Student CommonsAdmission Requirements

Master’s Programs & Non-Degree Students

Students applying for our Master’s programs must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants to the MDiv, MASD, MAML and MAC programs must have had an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5. Applicants for the MTS degree must have had an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. If you do not meet these requirements, please contact the Admissions Office to set up an appointment to review your specific situation.

In addition to the Master’s Application, applicants to the Masters programs must submit the following:

  • An application fee ($50 before the application deadline and $100 after the deadline)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools previously attended sent directly from the school to HGST
  • Three reference forms (one academic, one pastoral, and one personal or professional)
  • Completed admission questions for the appropriate program (MAC, MAML, MASDMDiv, MTS, ND)


  • All Master’s applicants will be asked to come to campus to complete the English Proficiency Exam as part of the Admissions process. The exam is fifty multiple-choice questions and is free of charge.
  • Master of Arts in Counseling applicants must take the GRE General Test unless they receive a waiver. Scores from up to five years prior to application will be accepted. HGST’s institution code is 6957. The minimum score is 281 combined.
  • For applicants whose first language is not English, a TOEFL score must be submitted. HGST’s institution code is 0017. Students must score at least 550 (written), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based).

Doctor of Ministry Program

Students applying for the Doctor of Ministry must have eaned a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Additionally, these applicants must have had three years of experience in ministry after achieving their first theological degree, and they must be actively involved in a ministry setting.

In addition to the DMin Application, Doctoral applicants must submit:

  • An application fee ($100 before the application deadline and $150 after the deadline)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools previously attended sent directly from the school to HGST
  • Three reference forms (denominational supervisor, ministry colleague, and personal)
  • A Church Endorsement Form endorsement form or a commanding officer endorsement letter (for military chaplains only)
  • Completed admission questions
  • A TOEFL score if English is not the student’s primary language (our institution code is 0017). Students must score at least 550 (written), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based).

Transfer Students & Special Cases

Students who wish to transfer to HGST from another seminary must follow the same application procedures as outlined above. These students must petition the Academic Office in writing to grant transfer credit. The Academic Office may request additional information, such as course descriptions or syllabi, before granting transfer credit.

Students who are currently attending other institutions but who wish to take a few classes at HGST do not need to submit transcripts from their previous academic work. These students only need to submit the following:

  • A letter of good standing from the registrar at their current school
  • An HGST Master’s Application and fee

Students who need to take additional courses to satisfy denominational or state licensure requirements must submit the following:

  • A letter from their denomination or the state indicating that they are required to take additional coursework
  • A transcript showing their most recent degree
  • An HGST Master’s Application and fee

International transfer students should click here for additional instructions.