Application Process

Scarborough College Application Process for US Citizen

All inquiries regarding admission to the seminary should be addressed to the Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 22740, Fort Worth, Texas 76122-0740, by e-mail at admissions@swbts.edu or by web access at www.swbts.edu.

Former students of Scarborough College can be re-admitted. Those who have not attended within the past three years will have to apply as a new student. Within a three-year time period from previous enrollment at Southwestern, former students may be re-admitted through the Office of the Registrar by completing the Returning Student Enrollment Update Request Form.

The application for admission includes:
  • Official Application. It includes a non-refundable application fee, basic demographic information, family and medical background, and a statement of call and commitment to Christian ministry. The written portions of the application include: 1) conversion experience; 2) family background; 3) spouse/fiancé(e) information form; 4) medical/emotional/social information; 5) spiritual development; 6) call to ministry; 7) vocational/ministry goals; and 8) educational goals.
  • Church Recommendation form. This form, completed by the church where the applicant is currently a member or faithfully attending, gives evidence of the applicant's sincere commitment to Christian ministry. It is the responsibility of the applicant to insure the pastor of his or her church and two additional church staff or leaders sign and return the recommendation form. Where possible, the church recommendation should be affirmed at a regular business meeting as the recommendation of a body of believers, not the recommendation of denominational leadership. If the returned form does not have three signatures, a new recommendation form will be required. If you have been a member or faithful attender of your current church for less than one year, you will be required to submit a second recommendation form from your previous church. Per Southwestern Seminary’s admissions policies, the pastor and church leaders who recommend you cannot be family members or your spouse. For student fee purposes, denominational affiliation is determined by the church endorsement form submitted with the student's application to Southwestern Seminary.
  • Official high school transcripts. Official transcripts are those forwarded from the academic institution directly to the Office of Admissions at Southwestern. The transcript from the institution granting the high school diploma (or its equivalent) is necessary for all Scarborough College applicants. If the applicant has not graduated when application is filed, a transcript of work to that date must be submitted, and after graduation from high school, a final official transcript must be furnished indicating the degree received. Applicants who have completed 30 or more credit hours at another college or university are exempt from submitting high school transcripts.
  • All official transcripts of college credits earned at post-high school institutions (if applicable). Official transcripts are those forwarded from the academic institution directly to the Office of Admissions at Southwestern. The transcript from the institution granting undergraduate credit is required for all applicants who have attended post-high school institutions, colleges, or universities. If the transcripts indicate classes in progress when application is filed, a transcript of work to that date must be submitted, and after completion of those classes, a final official transcript must be furnished indicating the earned credits received.
  • Meningitis Vaccination Record. Due to Texas State law, all applicants under the age of 22 must supply proof of an immunization against meningitis within the last five years as of the first day of the semester.
  • Any additional information as requested. For example, if an applicant or applicant's spouse has been divorced, a divorce statement may be requested.
  • Additional documents for permanent residents and international students. See next section regarding international student requirements.

The responsibility for approving or rejecting an application for admission belongs to the Admissions Committee. In order to protect the interests of the applicant, the persons supplying references, the Southern Baptist Convention, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the proceedings of the committee cannot be shared with the applicant or other interested persons.

When an applicant's file is completed, the applicant will be notified promptly by the Admissions Committee concerning action taken. The seminary reserves the right to require a personal interview before a final decision is reached.

Applications are valid for one year from the date filed. An updated application will be required if a student does not enroll within a year of the application submission date.

All documents contained in the applicant's file are the property of the seminary and will not be returned or reproduced for the applicant or other interested persons.

Scarborough College Application Process for Permanent Residents and International Students

International students on F-1 visas must contact the International Student Office to comply with the proper admissions procedures for internationals. New international students may begin only during the fall or spring semesters. In addition to the requirements listed above, international students (F-1 visas) and permanent residents must also supply the following:

  • Statement of Financial Support (F-1 Visa Applicants). 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.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 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 79 on the internet-based exam is required for master level applicants.  Scarborough College’s institutional code is 6668.
  • Official High School Transcripts. Official high school transcripts must be translated into English, indicating date of graduation. They must be submitted to the Office of Admissions.
  • Official Transcript Evaluation (if applicable). If a student has attended an institution, college, or university outside of the United States, official transcripts from the institutions attended must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. In addition, applicants are required to submit translated transcripts from all previous institutions outside the United States to SpanTran, The Evaluation Company, for evaluation. For the SpanTran evaluation application, please click here.
  • Alien Registration Receipt Card (Permanent Residents). All resident alien (permanent resident) applicants must provide a copy of their Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551 (green card).

Applicants classified as R-1 visa status for religious work must furnish a copy of their R-1 visa accompanied by an employment verification letter from their current employer.

Southwestern Seminary Application Process for US Citizens

All inquiries regarding admission to the seminary should be addressed to the Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 22740, Fort Worth, Texas 76122-0740, by e-mail at admissions@swbts.edu or by web access at www.swbts.edu.

Former students of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary can be re-admitted. Those who have not attended within the past three years will have to apply as a new student. Within a three-year time period from previous enrollment at Southwestern, former students may be re-admitted through the Office of the Registrar by completing the Returning Student Enrollment Update Request Form.

The application for admission includes:
  • Official Application for Admission form. It includes a non-refundable application fee, basic demographic information, family and medical background, and a statement of call and commitment to Christian ministry. The written portions of the application include: 1) conversion experience; 2) family background; 3) spouse/fiancé(e) testimony and evidence of spouse’s call to ministry; 4) medical/emotional/social information; 5) spiritual development; 6) call to ministry; 7) vocational/ministry goals; and 8) educational goals.
  • Church Recommendation form. This form, completed by the church where the applicant is currently a member or faithfully attending, gives evidence of the applicant's sincere commitment to Christian ministry. It is the responsibility of the applicant to insure the pastor of his or her church and two additional church staff or leaders sign and return the recommendation form. Where possible, the church recommendation should be affirmed at a regular business meeting as the recommendation of a body of believers, not the recommendation of denominational leadership. If the returned form does not have three signatures, a new recommendation form will be required. If you have been a member or faithful attender of your current church for less than one year, you will be required to submit a second recommendation form from your previous church. Per Southwestern Seminary’s admissions policies, the pastor and church leaders who recommend you cannot be family members or your spouse. For student fee purposes, denominational affiliation is determined by the church endorsement form submitted with the student's application to Southwestern Seminary.
  • All official transcripts of college credits earned at post-high school institutions. Official transcripts are those forwarded from the academic institution directly to the Office of Admissions at Southwestern. The transcript from the institution granting the baccalaureate degree is necessary for all applicants (including doctoral). If the degree program is incomplete when 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.
  • Any additional information as requested. For example, if an applicant or applicant's spouse has been divorced, a divorce statement will be requested.
  • Additional documents for permanent residents and international students. See next section regarding international student requirements.
  • Additional documents for doctoral applicants. See our Application Checklist page to determine what documents are required for our doctoral programs.

The responsibility for approving or rejecting an application for admission belongs to the Admissions Committee. In order to protect the interests of the applicant, the persons supplying references, the Southern Baptist Convention, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the proceedings of the committee cannot be shared with the applicant or other interested persons.

When an applicant's file is completed, the applicant will be notified promptly by the Admissions Committee concerning action taken. The seminary reserves the right to require a personal interview before a final decision is reached.

Applications are valid for one year from the date filed. An updated application will be required if a student does not enroll within a year of the application submission date.

All documents contained in the applicant's file are the property of the seminary and will not be returned or reproduced for the applicant or other interested persons.

Southwestern Seminary Application Process for Permanent Residents and International Students

International students on F-1 visas must contact the International Student Office to comply with the proper admissions procedures for internationals. International students are allowed to attend the Fort Worth or Houston campus. New international students may begin only during the fall or spring semesters. In addition to the requirements listed above, international students (F-1 visas) must also supply the following:

  • Statement 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.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). 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 79 on the internet-based exam is required for master level applicants.  Southwestern's institutional code is 6668. A minimum score of 100 on the internet-based exam is required for doctoral level applicants.
  • Transcript Evaluation. Official transcripts must be translated into English, indicating degree(s) earned and date(s) conferred. They must be submitted to the Office of Admissions. In addition, applicants are required to submit translated transcripts from all previous institutions outside the United States to SpanTran, The Evaluation Company, for evaluation. For the SpanTran evaluation application, please contact the Office of Admissions.
  • Alien Registration Receipt Card. All resident alien (permanent resident) applicants must provide a copy of their Alien Registration Receipt Card I-551 (green card).
  • Applicants classified as R-1 visa status for religious work must furnish a copy of their R-1 visa accompanied by an employment verification letter from their current employer.

What are the application deadlines for the next academic year?

All applications for admission must be fully processed and approved by the Admissions Committee before enrollment in seminary classes. The following deadlines are indicated so you will be aware of the dates for submitting the application and all supporting documents. Applications and supporting documents received after the deadlines will be processed as quickly as possible.

United States Citizens Optimal dates for completed application:

Scarborough College and Southwestern Seminary Master Programs

  • First Day of Class. Our Admissions Office will work with you until the first day of classes in helping you enroll. As long as the semester has not begun, it is not too late to apply. We are here to help you in the process.  Click here to begin application.

Doctoral Programs

  • Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Theology, School of Preaching, School of Evangelism and Missions
    • For Fall Admission: Last Friday in January
    • For Spring Admission: Last Friday of August
  • Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Church and Family Ministries
    • For Fall Admission: 30 days before entrance interviews conducted April-July
    • For Spring Admission: 30 days before entrance interviews conducted October-December
  • Doctor of Ministry
    • February 1 of the year the applicant anticipates beginning the program
  • Doctor of Educational Ministry
    • For Fall Admission: First Monday in August
    • For Winter Admission: First Monday in November
    • For Summer Admission: First Monday in March
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Church Music/Doctor of Musical Arts
    • For Fall Admission: April 1
    • For Spring Admission: November 1

International Students Optimal dates for completed application:

Scarborough College and Southwestern Seminary Master’s Programs

  • For Fall Admission: April 1
  • For Spring Admission: October 1
  • For Summer Admission: Not eligible to begin in summer semester

Doctoral Programs

  • Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Theology, School of Preaching, School of Evangelism and Missions
    • For Fall Admission: Last Friday in January
    • For Spring Admission: Last Friday of August
  • Doctor of Philosophy in the School of Church and Family Ministries
    • For Fall Admission: 60 days before entrance interviews conducted April-July
    • For Spring Admission: 60 days before entrance interviews conducted October-December
  • Doctor of Ministry
    • February 1 of the year the applicant anticipates beginning the program
  • Doctor of Educational Ministry
    • For Fall Admission: First Monday in August
    • For Winter Admission: First Monday in November
    • For Summer Admission: First Monday in March
  • Doctor of Philosophy in the in Church Music/Doctor of Musical Arts
    • For Fall Admission: April 1
    • For Spring Admission: November 1

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