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Special Students

Special Students

Prospective degree students who are not certain which degree program best suits their interests, community members, or individuals who may have missed an application deadline and want to begin course work may apply to the GTU or one of the member schools for Special Student status.

Take a Class at the GTU as a Special Student 

If you have a bachelor’s degree you may apply to take a course through the GTU or one of its member schools. Review the Schedule of Courses and contact the school of the faculty member offering the course to apply, at least two weeks before classes begin in a term. If the instructor is from the GTU or a Center, apply to the GTU and submit an official transcript to the GTU Admissions Office, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709.

Cost per course can be found on the tuition and fees page. All applicants must submit official transcripts from institutions in which a degree was earned to the Admissions office. International students who have not earned a degree from an English-speaking institution are required to submit official TOEFL scores with an expected minimum score of 80 (internet based).

Deadlines for all applications and transcripts for Special Student Status is two weeks before the first day of any semester. 

If possible, please apply online, but if the online application is impossible for you, you may download our PDF application, fill it out, and email the completed form to  Please make your check out to Graduate Theological Union for the amount of $15.