6.4.1 Admission and Program Length
6.4.1.a Admission to the Program
The M.Div. degree is designed as either a three-year or a four-year program. If no credits are transferred from another institution, three years of full-time study is the minimum amount of time it will take to complete the degree. (If a student never registers for winter or summer terms, three years of full-time study translates to approximately 16 credit hours per semester if no language courses need to be taken, and 19 credit hours per semester if all language courses need to be taken.) Unless a student is granted advanced placement based on the results of the Greek or Hebrew placement exams, the student is strongly advised to begin Greek or Hebrew language studies in the summer term prior to the initial fall semester and complete the courses in sequence as noted in the Hebrew and Greek language tracks. Normally, students take four years of full-time study (approximately 12 credit hours per semester if no language courses need to be taken, and 14 credit hours per semester if all language courses need to be taken) to complete the degree in order that they may take Greek and Hebrew in different years. Course sequences for the four-year schedules are listed under the M.Div. Requirements. For a comparison of the number of semesters required to complete the degree based on the number of credits taken per semester, please refer to section 6.2 (Program Length table).
Students who are taking courses on a part-time basis due to employment or other reasons should adjust their course work plans and extend their program length accordingly. The Registrar and Dean of Students are available for counsel concerning individual student needs.
Time Limit: The maximum time limit to complete the M.Div. degree is 10 years (including any leave of absence or withdrawal period). Petitions for an extension due to unusual circumstances or hardship must be granted by the Faculty Committee of Three.