FAQ about Non-Degree Programs

Below is a list of frequently asked questions FAQ about Non-Degree Programs:

When will class be in session?

Fall Semester: September through December
Spring Semester: February through May
Intensive on campus classes are also available in August, January, and June. See the
projected course lists for more information.

What other expenses are there?

Books, Directed Study with Adjunct, Graduation Fee, Travel, Hotel, Food, etc.

How long does the program last?

BGTS: 1 year, must be completed within 3 years (27 credits).
CTS: 1 year, must be completed within 3 years (24 credits).
Non-Degree Graduate: Students are eligible to take a maximum of 9 credits.
Pre-Doctoral: 1 year or more (24+ credits).

When are the application deadlines for Non-Degree programs?

All application materials must be received one month prior to the start of classes in the semester for which they are applying.

Is the program offered online?

BGTS & CTS: The majority of the courses are offered online. A few cannot be taken online but are often available in the intensive format. For further questions contact the Admissions Office.

Non-Degree Graduate: Courses are offered in a variety of formats. Check the course schedule to see if the course you need is offered online, in an intensive format, or in a traditional format.

Pre-Doctoral: Yes, Pre-Doctoral courses are available on-site at our Dayton campus and
online via our distance learning program for your convenience.

Who is the program designed for?
BGTS: Pastors in churches that do not require a master’s degree for ordination but who
would like graduate training to enhance their ministries; Laypersons who desire greater
knowledge of theological subjects in order to become more effective leaders in their
churches; Those who hold a professional master’s degree and are seeking to enter the
Order of Deacon in the United Methodist Church.

CTS: The Certificate of Theological Studies (C.T.S.) is not denomination-specific. Like
the B.G.T.S., the Certificate of Theological Studies can be used for vocational training or for personal edification. It is designed for those looking for in-depth biblical/theological study, for help to discern a vocational call, and for help to envision diverse and dynamic ministries for the rapidly changing world.

Non-Degree Graduate: Students that only have one or two classes that they want to take
at United, students seeking to determine if United is the place for you to do theological education, students exploring a call into ministry by beginning seminary slowly, students who wish to enroll in United classes in order to transfer the credit to another institution, or applicants who don’t have time to complete the standard application before the term begins. 

Pre-Doctoral: The Pre-Doctoral program is designed to prepare students for Doctor of
Ministry work by augmenting previous Master’s degree coursework with the religious
courses that are required to be considered for admission. This program is perfect for
students who have completed a Master’s degree in another discipline and seek to expand their ministry by entering the Doctor of Ministry program.

Will I be able to transfer credits?

BGTS, CTS, & Pre-Doctoral: Possibly; United can only accept transfer credits from
ATS accredited schools with a grade B or higher. Additionally, students must also
complete the last third of their coursework at United. Transcript reviews can be done
after an applicant has paid their application fee and submitted their official transcripts. They must send a written request to Monique Tremaine, Associate Director of Admissions, at mtremaine@united.edu

Non-Degree Graduate: No, students with Non-Degree Graduate status are not eligible to transfer credits to United; however, students that are in degree programs at other
institutions may be able to transfer credits from United to their degree program at their primary institution. We recommend applicants speak with their primary institution’s registrar.

I want to apply for the Doctor of Ministry program, why do I need to do the Pre-Doctoral Program?

United is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), and as such must
follow the ATS guidelines for admissions into Doctor of Ministry programs. The Doctor
of Ministry is an advanced professional degree program that requires a Master of Divinity degree or its educational equivalent from a regionally accredited institution followed by at least three years of ministry. The Pre-Doctoral program is designed to prepare students for Doctor of Ministry work by augmenting previous Master’s degree coursework with the religious courses that are required to be considered for admission. This program is perfect for students who have completed a Master’s degree in another discipline and seek to expand their ministry by entering the Doctor of Ministry program.

What if I have a theological master’s degree and already have credits similar to the required courses in the Pre-Doctoral program?

A transcript review will be performed by the academic department to determine which
courses are required for Master of Divinity equivalency. Once completed, the applicant
will be provided with a program designed specific to their educational background.

Am I guaranteed admission in to the Doctoral Program if I complete the Pre-Doctoral program?

All courses in the Pre-Doctoral Program must be successfully completed with a minimum
cumulative GPA of 3.0 before a student may be admitted into the Doctor of Ministry
program. In addition, you must apply to the Doctor of Ministry program and meet all the
qualifications for admissions. (Review specific requirements)

Can I be in the Pre-Doctoral and the Doctor of Ministry program at the same time?

No, all courses in the Pre-Doctoral Program must be successfully completed with a
minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 before an applicant may be admitted into the Doctor of
Ministry program.

Do I need a bachelor’s degree to be considered for a masters/non-degree program?

Yes, all applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (with
a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale) from a regionally accredited
institution.