Admissions Policy and Criteria

 

Admissions Policy

Thirdmill Seminary accepts academically qualified applicants, who are recommended by their pastor or other spiritual mentor as possessing a credible profession of faith in Jesus Christ, gifts from the Holy Spirit, and mature Christian character for servant-leadership in Christ’s church. Because our mission is to provide affordable access to sound theological and biblical training, we admit all qualified applicants. Admission is based on demonstrated academic ability, demonstrated ministry skills and mentor support in a local ministry context for the challenges of graduate level learning. 

 

Non-Discrimination Policy

Thirdmill Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ethnic origin or sexual orientation in the administration of its admissions and educational policies, its scholarships, and its programs.

 

Admissions Criteria

Applications are due no later than 4 weeks prior to the beginning of each 8-week term. All relevant dates for the application and enrollment process are stated in advance on our academic calendar and kept current on our website. The required elements of a complete application folder in order for an application to be considered by our admissions committee are as follows:

 

Application Requirements - Graduate Certificate in Bible and Theology

  1. Completed application form and application fee

  2. Completed Writing Samples

  3. Pastoral Recommendation Form 

  4. Government issued ID

  5. Official Transcript(s) from undergraduate program(s) 

 

Application Requirements - Master of Arts in Christian Studies

  1. Completed application form and application fee

  2. Completed Writing Samples

  3. Pastoral Recommendation Form 

  4. Government issued ID

  5. Official Transcript(s) from undergraduate program(s) 

Language Proficiency 

Each applicant must demonstrate proficiency in the language of the program to which they are applying. If the applicant is not a native speaker, their writing samples on the application do not exhibit proficiency, and/or their undergraduate degree is not in the language of the program to which they are applying, the Director of Student Services may request that the applicant take a language proficiency test. If requested, the applicant must take the proficiency test and score in the B1 range (European standard) in order to have their application considered further.

Transcript Evaluation

If your degree is from a school outside the US, we utilize lists of member agencies and schools compiled and monitored by the International Council for Evangelical Theological Education as a help in determining accreditation credentials. See list at ICETE.

 

If we are unfamiliar with the school or do not find it listed with ICETE, we use the services of credential evaluation agencies approved by the Florida Department of Education (link at FDOE). We must pass on any costs for these services to applicants, but we notify applicants of specific costs, and gain their agreement to pay before securing these services.