Transfer of Credits and
Advanced Standing

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United automatically evaluates official transcripts to determine whether you are eligible for shared credit, transfer credit, and/or advanced standing with credit. Evaluation of transcripts usually takes 2-4 weeks to complete.

Shared Credit

Shared credit refers to credits that have been applied to a previous graduate or post-graduate degree. Previous degrees in both religious and non-religious programs may be eligible for shared credit into United’s masters’ degrees. Previous degrees must have been awarded within the last 10 years to be eligible as shared credit. For comprehensive information regarding United’s processes and policies on transfer of credits and advanced standing please reference the academic catalog.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit refers to graduate credits not yet applied to a degree. United may accept up to the last 1/3 of its masters’ and certificate programs as transfer credit. Credits must be taken in a field appropriate to the degree, have a “B” grade or higher, and must have been earned within the last 10 years.

Advanced Standing with Credit

Advanced standing with credit cannot exceed 1/3 of the degree being sought. Advanced Standing with Credit is only available in United’s professional degrees (MMin, MACM, and MDiv) for students who have graduated from particular undergraduate programs that United has evaluated and determined to be of similar ethos and significant rigor.

After evaluation United has determined that students who have completed the following programs are eligible for Advanced Standing with Credit:

  • Lindsey Wilson College: Christian Ministries Major
  • University of Indianapolis: Religion Major
  • Dakota Wesleyan: Christian Leadership Major
  • Seminario Juan Wesley: Licenciatura Degree
  • Vision International College Australia: Graduate Diploma of Christian Ministry and Theology

Students must have achieved the equivalent of a B grade or higher (not B-) in any undergraduate courses to be counted toward advanced standing with credit.

United Methodist local pastors enrolled in the Course of Study program may be granted up to twelve (12) credit hours for a completed Course of Study or three (3) credit hours for every five (5) Course of Study classes.

Students in the General Ministry Certificate Program may be granted three (3) credit hours for every two (2) CTM or CSL courses. For maximum of 24 credits not to exceed 1/3 of the degree being sought.

In cases in which no formal agreement exists, the Academic Dean’s office may grant advanced standing after reviewing the student’s formal transcripts.

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