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 two 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

First you need to go through the application process with our Admissions office. It includes three components. First, you should examine our Admissions Requirements for the DMiss program to ensure that you meet the minimum standards to apply and understand what you have to include with your application.

Second, you 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. Your application must be fully complete in the Admissions Office prior to the stated application deadline to be considered.

Finally, you will need to compose a 2000 word essay using the DMiss Entrance Exam Reader addressing the question from the DMiss Entrance Essay.

The application deadline for matriculation in the summer of 2014 is January 15, 2014.

Phase Two

The second 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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