Applicants to the Associate program or the Certificate of Ministry Program in Ministry Preparation must have graduated from high school or received a GED (Graduate Equivalence Diploma).
Applicants to the Master program must have graduated from an accredited college or university with a bachelor degree or equivalent. The applicant's grade point average for all college-level work must be at least a "C" (2.0 on a 4.0 scale).
In addition to academic regulations, the Northeast Branch has some specific prerequisites concerning Christian conduct. These requirements are summarized below. A further explanation is available by contacting the Northeast Branch, or by reading the Catalog.
Christian Experience and Conduct
The Northeast Branch of Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary is a Christian institution whose primary purpose is to provide graduate theological training for effective service in church-related and missions vocations. Applicants to the Seminary must have professed Christ as Savior for at least one year before registration. Maturity of character, personal integrity, and commitment to Christian service are necessary for acceptable study in the Seminary.
Regulation Regarding Divorce
The Seminary holds the position that marriage is intended to be a lifelong covenant between one woman and one man. The primary biblical passages that support this understanding are: Matthew 5:32; 19:3-9; Mark 10-9; Luke 16:18 and Malachi 2:16. Therefore, the Seminary seeks to honor God’s original intention of marriage and views divorce as a serious matter.
While the Seminary understands that marital situations are unique and divorce is a reality, the Seminary will allow anyone who is divorced to apply for the Associate of Occupational Studies. Certain courses within the AOS will, however, be relegated to those who are called and meet the qualifications of a pastor or overseer in 1 Timothy 3:1-7 and Titus 1:5-9 (men only, not divorced, spouse not divorced). The Seminary does not admit anyone as a student who has ever been divorced or whose spouse has ever been divorced in the Master programs or Doctoral programs. This regulation applies without exception both to those who are innocent parties of divorce and to others. Such a policy does not judge the manner of life of any divorced person.
Regulations Regarding Women Students
The Seminary admits women as students to study only for the Associate of Occupational Studies degree. Degree programs designed to prepare students to serve as ordained pastors such as the Master of Divinity degree are available only to male students. This policy accords with the Seminary's conviction that the ordained pastor of a church must be male. Scriptural support is found in 1 Cor. 11:3 ff; and 1 Tim. 2:9-15.
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