the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

New Student Categories

  • New – These are students who have completed the entire admissions process by submitting all required information and who have been approved into a degree program.
  • Transfer – Any student wishing to transfer in one or more hours of regionally accredited master’s level coursework.
  • Readmit – Any student seeking to gain readmission into the program from which they formerly withdrew.
  • Non-Degree status – Normally a one-semester status, it is intended for students wishing to transfer credits to another institution or those who only wish to complete a minimal number of courses from SBTS. This may also be used by students who are in the process of applying but will be unable to complete all requirements before the deadline. Admittance as a non-degree student in no way guarantees admission into a degree program. Please note that Non-Degree students are not eligible for Financial Aid.
  • Academic Probation – Students lacking a 2.4 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) may be admitted on a case-by-case basis under Academic Probation. The student must maintain a “C” average for the first two semesters in order for Academic Probation to be removed.
  • Visiting Scholar – A student who is regularly enrolled in another accredited institution may enroll at Southern Seminary for a limited period (one semester) upon recommendation of the dean and registrar of the student’s home institution. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that credit will transfer to the home institution. To enroll, applicants must complete the Visiting Scholar application, which can be obtained through the Admissions Office.
  • Incomplete Bachelor’s Degree – Students who have a strong cumulative GPA (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) and who are within one semester of completing an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution may be granted Admission with Academic Deficiency. Specific documentation must be provided ensuring the completion of the bachelor’s degree within the first semester of registration at the seminary. Students who do not fulfill this obligation will be immediately removed from classes. No more than two semesters can be completed within this acceptance status.
  • Provisional – Provisional admission to master’s level programs may be granted, on an individual basis to applicants who have graduated from an institution lacking regional accreditation in the U.S. or Canada. In order to qualify, applicant’s cumulative GPA must be over 3.0. The applicant’s course of study must have included at least 60 hours in the areas listed below. No more than 30 hours can be from areas broadly considered to be courses of Instruction related to ministry preparation. The applicant must have taken classes in at least six of the following areas and no more than 12 hours from a single area can be counted towards the 60 hours total. If accepted under Provisional Admission, the student will be placed on Academic Probation and must maintain a “C” average for the first two semesters.
    • English/Speech
    • History/Geography/Cultural Studies
    • Philosophy/Ethics
    • Psychology/Social Science/Management
    • Fine Arts (music, art, drama)
    • Natural Science
    • Mathematics/Statistics
    • Modern Foreign Languages
    • Biblical Studies
    • Religious Studies (history, theology, ministry)
    • Biblical Languages
    • Professional Studies
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.