Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing

Denver Seminary allows up to 12 hours of credit towards an MA (6 towards MA in Counseling) and up to 19 hours of credit towards an MDiv program, regardless of the way it is earned (no advanced standing is available for certificate or non-degree students). Advanced standing credit, which reduces the number of hours needed to complete a degree, may be earned by  either or both of the following methods.

Whether through an exam or transcript review, advanced standing can only be earned during a student’s first or second semester of enrollment at Denver Seminary.

Students may not register for, be active in, or audit courses for which they are seeking advanced standing credit.

Pass a proficiency exam in a particular subject matter. Exams are offered in the following courses:
  • CH 500 History of the Christian Movement (3 hours)
  • NT 501, NT 502 New Testament Greek I and II (6 hours)
  • NT 511 Gospels and Acts (3 hours)
  • NT 512 Epistles and Revelation (3 hours)
  • OT 501, OT 502 Hebrew I and II (6 hours)
  • OT 511 Israel's Early History and Poetry (3 hours)
  • OT 512 Kingdom of Israel and Prophets (3 hours)
  • TH 501 Survey of Christian Doctrine I (3 hours)
  • TH 502 Survey of Christian Doctrine II (3 hours)
Request an evaluation of your undergraduate transcript (usually with a major in Bible, theology, Christian Ministries, or related field)

Courses which are determined to be comparable to certain required courses at Denver Seminary may be applied to your Denver Seminary program—with credit. A syllabus is required for each course that is reviewed and an oral interview and/or course papers may be required in addition to a syllabus. The following courses are available for consideration:

  • AE 500 Apologetics and Ethics (3 hours)
  • CF 602 Spiritual Formation for Life and Ministry (2 hours)
  • CH 500 History of the Christian Movement (3 hours)
  • EM 604 Teaching for Life Change (2 hours)
  • GS 500 Thinking Biblically and Theologically
  • IM 610 Mission and Culture (2 hours)
  • LD 501 Theoretical and Theological Foundations for Leadership (2 hours) (allowable to MDiv students only)
  • NT 501, NT 502 New Testament Greek I and II (6 hours)
  • NT 511 Gospels and Acts (3 hours)
  • NT 512 Epistles and Revelation (3 hours)
  • OT 501, OT 502 Hebrew I and II (6 hours)
  • OT 509 Old Testament Survey for Counseling Students (0 hours; course waiver consideration only)
  • OT 511 Israel’s Early History and Poetry (3 hours)
  • OT 512 Kingdom of Israel and Prophets (3 hours)
  • PME603 Evangelism and the Mission of God (2 hours)
  • TH 501 Survey of Christian Doctrine I (3 hours)
  • TH 502 Survey of Christian Doctrine II (3 hours)
To qualify for an advanced standing transcript review, the following criteria must be met:
  • Must enroll at Denver Seminary within five years of college graduation.
  • A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25 with a minimum grade of B in each eligible course must be earned.
  • Courses under review cannot be more than ten years old if they will apply to the MDiv program or eight years old if they will apply to the MA program.
  • There is a $75 fee that is charged for each course for which advanced standing is earned, whether it is by exam or by undergraduate transcript review. This fee is charged whether or not you decide to enroll at Denver Seminary
  • Credits awarded through advanced standing are reevaluated in the event of the student changing their degree program or withdrawal and re-entry to a degree program.
  • All master’s-level students must take at least one course in New Testament, Old Testament, and theology from Denver Seminary faculty.
  • Advanced standing may not be earned in courses that are not required in your program.