"Let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we will not give up." Galatians 6:9

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS


Because the seminary’s mission is to educate students for positions of Christian service, the prospective seminarian is expected to be a person who has professed faith in Jesus Christ as Lord, who accepts the Bible as the basis of the historic Christian faith and who, by conviction, is seeking to find God’s will for both vocation and daily living.   

 

Master of Divinity/Masters in Community Leadership/Certificate Programs


M.Div., MCL, and Certificate Program applicants should possess an accredited B.A. or B.S. degree and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher (on a 4 point scale). 

Prospective students who do not meet general requirements should contact the Office of Admissions to discuss other educational opportunities or alternate admissions considerations.

 

The application process includes the submission of: 

 

1.     Completed application form

2.     Non–refundable application fee $40 (domestic)/$80 (international)

3.     Autobiographical statement (questions are provided in application form)

*4.    Two academic references

5.     Reference from pastor

6.     Official transcripts of all academic work beyond high school       

 

International Students additionally submit:

7.     TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score 550 written/213 computer-based/or 79 internet based

8.     I-20 Request Form & Certificate of Finances

  

* Applicants who have been out of the college or graduate school for over five years may instead request references from two business or professional persons.

 

Deadlines

Prospective students who meet the general requirements and have submitted the required admissions documents as outlined above will be considered at any time prior to four weeks before the start of a Fall or Spring semester.
Fall Admissions: August 1
Spring Admissions: January 1
 

Prospective Fall students who are interested in financial aid will be given priority consideration if admissions and financial aid applications are completed by April 15. Prospective Spring students interested in financial aid will be considered on a first come first serve basis. Loans will continue to be processed throughout the academic year, but in order to receive the first check in time for the beginning of the semester, please observe the August 1 and January 1 dates above.

  

Applications are valid for 1 to 2 years before enrollment. All documents submitted become the property of ABSW and are subject to the rules of confidentiality and privacy outlined in the Buckley amendment passed by the U.S. Congress in l987.

 

To request application materials for the M.Div., MCL or Certificate Programs, click here.  

 

Prospective students interested in on-campus housing at ABSW or one of our sister schools, please click here for more information.   

 

 


Master of Arts (ABSW/GTU)

 

The Master of Arts (M.A.) is offered jointly with the GTU.  Standards and requirements for the degree are set and maintained by the consortial faculty and Deans of the several seminaries that participate in the program. ABSW students enrolled in the program work under an advisor from the ABSW faculty, and their progress through the program is overseen by the Dean and faculty of ABSW. At present ABSW is receiving applications for the MA degree in biblical studies, biblical languages, historical studies, homiletics, liturgical studies, systematic theology, religion and psychology, and interreligious study.

 

Deadlines:

Applications must be received or postmarked by February 1 for the following fall semester

Applications must be received or postmarked by September 30 for the following spring semester 

 

To request application materials for the ABSW/GTU M.A. program, click here.

 

 

Doctor of Ministry

 

D.Min. applicants should possess an earned accredited Master of Divinity Degree or equivalent and have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher (on a 4 point scale), and must have three ore more years of ministry experience. Exceptions may be made for students in other academic circumstances, which will be determined during the admissions process.  The application process includes the submission of: 

 

1.     Completed application form

2.     Non–refundable application fee $40 (domestic)/$80 (international)

3.     Autobiographical statement (questions are provided in application form)

*4.   Two academic references

5.     One ordained church official reference (pastor, denominational leader, etc.)

6.     Official transcripts of all academic work beyond high school       

 

International Students additionally submit:

7.     I-20 Request Form & Certification of Finances

8.     TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) minimum score 550 (213 on the computer-based test).  For English-speaking cohort only.

 

* Applicants who have been out of the college or graduate school for over five years may instead request references from two business or professional persons.

 

 

Deadlines

January Cohort: November 1

June Cohort: April 15 

Completed applications will be considered at any time prior to these deadlines.  Applications made after these deadlines may be considered at the committee's discretion. 

 

Applications are valid for 1 to 2 years before enrollment. All documents submitted become the property of ABSW and are subject to the rules of confidentiality and privacy outlined in the Buckley amendment passed by the U.S. Congress in l987.

 

To request application materials for the D.Min. Program, click here.