Graduate Program Application

For MA in Theological Studies and Master of Divinity.

Graduate Program Prerequisites

  • At least a bachelor’s degree or educational equivalent from an accredited school (a master’s degree from an accredited school will substitute for a bachelor’s degree)
  • Grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 on undergraduate work
  • Applicants who are not native English language speakers must demonstrate English proficiency

Church and parachurch leaders without a bachelor’s degree, or students who fall short of the GPA requirements should see the Prerequisite Exceptions below.

Application Steps

  1. Fill Out the online Graduate Application form.
  2. Get a recommendation from an overseeing pastor, board member, or similar position using this recommendation form. Have the recommender mail their recommendation directly to Shiloh University.
  3. Request to have your official undergraduate or graduate transcripts sent directly to Shiloh University. We recommend that you contact your school at least one month before the admission deadline.

    Admissions, Shiloh University
    416 D Avenue
    P.O. Box 846,
    Kalona, IA

    Students whose previous education did not take place in the United States will need to work with the WES (World Education Services) to have their educational experience evaluated. For information on the evaluation process refer to the World Education Services website.
  4. Write a personal essay (300-500 words) that includes all of the following:
    • Your name, mailing address, and email address
    • A description of your Christian experience
    • Your reasons for wanting to study at Shiloh University
    • How you plan to accomplish your program of study (each 3-unit course generally requires 10 – 12 hours per week)
    • How your degree will help you in your life and ministry
  5. Submit the following items in the online application portal (available after starting an application):
    • Your personal essay
    • A copy of your government issued identification card (front and back)
  6. You will receive the Admissions Committee decision and your next steps within two weeks after the admissions deadline.

For visual / hearing accessibility assistance in applying, please email the admissions office or call (319) 594-7446.

Processing and Notification

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required information is submitted to the Admissions office. Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee. Admission decisions are communicated to applicants in writing as soon as possible after the decision has been made, but typically no later than two weeks after the admission deadline. Upon notification of acceptance, applicants must return a signed enrollment agreement to the admissions office.

Transferring Credits into Graduate Programs

Following is the maximum allowable transfer credit for each program:

  • 18 units may be transferred into the MATS program
  • 37 units may be transferred into the MDiv program

Only courses with an earned grade of B- (2.67) or higher will be accepted for transfer credit, including:

  • Units from an accredited graduate level biblical and/or ministerial studies program.
  • For MDiv applicants who received a bachelor’s degree in biblical and/or ministerial studies from an accredited Bible college, up to 18 units awarded for biblical studies at the undergraduate level.
  • For MDiv applicants, up to two CPE completed prior to enrolling in the MDiv program may be accepted towards program requirements: the 300 hour Supervised Ministry requirement and three units of elective credit. CPE credit applied towards these requirements must be no more than three years old and ten years old respectively.
  • For MDiv applicants, up to three CPE credits taken while enrolled in the MDiv program may be accepted towards program requirements: the 300 hour Supervised Ministry requirement, Mentored Ministry course, and three units of elective credit.
  • While prior-earned CPE credit and concurrently-earned CPE are both considered, no more than three CPE credits will be considered for transfer.

English Language Requirement

Prospective Graduate students who are not native English language speakers are required to demonstrate proficiency through one of the following methods:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum required scores:
    • 71 on internet-based test (iTOEFL)
    • 530 on paper-based test (pTOEFL)
  • At least a 6.5 on International English Language Test Score (IELTS).
  • At least a 50 on Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report.
  • A high school diploma completed at an accredited/recognized high school where the medium of instruction is English.
  • At least a Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS’s English as a Second Language Placement Test.
  • At least a Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam
  • A minimum B-2 English proficiency level from the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) as assessed through various ESOL examinations.
  • Submission of a transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester hours of credit at an English-speaking accredited college or university. Graduate student must have maintained a ‘B’ grade point average or higher. All non-U.S. transcripts may need to be reviewed by the World Education Services before they can be accepted.

Prerequisite Exceptions

The following exceptions may be awarded at the discretion of the University.

Students who do not meet admissions GPA prerequisites may be admitted if they have experience or attributes which demonstrate a strong indication of success in a graduate level program. If accepted, the student will be placed on admissions probation for the first 15 units and must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average in all classes during the probationary period.

Church and Parachurch Leaders

Church and parachurch leaders who do not have an undergraduate degree may be admitted if they have 5 years of full-time ministry experience (ten years part-time) and are actively engaged in a church leadership role. A limited number of qualifying students can be admitted. Please contact the admissions department before applying through this exception.

Additional requirements for those applying under this exception are:

  • An additional reference from church or denominational leadership.
  • A detailed resume showing at least twelve years of work experience.
  • A detailed resume showing at least 5 years of full-time ministry experience (or ten years part-time), and actively engaged in church leadership role.
  • An additional 500 word essay about applicant’s rationale for pursuing a graduate degree instead of an undergraduate degree.
  • Official high school transcript or official General Education Development (GED) transcript.
  • One of the following:
    1. Undergraduate Units: Official transcript showing at least 30 semester units (hours) of undergraduate courses from an accredited school with a minimum GPA of 2.50, in the following areas:
      • English / Communication – writing (3 units)
      • English / Communication – speech (3 units)
      • And 24 units from a combination of the following:
        – History / Cultures (3 to 9 units)
        – Humanities / Language (6 to 12 units)
        – Social Science (3 to 9 units)
        – Mathematics & Natural Science (3 to 6 units)
      • Note that the GRE may be required even if you have 30 semester hours of undergraduate courses.
    2. GRE Test Score: Official transcript showing passing score on GRE verbal and analytical sections. A passing score for the verbal section is 153; a passing score for the analytical is 4. Register for a GRE test on the ETS website. Use code 6716 when taking the test to indicate Shiloh University as the score recipient.