the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Admissions Requirements

  1. Church/Pastoral Recommendation Form: All applicants must receive official endorsement from the local church where they are a member. All applicants are expected to have maintained official church membership for a minimum of one year.
  2. Recommendation Forms: We suggest that a professor and a business acquaintance each complete one of your recommendation forms. Family members may not complete one. Recommenders must have known the applicant for a minimum of one year. If for some reason recommendations do not reflect this kind of diversity, the Admissions Office may request additional forms.  Applicants for Research Doctoral programs should submit recommendations more heavily weighted towards academics.
  3. Pastor/Leader Recommendation Form: This is a requirement for all MATS and MATSIL applicants. The Pastor/Leader Recommendation is submitted in lieu of the Church/Pastoral Recommendation Form and two recommendations.
  4. Spiritual Autobiography: The Spiritual Autobiography is made up of three small sections. Each section is a 1000 characters or less explanation of 1) your understanding of the gospel 2) your conversion and spiritual growth 3) your call to ministry and reason for applying to SBTS. MATS applicants must indicate that they understand that the MATS degree is designed for laypersons only and not for those pursuing vocational ministry.
  5. Academic Paper: This is a requirement for Advanced Master of Divinity and all Research Doctoral applicants. Applicants are required to submit a writing sample from their undergraduate or seminary education, respectively. This requirement allows for proper analysis of an applicant’s writing and research abilities. Please submit an unmarked sample from your previous schooling. It should be a clean copy and may account for former professor’s editorial comments.
  6. Official Transcripts: Transcription from the educational institution or institutions that conferred any required degrees should be submitted to the Admissions Office. Diploma applicants must submit an official copy of their high school diploma or GED, unless the applicant has completed a minimum of 24 hours of college credit. An official transcript will include grades received for each course, date of graduation and should be sent directly from the college or school attended to the Admissions Office.
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.