Academic Programs

Academic Programs


Commencement Ceremony

The Commencement Ceremony is held annually at the end of the Spring Semester.

    • Friday, May 9, 2014 7:00pm-10:00pm
      (Location: Grace Community Church - 1200 E. Southern Avenue, Tempe, AZ 85282)
    • Friday, May 8, 2015 7:00pm-10:00pm
      (Location: TBA)
    • Friday, May 13, 2016 7:00pm-10:00pm
      (Location: TBA)

Graduates should arrive at 5:00pm for rehearsal and photos. Guests should arrive at 6:30pm. Business casual attire. The ceremony usually ends by 9:00pm and is followed by a catered reception.

Download the 2014 Graduation FAQ.

The faculty believes that the Commencement Ceremony is a vital part of the academic calendar. All non-graduating students are encouraged to attend the Commencement Ceremony to show support for the graduates.

Degrees are awarded each semester upon completion of all degree requirements. The last day of the semester as indicated by the academic calendar is considered the official date of graduation.

Summer Graduates who will complete their degree requirements with no more than eight hours of course work may participate in the Commencement Ceremony preceding their final semester.

2012 Commencement Ceremony Photos and Audio

2013 Commencement Ceremony Photos and Audio

Graduation Application

Any student who plans to complete all degree requirements by the end of the Fall semester must submit the completed Graduation Application by 5:00pm on October 31 to be eligible for a December Graduation. Any student who plans to complete all degree requirements by the end of the Spring semester or the end of the Summer semester must submit the completed Graduation Application by 5:00pm on February 1.

Download the Graduation Application.

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from Phoenix Seminary, the student must:

    • Give evidence of biblical understanding, godly character and readiness for ministry;
    • Complete the prescribed course of study within the Timeframe for Program Completion with acceptable Academic Standing;
    • Sign an affirmation of the Phoenix Seminary Statement of Faith;
    • Submit the Graduation Application by the posted deadline;
    • Settle all financial obligations, including payment of the Graduation Fee;
    • Receive the recommendation of the Faculty and approval by the Board of Directors for graduation;
    • Complete the Graduating Student Questionnaire;
    • Attend Commencement exercises. Permission to graduate in absentia should be requested using the Academic Petition at least six weeks prior to Commencement. Students graduating in absentia must pay the Graduation Fee.
    • Complete the Standardized Bible Content and Theology Test by taking the following steps (DMin and Certificate Students are exempted).
      • Log in to
      • On the left of the screen should be a box entitled, “Course Categories.” Click on “Assessment (AS).”
      • Click on “Standardized Bible and Theology Test.”
      • Scroll down to the box where it asks you to enter the “Enrollment Key.” It is “Erasmus.” Be sure to capitalize the “E”; everything else is lowercase.
      • Click on the link that says “Standardized Bible and Theology Test Graduating Students (your degree program) 2013–14.”
      • You may see a notice at the top of your screen asking if you want to temporarily allow pop-ups. You need to allow pop-ups in order to complete the test. Read the instructions, and click on the box, “Attempt Quiz Now.”
      • Take the test. If the Instructions appear again with the box for the enrollment key, simply enter the enrollment key again: Erasmus.
      • When finished, click, “Submit all and finish.”
      • Check to see that the results page appears with the correct answers to your questions.
      • If you have any questions, please contact Josh Anderson at 602.429.4432 or

Additional degree-specific graduation requirements are described in Degrees and Programs.

Statement of Faith

    1. Concerning God: We believe there is one God, who eternally exists in three persons—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
    2. Concerning the Bible: We believe the 66 books of the Old and New Testament are the authoritative Word of God based on an inspired text without error in the autographs.*
    3. Concerning the Person and Work of the Lord Jesus Christ: We believe in the full deity and humanity of Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, and in His personal return in power and glory.
    4. Concerning the Human Condition: We believe all human beings are lost and sinful by nature. Consequently, salvation can only be accomplished by God’s grace through regeneration and justification by the Holy Spirit. Salvation cannot be earned. It is a gift from God, received only by faith in Jesus Christ.
    5. Concerning the Present Work of the Holy Spirit: We believe the indwelling Holy Spirit works the regeneration, sanctification and preservation of the Christian. His ministry is to glorify Jesus Christ and empower the believer for godly living and service.
    6. Concerning the Spiritual Unity of Believers: We believe the Church is the body of Christ of which He is the Head.
    7. Concerning the Future: We believe in the bodily resurrection of the saved unto eternal life and the lost to eternal condemnation.

* “Autograph” is a theological term referring to the original
Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek manuscripts of Scripture.

Phoenix Seminary students must affirm the above statement of faith. Phoenix Seminary’s resident faculty, administration, and board members hold to the Teaching Position.

Exit Surveys

Exit surveys are conducted with students during their final semester by the Director of  Academic Services and Admissions. This includes completing a brief Graduating Student Questionnaire issued by the Association of Theological Schools which allows us to evaluate the Seminary and the education students are receiving. This information is invaluable as we seek to offer the best Seminary education possible.

Placement Assistance

The Placement Department assists graduating MDiv and MABL students and alumni in securing ministry positions. For further information please contact Ms. Tiina Mitchell, the Associate Dean of Students, at

Alumni Association

The mission of the Alumni Association is to develop a lifelong connection between the Seminary and its graduates by cultivating communication, sharing resources and fostering relationships. Alumni are entitled to the following benefits:

    • Take courses for alumni enrichment at no cost (some limitations apply)
    • Free membership in the PS Alumni Association
    • Free membership to the Seminary Library with full access to all of its services
    • MDiv and MABL Alumni may request placement assistance from the Associate Dean of Students
    • Special seminars and events designed for alumni, including the twice-yearly Alumni Forum
    • Networking, ministry and fellowship opportunities with students, faculty and other alumni

If you have any questions about alumni relations, email Ms. Tiina Mitchell, Associate Dean of Students at We also invite you to join our Phoenix Seminary Alumni LinkedIn Group and our Phoenix Seminary Alumni Facebook Group to connect with other graduates and to keep up to date on Phoenix Seminary news and upcoming events.


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