Admission Requirements

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.

General Requirements

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; for admission to the cooperative counseling program with Ottawa University a GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required. 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.

Background Checks

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.

As part of the application process, background checks are performed for all applicants to the Doctor of Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Biblical Leadership, and Graduate Diploma programs.

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:

  1. Earn a bachelors or masters degree from an English-language institution, as demonstrated by a degree-posted transcript.
  2. 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 or by writing TOEFL Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ, 08541-6151 or calling (609) 771-7100.
  3. 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 Please request that a copy of your test results be sent to the Director of Admissions 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.

International Students

The Seminary does not accept applications from international students with a F-1 or any other kind of student visa. However, 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.