Credit Hour Requirements

Full-time Student

Enrolled student taking at least 9 hours per semester and 27 or more hours per academic year. All full-time students are eligible for full tuition scholarships. Full-time students taking at least 30 hours per academic year may also be eligible for a Presidential Scholarship. Students may also enroll in one of several dual degree programs while a full-time student.

Half-time Student

Enrolled student taking at least 6 hours per semester and between 15 to 26 hours per academic year. The maximum number of years that a half-time student can take to obtain a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy degree is six years; and the maximum for the Master of Arts in Religion is four years. All half-time students are eligible for full tuition scholarships. Half-time students are not eligible for dual degree programs.

Part-time Student

Enrolled student in either the full-time or half-time programs who, with approval from the Dean, temporarily takes less than the required hours for a particular program. Part-time students may forfeit any tuition scholarship or Presidential Scholarship while considered part-time.

Non-Degree Student

Student 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.

Doctor of Ministry Students

DMin students are ordinarily involved in full-time ministry and are therefore required to take only 9 credit hours per calendar year for full-time student designation or 4.5 hours per calendar year for half-time designation. These designations are important because they can affect the student’s eligibility for certain types of loans and Veterans Administration benefits. Please contact the Registrar for details.


A student not enrolled in a degree program can attend a course without requesting or receiving academic credit. Auditors are not required to do course readings or assignments, take examinations, or write required papers. Nor should auditors expect to participate in classroom discussions without an invitation from the instructor. Further details can be found at this link: