Admissions Policies


Academic Requirements

Applicants to the Associate program 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, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary has some specific prerequisites concerning Christian conduct. These requirements are summarized below. A further explanation is available by contacting the Admissions Office, or by reading the Catalog.


Christian Experience and Conduct

Mid-America 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 Bacheolor of Associate degrees. Certain courses 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

Degree programs designed to prepare students to serve as ordained pastors 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. 11:33 ff; and 1 Tim. 2:9-15.


ACT/SAT Requirement and Transcripts

  • For any applicant without an ACT/SAT score, who is at least 21 years of age and has been out of high school three years or more, the Masters and Undergraduate Committee will consider admission based on past transcripts and grade point average.
  • Applicants who have completed at least an Associates degree DO NOT need a High School Transcript.
  • Applicants who have not completed any college degree of any sort will need to submit a completed High School Transcript.
  • If an applicant has completed less than 24 hours of college level credit, they must submit an ACT score as well.


Re-admit Policies

  • Once a student is approved, their application approval is good for one full year or two semesters’ opportunities to enroll.
  • Once a student has enrolled in a program their student status begins.
  • If a student enrolls and takes one semester’s worth of classes they are then given one semester to NOT enroll before the Registrar withdraws them. Any time during that one semester they can reenroll with out any re-admit application, etc.
  • If a student withdraws and wishes to return within one calendar year, they must fill out the re-admit information only. If it has been longer than one calendar year they must complete the FULL application.


MABTS Graduates Re-admit Policies

If a graduate wants to enroll in a new program following graduation, they have one calendar year to do so with the re-admit application information only. After that one calendar year they are responsible for the full application.


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