Non-Degree Programs


Westminster Seminary California offers a variety of study programs for students who do not intend to pursue a Master’s degree. Students enrolled in the Visiting, Non-Matriculating, Certificate and Audit Programs are required to observe all policies and procedures stated in the Academic Catalogue with the exception of those specifically pertaining to MDiv or MA program requirements. Please note, students who are not enrolled in a Master’s degree program are not eligible for financial aid or veterans’ benefits.

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Visiting Student Program

Through the Visiting Student Program, students holding a Bachelor’s degree from an approved institution may take academic courses for credit without admission to a MA/MDiv degree program. Visiting Students may enroll in any class offered by WSC as long as they have met the prerequisites for the class. If a Visiting Student applies and is accepted into a degree program at a later date, credits earned as a Visiting Student will be applied to the degree program.

Each Visiting Student Applicant must submit:
• Visiting Student Application
• Non-refundable $15 application fee
• Official transcript showing the completion of a Bachelor’s degree program.
• TOEFL and IWE scores (if the applicant is not a native English speaker)


Non-Matriculating Student Program

Students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs at other educational institutions may, without application to and matriculation in a degree program WSC, take courses for transfer of credit to their current programs.

Each Non-Matriculating Student Applicant must submit:
• An official transcript from the institution in which the student is currently enrolled
• Written notification from the Registrar at the institution in which the student is currently enrolled that each
course to be taken at WSC is approved for credit toward their degree requirements

The above requirements must be submitted to the Office of Admissions prior to the first day of class for the semester in which they wish to enroll. The Academic Dean makes a final determination as to whether a Non-Matriculating Student has sufficient academic background to enroll in a particular course.


Audit Program (Non-Credit)

As a service to the Christian community, the Audit Program allows individuals to audit most academic courses at reduced tuition rate (50% designated per-credit rate) on a space-available basis.

Audit privileges include regular class attendance, copies of all photocopied or printed material distributed free to the class, and the opportunity to ask occasional questions in class. 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.

Persons desiring to audit are required to:

  • Secure the permission of the Registrar
  • Complete the Audit Registration Form
  • Pay a non-refundable fee of one-half the regular tuition charge for each course audited.

Minors (persons under 17 years old) are permitted to audit a course only when they have either graduated from high school or passed the GED exam, or the instructor in charge has given permission.

Occasional visitors must seek permission of the instructor for each class they wish to attend and will not have the privilege of participation in class discussion. Auditors and other members of the community have access to the library collection and on-site resources, and for a nominal fee they may apply for circulation privileges.


Listener's Pass Program (Non-Credit)

As a service to the Christian community, the Listener’s Pass Program (non-credit) offers select courses at a special audit rate.  Students granted a Listener’s Pass must meet all requirements and observe all policies stipulated for the Audit Program (above). Current offerings for each semester are listed on the Listener’s Pass Registration Form.


All application and registration materials for non-degree seeking students should be submitted to:
Westminster Seminary California
Attn: Office of Admissions
1725 Bear Valley Pkwy
Escondido, CA 92027
FAX 760/480.0252