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May 2015 - April 2016 Capital Seminary and Graduate School Catalog 
May 2015 - April 2016 Capital Seminary and Graduate School Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Admission Criteria - PhD in Biblical Studies

Admission to the PhD in Biblical Studies program is selective and is reserved for students who demonstrate advanced abilities in the areas of teaching, ministry, and academic scholarship. Applicants should meet or exceed the requirements listed below.

  1. Completion of full Application Process .
  2. Preferred applicants will be those engaged in a teaching or ministry role or those applicants who show exceptional promise for such a role in the future.
  3. Applicants must hold an earned and accredited Master’s degree in an appropriate and related field, with coursework equivalent to either an MDiv or a master’s degree with a thesis. Students who have other Master’s degrees may appeal this requirement to the Dean of the Seminary.
  4. Applicant’s transcripts must reflect a background in biblical, theological, biblical language, and ministry studies. Those applicants who have not completed sufficient coursework in biblical, biblical language, theological, and ministry studies will be required to take “leveling” work to prepare the applicant for the biblical and theological component of the program.
  5. Applicants must submit a writing sample of 15 pages or longer. The sample must be written at the master’s level on a biblical or theological topic.
  6. Applicants with a ThM degree may apply for Advanced Standing. Students who are admitted and approved for Advanced Standing may be allowed to audit BIB 901  ,  BIB 905  , and BIB 906  instead of taking these courses for credit. This will allow them to complete the program with 48 hours of coursework instead of the standard 60 hours while still benefitting from exposure to the course content.
  7. Applicants must hold a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in previous master’s level work. Students may appeal this requirement to the Dean of the Seminary.
  8. Applicants must take the MAT (Miller Analogies Test, www.milleranalogies.com) or GRE (Graduate Record Exam, www.ets.org/gre/general/register) and submit their score as per the application process. The test scores may not be more than five years old at the time of application.
  9. Applicants must complete the Online Computer Proficiency Form.
  10. Applicants whose first language is not English must attain a minimum test score of 600 on the paper-based TOEFL General Test (250 on the computer-based exam or 100 for the Internet-based test) or an equivalent demonstration of the ability to read, write and do academic research in standard English.
  11. The student must obtain employer permission to enter the program. An Employer Permission Form must be on file as part of the application process.
  12. Applicants with deficiencies in required areas may appeal to the Program Director. The Program Director and the Admissions Committee will review the application and may admit the student on a provisional basis. Students admitted on a provisional basis must meet the requirements set forth by the Program Director and the Admissions Committee in the time allotted in order to remain in the program.
  13. Applicants must provide three confidential reference forms (1 academic, 1 characer, and 1 pastor) using the Recommendation for Admission Form for each.