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Transfer Credit

The use of this term at NES follows generally accepted practice. It describes the process of transferring graduate credits earned elsewhere and applying them to the student's program at NES. Course credits transfer without the grades.

Transfer Policies
Students who have prior graduate credit should take initiative upon enrollment to have transcripts evaluated to determine whether credit can be applied to their NES program.

  • Transfer credits will not be accepted as a substitution for, or waiver of, the NES Core curriculum and Capstone requirements (RES 690NE, MIN 691NE, MIN 790NE). Rarely will Personal Spiritual Formation courses already completed at another seminary be transferred into an NES program; previously taken courses must be exactly equivalent to PSF 611NE and 612NE to be transferable.
  • Only credits eligible for graduate credit in the institution where they were taken will be considered for transfer.
  • Only the graduate credit earned within 10 years of enrollment at NES will be considered for transfer credit.
  • Only the graduate credits earned at an institution accredited by a recognized accrediting body will be considered for transfer. 
  • Graduate credits earned at an ATS-accredited seminary/graduate school with a grade of C+ or higher (2.3 on a scale of 4.0) or a non-ATS-accredited seminary/graduate school with a grade of B or higher (3.0 on a scale of 4.0) will be eligible for transfer consideration.
  • Only the graduate credits earned at an ATS seminary/graduate school of theology may be applied against the required Ministry (MIN) courses at NES. 
  • Graduate credits earned at a non-ATS seminary/graduate school will be accepted as transfer only in meeting designated "elective" credits in the relevant NES degree program.
  • Transfer credits for the M.A. electives will be limited to 11 credits and must be ministry related.
  • Transfer credit for the M.Div. electives will be limited to 15 credits and must be ministry related.
  • Once evaluated and approved by the director of field education, a student may transfer one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) for six credits (M.Div.) or three credits (M.A.) of field education. An M.Div. student may apply a second unit of CPE toward six credits of electives. An M.A. student may use the additional three credits from one unit of CPE towards the elective credits. Students pursuing the M.A. in Theology and Social Justice or M.A. in Transformational Leadership may not use CPE units toward their field education requirements, but they may be counted as free electives. In rare hardship cases, a petition may be considered for M.Div. students wishing to transfer additional CPE credits toward field education requirements. Students planning to apply for chaplaincy certification through the military or through the Association of Professional Chaplains should determine whether utilizing CPE credit toward the degree will prevent the CPE credits from counting toward certification.
  • No more than two-thirds of the credits required for an NES degree may be granted on the basis of transfer credits, subject to the limitations noted above.
  • Credit from a previously earned graduate degree may be considered for transfer, but not more than half of the credits required for the previously earned degree may be transferred into an NES program. Such credits will be accepted as a substitution for, and waiver of, specific NES courses only on the basis of equivalency as determined by the vice president and dean's office.

NES students may consider taking elective courses and specific denominationally-required courses at other accredited seminaries.


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