Doctor of Ministry
Students interested in the Doctor of Ministry program are required to confer with an admissions representative and complete an application.
The following items are required for consideration of admission:
completed online South College application,
official transcripts from each regionally or approved accredited institution of higher education attended for earned bachelor’s and graduate degrees,
evidence of earning a M.Div. or MA degree in biblical, theological, and ministry studies with at least 54 quarter hour credits (36 semester hour credits) from an accepted accredited institution,
evidence of a minimum overall GPA of 2.75 earned in the bachelor’s degree and 3.00 for a graduate degree, and
interview with the program director.
Students with graduate degrees in biblical, theological and ministry studies totaling fewer than 54 quarter hour credits (36 semester hour credits) will need to complete additional coursework in the Master of Arts in Ministry program to in order to achieve the required number of credits for admission.
Students with a graduate GPA of less than 3.00 may be considered for conditional admission. If they achieve a GPA of 3.00 or higher after the first quarter, they may be admitted as regular enrolled students.
International Student Admission
International students may be citizens of the United States with foreign academic credentials, permanent residents of the US, or non-resident students who must study from their home country. South College cannot issue paperwork for students in the Doctor of Ministry program to obtain a student (F-1) visa.
In order to be considered for admission, international students must meet the admissions requirements for the Doctor of Ministry program, subject to the following:
Official College and/or University Transcript(s): Official transcripts (written in English or translation, if not originally in English) of students’ college or university work must be sent directly from the college or university to the Admissions Office at South College. If original documents are not available, certified copies will be accepted. The certification must clearly state that the degree completed is equivalent to a two-year graduate degree from a North American institution.
English Language Proficiency Documentation: Since all instruction, reading, and research in the Doctor of Ministry program is in English, it is essential that all international students be able to understand and speak English fluently. In light of this, the college requires for graduate admission a paper-based TOEFL score of 575, computer-based TOEFL score of 233, or an Internet-based TOEFL score of 90 for students whose native language is not English, or whose primary language of instruction on the undergraduate level was not English. A student’s TOEFL requirement may be waived if he or she is enrolling in a bilingual cohort or has scored above the minimum score for acceptance on either the GMAT or GRE.
It is highly recommended that international students applying to South College submit an application at least four months prior to the desired date of enrollment.