Auditing Classes



A limited number of auditors are permitted in most courses. Auditing privileges include regular class
attendance, copies of all printed material distributed to the class, the opportunity to ask occasional
questions in class, and full library privileges. Normally, auditors will not be permitted to participate in
classroom exercises or recitations or to make seminar presentations, nor will assignments or
examinations be reviewed or graded by the instructor.

Auditing Restrictions

Course availability for audit is subject to the approval of the instructor. A non-Th.M./Ph.D. student must
obtain the instructor’s approval in order to audit a Th.M./Ph.D. course. An M.A.C. student must obtain
the instructor’s approval in order to audit a non-M.A.C. course. Auditing of English Bible Survey,
Advanced Theological Writing courses, Mentored Ministry Integration Seminars, D.Min. modules,
Independent Study courses, hybrid courses and online courses is not permitted. For additional courses
not available for audit, see Chapter 10. Permission to audit a biblical language course required for any
degree (Greek, Hebrew, Aramaic) is given by the Registrar’s Office only to current students who have
previously taken the course or its equivalent and who, due to extenuating circumstances, have received
approval from the professor. No more than 20 credits per semester (Fall or Spring) and no more than 5
credits per term (Summer or Winter) may be audited.

Online Learning 
No auditors are permitted in online courses. Priority in registration will be given to students in the M.A.C.
program, or in a program for which an online course is required. For students on an F-1 or J-1 visa, no
more than one online course per semester or term may count towards the student's full-time course load.

Church Leader Audit

The Church Leader Audit provides an opportunity for people in positions of church leadership to audit
courses. Westminster offers one free course audit per semester/term for those in official ministry
positions in the church who are approved for Church Leader Audit status. This status is available for four
people per church per semester. Eligible courses are from the M.Div., M.A.R., and residential M.A.C.
degree programs of study only. Restrictions mentioned above apply. An application form from the auditor
and a Letter of Recommendation from the sending church is required. Please submit application materials
as early as possible so that classes may be planned for space availability; some courses may be closed due
to high enrollment. Contact the Registrar’s Office for further information and application forms.

General Auditor
A person who is not a current or former student may seek permission to audit a course by submitting the
appropriate form and a letter of reference from a pastor or church elder. A person wishing to audit a
Th.M./Ph.D. course must also provide proof of a master’s degree or its educational equivalent, including
year the degree was conferred, and the reason for wanting to audit the course. Restrictions mentioned
above apply. Contact the Registrar’s Office for further information and applicable form(s).

Auditor Registration and Payment

Anyone seeking to audit is required to secure the permission of the Registrar, complete the necessary
registration, and pay a non-refundable fee for each course audited.