Admission Prerequisites:

  • Baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • A minimum college cumulative grade point average of 2.4 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants with a college cumulative grade point average below 2.4 (on a 4.0 scale) may be accepted on academic probation on an individual basis.
  • A minimum of one year of church membership.

Application Requirements:

International Applicants:

  • International students must submit an official score report of TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) if English is not their native language. Scores must meet or exceed a minimum of 83 (internet-based) or 220 (computer based) at be no more than 3 years old.

Advanced Master of Divinity requirement:

  • Applicants must submit an academic paper of 12-15 pages in length written during undergraduate study as a research and writing sample.
  • Students applying to the Advanced Master of Divinity are required to pass Greek and Hebrew placement exams. These exams cover Southern’s Elementary Greek & Hebrew language courses & can be completed at a distance with a proctor. To make arrangements for these placement tests, contact the Office of Student Success at or call 502-897-4680 and let them know you are interested in completing language placement tests.
  • Advanced M.Div. applicants must have a minimum of a 3.3 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale. Additionally, students must have completed at least 12 hours in biblical studies, 12 hours in history & theology, and 12 hours in biblical, ministerial, theological, or related electives at the undergraduate level. Only courses in which a grade of “B” or higher was achieved will be recognized.

Additional Information:

  • MATS students must indicate in their spiritual autobiography that they understand this degree is for laypersons only and they do not plan on serving in a pastoral or staff position. The only exception is the MATS in Intercultural Leadership. Students applying for MATSIL are expected to be full time missionaries or candidates for appointment.
  • Worship Leadership and Church Music students will take placement exams during orientation week prior to their first semester of classes. These exams help the Music and Worship department determine the areas of musical strengths and weaknesses of each student. Some students will be required to take one or more pregraduate level music courses as they work on their graduate degrees. Study guides for these placement exams are available in the School of Church Ministries office (502-897-4115).
  • The Master of Church Music degree usually requires an undergraduate degree in music.
  • Additional items may be requested by the Admissions Office as needed.