Admissions – Master of Divinity, Master of Theological Studies, and Master of Arts
Admission to the George W. Truett Theological Seminary is by formal application. Truett Seminary complies with all applicable federal and state nondiscrimination laws and does not engage in prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, color, nationality or ethnic origin, sex, age or disability.
Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the United States or proof of equivalent training at a foreign university. Although several factors constitute the total profile for admission (application materials, GPA, evidence of Christian commitment, and interviews), as a general rule a minimum grade point average of 2.7 overall and 3.0 in the major is required. The admissions committee may admit applicants on a provisional status. For entrance into the masters’ programs only undergraduate grades or post baccalaureate (not graduate) grades are calculated to provide the GPA. Final approval for admission is given by the Dean of the Seminary.
An undergraduate student currently enrolled at Baylor University who, at the beginning of the final baccalaureate semester, lacks no more than ten semester hours of degree course work may, upon admission to the seminary, register for M.Div., M.A. degrees, M.T.S. or coursework subject to the following conditions:
- all coursework for the bachelor’s degree must be completed during that semester;
- total registration for the semester must not exceed fifteen semester hours; and
- the student’s overall grade point must satisfy the minimum 3.0.
Students applying for any dual degrees must also apply to the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work, the Law School or the Graduate School, respectively, and complete all appropriate requirements toward admission to that program.
Upon acceptance, students will receive a letter of admission into the master’s program for which they have applied. Students are required to express their intent to enroll through the online application system and remit an enrollment deposit of $150, paid online or with check payable to Truett Seminary and mailed to the Truett Admission Services Office. The deposit will be placed in the student’s account and credited toward tuition and fees for the semester when enrollment is completed. If enrollment is not completed by the 12th class day, the fee will be forfeited.
Deadlines for all completed applications, including references, to be received at Truett are as follows:
Applications received after the deadlines will be placed on inactive status until the applicant notifies the Admissions Services Office concerning his/her anticipated initial semester.
Seminary tuition and fee rates are applicable to students solely within a seminary degree program or within seminary dual programs (MTS/MSW, MDiv/MSW, MDiv/MM, MDiv/MBA, MDiv/JD, MDiv/MSEd/MAEd). If a student is concurrently enrolled within two degree programs at Baylor University involving a seminary degree program and an undergraduate or graduate degree program then that student’s primary status is designated as undergraduate or graduate and tuition and fee rates specific to undergraduate or graduate status will be charged across all coursework. For example, if a student is within their final semester of an undergraduate program at Baylor University and is admitted to seminary and takes a seminary course, undergraduate tuition and fees will be charged across all coursework to include the seminary course for that particular semester. Additionally, if the student were eligible to receive a seminary scholarship, that award would be restricted to seminary coursework and the seminary tuition rate. Once the student’s undergraduate degree is conferred and their primary status becomes seminary, seminary tuition and fee rates would then be applicable.
Requirements for International Students
TOEFL, IELTS, and DUOLINGO: International applicants must provide a test score from one of the three tests. The test score must be less than two years old to be considered. They must attain a minimum of 550 on the paper-based, 213 on the computer-based, or 80 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), attain a minimum overall band score of 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or attain a minimum overall score of 125 on the Duolingo exam.
A transcript evaluation is required of Truett Seminary applicants for any and all academic degrees earned outside the United States.
- This transcript evaluation is to be requested and paid for by the applicant (starting at about $150) and is a requirement before your admissions application will be considered complete.
- Truett Seminary recommends students request an evaluation through SpanTran or WES.
- Only one transcript evaluation is necessary and will include all degrees earned outside the US. Please allow several weeks for processing time.
- If your transcript has already been evaluated by a transcript evaluation provider other than SpanTran or WES, please contact Truett_Admissions@baylor.edu to confirm that the company is approved for use.
- Transcript verification is not required for any degree if the student already holds a degree from Baylor University.
International applicants must obtain the assistance of an international official in monetary matters to confirm in writing that the applicant is capable of sustaining financial security during the U.S. period of study. The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service will not approve off-campus employment of international students during the student’s first year in the U.S.
When all of the preceding requirements have been received and satisfied, and after the applicant has been accepted by the seminary, an I-20 or IAP-66 form will be mailed to the student so that an F-1 (student) visa classification can be obtained from the admitted student’s nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. After admission, Baylor University will require that the international seminary student and dependents obtain medical insurance.
Given the many adjustments for new students arriving to the U.S. and Truett Seminary, it is mandatory that international students come alone for their first semester at Truett. It is in the best interest of the student and their family that this be in place, as it
- allows for the student to adjust to challenges of their move and seminary life,
- allows the student to determine the financial implications of family living here and better discern if and when the family will arrive, and
- allows the student to become familiar with the Waco community and investigate any school/educational options for young children.
Additional financial resources are needed for living expenses and required health insurance for each family member. As with the student, documentation of resources to cover family expenses is required by the US CIS and is extremely costly.
International students are eligible to enroll in classes at our Waco or San Antonio campus. At this time, international students are not eligible to enroll at our Houston campus. We would recommend international students enroll at our Waco campus for easier access to Baylor resources, The Center for Global Engagement, and Office of International Student and Scholar Services.
Application Deadlines for International Students
- International students who intend to enroll in the Spring semester must submit all application materials by October 15.
- International students who intend to enroll in the Fall semester must submit all application materials by June 1.
- Summer enrollment is unavailable for international applicants.
It is the student’s responsibility to become informed of and to observe all regulations and procedures for degree completion required by Truett Seminary. This includes strict attention to all internal deadlines, such as application, degree completion, registration, and graduation as well as satisfying all requirements leading to degree completion.
Additional information concerning admission is available from:
Office of Student Services
George W. Truett Theological Seminary
One Bear Place #97126
Waco, TX 76798-7126