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Phoenix Seminary trains men and women for Christ-centered ministry for the building up of healthy churches in Phoenix and the world.
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The Admissions Process

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Most degree programs require
one pastoral recommendation and one general recommendation.

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Explore Degree Programs

At Phoenix Seminary, we are committed to scholarship at the highest level. We believe disciplined preparation and rigorous scholarship are the best developmental tools to prepare for successful impact in culture. Therefore, we make no apology for the depth and detail of our study programs, including biblical languages and attention to theological proficiency.
Degree Programs

Master of Divinity (MDiv.)

3 -5 Years

Master of Arts (M.A.M. & M.A.BTS)

2 - 4 Years

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

3 Years

Master of Theology (Th.M.)

2-3 Years

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Connect with a member of our team and get help with each step of the enrollment process.

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is tuition?

Starting Fall 2023: credit: $550/credit hour, D.Min: $525/credit hr, non-credit: $125/credit hour. Avg. cost per credit hour is $340 after scholarships.

What scholarships are available?

Phoenix Seminary offers several scholarship opportunities. The first is our Academic Scholarship (30% off tuition) for students who maintain a 2.5 GPA and take at least two courses in the fall and spring semesters. We also offer Application Deadline scholarships when applicants meet specific application deadlines. Phoenix Seminary also offers several Distinguished Scholarships. To learn more about all of our financial aid options, click here.

Can I transfer in credits from my undergrad if I took Bible classes?

Yes, students who qualify can transfer up to 30 credits toward an M.Div. and up to 14 credits toward an M.A.M. or M.A.B.T.S. For more information, email enrollment@ps.edu.

Do you have online degrees?

The Master of Divinity in Biblical and Theological Studies, Master of Divinity in Christian Studies, Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies, Master of Arts in Ministry (Christian Studies Concentration), and Graduate Diploma can be completed fully online. To learn more, click here.

How many credit hours per semester is considered full time?

In the Fall and Spring semesters, 9 hours is considered full time. In the Summer semester, 6 hours is considered full time.
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Christian College Initiative

Applicants who have college credit in biblical or theological studies can apply those credits toward their degree program, saving time and tuition.

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Tuition and Fees

Phoenix Seminary is committed to offering a variety of financial assistance options to help you complete your degree with little or no debt. For more details on scholarships, grants, or direct loans, please visit our financial aid page.

Requirements

Admissions Requirements

Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Arts in Biblical and Theological Studies, and Graduate Diploma Checklist

  • Application Form
  • Testimony
  • Pastoral Recommendation
  • Personal Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts
  • Application Fee ($40)

Master of Theology Checklist

  • Application Form
  • Testimony
  • Pastoral Recommendation
  • Academic Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts
  • Academic Writing Sample
  • Application Fee ($40)

Doctor of Ministry Checklist

  • Application Form
  • Testimony
  • Employer Recommendation
  • Ministry Colleague Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts
  • Application Essay
  • Ministry Resume or CV
  • Application Fee ($40)

Visiting Student Checklist

  • Application Form
  • Testimony
  • Application Fee ($40)

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. An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) is required for the Master of Arts (Biblical and Theological Studies) and the MA in Counseling. Phoenix Seminary considers applicants without an undergraduate degree for admission. Applicants who do not have a bachelor's degree must meet all other admissions requirements and demonstrate competency in theological writing. To learn more, please email enrollment@ps.edu.  Graduates of unaccredited institutions, when accepted, are placed on academic probation. Probation is removed after nine hours of satisfactory progress toward the degree (2.0 GPA or higher). Specific admission requirements are detailed in each program section of the Academic Catalog.

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 can be started at ps.edu/apply.

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 www.toefl.com 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 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.

International Students

The seminary will consider international student applicants who hold an F-1 (Student Visa), 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. Please speak with an Enrollment Counselor for details.

Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing is an opportunity for students to reduce the number of required credits in their PS degree program. Advanced standing is available in the MDiv, MA (BTS), or the MAM. The maximum hours of advanced standing allowed are as follows:

MDiv                   30 hours

MA (BTS)            15 hours

MAM                   15 hours

There are two ways to achieve advanced standing:

1. Competency exam

Students or approved applicants who have a strong background in the subject matter covered in select seminary courses (whether through undergraduate coursework or personal study), may be eligible to receive advanced standing through competency exam.

2. Assessment of undergraduate coursework

Approved applicants who have undergraduate coursework that is equivalent to that required by the MDiv, MA (BTS), or MAM program core may have credit hours waived according to the following requirements:

1. Undergraduate institution must be accredited.

2. Undergraduate graduation date must be within five years of application.

3. Cumulative undergraduate GPA must be 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

4. Specific undergraduate courses assessed and approved by the seminary must be completed with a B (3.0) or above.

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