Miller Center for Vocation, Ethics and Calling

Seminary Semester

You may be considering full-time Christian ministry, but how do you know if it's right for you?  The Seminary Semester Program can help you decide intellectually and spiritually if ministry is the right path for you by becoming an undergraduate seminarian for one semester.

Hendrix Seminary Semester fellows spend the Fall Semester of their junior or senior year at one of three seminaries that have partnered with Hendrix for this program: Boston University School of Theology, Duke Divinity School or Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University.

Students interested in exploring whether Seminary Semester is for them should visit with Miller Center Associate Director J. J. Whitney (

Odyssey: PL credit possible upon submission of an Odyssey Completion form upon return to Hendrix.

The Application Process

Initial application is through the Miller Center. The purpose of that application is to determine:

  • your level of sincere interest in exploring a call to work and service in the local church
  • your capacity for the anticipated level of academic study
  • your ability to enter maturely into a period of discernment away from the Hendrix campus
  • your ability to graduate on schedule from Hendrix, given the proposed course work at the cooperating seminary of your choice.

Upon favorable review of your application to the Miller Center, your will complete the application materials for the seminary of your choice: Boston, Duke, or Perkins.  Both sets of completed application materials will be passed along to the seminary for review.

Credit Hours and Transfers of Credit

Course credits from the cooperating seminary will ultimately transfer back to Hendrix as earned credits toward a Hendrix degree. Prior to you enrollment at the cooperating seminary, members of the Miller Center staff will work with you, your advisor, the Hendrix registrar, the relevant academic departments at Hendrix and an advisor from the seminary to assure that you select courses that can be approved for transfer. In order to stay on track for graduation from Hendrix, students enrolled in the Seminary Semester Program typically need to take a 4-course equivalent load.  Since seminary courses are at the graduate level, Seminary Semester fellows often take three courses, with one of these being a 2-course equivalent. The Miller Center works with the Hendrix Religion Department to determine appropriate course equivalency.  Transfer credits will be according to the Hendrix policy concerning grades from institutions with which Hendrix has a formal institutional agreement, i.e., the grade "will be recorded but not calculated in the Hendrix grade point average" (Hendrix Catalog).