Application: Anyone desiring admission to either seminary division must file application at
least four weeks prior to registration. (Also students who have not attended in
two years must reapply). Credentials to be presented include:
(1) A completed application.
(2) Three letters giving character recommendation.
(3) Transcripts of work completed in other schools. Transcripts are not required for A.Div. applicants.
(4) Statement of church approval.
(5) Admission Questionnaire, Pre-Study Assessment and Spiritual Gift inventory. These assessments must be completed befoe or during the process of the first enrollment.
(6) Verification of vaccination against bacterial meningitis. The verification form is required of all students. It includes details on proof of vaccination and appropriate exemption. This primarily applies to students attending classes on the main campus who are under the age of 30 at the time of enrollment.
Research and Writing Proficiency. All students must demonstrate proficiency in
writing and research. Prior academic work, entrance testing and/or previous
research papers will be used in evaluating a student’s ability. Students with
deficiencies in English and grammar will be required to take a developmental
English course at a local college. Students with deficiencies in research and
writing will be required to take RE 314. With evidence of deficiency, the Dean may require any student to enroll in the RE 314 course. Undergraduate students may take RE 314 to earn elective credit toward their degree.
Computer Proficiency. All students must demonstrate a basic proficiency in the
use of computers by passing either collegiate/seminary courses or a proficiency
Previous Academic Training. Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary
is primarily a finishing school for religious workers. The highest academic
standards possible shall be maintained. Standards of the Association of
Theological Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools limit
the number of students who can be accepted from non-accredited colleges.
English Proficiency. Prior to the issue of an I-20, applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate a minimum composite score of 550 (a paper-based test) or 213 (a computer-based test) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL
is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Services (ETS) P.O. Box 899,
Princeton, NJ 08540, U.S.A. or http://www.ets.org. This publication is not
endorsed or approved by ETS.
Nonimmigrant Students. This school is authorized under Federal law to enroll
nonimmigrant students. In addition to general admission requirements, proof and
guarantee of financial means of support (use I-134 to verify $14,000 annually) and a $2,000 deposit are required of international students prior to the issue of an I-20. Students are responsible for complying with all U.S. immigration student visa requirments, including the I-901 fee. Forms are available at www.uscis.gov.
Associate of Divinity (A.Div.): Applicants for admission to the A. Div. degree
program must be twenty-five (25) years of age or older and be capable of benefiting
from the program of studies. As a rule, these applicants will be required to
show proof of graduation from high school. Individuals who did not graduate from
high school may be approved for admission by the Admissions Committee on a
probationary basis. Capability is determined after the first semester of studies
(the probationary period). Students who attain and maintain a minimum grade
point average (2.0) are removed from probation and placed in good standing;
otherwise, they are discontinued.
Bachelor of Arts in Religion: Applicants for admission to the Bachelor of Arts
in Religion degree program must have completed a minimum of fifty (50) semester
hours toward an Associate of Arts degree (or hold an A.A. or equivalent) at a
regionally accredited college or university (or an institution not regionally
accredited [SACS, North Central, etc.] but recognized by regionally accredited
colleges and universities in the state where it is located, or accredited by
organizations recognized by the Council for Higher Education Association), with
the provision that all deficiencies in the A.A. are completed before the
bachelor’s degree is conferred. Ordinarily they will be required to have a
cumulative grade point average of 2.0 "C." All students must maintain a
cumulative grade point average of 2.0 throughout the program. Students who do
not have a 2.0 grade point average, but have completed 50 semester hours of
studies toward the A.A., or have an A.A. degree (or equivalent), may be admitted
by the Admissions Committee on a probationary basis. After one semester of
studies, if students have not attained a 2.0 grade point average, they are
Transfer: Applicants who meet the undergraduate admissions requirements may
transfer up to thirty-six (33) semester hours of work from an accredited
institution (or, with approval by the Admissions Committee, from an institution
not regionally accredited but recognized by regionally accredited colleges and
universities in the state where it is located or accredited by organizations
recognized by the CHEA) toward the requirements of the Associate of Divinity degree or
Bachelor of Arts in Religion degree, if the courses are considered equivalent in level, content, and quality to those offered at BMATS and satisfy program requirements, and if an official
transcript can be supplied showing a grade of "C" or above for each course that
is transferred. Credits earned from courses where a letter grade of "D" is
received may not be transferred.
Normally, applicants for admission to master’s studies are required to have a
baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or organizations recognized by the Council for Higher Education Association with a minimum 2.5
grade point average. Provisional admission may be granted to applicants who do
not have a baccalaureate degree, but who have completed a minimum of 100
semester hours of college work (including 75 hours in liberal arts courses),
with the stipulation that no more than thirty-three hours of master’s work may
be taken before their bachelor’s requirements have been completed. Class size is limited
to no more than 20% and program size is limited to no more than 10% of enrollment by students without the baccalaureate degree.
Students who are enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts in Religion program will be
permitted to enroll concurrently in B.A.R. and master’s level courses after they
have satisfied the 100-hour prerequisite. The thirty-three-hour limit is also
applicable to these students. Applicants who do not have a grade point average of 2.5
may be admitted by the Admissions Committee on a probationary basis. Students who do not attain a
2.5 grade point average during the first semester of studies (the probationary
period) and maintain a minimum 2.5 average throughout the program of studies are
Transfer: Applicants who meet the graduate admissions requirements may transfer
up to eighteen (18) semester hours of work from an accredited institution (organizations recognized by the CHEA) toward the requirements of the Master of Arts (Religion)
degree, twenty-seven (27) semester hours toward the Master of Arts in Church Ministries degree,
or forty-two (42) semester hours toward the Master of Divinity degree, if the
courses are considered equivalent in level, content, and quality to those offered at BMATS and satisfy program requirements, and if an official transcript can be supplied showing a grade of
"C" or above for each course that is transferred. Credits earned where a letter
grade of "D" is received may not be transferred.
Due to the different ministries which demand a variety of patterns for pre theological studies, it is not feasible to prescribe one pattern as normative for all pre seminary education. Evidence suggests, however, that a student who has acquired a broad liberal arts background is more adequately prepared for the specialized studies of a seminary curriculum. The person who is anticipating entering seminary for master’s (professional) studies should obtain a general understanding of human existence, social institutions and problems, culture and religion, science and technology, and the processes of reason and understanding.
Applicants who qualify for admission, who will take only a limited number of
courses to fulfill requirements for other institutions, are classified as
SHORT AND SPECIAL COURSES
Some courses are open to all, regardless of previous academic training. Students who enroll for credit in any course must declare the level at which they desire to receive credit at the time of