In order to be considered for enrollment to the M.A. program at The Master's College, the following prerequisites must be met by the applicant. The administration and faculty of the College reserve the right to withdraw the privilege of enrollment or to place a student on probation if, after enrollment, the student proves to be lacking in these qualifications.
- Testimony of faith in Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord.
- Demonstration of submission to the will of God and obedience to the Word of God.
- Possession of the personal and spiritual gifts necessary for counseling and discipleship (deacon/deaconness qualified).
- Recommendation by church leaders and other people who have had significant contact with the applicant.
- General agreement with the doctrinal statement of The Master's College.
- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (official transcript required). The prospective student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale for all undergraduate work. The student will be expected to maintain a 3.0 average in the M.A. program.
- All applicants without an undergraduate or graduate degree in biblical studies prior to pursuing this master's degree will be required to complete pre-requisite courses--Introduction to the Biblical Text, and Introduction to Biblical Interpretation--by the end of their first trimester of study.
The following documents must be submitted in order to apply to The Master's College:
- Application for Graduate Admission accompanied by the application fee ($35)
- Official transcripts indicating the completion of a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university
- Reference forms: academic, pastoral (or other lay-leader), and personal (forms provided with application)
- Writing sample (a 10-15 page sample of your academic work, demonstrating graduate study capability)
A maximum of thirty students are selected for admission into the graduate program in Biblical Counseling twice a year, in anticipation of beginning studies in the Summer of Fall terms. The application deadline is January 10th of that year for beginning in the Summer term (intensive courses), and May 1 for beginning in the Fall term (evening courses).
Acceptance letters are mailed shortly following the application deadlines in January, and May. Highly qualified students may recieve early action decisions if completed applications are recieved by November 30th, the previous year.
Credits from other institutions are generally not accepted for transfer due to the unique content and nature of the Biblical Counseling courses. However, some courses from other theological institutions may transfer with minimal additional coursework. Eligibility for transfer credits is only determined through the transcript review step of the application process.
The Master's College is authorized under Federal law to enroll nonimmigrant alien students. Students from abroad are welcome, provided they meet the admission requirements of the College. For applicants, for whom English is a second language, a minimum score of 100 is required on the TOEFL exam in order to be considered for admission. While all classroom instruction is conducted in English, the administration, faculty and staff attempt to be sensitive to the needs of our international students. As foreign students' legal needs are different from those of U.S. citizens, there are additional requirements. Foreign students are urged to contact the Office of International Student Advancement to obtain the appropriate information.