Courses and Credit

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McCormick Theological Seminary may offer selected Masters level courses for continuing education units (CEUs); one CEU is granted for 10 contact hours. Such courses may have enrollment limits, and participation must be negotiated with the instructor. In order to be eligible to take a course on a continuing education basis, students who have not been admitted to a degree program must apply and be admitted as Students at Large (see page 32). CEUs may not be changed to credits at any time. A fee equal to one half of the full tuition for the course will be charged.

The term “audit” is reserved for formal arrangements in which a student agrees to attend a course regularly and be responsible for reading and other obligations as agreed with the instructor, yet without academic credit toward a degree.

Students must register for an audit through the regular registration process. A student registered for a full-time program of four courses during a semester may register for one additional course on an auditing basis without charge. Part-time students will be required to pay one-half tuition. 

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Intensive courses are defined as any course that covers the content of a full course in three weeks time or less or is irregularly scheduled, e.g. Hebrew Exegesis I and Greek Exegesis I as fall pre-term, the travel seminar, and summer school. Occasionally, specific subject matter may best be taught in an intensive or irregularly scheduled format. Some courses that are taught by adjunct faculty in a language other than English may be offered in this format. Students shall ordinarily be permitted six intensives in the M.Div. program and four intensives in the M.T.S. and M.A.M.

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An Independent Study may be negotiated with a member of the Seminary faculty. Except in extraordinary circumstances, an Independent Study may not be substituted for a course that is included in the curriculum. Ordinarily, an Independent Study will not be available during a student’s first and last semesters and will otherwise be limited to one per semester. Students in the M.Div. program may take up to three Independent Studies; students in the M.T.S. and M.A.M. programs may take up to two Independent Studies.

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A full-time load for students in masters level programs is four courses per semester or nine courses per year. The maximum load a student may take without written permission of the Associate Dean for Student Academics is four full courses per semester.

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Letter grades are assigned at McCormick as follows: A, outstanding; B, good; C, satisfactory. Each grade may be given with a plus or minus added. Grade point averages are calculated on a three-point scale as follows:

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All course work must be completed by the last day of the semester in which the course is taken.