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Phoenix Seminary is a growing evangelical seminary committed to training men and women for Christ-centered ministry for the building up of healthy churches in Phoenix, the Southwest, and the world.

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. 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.

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

Newly admitted students must complete an Enrollment Agreement indicating an understanding of various policies and tuition costs.

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 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 for details.

Advanced Standing
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.

Advanced Standing is awarded based on the student’s knowledge and
competence as demonstrated through an examination. Although a written
examination may be required, in some cases the examining instructor
conducts an interview (in person or by telephone), during which the student
is asked open-ended questions to determine if he or she can demonstrate
a competent, current understanding of approximately 80 percent of the
course content.

To schedule an appointment for an examination, contact your Student
Services Advisor. An examination fee of $50 must be submitted when
taking each exam. This fee is non-refundable regardless of the outcome of
the exam.

A maximum of 15 semester credit hours in the MDiv, 9 semester credit
hours in the MA (BTS) or MAM, or 3 semester credit hours in the Graduate
Diploma may be waived by advanced standing. Combined advanced
standing and transfer credit may not exceed 46 hours for the MDiv, 23
hours for the MA (BTS) or MAM, or 11 hours for the Graduate Diploma.
Advanced standing cannot be applied to elective credit. See Courses Eligible
for advanced standing/course validation on page 84 in the student handbook.

If granted, advanced standing waives the required course from your
program and also reduces the total number of Phoenix Seminary credit
hours required. Courses approved for advanced standing are detailed on
the Phoenix Seminary transcript but are not considered in the GPA for the
purposes of determining academic standing.

Enrolling in a course for which advanced standing was granted will nullify
the advanced standing. Non-credit students enrolled in a course may not
take an advanced standing exam for that course. If they wish to receive
credit, they must retake the course for credit and pay the full credit tuition.
Please note that requests for advanced
standing must be made subsequent to
admission to a program, but prior to the
second semester of enrollment, with the
exception of the first-year Greek and Hebrew
exams which may be attempted at any time
prior to enrollment in Greek or Hebrew.
Questions regarding advanced standing
should be addressed to your Student
Services Advisor.

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