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General Policy

Students are admitted to Hood Theological Seminary without regard to gender, race, national or ethnic origin, or disability. There are, however, basic requirements for each program that the Seminary offers. The Admissions Committee of the Faculty will review all applications on a rolling admissions basis and decide which applicants are admissible. The faculty and Academic Dean reserve the right to determine the academic standing of each applicant admitted to the Seminary. Records submitted in application for admission cannot be returned.

Questions concerning application and admission should be directed to: Director of Admissions Hood Theological Seminary 1810 Lutheran Synod Drive Salisbury, NC 28144 Phone: (704) 636-6455 Fax: (704) 636-7699

Pre-seminary Studies

It is recommended that the applicant's baccalaureate preparation include a range of courses in liberal arts, such as English, philosophy, literature, history, religion, and ancient and modern languages, together with some work in the natural and social sciences, especially psychology and sociology.

Admission to the Master's Programs

An applicant to the M.Div. or M.T.S. program must submit the following:

1. A completed application form and a non-refundable application fee of $30.

2. A bachelor's degree or its equivalent, from an accredited college or university, with a minimum grade point average of C+ (2.33). An applicant with less than C+ cumulative grade point average may be admitted on academic probation for the first two semesters of study. A student admitted on academic probation must achieve in the first two semesters of study a cumulative grade point average of at least C+ (2.33) to continue in the degree program.

3. An official transcript(s) submitted directly to the Seminary by every college or university where the applicant studied.

4. Three letters of recommendation (preferably from a minister, a teacher or employer, and a denominational official) that indicate the applicant's intellectual competence, personal character, and suitability for ministry. The Seminary will provide official forms which referees are to complete and send directly to the Admissions office.

5. A statement of purpose reflecting the applicant's faith journey, religious experience, future plans, and the importance to the applicant of a Seminary education.

Application Deadlines

For fall admission, July 31 of each year is the deadline by which application files must be complete.

For spring admission, the deadline is November 30 of each year. All applications that are received after the cut-off date of each semester will automatically be considered for the following semester.

Notification of Admission to the Master's Programs

Upon notification of admission, successful applicants are to submit immediately to the Seminary a statement of intent to enroll, and a non-refundable enrollment fee of $50. That money will be credited towards the tuition fee for the first semester of studies.

The Seminary reserves the right to administer placement, psychological, and achievement tests to ascertain the fitness of students admitted to its programs.

During the period of orientation, an Entrance Examination in English may be administered by the Seminary, to evaluate the comprehension and writing skills of the students. Students who do not obtain a passing score on the examination will be registered by and charged for appropriate courses in writing. The record of those courses will appear in their transcripts, but without credit in either degree program. Admission to the Seminary does not guarantee graduation or receipt of financial aid.

Transferring into the Master's Programs

The above requirements and criteria that apply for admission to the graduate programs apply also to applicants seeking transfer from other theological schools. In addition, the following regulations apply in determining academic standing and transfer credits:

1. A transferring applicant must be in good standing at the former school at the time of withdrawal. The applicant must ask the registrar of the former school to send certification of good standing directly to the Dean of the Seminary.

2. An applicant transferring from an ATS-accredited school may be granted advanced standing and transfer credit, providing a degree is not already awarded for the courses to be transferred and that the courses were completed within seven years of admission to Hood. To receive transfer credit, the student must ask the registrar of the former school to send an official transcript of the student's work directly to the Academic Dean of the Seminary. Also, the student should submit to the Academic Dean syllabi for all courses for which she/he is seeking transfer credit. The Academic Standards Committee will evaluate the transcript and syllabi to decide the number of credits to be transferred as well as the number of credits and specific courses still to be completed in order to qualify for the degree from Hood. The Committee will then make an appropriate recommendation to the Academic Dean.

3. Advanced standing and transfer credits for work done in institutions not accredited by the ATS will be assessed after a semester's work at Hood.

4. In the M.Div. and M.T.S. programs, students who are granted advanced standing on admission or after a semester's study must earn at Hood no less than 30 semester hours, prescribed by the Academic Dean on the advisement of the Academic Standards Committee, for the awarding of the degree.

5. Students in the M.Div. and M.T.S. programs will not receive advanced standing or transfer credit for courses completed with a grade lower than B- (2.67) for required courses or C (2.00) for elective courses.

6. Master's students will not receive advanced standing or transfer credit for courses taken at the baccalaureate level. In cases where a student demonstrates that the work required in a basic course has been adequately covered in a course at the baccalaureate level, the Academic Dean, on the advisement of the faculty of the area in which the course belongs, may exempt the student from the basic course and require her or him to take an advanced course in that area to satisfy the requirements for the degree.

Transferring between Master's Programs

Neither the M.Div. nor the M.T.S. is a degree in progress to the other. Consequently, students will not be awarded both degrees for the same work. A student may transfer from one program to the other, with the credits of the one counting towards the other, providing the credits meet the required distribution prescribed by the curriculum of the desired degree. After completing the requirements for one degree, a student may pursue the other degree with a curriculum specifically designed by the Academic Standards Committee, in consultation with the faculty in each area, and approved by the Academic Dean.

A student who desires to transfer from the M.T.S. to the M.Div. program or vice versa, shall submit an application to the Admissions Officer. While the courses in each program are transferable to the other, a student will need to satisfy the core requirement of the degree program into which he or she has transferred.
 

Admission to the Doctor of Ministry Program

An applicant to the D. Min.. program must submit the following:

1. A completed application form and a non-refundable application fee of $50.

2. Official academic transcript, directly from the degree-granting institution, of the M.Div. degree or its equivalent.

3. Official academic transcripts, directly from the degree granting institutions, of all other degrees earned by the applicant.

4. Written evidence of ordination, licensure, or ministerial commission by the applicant's denomination or church.

5. Assurance that the applicant has been in active ministry at least three years after earning the M.Div. degree or its equivalent.

6. Where applicable, written endorsement from the appropriate judicatory official of the applicant's participation in the program; or where not applicable, written endorsement from a denominational colleague.

7. A letter of endorsement from the governing body in the applicant's setting of ministry, indicating the status of the applicant's employment, reasonable assurance of the applicant's continuity in the current setting of ministry for the duration of his/her participation in the program, and permission and time release for the applicant's participation in the program.

8. An introspective paper describing the candidate's spiritual journey, ministerial experience, and reason for wanting to obtain the D.Min. degree.

9. Applicant must have a GPA of 3.0

Notification of Admission to the D.Min. Program

Upon notification of admission, successful applicants must submit immediately to the seminary the following:

1. A letter of intent to enroll and a non-refundable enrollment fee of $300. This money will be credited towards the tuition for the first semester of studies.

2. A completed health form, supplied by the Director of Admissions, certified by a qualified physician, verifying the physical condition of the applicant. Because there are significant variations among the curricula of D.Min. programs, Hood does not ordinarily admit to its D.Min. program applicants on transfer from another D.Min. program.

Admission to the D.Min. program does not guarantee graduation.

Admission to the Diploma in Christian Ministry Program

The preceding requirements for admission to the Master's programs generally apply to the Diploma in

Christian Ministry Program, but vary as noted below:

1. A completed application form, and an application fee of $30.

2. An official copy of the applicant's high school transcript or a notarized copy of diploma.

3. Three letters of reference from persons qualified to evaluate the applicants' intellectual capacity, personal character, and practice in ministry. One of the letters must be from a judicatory official or pastor of the applicant's church.

Upon notification of admission, successful applicants are to submit immediately to the Seminary a statement of intent to enroll, and a non-refundable enrollment fee of $30. That money will be credited towards the tuition fee for the first semester of studies.

Auditing Students

The Seminary permits persons to audit courses, providing they comply with the normal procedures for admission and enrollment. Auditors are usually exempt from tests, examinations, and other grading procedures. Auditors are not candidates for a degree and do not receive earned credits for work, but an appropriate notation is placed on their transcripts.