Special Students and Auditors are those who are seeking a degree at Lexington Theological Seminary, but who wish to further their theological education. You may be interested in one class to transfer to another school or simply to learn some new information. Special Students may be admitted to take up to 12 credit hours; Auditors may take as many courses as they wish. Special Students earn academic credit that can be transferred to another school or into a degree program at LTS. Auditors do not earn academic credit.
Special Student & Auditor
Perfect for those who wish to gain theological knowledge without pursuing a specific degree.
- Flexible Scheduling
About Special Student and Auditor Programs
“As an older adult, the decision to return to school as an Auditor was a bit overwhelming. The professor was encouraging and supportive throughout the class. She was open to questions and gentle with her corrections. The online option worked well with my schedule and was easy to use. I plan to continue incorporating this style of education to gain the knowledge to become a better lay leader in my church.”
What makes your experience at LTS unique?
- Courses are 100% available online. Both Special Students and Auditors are also welcome to take courses during on-campus Intensives.
- Special Students can transfer credits into an LTS degree program, transfer into an LTS certificate program, transfer to another institution, or leave the institution with up to twelve hours on her/his transcript.
Requirements for Special Students
- Bachelor’s degree is not required. A minimum 2.5 GPA is required in undergraduate coursework. A minimum of 30 undergraduate credit hours is required.
- Submit online application, one letter of recommendation, and a $65 non-refundable application fee
- Official transcripts are required from all undergraduate and graduate schools
Requirements for Auditors
- Submit the online Application to Audit and a $65 non-refundable application fee
- No other information is required in order to complete the application.
- Students wishing to audit a course that has a prerequisite will be required either to complete the perquisite course or obtain an exemption from the professor.
How It Works
The 12-month calendar system means that you can choose the months you take the courses. You may take as few as one class per month or take more when your schedule permits. Classes are offered each month for half-credit, one credit or two credits each. A half-credit course will last two weeks; a one-credit course will last four weeks; a two-credit course will last eight weeks. The short online courses require approximately 10-12 hours of weekly study per course. While completed online, this works is highly interactive.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do you accept people from all backgrounds?
Students at Lexington are diverse in age, denomination, race, geographic location, and gender. They have one thing in common: they all desire to learn more about the life of faith and answer a call. Students at LTS come from a variety of backgrounds; our students are engineers and teachers, nurses and parents, recent graduates and second-career pastors. At Lexington you will find your place in a community.
How many students are enrolled?
Lexington Theological Seminary enrolls students on an ongoing, monthly basis, so our enrollment numbers change frequently. In most calendar years we enroll around 125 students.
Do I have to move in order to attend classes?
No. The majority of your coursework will be completed online, so you do not have to relocate to attend classes. You can graduate with as few as 4 trips to campus!
How long does seminary take?
Lexington’s unique “at your own pace” schedule means that you can complete your studies on your timeframe. Most students at LTS attend on a part-time basis so they can balance their studies with their family life, work life and ministry. Most students take between 12 and 20 credits per calendar year.
Is LTS accredited?
Lexington Theological Seminary is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). It is a graduate theological institution of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), preparing leaders for the church since 1865.
How Much Does It Cost?
Lexington prides itself on being affordable. Tuition is $480 per credit hour, with all credit-bearing students being eligible for a scholarship. Our programs range from 76 credit hours down to as few as 24. All students are encouraged to use our interest free, fee free payment plan.