Non-Degree Education, Continuing Education, and Audit Registration

Welcome! We are so pleased that you are interested in taking courses at the seminary! We are currently taking registrations for Fall Semester 2015 and January Term 2016.

Please note that this page is meant for persons who have not been formally admitted as LTSP students. If you have been admitted to the seminary, go to the main registration page and select a different category.

If you have not been admitted to LTSP, please read through all of the information below to be sure you understand the different categories of registration and the procedures for registration.

Persons not admitted to the roll of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia may register for regular seminary courses in one of three special categories:

Non-Degree students take courses for full academic credit with grades (normally letter grades). Such courses are then eligible for transfer to appropriate degree programs at this institution or elsewhere according to the prevailing standards. Courses are available at three different levels for non-degree students:

  • Basic Level: Students holding only a bachelor’s degree or non-theological graduate degrees are eligible to register for courses at the 100-to-400 levels, so long as any prerequisites are met or instructor permission is granted. You will need to provide evidence, by official transcript sent directly from the granting institution, of a bachelor’s degree.
    • You may complete up to six units for credit (one unit is equivalent to three semester hours) at this level before needing to apply to the Seminary’s MDiv, MAR, MAPL or Special/Certificate programs.
    • Tuition is $1,590 per 1-unit course.
    • You will find materials for registration below.
  • Advanced Level: Students holding a first theological degree (MDiv or equivalent) are eligible to register for courses through the 600 level. 600-level courses are transferable to STM and DMin programs here or elsewhere, as are “upgraded” first theological degree-level courses (look for versions of those courses that have a “G” suffix on the course ID, such as HTH104G). You will need to provide evidence, by official transcript sent directly from the granting institution, of an MDiv degree or equivalent. (Note that DMin credit is normally granted only for courses taken at least three years post-MDiv.)
    • You may complete up to two units for credit at the advanced level before needing to apply to the STM, DMin, or Advanced Graduate Certificate programs.
    • Tuition is $1,695 per 1-unit course.
    • You will find materials for registration below.
  • Doctoral Level: Students enrolled in PhD/ThD programs at other institutions are eligible to register for courses at the 600 and 800/900 levels. Enrollment requires evidence of satisfactory standing in the program and permission from that institution to take the course.
    • Tuition is $2,590 per 1-unit course.
    • You will find materials for registration below.

Continuing Education is for personal or professional enrichment only. You may, upon request, receive Continuing Education Units for doing so (4 CEUs per 1-unit course). You will participate fully in the course, doing all reading and assignments and receiving a grade (normally a letter grade). However, you will not earn transferable academic credit. Courses available for continuing education generally include all those through the 400 level, subject to any enrollment restrictions. If you have earned a first theological degree (MDiv or equivalent), you are additionally eligible to take 500–600-level courses.You will need to provide evidence, by official transcript sent directly from the granting institution, of your bachelor’s degree or first theological degree, depending on your level (see above under nondegree students); exceptions can be made with the permission of the course instructor.

  • If you choose later to seek transfer of the course into a degree program here or elsewhere, you may do so by petitioning the Registrar and remunerating the cost differential between the continuing education rate paid with registration and the then-current applicable degree rate. An appropriate qualifying transcript, as described above, must be on file in the Registrar’s office.
  • Tuition is $600 per 1-unit course.
  • To register, click here.

Auditors take courses for non-credited continuing education or for personal enrichment and receive no grades. Auditor enrollment generally assumes an educational background commensurate with the course level, per above, but does not require official documentation unless the Registrar requests it. Typically, the responsibilities of an auditor include regular attendance and completion of reading assignments; auditors do not write papers or take examinations. All auditor enrollments are subject to the approval of the course instructor. A limit of one audited course per term applies, but there is no limit to the cumulative number of courses that may be audited.

  • Audit tuition is $550 per 1-unit course, except that….
  • A special Senior Citizen audit rate applies to auditors who are age 60 or older by the first day of the term. This rate is also available to spouses of students in LTSP degree programs. Tuition for seniors and student spouses is $350 per 1-unit course.
  • To register, click here.

Documents you will need:

Confirmation of your registration will be through the “Henry” on-line student information portal following your registration. You will be able to print your schedule from Henry.

Registration Changes

Once your initial registration has been filed, you may add courses or switch registration type (e.g., from “audit” to “credit”) at any time through the late registration (drop/add) deadline. You may drop a course through the late registration deadline with payment of a $30 course cancellation fee. Notify the Registrar’s Office in writing via fax (215.248.7315), mail, or e-mail. The cancellation fee will be assessed to your student account.

Note that adding an intensive course after the on-time registration deadline is contingent upon your ability to complete any specified advance preparation requirements.

The registration change (drop/add) deadline is prior to the second class meeting of all short-term courses. For the Fall and Spring Semesters the deadline is one week after the semester begins.

If the late registration (drop/add) deadline has passed, you cannot drop a course. You are now under the rules of our Withdrawal Policy. You can withdraw from a course until the midpoint of the semester by emailing the Registrar per above. A “W” will be recorded on your transcript, and you will be eligible for a tuition refund based on the date your withdrawal is received in writing in the Registrar’s Office. Withdrawals from courses after the term midpoint are possible only for extreme circumstances by petition to the Dean. No tuition refunds are possible for late withdrawals.

Billing Questions

You may address your billing questions to Diana Downey, 215.248.6306 or ddowney@ltsp.edu.

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