Applicants seeking to earn a Master’s degree must have graduated from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree or equivalent. The applicant must have maintained a grade point average (GPA) for all college-level coursework of at least a “C” (2.0 on a 4.0 scale).
Applicants seeking to earn a Doctor of Ministry or Doctor of Philosophy degree are encouraged to review the admissions requirements for each program:
In addition to academic requirements, Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary has requirements concerning an applicant’s Christian conduct. These requirements are summarized below. You can find more about these requirements by contacting our Admissions Office, or by reading further in our Catalog and Course Schedules.
Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary is a Christian institution dedicated to providing 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 applying for admittance to any degree program. Christian maturity, personal integrity, and commitment to Christian service are necessary for admission into the Seminary.
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 Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies. Certain courses within the BACS will, however, be relegated to those who are called and meet the qualifications of a pastor or overseer in 1Timothy 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.
Mid-America enthusiastically welcomes female students and offers a host of study options. Female students can choose from an Associate of Christian Education, Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies, Master of Arts in Christian Education, Master of Christian Education, Master of Missiology and Intercultural Studies, Doctor of Ministry in Missiology, Doctor of Ministry in Christian Education, Doctor of Philosophy in Church History, Education, Missions, and Biblical Counseling programs. These programs are designed to prepare students for ministries in Christian education, counseling, or cross-cultural missions. The degree programs designed to specifically prepare someone to serve as an ordained pastor (Associate of Divinity, Master of Divinity) accept only male applicants in order to honor our understanding of biblical church leadership (1 Corinthians 11:3 ff; 1 Timothy 2:9–15).