the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Admissions Process

Thank you for your interest in the doctoral program at Southern Seminary. The following information is designed to give you insight into the DMiss application process. The DMiss application process occurs in three phases, which are described below. You can also look at the DMiss Program Process for a checklist of the steps that need to be taken.

Phase One

Interested students should first examine the Admissions Requirements for the DMiss program to ensure that they meet the minimum standards to apply and understand what they have to include with the application.

Second, students will submit an application for the DMiss program to our Admissions office. Because the application includes several parts, we recommend that you submit as many parts as you can, as soon as you can. It normally takes a minimum of 1-2 months to turn in all the parts to the application. Please be aware that it can take up to a month for GRE scores to be sent to us after taking the exam. Your application must be fully complete in the Admissions Office prior to the stated application deadline to be considered.

The application deadline for matriculation in the Winter of 2014 is September 1, 2014.

Phase Two

After the application deadline, qualified students will progress to the second phase of the application process. In this phase, students will be given a DMiss Entrance Examination and will compose a 2000 word essay using the DMiss Entrance Exam Reader.

Phase Three

The third and final phase of the admissions process is a faculty interview. Faculty interviews provide our professors the opportunity to interact with applicants and allow applicants the chance to get to know the faculty. Students should prepare to discuss not only their research interests but also their personal interests.

Admission Prerequisites

  • Students desiring admission to the DMiss program must have earned a regionally-accredited Master of Divinity, a Master of Arts in Missiology, or its equivalent from a regionally accredited or ATS accredited seminary.
  • Students having earned a Master’s degree but lacking required hours may complete the additional hours through online or on-campus study at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.
  • The student must have completed his or her Master’s degree with a minimum grade point average of B+ (3.3 on a 4.0 scale).
  • In most cases, a minimum of two years of appropriate field experience in cross-cultural ministry.

Actions Required for Admission

  • TOEFL: Non-native English speakers, including those who have graduated from any U.S. school, must submit an official score report of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL scores must meet a minimum of 90 for internet-based test (iBT), 233 for computer-based test (CBT) or 575 for paper-based test (PBT).
  • DMiss Entrance Exam: Successful completion of a written qualifying exam. The essay will help determine the applicants quality and style of writing. Contact the Director of the Doctor of Missiology Program for more information.
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