Visiting, Non-Matriculated, or Auditing Students

Policy on Visiting Graduate Students

Students who have been admitted to a graduate degree program in another accredited institution may enroll, with the approval of the Dean of SOT, the Associate Dean, or the Director. Visiting graduate students must also gain the approval of the Graduate Admissions Committee. Visiting graduate students may enroll for up to 18 credits at Seattle Pacific University.

To gain admission as a Visiting Graduate Student the applicant must 1) complete and submit to the Admissions Office the standard graduate application form and 2) submit a letter from the Dean’s Office of the student’s home institution stating that the student is in good standing at the institution.

Policy on Graduate Non-matriculated Students

Qualified individuals desiring to take a particular 6000-level course but not planning to work toward a graduate degree or certificate may register for the course only with the advance approval of the Dean, Associate Dean, Director, or the Associate Director of Graduate Programs of the School from which the desired course is to be taken. Such students will be classified as graduate non-matriculated students. Permission to register as a non-matriculated graduate student is always on a space available basis.

If a non-matriculated graduate student later applies for admission and is admitted to SPS, the credits earned in a course as a non-matriculated graduate may be used in meeting master’s degree requirements only if: (1) a grade of B or better was achieved in the course, and (2) the course was taken within a three-year period before admission to the program. In no case may more than nine credits be used toward master’s degree requirements.

Non-matriculated students fill out the SPU registration form designated for them, and can only register at the times approved by the university. 

Policy on Auditors

Persons may audit courses in SPS with the permission of the Dean, Associate Dean, or Director of the Seminary and the instructors of record.

Auditors register in person in Student Academic Services in Demaray Hall 151 before 4:30pm on the fifth day of the quarter. Auditors pay the same tuition, but do not submit graded assignments (tests, papers, etc.) and do not receive academic credit.

Permission to register as an auditor is always on a space available basis.