What Auditing Is 

Auditing a course enables to you to: 

  • Attend lectures 
  • Obtain copies of all printed material distributed to the class
  • Occasionally ask relevant questions in class
  • Access and check out books from the library

How to Audit a Course

Current students can sign up to audit a course in Populi during registration.

Non-students can sign up to audit a course by completing this form.

Types of Auditors

Current Students

If you are taking 10 or more credits, you (and your spouse) can audit up to the number of credits in which you are currently enrolled. If you would like to audit a ThM or PhD course and are not enrolled in the ThM or PhD program, please email support@wts.edu to request special permission.

If you are taking 9 or fewer credits, you (and your spouse) will be required to pay 10% of the current tuition to audit a course.

Church Leaders

The church leader audit provides an opportunity for people in positions of church leadership to audit courses. Westminster will ask the church leader to cover 10% of the cost of tuition the audited course.

Only courses from the MDiv and MAR degree programs can be audited. Additional restrictions mentioned below apply. 

To apply for the church leader audit, you will need to submit the Audit Registration Form. You will also need to submit a letter of recommendation from your sending church stating your current role in leadership to Academic Support.  

General Auditors

A person who is not a current student may seek permission to audit a course by submitting the Audit Registration Form and a letter of reference from a pastor or church elder.

Once you have been approved to audit a course, you will need to submit the appropriate fee to the billing office. The current cost for auditing is 10% of tuition.

A general auditor wishing to audit a ThM/PhD course must also provide proof of a Master’s degree or its educational equivalent, including the year the degree was conferred, and the reason for wanting to audit the course. Restrictions mentioned above apply.

Courses That Cannot Be Audited

  • Language courses
  • Mentored Ministry Integration Seminars
  • Hybrid or Online courses
  • Independent Study courses
  • Mastering Theological English courses
  • Advanced Theological Writing courses
  • English Bible Survey 

Disclaimers and Auditing Limits

Auditors are allowed on a first-come, first-serve basis, and priority will always be given to students taking the course for-credit. Thus, in the event that a class exceeds its enrollment limit, an auditor may be removed from the course to make room for a for-credit student.

Auditors are not permitted to participate in classroom exercises or recitations, or to make seminar presentations, nor will assignments or examinations be reviewed and/or graded by the instructor.

DMin modules may be audited with the permission of the DMin director if the auditor is interning with a current DMin student. Audits of DMin modules will be charged 10% of tuition for the course, plus an additional hospitality fee.

ThM modules and PhD-only courses may be audited with the permission of Academic Affairs. Audits of ThM modules will be charged 10% of the tuition for the course, plus an additional hospitality fee.

Permission to audit a biblical language course required for any degree (Greek, Hebrew, and/or Aramaic) is only granted by the Academic Affairs office 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.

Auditors are registered in the week prior to the start of the semester. No auditors may apply beyond the Add/Drop period.


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