Let's Get Started
Steps to Apply
- Complete an online application
*Do you have international credentials? Read this.
- Send in references and transcripts (see What You'll Need below)
What Happens Next?
Once all of your items are received, the Admissions Committee will evaluate your application.
- Check the status of your application any time. A personalized identification number will be given to you when your application is submitted.
- If your application is approved, you can apply for Financial Aid
When Should I Apply?
We encourage applicants to apply four to eight months before the anticipated enrollment date, but no earlier than 15 months before that date. International applicants should submit all documents no later than three months before the start of their study. (Applications, except those for international students, may be submitted after the stated deadlines, but will be considered and processed only as time allows.) For more information, check the important dates.
Here are the application deadlines:
- Fall semester - July 1
- Winter or Spring semester - November 1
- Summer session - April 1
What You'll Need
A nonrefundable fee of $50 must accompany the application.
*Note: If you have international credentials (e.g., studying on a visa, foreign transcripts), a pre-application is required to gather basic information about admission eligibility. Start the online application and it will guide you appropriately. The pre-application is required prior to gaining access to the full application and required documents therein.
For the full application, the following credentials must be submitted:
- Personal/character references from three individuals. One must be from a pastor. The other two, preferably, should come from a college professor (if currently enrolled in college or recently graduated), and a professional or businessperson. We ask that your references not be related to you such as a parent, brother-in-law, etc. Electronic reference forms can be emailed on your behalf if you provide your references' email addresses. .
- A completed "Validation of Church Relationship" form from the applicant's church. The form should confirm the applicant's membership or regular participation in good standing. (Note: This is in addition to the reference from a pastor.)
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. We need an official transcript from every school where you earned 12 credit hours or more. Final approval for admission is contingent on receiving an official transcript verifying conferral of the qualifying degree. An official transcript is one issued by the college, sealed in an envelope, signed across the envelope and sealed by the school's registrar. (This does not apply to DMin applicants.)
- Demonstration of English proficiency. Applicants for whom English is not their native or birth language must submit scores for the TOEFL.
- Assessment test scores. Certain applicants are required to submit results of assessment tests to supplement their undergraduate academic record. Assessment test scores are required as evidence of academic aptitude when: (1) the preseminary academic record is weak (a GPA of less than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale), or (2) the applicant does not hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. Scores on either of two assessments can be used for this purpose: the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). (This does not apply to DMin applicants.)
A Word on Assessments
The GRE General Test is administered across the United States and Canada. You can learn more at www.gre.org. The institutional code for reporting scores to the Seminary is R6156.
The MAT is administered at colleges and universities throughout the United States. You can learn more at www.milleranalogies.com
Either assessment is acceptable for the purpose of application evaluation. Feel free to call us if you want to discuss which test may be a better fit for your situation.
How We Evaluate
As an applicant, you will be evaluated on the basis of (1) your academic records, (2) the extent and quality of involvement in Christian service, (3) your apparent gifts and potential for placement into Christian ministry, and (4) the assessment of your references.
Admission is not approved until barriers to future ministry placement have been dealt with, including not only emotional, financial and personal stability, but also issues of character, behavior and lifestyle. Applications are evaluated on receipt of all necessary information.
Completed application files are reviewed by a faculty committee, and if approved, applicants are notified in writing of their approved application.
Applying for Financial Aid
If you need financial aid, you should submit your application for admission as soon as possible, since financial aid applications are not considered until applicants are accepted for admission. International applicants desiring to be considered for financial aid for the fall semester must submit the completed application (including TOEFL score) by January 15. In general, because of the very limited availability of financial aid, you should look into alternate means of supporting your education as well (DMin applicants are not eligible for financial aid).