A baccalaureate degree from a recognized college is required before a student may be considered for admission to any seminary program. The course of study supporting the applicant’s baccalaureate degree should be substantially similar to that required of Pensacola Christian College undergraduates. Individuals not holding a standard degree should contact the Seminary-Graduate Studies Office regarding bachelor equivalency requirements for seminary programs.
PTS reserves the right to withhold recognition of credits received at any seminary, university, or college that does not in the opinion of the administration meet reasonable academic standards.
Academic Admission Requirements
- Master’s degree requires a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.50 cumulative GPA (2.00 for M.Div. and M.Min. degrees).
- D.Min. degree requires an M.Div. degree or equivalent with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA.
Specific degree programs may include additional admission requirements. Applicants who do not meet minimum academic admission requirements may be considered for provisional acceptance by the Admissions Committee. Students accepted on a provisional basis must earn at least a 3.00 GPA (2.00 for Master of Divinity and Master of Ministry) upon completing 9 credits of graduate courses to continue in the program.
If you are attending for the first time, use the following checklist to apply:
- Completely fill out the Seminary Application for Admission.
- Enclose the Application Fee. Payment may be made by personal check, money order, Visa,
MasterCard, or Discover.
- Request the institution of higher education that granted your bachelor’s degree to send a complete transcript to the Director of Admissions. We
must also have transcripts of all graduate-level and undergraduate-level work.
New International Students
Complete the above requirements under First-Time Students.
Students with degrees from non-English-speaking institutions are responsible to provide a certified translation of transcripts and course descriptions. This certification may be made by (1) a commercial certifying organization or (2) an individual with appropriate credentials in the country where the student attended college. A copy of the transcript in the native language must accompany the certified translation.
Transcripts from non-U.S. institutions must also be evaluated by Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE). Start your evaluation at ece.org. Choose the Course by Course evaluation and follow the steps required. PTS must receive the evaluation report before your file will be reviewed for final acceptance.
International students should allow a minimum of six months to complete application procedures. PTS is authorized under federal law to enroll nonimmigrant
alien students. The regular application form should be completed and returned with the Application Fee to the Director of Admissions. The application cannot be processed until this fee is received; all payments must be in U.S. currency. International students’ accounts will be charged any handling fees assessed by a foreign
bank (e.g., transfer funds, etc.). It is required by United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement regulations that international students submit
to the Seminary all application forms, academic records, and proof of financial responsibility before the Form I-20 can be sent. In
addition, the Seminary requires international students attending the fall or spring semester to submit one semester’s tuition, room and board, fees,
and one-way transportation charges from the Seminary to the student’s home before final acceptance can be granted and the Form I-20 will
be sent. Each semester must be paid in advance.
Non-English-speaking students are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Have your TOEFL test scores sent directly from the
Educational Testing Service to the Director of Admissions as soon as possible. This is done automatically if you specify our college TOEFL number 5970
when you take this test.
A minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL (20 per section) is required for entrance into the graduate programs. Applicants whose TOEFL composite score is below the standard may be considered for provisional acceptance by the Admissions Committee. Students accepted on a provisional basis must earn at least a 3.00 GPA (2.00 for Master of Divinity
and Master of Ministry) after completing 9 credits of graduate courses to continue in the program.
If you have previously attended PTS and the next course you are applying to take is within 12 months of the last course
you took, you are a continuing student. Completely fill out an Application for Admission (indicate which sessions, terms, or modules you plan to attend). No application fee is required.
If you have previously attended PTS and the next course you are applying to take is more than 12 months from the last
course you took, you are a reenrolling student. Completely fill out an Application for Admission (indicate which sessions, terms, or modules you plan to attend) and enclose the Application Fee.
Bible College Graduates
Bible school, Bible institute, or Bible college graduates must have earned a baccalaureate degree of a quality and type commonly recognized as representing the culmination of a liberal arts education. Under certain conditions, a student with a Bible diploma may attend the undergraduate program of Pensacola Christian College and transfer his Bible school education into a baccalaureate degree before going on to do seminary work.
Changing Program of Study
Acceptance under one seminary program of study does not guarantee acceptance under another program of study. Students who want to change their
program may need to complete a new application for that major (and include the Application Fee).
Contact the Seminary-Graduate Studies Office for details.
A regular student is one who is currently enrolled and maintaining satisfactory academic progress toward completion of a degree.
A provisional student is one who is admitted with less than the minimum academic entrance requirements or who is presently under Academic
A non-degree student is one who meets the qualifications to take graduate courses and is merely enrolling in courses for teacher certification, transfer, continuing education, or personal benefit.
A full-time student is one who is enrolled for 9 credit hours or more per semester.
A part-time student is one who is enrolled for fewer than 9 credit hours or more per semester.