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Leaves of Absence/Withdraw and Continuous Enrollment

While we hope you never have to leave except for in the case of graduation. Sometimes the unexpected can happen and your plans need to change. Whenever possible, students should plan class withdraws and extended absences of a term or longer with their advisor. 

Class Withdraw: Students can drop/withdraw on their S.I.S. account up to the week 10 in any term. After week 10, to withdraw you need to file an Academic Petition on S.I.S.. (Considerations:  Any refunds will be as per the refund schedule at time of withdraw. No refunds are given after week six even if class has not started meeting. Part or all of Financial Aid may have to be returned. Speak with Financial Aid or Student Services for more information.) Withdrawing from classes for three consecutive terms in a row will be consider making no progress and will result in removal from the program.

Sitting out a term or two: A master’s-level student may take a leave of absence of up to two terms before being removed as an active student. The student’s standing in the program will remain active during the leave of absence. A leave of absence is permitted only for students in good standing and does not constitute a waiver of the statute of limitations for completion of the degree.

Medical Withdraw: If you have had a serious diagnosable health challenge and need to stop your studies to recover, please contact Dean of Student Success at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for specific next steps.

Leaving Western Seminary entirely: If you want to stop your program at Western Seminary, it’s always a good idea to talk with your advisor or program faculty first. In many cases, a course extension, a lighter course load or other adjustments may address your concerns. To formally request withdraw, students are asked to connect with a Dean of Student Development or Campus Student Services Director (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) to update your student record. Withdrawal is not officially completed until it has been processed by Student Development.

Students who fail to complete coursework (either by non-registration or withdraw) and make progress toward degree requirements for three consecutive semesters will be considered to have withdrawn from their degree program and the Seminary. Students who have withdrawn and desire to return will need to apply for readmission through the Admissions Office. Such students will be subject to the catalog requirements in effect at the time of re-entry rather than those in effect at the time of initial admission.

Official Notification:  Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any official notification so we have your request on record. In your withdraw communication tell us:

  • First and Last Name
  • Western Student ID Number
  • Planned Returning Semester (If Applicable)
  • Reason for Break/Leaving (Short description is fine)
  • Please let us know also if you have talked with your advisor, professor or another staff team administrator.

By completing the above, students will be successfully removed from automated communications (except if outstanding Business Office matters). If, however, you continue to receive communications, please forward student information on to Student Services; we will look into the error.