Non-degree / Audit

Learning is a lifelong process and we invite all to continue the learning journey with us! Those who seek further education for credit or for personal enrichment, without enrolling in a degree program, may register for classes as a non-degree student or an auditing student. This provides the opportunity to grow in life and ministry while engaged in a unique learning community. Seminary classes led by our gifted faculty offer wide-ranging graduate-level theological learning for ordained clergy, diaconal ministers, church professionals and lay persons of all denominations who want to deepen their theological, spiritual and biblical knowledge.

Non-Degree Students

Individuals who do not plan to pursue a degree at Hood but would like to take one or more courses for credit may apply for admission as a non-degree student. Requirements for admission are one letter of recommendation and an official transcript indicating a bachelor's degree or its equivalent, from a college or university accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or holding membership in the Association of Universities and College in Canada, or the educational equivalent. All students who want to transfer credits earned at Hood to another institution must verify prior to registering that the course will be accepted as transfer credit by the other institution.

Auditing Students

The Seminary welcomes persons to audit courses. To apply as an auditing student, individuals meet with the Director of Admissions, complete an application and submit a registration form. Auditors are exempt from tests, examinations, and other grading procedures. Audited courses do not earn credits toward a degree, but an appropriate notation is placed on transcripts.

Class audit opportunities for the Fall 2024 Semester:

  • BST 103: Introduction to Old Testament I
  • BST 112: Introduction to New Testament I
  • CHT 115: History of Christianity in Global Perspective
  • TSE 111: Systematic Theology II
  • PTH 141: Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • PTH 380: Worship and Preaching II

The cost is $75 per class, per semester. For more information, contact the Office of Admissions at 704-636-6455 or