Advanced Standing

Some courses for which students have completed prior preparation, but for which there are not standardized exams, may be eligible for credit or for course waiver.  Awarded credit reduces the student's program requirements as credit is awarded for the equivalent course at the institution. Course waiver indicates that, while a specific course may not be required, a student must take an alternative course(s) to replace the credit hours of the waived course. The university requires that the basis for the credit, as well as the credit hours awarded or waived, be specified. The credit must be approved by the program director/chair and registrar. Forms for advanced standing are available in the registrar’s office.

Portland Seminary allows students to pursue advanced standing for prior college coursework. Specific assessment is required and may not be based solely on completion of college coursework.  Master of Social Work (MSW) offers an advanced standing program, see MSW catalog page for further details.