Special Student and Non-Degree Options

Special Student Options

WBS defines “special students” as those who do not meet certain application requirements but are able to handle the rigor of graduate-level education to pursue a degree.

Low GPA

Prospective M.Div./M.A./Certificate students with an undergraduate GPA of 2.00 to 2.49 may be considered for admission by:
• Scoring greater than the 50th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test
AND
• Passing RS 500 Essential Seminary Skills during the first semester with a grade of “B” or higher

To begin this process, please take the MAT and have your score sent to WBS. Please also contact admissions or submit an information request describing your situation and telling them that your score will be sent.

Non-accredited baccalaureate degree

Students with a bachelor degree from a school without regional or ABHE accreditation may be required to demonstrate graduate-level competency by:
• Scoring greater than the 50th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test
AND/OR
• Earning a “B”  or higher in courses taken as a special student

To begin this process, please contact admissions or submit an information request describing your situation. Students are evaluated on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the academic dean.

Incomplete baccalaureate degree

Older students with significant undergraduate work who lack a complete baccalaureate may be required to demonstrate graduate-level competency by:
• Scoring greater than the 50th percentile on the Miller Analogies Test
AND/OR
• Earning a “B” or higher in courses taken as a special student

To begin this process, please contact admissions or submit an information request describing your situation. Students are evaluated on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the academic dean.

Note: All special students intending to pursue a degree must complete the full degree application process for the program they wish to enter. If a student begins as a non-degree student, he or she must fully apply in order to pursue a degree.

Non-Degree Seeking Students

WBS defines “non-degree students” as those with or without a bachelor’s degree who simply wish to learn.

Non-degree students can audit any campus class or take up to four classes (one per semester) for credit. To do this, please apply as a non-degree student.

Note: Non-degree students who later wish to become full degree-seeking students must complete the full degree application process for the program they wish to enter.