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Non-Degree Students and Auditors

Students who do not intend to enroll in a degree program may register for a limited number of courses as an auditor or as a non-degree student.

Applying as a Non-Degree Student

Non-degree students at Vanderbilt Divinity School must apply using the non-degree online application. Non-degree students may register for up two courses per semester by permission of the Academic Dean. They receive academic credit and a transcript for their coursework but are not eligible to receive financial aid.

Steps to Apply as a Non-Degree Student: (A printable version may be found HERE.)

  1. Initiate a Non-Degree student application online: .
  2. Alert the Office of Admissions that your non-degree application has been initiated. Our office will manually waive many of the regular application requirements to expedite submission.
  3. Complete the specific application requirements for the non-degree application.

Applications and supporting documents must be completed and on file in the Office of Admissions by July 1 for the fall semester and by November 1 for the spring semester.  

Auditing a Course

Members of the greater mid-Tennessee community are eligible to audit a course at the Divinity School at minimal cost, outlined below. Vanderbilt University students and alumni, as well as affiliated faculty, staff, and their spouses, may audit a course for $10 per credit hour. Permission to audit a course is granted by the individual professor based on space availability and course format.

Prospective auditors should complete the Quick Admit form below and return it to the Rev. Katherine Smith, Assistant Dean for Admissions, Vocation, and Stewardship, via email, fax, or mail to:

The Rev. Katherine Smith
Vanderbilt Divinity Admissions
411 21st Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37240
Fax: (615)322-0691

Application deadlines:
Fall semester: Apply by August 1.
Spring semester: Apply by January 1.
Summer term: Apply by May 1.

Quick Admit Application


Auditor Cost - Non-VU Affiliated: $100 per credit hour