Phoenix Seminary welcomes all applicants who give evidence of a commitment to Jesus Christ and whose lives demonstrate consistency with the teaching of the Bible. Applicants must give evidence of ministry potential and, if married, should also have the support of their spouse.
Applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree or its educational equivalent from an accredited college or university before they can be admitted to graduate studies at Phoenix Seminary. An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) is required. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required for the MA in Biblical and Theological Studies and the MA in Counseling. Graduates of unaccredited institutions, when accepted, are placed on academic probation. Probation is removed after twelve hours of satisfactory progress toward the degree (2.0 GPA or higher). Specific admission requirements are detailed in each program section of the Student Handbook.
Phoenix Seminary is concerned about your well-being in the financial area as well as the spiritual and academic areas. We seek to ensure that our students are not faced with overwhelming financial debt that might hinder present or future ministry involvement. Normally, an applicant with student loan debt in excess of $60,000 will not be considered for admission.
Application for Admission
A completed application needs to be submitted by all perspective Phoenix Seminary students. Once the completed application and all necessary information are received, the Admissions Committee will promptly examine the material and notify the applicant regarding admission status. Applications will be accepted a maximum of one year prior to the applicant’s intended start date. Applications for Admissions are made through http://apply.ps.edu.
Newly admitted students must complete an Enrollment Agreement indicating an understanding of various policies and tuition costs.
Phoenix Seminary programs prepare students for ministry. Anyone who receives a seminary degree may be regarded as having a “license” to minister. Accordingly, an applicant’s character and moral conduct are important components in considering all applications for admission. Background checks conducted by other agencies, no matter how recent, will not be accepted by Phoenix Seminary. For additional information please see “Background Check Policy & Procedures” and “Disclosure and Release Authorization” within the Application for Admission.
Demonstration of English Proficiency
Applicants for whom English is not their native or birth language—even if they are United States citizens, attended American or English-speaking colleges and/or universities, or are longtime residents of English-speaking countries—must submit proof of ability to perform graduate education in the English language. Proof may be demonstrated in three ways:
- Earn a bachelors or masters degree from an English-language institution, as demonstrated by a degree-posted transcript.
- Take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and present a minimum score of 92 (Internet), 587 (Paper) or 240 (Computer). The TWE (Test for Written English) portion of the exam must also be completed with a minimum score of 4.5 (out of 6). A copy of your test and the test date must be provided. Enter Phoenix Seminary’s code (#8513) on your answer sheet to have your scores automatically sent to the Seminary. Information on the TOEFL exam can be requested at www.toefl.com or by writing TOEFL Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151 or calling (609) 771-7100.
- Take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Academic Module, and present a minimum overall band score of 6.5. Information on the Academic Module of IELTS is available at www.ielts.org. Please request that a copy of your test results be sent to the Director of Enrollment and Student Services at Phoenix Seminary.
The TOEFL or IELTS must be taken no more than two years prior to the date of application. The purpose of this requirement is to enable students to make rapid progress in the comprehension and mastery of their program of study.
The seminary will consider international student applicants who hold an H1-B Visa, an R-1 (Religious Worker) Visa, a Spouse Visa, or a Permanent Resident Visa (green card) who meet the requirement for a demonstration of English proficiency. Applicants with a F-1 (Student Visa) will be considered on a limited basis. Please speak with an Enrollment Counselor.