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Non-Degree Options

Andover Newton offers a number of learning opportunities that do not lead directly to a degree.
Some of these non-degree and non-credit programs are geared towards working clergy or laypersons active in their churches.
Students may take single classes for academic credit as Special Students or Non-matriculated E-Learner (NELs), or without credit as Lay Auditors or Ministers in the Vicinity (MIV), or in LEARN Program seminars, or through Lifelong Learning.
Special Student
Individuals who wish to take courses for credit without matriculating as degree candidates may apply for Special Student status. Special Students are subject to all Andover Newton policies and rules.
Special Students are eligible to work toward any of the certificates offered at Andover Newton and may seek permission from the Dean of the Faculty to pursue a certificate through the Boston Theological Institute. Special Students interested in certificate programs should contact the Registrar before registering for classes to obtain any necessary approvals for participation. For more information on the various certificates offered through Andover Newton, see the Certificate Programs page.
Special Students auditing courses will be charged half the full tuition per course. A Special Student can audit up to two courses per semester. Special Students are not eligible for full-time, on-campus housing, and they are not ordinarily eligible for financial aid.
Non-matriculated E-Learner (NEL)
Persons with a bachelor’s degree who have not matriculated at Andover Newton Theological School or another accredited seminary may register for E-Learning courses as non-matriculating E-Learners (NELs) by contacting the Registrar‘s Office. Only E-Learning courses may be taken via this form of registration. E-Learning courses are regular Andover Newton courses that are offered on-line rather than in the classroom.
For registration forms, see the Registrar's Forms page.
Minister in the Vicinity (MIV)
Clergy serving churches or retired from active ministry as well as laypersons in paid professional ministries (and endorsed by their pastors), may register without tuition charge for up to two courses per semester. MIVs may not receive course credit.
MIVs must fill out an application/registration form and pay relevant fees. The MIV fee does not apply to E-Learning courses.
For a more detailed description, see the Minister in the Vicinity page.
Auditing a Course
Laypersons who do not qualify as MIVs but wish to audit courses may apply for Lay Auditor (LAUD) status and pay relevant fees. Lay Auditors may not receive course credit. Lay Auditor privileges do not include some specialized courses.
For more information about auditing, see the Lay Auditor page.

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