Frequently Asked Questions
Where do I submit applications items?
All application requirements should be submitted directly to Gateway Seminary’s Enrollment Office:
3210 E. Guasti Road
Ontario, CA 91761
What items do I need to submit to complete my application?
You can find out what else you need to submit to complete your application by logging into Haven to check your application status, or by emailing
or calling 888.442.8701
You can also view application requirements for each program.
Master's degrees and diploma programs
Certificates and special students
Doctor of Philosophy
Master of Theology
Is there an application deadline?
There is no firm deadline for application submission. However, in the interest of new student success, we suggest that applications are completed by July 15 for fall term entry and by December 15 for spring term entry.
How much does seminary cost?
Master’s-level tuition is determined by these factors: The amount of credit hours/units is the student registered for this semester. If the student is an active, current member of a Southern Baptist church. The amount of online courses a student takes.
Check the tuition and fees page and our tuition calculator to estimate the cost of seminary.
I studied at Gateway Seminary in the past. Do I have to reapply?
Students who have not enrolled in classes for more than two consecutive regular semesters must submit a new application for admission. The good news is that they may not have to start from scratch. Once they submit a new application, the Enrollment team will review their previous student file and inform them if there are valid application requirements that they would not need to submit.
I do not have a bachelor’s degree. What are my options?
Gateway Seminary exists to shape leaders who expand God’s Kingdom around the world and not all leaders have completed a bachelor’s degree. The seminary has created a way for those lacking a conferred undergraduate degree to pursue seminary studies through the master’s by exception policy.
A student must request admission under this provision in writing through the Office of Enrollment and may initiate this request only after all qualifying criteria have been met:
1. Students requesting a master's by exception must be at least 25 years of age at the time of the submitted request.
2. Applicants must demonstrate their ability to do graduate-level work by entering the Seminary as a diploma student and by completing at least 20 hours of Gateway Seminary coursework required in the master’s degree sought (at least 6 hours of introductory courses in New Testament, Old Testament, history, or theology) with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Electives, transfer credits and ADVANCE courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.
3. This provision will not be granted to previous students who graduated with diploma degrees.
When do the upcoming terms begin?
Gateway Seminary operates on a semester schedule. Here are dates of upcoming terms for our Los Angeles campus and online:
Spring 2019: January 28, 2019 – May 18, 2019
Summer 2019 term: June 3, 2019 – July 27, 2019
Fall 2019: August 26, 2019 – December 14, 2019
January 2019 term: January 6, 2019 – January 25, 2019
Spring 2020: February 3, 2020 – May 23, 2020
Summer 2020 term: June 1, 2020 – July 25, 2020
Fall 2020: August 24, 2020 – December 12, 2020
Ph.D./Th.M. seminars, D.Min. cohorts and regional campuses may follow a different schedule of class sessions, so please inquire with their respective offices about specific start dates. This information can also be found in the current Academic Catalog.
When do seminary classes meet?
Gateway builds course schedules that consider the demands of life, family and ministry. There are many class options that can fit into your schedule. Check out our course search tool for specifics.
Courses are offered in a variety of formats including, once per week, once every other week, one Saturday per month or two weekends per semester.
Can I take a on-campus and online classes simultaneously?
Yes! Many students enjoy the flexibility of taking a mixture of on-campus, online and remote access classes. Keep in mind, some scholarships and F-1 visa regulations may have stipulations about course locations.
Which degrees are offered at each Gateway campus?