ADMISSIONS

Thank you for taking time to explore the possibilities Faith Seminary has to offer! The programs of study available here are designed for our students to grow and serve according to the Lord’s leading in their lives.

Our Admissions Office is a “One Stop Shop” for Future Students—assisting with all types of questions about our school, becoming a student, and other interests relevant to prospective students. We look forward to serving you until the completion of your admissions process.

You are invited to contact us directly:

  • Answer questions about programs we offer and the various formats of study available.
  • Provide direction about how to become a student (i.e., procedures, deadlines, etc.).
  • Send information and forms about our programs and application/admissions process.
  • Respond to questions about transfer credits (and facilitate transcript evaluations as needed).
  • Provide preliminary information about financing education with Military/VA benefits (when further information is desired, we refer to our VA Rep).
  • Available to meet with future students upon request—whether by phone or in office (drop-ins are welcome but appointments are recommended).
  • Respond to inquiries about our accreditation, theological perspective, etc.
  • If future students could be better served by someone in a different office, we will refer.

We accept applications all year around. However, if you prefer to begin your studies at a particular time, it will be in your best interest to complete your application on or before the following schedule (earlier is always better):

Bachelor’s & Master’s Programs

If you wish to begin:

  • Fall Quarter—the application deadline is August 31
  • Winter Quarter—the application deadline is November 30
  • Spring Quarter—the application deadline is February 28
  • Summer Quarter—the application deadline is May 31


Doctoral Programs

If you wish to begin:

  • Fall Quarter—the application deadline is May 15
  • Spring Quarter—the application deadline is November 15

Bachelor Programs

High School completion or equivalent (normally with a minimum GPA of 2.3 on a 4.0 scale).

Master’s Programs

Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution (normally with a minimum GPA of 2.7 on a 4.0 scale).

Doctor of Strategic Leadership Program

A Master degree from an accredited institution (normally with a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale).

Doctor of Ministry Program

Master of Divinity degree from an accredited institution or substantive equivalent (normally with a minimum GPA of 3.2 on a 4.0 scale).

For further information about Admission Requirements refer to our Academic Catalog.

UNDERGRADUATE—BACHELOR PROGRAMS


Specialties/Minors Available:

Christian Education, Youth Ministry, Children’s Ministry, Missions & Evangelism, Pastoral Ministry, Chaplaincy Studies, African-American Studies, Life Coaching, Psychology & Counseling, Business & Management, Church & Non-profit Admin

For further information about the Bachelor Programs refer to our Academic Catalog.


GRADUATE—MASTER’S PROGRAMS

For further information about the Master’s Programs refer to our Academic Catalog.

DOCTORAL PROGRAMS

For further information about the Doctoral Programs refer to our Academic Catalog.

Resident

  • Resident-Hybrid: Courses typically require one week of resident instruction combined with online education. Webinars also use this classification.
  • Weekly-Resident: Classes meet in residence one session per week—daytime and/or evening. 

Online

  • Courses available online. Some online course utilize pre‑recorded lectures on DVD.

 

For further information about Methods of Instruction refer to our Academic Catalog.

UNDERGRADUATE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Completed Application for Admissions
  2. Completed Tuition Payment Worksheet
  3. Copy of Valid Government Issued Photo Identification with Signature
  4. Clergy Reference — To be completed and submitted by your pastor (or the person who serves as a pastor to you)
    TIP! Copy this link and send it to your pastor electronically: https://www.faithiu.edu/reference-form-clergy/
  5. Official Academic Transcripts:

    • Required: Official transcripts confirming High School completion or GED or Associate’s degree from an accredited institution,
    • If Relevant: Official transcripts from any/all colleges and other education/training you completed that wish to be considered for transfer credit,
    • If Relevant: If you have served in the U.S. Military, you are advised to order your JST Transcripts to be reviewed for possible transfer credit.
  6. Autobiographical Essay under the caption “Why I Wish to Attend Faith International University & Seminary” which will include a description of your life, ministry, abilities, career objective, and personal growth

    • Specifications: 3-4 pages typed
  7. If English is not your primary language: Acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score

    • Minimum 550 Paper, 213 Computer, 79 Internet or IELTS 6.5

Download Complete Application Packet for Bachelor Programs Printable version of forms listed above
For further information about Application Requirements refer to our Academic Catalog.


GRADUATE APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Completed Application for Admissions
  2. Completed Tuition Payment Worksheet
  3. Copy of Valid Government Issued Photo Identification with Signature
  4. Clergy Reference — To be completed and submitted by your pastor (or the person who serves as a pastor to you)
    TIP! Copy this link and send it to your pastor electronically: https://www.faithiu.edu/reference-form-clergy/
  5. Official Academic Transcripts:

    • Required: Official transcripts confirming baccalaureate degree from an accredited/recognized institution,
    • If Relevant: Official transcripts documenting graduate-level coursework from accredited institutions that you wish to have considered for transfer credit
    • If Relevant: Official transcripts confirming graduate degree(s) that you wish to have considered for the possibility of advanced standing;
  6. Autobiographical Essay under the caption “Why I Wish to Attend Faith International University & Seminary” which will include a description of your life, ministry, abilities, career objective, and personal growth

    • Specifications: 3-4 pages typed
  7. If English is not your primary language: Acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score

    • Minimum 550 Paper, 213 Computer, 79 Internet or IELTS 6.5)

Download Complete Application Packet for Master’s ProgramsPrintable version of forms listed above
For further information about Application Requirements refer to our Academic Catalog.


DOCTORAL APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS:

  1. Completed Application for Admissions
  2. Completed Tuition Payment Worksheet
  3. Copy of Valid Government Issued Photo Identification with Signature
  4. Two References (one from each of the following):

    • Clergy Reference — To be completed and submitted by your pastor (or the person who serves as a pastor to you)
      TIP! Copy this link and send it to your pastor electronically: https://www.faithiu.edu/reference-form-clergy/
    • Personal Reference — To be completed and submitted by a Christian friend (preferably not a relative)
      TIP! Copy this link and send it to your friend electronically: https://www.faithiu.edu/reference-form-personal/
  5. Official Academic Transcripts:

    • Required: Official transcripts confirming baccalaureate degree from and accredited institution,
    • Required: Official transcripts confirming graduate degree(s) from an accredited institution,
    • If Relevant: Official transcripts documenting post-graduate coursework that you wish to have recognized or considered for transfer credit;
  6. Autobiographical Essay under the caption “Why I Wish to Attend Faith International University & Seminary” discussing the following: Your conversion and call to ministry and/or leadership, description of your immediate family, past ministry and/or leadership experience, profile of current ministry and/or leadership situation, goals for personal and professional development, ways the seminary program will help in achieving those goals

    • Specifications: Maximum 5 pages typed, double-spaced
  7. A substantive Academic Paper that fully demonstrates the applicant’s ability to do research and write at the doctoral level.

    • For admissions to the DSL program, the paper will be on a topic such as leadership, marketplace, or related.
    • For admissions to the DMin program, the paper will be on a biblical, theological or ministerial topic.
    • Specifications: 12-20 pages typed, double-spaced, appropriate title page, properly executed footnotes, complete bibliography (Chicago-style documentation system preferred)
  8. If English is not your primary language: Acceptable TOEFL or IELTS score

    •  Minimum 600 Paper, 250 Computer, 100 Internet or IELTS 7.0

Download Complete Application Packet for Doctoral ProgramsPrintable version of forms listed above
For further information about Application Requirements refer to our Academic Catalog.

Regular Admission

This category is applied to students who meet admission requirements as determined by the Admissions Committee assigned to review their complete application file.

Probational Admission
This category is applied to students who wish to enter a program but have a GPA below regular admission standards or hold a prerequisite degree from an unaccredited institution. This status is monitored by the Office of the Registrar and may be removed after the successful completion of a set number of quarter hours determined by the Admissions Committee.

Provisional Admission

This category is applied to students who wish to register for classes and intend to enter a degree program but have not yet completed the general application requirements. For a limited time (typically one quarter), students in this category are permitted to enroll in no more than two courses. Additionally, they are required to satisfactorily complete the application requirements promptly (typically within 3 weeks) and be admitted under Regular or Probational Admission before they would be eligible to register for additional classes. This status is monitored by the Office of the Registrar in consultation with the Office of Admissions. This status is not available for doctoral programs or nonimmigrant students.

Unclassified Admission

This category is applied to students who wish to take courses for credit or audit but are not intending to enter a degree program. Students in this category are limited to enrolling for no more than two courses per quarter (maximum four quarters).

Continuing Education

This category is applied to students who wish to take courses for career advancement, to meet vocational requirements, or to satisfy academic prerequisites.

Advanced Standing

If an applicant previously has earned a recognized master’s degree consisting of a minimum of 60 quarter hours in a related field, a student may be admitted with advanced standing and enroll in a master’s program with a reduced number of hours. The reduction of hours may vary depending upon the nature and weight of the previous degree(s). The normal reduction of hours for the 72-hour MA is 12 with a maximum of 24. The normal reduction of hours for the 136-hour MDiv is 28 with a maximum of 40. Advanced standing also is available for the DSL program. The normal reduction of hours for the 80-hour DSL is 12 with a maximum of 20. Advanced standing is not available for the DMin program.


For further information about Categories of Admission refer to our Academic Catalog.

  1. Submit complete Application Packet for program of study.
  2. Submit all required documentation & fees pertaining to non-immigrant student admission, which includes but is not limited to the following:

    • Satisfactory TOEFL or IELTS scores are normally required of English program applicants if English is not their primary language.
    • Evidence of adequate financial resources to live and study in the United States.
    • Forms, worksheets, and documentation relevant to non-immigrant student admission.
    • I-20 Processing fee (and any other relevant fees).

Forms and instructions pertaining to non-immigrant Student Admission can be found here: International Admission Supplement
For further information about Non-immigrant Student Admission refer to our Academic Catalog.

After all necessary application/admissions documents are received by the Admissions Office, the Admissions Committee will evaluate your application materials and notify you by email & letter of your admission status (usually within two weeks). If you are officially admitted as a student, you will then be eligible to register for classes.

If the Lord unfolds it for you to become a student of Faith International University & Seminary, we pray that your training here will enrich your faith and knowledge of our Lord Jesus—enabling you to be more effective for His glory.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15 [ESV]

For further information about Admissions refer to our Academic Catalog or contact the Office of Admissions: