Apply to DTS
- Steps to Apply
- What Happens Next?
Once all of your items are received, the Admissions Committee will evaluate your application. Generally this process takes 3-4 weeks, during which you can check the status of your application any time.
- 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 our important dates.
Here are the application deadlines:
- Fall semester - July 1
- Winter or Spring semester - November 1
- Summer session - April 1
- What Materials Do I Need?
A nonrefundable fee of $50 must accompany the application.
For the full application, the following credentials must be submitted:
- Character references. In your application you will be asked to provide the names and email addresses of three individuals who know you well but who are not related to you (including in-laws). The first must be a pastor (if you attend a large church, this can be an associate/staff pastor). The second should be a college professor (if currently enrolled in college or recently graduated) or a business/professional acquaintance. The third can be anyone who knows you well. Once your application is processed, we will email each reference a form to complete online.
- Church reference. In your application you will be asked to provide the name and email address of a church official who can confirm your 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 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. View more information about this requirement.
- Assessment test scores. Scores from either the GRE or MAT are required as evidence of academic aptitude when: (1) the pre-seminary academic record is weak (a cumulative 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. (This does not apply to DMin applicants.)
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A Word on Assessments
The GRE General Test is administered across the United States and Canada. The institutional code for reporting scores to the Seminary is R6156.
The MAT is administered at colleges and universities throughout the United States.
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
You can apply for financial aid once your application for admission has been received. International applicants desiring consideration for financial aid (available for the fall semester only) must submit a completed application for admission—including a TOEFL score—by January 15. In general, because of the very limited availability of financial aid, international applications are encouraged to explore alternate means of financial support. (Please note: DMin applicants are not eligible for financial aid at this time).