Credit Hour Requirements

Full-time Student

A Full-Time Student is defined as an enrolled student taking at least 9 hours per semester and 27 or more hours per academic year. All full-time students are eligible for Presidential Scholarship. Students may also enroll in one of several dual degree programs while a full-time student.

Part-time Student

A Part-Time Student is defined as an enrolled student taking at least 6 hours per semester and between 15 to 26 hours per academic year. Part-Time students must complete a Master of Divinity within six years. The Masters of Arts in Religion must be completed in no more than four years. Part-time students are not eligible for dual degree programs or Presidential Scholarships. There is no part-time option for the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy program.

Doctor of Ministry Students

The Doctorate of Ministry program is built to support working ministry professionals and thus has different credit requirements. Full-time in the DMin program is considered 9 credit hours per calendar year. Part-Time designation is 4.5 credit hours per calendar year. These designations are important because they can affect the student’s eligibility for certain types of loans and Veterans Administration benefits. Please contact the Financial Aid Coordinator for details.

Non-Degree Student

A non-degree student is defined as not enrolled in a degree program at Louisville Seminary. No limit is placed on the number of courses a non-degree student may take over a lifetime. However, non-degree students may only take up to six hours in a given semester and no more than 12 hours may be transferred into a Louisville Seminary degree program.

Before registration to a class at Louisville Seminary is considered, a non-degree student application form must be submitted.

Official transcripts and a background check must also be on file with the Office of Admissions.

To register as a non-degree student, appropriate tuition ($426 per credit hour) plus a $98 (per semester) fee will be required along with a completed registration form. Payment must be received in full prior to the start of class in order to be registered. Non-degree students do not qualify for financial aid assistance.


Auditing students can attend a course without requesting or receiving academic credit. Auditors are not required to do course readings or assignments, to take examinations, or to write required papers. Nor should auditors expect to participate in classroom discussions without an invitation from the instructor. For more details, visit this link.