Admissions

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. In addition, MAC applicants must have taken the GRE within the last five years. GRE scoring procedures have recently changed, and HGST is currently re-evaluating the minimum score required for acceptance into the MAC program. We will update this page with minimum GRE score requirements when they become available. In certain cases, the GRE requirement may be waived.

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 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)
  • A GRE score if applying to the MAC program (our institution code is 6957)
  • Completed English Proficiency Exam (taken at HGST)
  • 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).

 

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)
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary schools previously attended sent from the school to HGST
  • Three reference forms (one from a denominational supervisor, one from a ministry colleague, and one personal)
  • A church 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

 

 

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