Master of Theology Admission Process

Dive into advanced research in a field of your choice through our two-year Master of Theology program.

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Our Master of Theology program’s two tracks—one with a thesis, one without—allow students to pursue in-depth academic research in their field of study. Learn more about how to apply to the Master of Theology program here:

Entrance Requirements:

Applicants not currently enrolled in the Seminary must apply for admission to the Seminary. Currently, enrolled Seminary students need only to complete the application process for admission to the Th.M. program. Students desiring fall enrollment must complete the application process eight weeks before the fall seminar week; students desiring spring enrollment must complete the application process eight weeks before the spring seminar week. Application forms and individual guidance are available from the Seminary Enrollment Services Office or the Academic Graduate Studies Office.

  • Applicants must submit three references, one from a pastor or ministry leader and two from previous professors. These references should testify to the applicant’s Christian character and academic ability.
  • Applicants must submit a 1-2 page rationale for Th.M. study.
  • Applicants must hold a M.Div. or graduate theological degree with equivalent theological background from an accredited institution. All applicants must have at least four credit hours of New Testament Greek and four credit hours of Biblical Hebrew. Applicants who are deficient in Gateway’s Greek and Hebrew requirements can still apply but will have to remove any deficiency by the end of their first year of study.
  • Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average no lower than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicants must submit a research paper that demonstrates their research and writing capabilities.
  • Applicants may be interviewed by the Ph.D./Th.M. director and/or the Academic Graduate Studies Committee (AGSC).
  • Applicants who do not have English as their native language are required to take an English proficiency exam. Acceptable exams include the TOEFL iBT and IELTS. Applicants who take the TOEFL iBT must 124 score at least a 90. Applicants who choose to take the IELTS must score at least a 7. Applicants from nonEnglish-based programs—for example, bilingual programs—must produce sufficient TOEFL/IELTS scores.
  • Applicants who graduated with an undergraduate or graduate degree from an ATS-accredited Englishlanguage-based institution and who completed all coursework in English will have this testing requirement waived.

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Deadlines: June 15 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester.

It is recommended applicants begin the process at least 30 days before the deadline to ensure completion of the file in time.