Application Check-list

The Southwestern Seminary Application for Admission

The application for admission into Southwestern Seminary requires the following documents.

Official Application Form

The official application for admission includes a non-refundable application fee, basic demographic information, and a statement of call and commitment to Christian ministry. The written statement should document: 1) conversion experience; 2) family background; 3) spiritual development; 4) call to ministry; 5) vocational/ministry goals; and 6) educational goals.

Church Recommendation Form

This form, completed by the church where the applicant is currently a member, gives evidence of the applicant's sincere commitment to Christian ministry. Three signatures from three different church leaders are required for the form to be acceptable. The three recommenders cannot be family members or a spouse. If the recommendation covers a period of membership for less than one year, an additional church recommendation from a second church will be required by the Admissions Committee. For student fee purposes, denominational affiliation is determined by the church recommendation form submitted with the student's application to Southwestern Seminary. If you have a question about the church endorsement form, please call 1.800.SWBTS.01.

Transcripts

All official transcripts for bachelor or master level study for each institution attended are required to complete an application for admission. Official transcripts are mailed directly to the Office of Admissions from the registrar of the institution where you received credit.  It is the applicant's responsibility to contact previous institutions and request transcripts. We may also accept electronic transcripts through third party sources emailed to admissions@swbts.edu.

If you are still attending college, you must submit the most up-to-date transcript available. If the degree program is incomplete when the application is filed, a transcript of work to that date must be submitted, and after graduation from college a final official transcript must be furnished indicating the degree received.

Doctoral Applicants

Additional documents are required for doctoral applicants. These documents are:

  • Academic References

  • Two academic reference forms must be submitted from former professors. These forms, which will appear on your account page after you submit the application, are sent to the email address you provide for each reference. If you have a question about the reference forms, please call 1-800-SWBTS-01.
  • Research Paper

  • You must submit a substantial research paper on a subject in your chosen major, representing your best research and writing. The form and style should follow either the Southwestern Seminary Manual of Style or the most recent edition of Turabian. This research paper may be uploaded to your account page after submitting the application.
  • Resume

  • You must submit an up-to-date resume. The resume may be uploaded to your account page after you submit the application.
  • Doctor of Ministry Applicants Only

  • An additional 3-5 page History of Ministry-Related Experience paper is required. This paper should note specific ministry responsibilities, significant relationships, and spiritual insights gained from them.
  • GRE or MAT scores are only required for applicants who did not maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher on a 4.00 GPA scale in their masters level studies.
  • Doctor of Educational Ministry Applicants Only

  • Students applying to the Doctor of Educational Ministry program are required to submit a job description of their current ministry position. This job description may be uploaded to your account page after you submit the application.

School of Church Music Applicants Only

  • Students applying to the PhD program in the School of Church Music are required to submit a research paper.
  • Students applying to the Doctoral of Musical Arts will schedule an audition.

International Students

Additional documents are required for incoming international applicants. These documents are:

  • TOEFL score report

  • All permanent residents and international applicants who are citizens of a country where English is not their first language must take the TOEFL and have the score sent to the Admissions Office. A minimum score of 213 on the computer-based exam or 79 on the internet-based exam is required for master level applicants. Southwestern's institutional code is 6668. A minimum score of 250 on the computer-based exam or 100 on the internet-based exam is required for doctoral level applicants. Students applying for admission to a degree in the School of Church Music may be considered for provisional admission with a TOEFL score of 77 or 78. Those students applying for provisional acceptance must demonstrate musical ability through an audition and interview with the School of Church Music.
  • Transcript evaluation report

  • All transcripts of academic degrees earned outside the United States must be evaluated by a recognized credentials evaluation service such as SpanTran: The Evaluation Company (www.spantran.com), 450 7th Avenue, Suite 1004, New York, NY 10123. A baccalaureate degree equivalency is required for entry into a master level program. If the applicant has post-baccalaureate work in theological study for transfer, it must be at the master level and include subject information. A copy of the evaluation results should be sent directly to Southwestern from the evaluation service. This transcript evaluation is to be requested and paid for by the applicant.
  • Verification of financial support

  • The United States Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services requires that students on F-1 visas provide evidence of adequate financial support for the entire period of stay in the United States while pursuing a full course of study.You will receive further instructions from the International Student Services Office when you submit the online application.

 

The Scarborough College Application for Admission

The application for admission to L. R. Scarborough College requires the following documents.

  • Official Application Form

    The official application for admission includes a non-refundable application fee, basic demographic information, and a statement of call and commitment to Christian ministry. The written statement should document: 1) conversion experience; 2) family background; 3) spiritual development; 4) call to ministry; 5) vocational/ministry goals; and 6) educational goals.

    Church Recommendation Form

    This form, completed by the church where the applicant is currently a member, gives evidence of the applicant's sincere commitment to Christian ministry. Three signatures from three different church leaders are required for the form to be acceptable. The three recommenders cannot be family members or a spouse. If the recommendation covers a period of membership for less than one year, an additional church recommendation from a second church will be required by the Admissions Committee. For student fee purposes, denominational affiliation is determined by the church recommendation form submitted with the student's application to Southwestern Seminary. If you have a question about the church endorsement form, please call 1.800.SWBTS.01.
  • Immunization Form

  • Proof of a meningitis vaccination within the last five years is required for applicants who are younger than 22 years of age per Texas state laws.
  • Official Transcripts from High School and/or College

  • Official transcripts are mailed directly to the Office of Admissions from the registrar of the institution where you received credit.  It is the applicant's responsibility to contact previous institutions and request transcripts. We may also accept electronic transcripts through third party sources emailed to admissions@swbts.edu.

  • If you are still attending high school or college, you must submit the most up-to-date transcript available. If the degree program is incomplete when the application is filed, a transcript of work to that date must be submitted, and after graduation from high school or college a final official transcript must be furnished indicating the degree received.

Applicants 21 Years of Age or Younger

Due to Texas State Law, all applicants 21 years of age or younger must supply proof of an immunization against meningitis within the last five years. This proof is not required for admission, but must be supplied to the Registrar’s Office ten days prior to the start of the semester in which the applicant plans to enroll.

Transcripts and other application items may be mailed to:

Office of Admissions
PO Box 22740
Fort Worth, TX 76122
 

Please note that applications are valid for one year from the date submitted. If you delay enrollment for more than two semesters, you will be asked to complete an updated application before once again being accepted for admission.

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