Pittsburgh Theological Seminary

Non-Degree Students

Would you like to take courses for credit, without working toward a degree? Consider enrolling as a non-degree seeking student. Non-degree students may enroll in as many as two courses per term, up to a total of six courses (18 credits) before declaring a degree program.

The application procedure and requirements for non-degree students are the same as those for master's degree students. 

Frequently, students are referred to us by Committees on Preparation for Ministry to complete coursework as a requirement for ordination or to take ordination exams. If you’re looking to satisfy a request by your committee, you're in the right place!

Presbyterian Ordination Preparation Courses

As part of the ordination process, occasionally students who have completed their education in the past are required to take courses to prepare themselves for ministry in the PC(USA) and for the ordination exams. Typically, committees require students to obtain credits for these courses. To do so, you may fill out an application for admission, and select “non-degree” as your program. Upon acceptance, you will be able to take up to six courses for credit.

The following courses are frequently recognized as fulfilling that requirement. You are encouraged to review these courses with your committee to determine their application to your specific circumstances.

Biblical Exegesis

OT03-OT05 – Hebrew and Hebrew Exegesis
NT03-NT05 – Greek and Greek Exegesis

Theological Competence

TH01 – Systematic Theology
TH03 – Church and Sacraments
CH28 – Creeds of Christendom
TH57 – Confessing the Faith Today  

Worship and Sacraments

WS01 – Introduction to Worship

Church Polity

MS10 – Presbyterian Polity

Apply online or contact the Admissions Department at admissions@pts.edu for more information.