Transfer Credit

Consideration will be given to graduate credit earned at institutions that are accredited or candidates for accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) or by a regional accrediting commission recognized by the Department of Education. Contact the Registrar’s Office for credit transfer guidelines related to the Contextualized Leadership Development program, Seminary Extension, and schools that are not ATS or regionally accredited, but are in some way affiliated with a school that is accredited. The Registrar will evaluate all prior credit. Credit that meets Golden Gate Seminary’s transfer credit policy will be granted and appropriately parallel coursework will be applied to the GGBTS degree sought. The student will be notified, and a written record of transfer credit will be maintained in the student’s file.

Veterans Affairs

In the case of veterans, the Veterans Administration will be notified upon credit transfer approval.

Request for Transfer Consideration 

Upon receiving approval for general admission to Golden Gate Seminary, students may request a transfer credit evaluation by submitting the following items to the Registrar’s Office: 

  • Transfer evaluation request form
  • Official transcript to be evaluated
  • Catalog/official catalog descriptions of all courses to be evaluated
An evaluation will be completed only when the above items have been received by the Registrar's Office.


  • Only courses with a grade of “C” or above will be considered. Courses graded as "Pass/Fail" are generally not transferable.
  • Courses must have been substantially parallel to the Golden Gate Seminary courses as determined by the department chairperson of the subject area based on catalog review of the sending school.
  • Transfer credit from institutions outside the United States will be evaluated on an individual basis after the student has completed at least 12 semester hours at Golden Gate Seminary. A Credentials Evaluation Service report may be required of each student desiring such credit and may serve as a guide for transfer credit evaluation. Transfer of credit from institutions outside the United States that are not affiliated with an ATS accredited seminary must be approved by the faculty.
  • Students transferring credits to complete graduation requirements must submit official transcripts with final grade to the Registrar’s Office at least 60 days prior to commencement.
  • Students pursuing a second degree at the same level (two master’s degrees) can transfer no more than half of the credits required for the first degree into the GGBTS degree.
  • Transfer credit is not granted for P1111 Foundations for Ministry, P1116 Integration into Ministry, P1121/22 Leadership Practicum I & II, and P1123 Theological Field Education.
  • ATS Standards stipulate that coursework completed more than 10 years prior to the completion of a degree will not fulfill graduation requirements. Any student wishing to appeal this policy must do so through the Student Relations Committee as soon as possible following admission, and no later than the date by which his/her graduation application is due.

Maximum Number of Transferred Credits Allowed

  • All work done at the graduate level (that did not result in the granting of a degree) at an ATS or regionally accredited school is eligible for transfer to any Golden Gate Seminary degree program. However, at least 27 hours must be completed at Golden Gate Seminary.
  • When a student has completed a graduate degree at an ATS or regionally accredited school, not more than half of the completed degree may be used to satisfy the requirements of a GGBTS degree; and not more than half of the requirements for the GGBTS degree may be satisfied by hours already applied to the completion of a previous master's degree.

Guideline for Transferring Courses to Other Institutions

As a WASC and ATS accredited institution, upon submission of a transcript request by the student, the GGBTS office of the Registrar will provide an official transcript of work completed at GGBTS to any institution designated by the student.  A fee is required.  The reception and the evaluation of such transfer hours remains the consideration of the receiving institution.