presbyterian Seminary, should first be investigated with the registrar, who will consult with the associate dean for academic programs or dean of Union Presbyterian Seminary, Charlotte campus, before the student commences study at the other school.

Checklist Reminders

Even if you are applying using the online application, you may need to print out additional forms, fill them out by hand, and mail them.

If you are mailing the paper application form, don't forget to include the application fee with your application form.

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For help or information contact Admissions Specialist, Amanda Montague, via email: amontague@upsem.edu or phone: 804.278.4339.