The mission of Tennessee Temple University is to provide Christ-centered
higher education that transforms lives academically and spiritually for the glory of God.
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In order for you to understand the process of becoming a student at Temple Baptist Seminary, we have included the following Admissions Requirements. The application for admission to the seminary is an online application. Temple Baptist Seminary was established to train and equip both men and women, lay persons and professionals, for the work of the ministry. It thus seeks students who are spiritually dedicated and are willing to devote themselves to diligent study and preparation for the ministry. The Seminary admits academically qualified students who are born again and possess a Christian testimony consistent with the philosophy, doctrine, and standards of the Seminary.
Temple Baptist Seminary admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin, sex, age, or handicap to all the rights, privileges, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the Seminary. In accordance with its doctrinal position, the Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of these in its employment practices or administration of its educational policies, resources, or other school-administered programs. The Seminary desires its student body to have a diversity in race, ethnic origin, age, and gender.
A BA or BS degree or the equivalent from a recognized college is a basic prerequisite for entrance into the Seminary. The bachelor degree may be a religion degree from a Bible college or Christian university or may reflect a broad selection of liberal arts credits. Students applying for the Certificate program should contact the office of the Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry for information on pre-seminary requirements.
Students transferring from a recognized seminary or graduate school must follow the general application procedures. The minimum grade that can be transferred into each program is as follows:
A grade of C for the M.Min., M.A.B.S., M.A.C.E., and M.Div. degrees.
A grade of B for the D.Min. degree.
The student may be asked to make up deficiencies in view of Temple's program. A student may transfer up to one-half of the hours for the master's degree programs.
In rare circumstances the Seminary considers applicants who, although not meeting the standard admission requirements, exhibit sufficient academic ability and knowledge, and through tests or interviews can show demonstrable equivalency in academic knowledge, achievement, and competence to perform successfully in the Seminary on the beginning level or on an advanced level. Decisions concerning the admission and status of these students are made by the Seminary Review Committee based on data gathered by the administration and faculty. Students entering through this avenue are placed on academic probation and are limited to no more than 10% of the total Seminary enrollment.
Special admission or transfer on the beginning level or on an advanced level is granted on an individual basis after thorough evaluation. It does not constitute recognition of the institution where the applicant earned his undergraduate or graduate degree.
The minimum admissions requirement for the Certificate Program is a high school diploma or GED. A student with three years of college education may be admitted into the Certificate programs (Certificate of Biblical Studies, Certificate of Christian MInistries). Those who enter a Certificate Program with a minimum of 90 semester hours of college-level credits earned in an accredited institution may complete a baccalaureate equivalency requirement after completing the Certificate Program. Students who have earned a bachelor degree may petition the Dean of the Seminary for the certificate courses to apply toward a seminary master's degree.
International student applicants must have a sponsor who is a citizen of the United States and must submit an Affidavit of Support (I-134). The total tuition for the first year must be paid before receiving an acceptance letter.
Form I-20 is required by the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) to verify that the applicant has been accepted. The form shows the applicant’s basis of financial support and is necessary to obtain a visa.
Form I-20 is mailed to the applicant after he has completed all the admission requirements and demonstrated that he has sufficient income to pay all school expenses.
It is illegal for international students to work off campus without permission from the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Permission can only be granted in unusual circumstances and after the first year as a student. There must be a justifiable, unforeseen change in the financial status under which the student was admitted to receive permission to work off campus.
*International students must enroll full-time (minimum of 9 semester hours) each semester.
No international student should come to TBS on a visitor’s visa, expecting to transfer to a student visa, and begin work to support himself in this country. Requests for any further information should be directed to the Registrar's Office. Graduates of foreign colleges or universities should submit their transcripts to World Education Services and request that a course-by-course transcript evaluation be sent to TBS.
TBS courses are approved for veterans training under Chapter 30, 31, 32, 34/30, 35, 1606, and 1607 of Title 38, U.S. Code. Veterans under Chapter 31 (Vocational Rehabilitation) are paid a monthly allowance, and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs pays the school for tuition, fees, books, and supplies. The VA pays all others a monthly allowance based on their academic load. These veterans are responsible to pay the school for all charges.
Veterans, having their files complete and letters of acceptance to Temple in sufficient time, may receive advance payment. This makes it possible for the veteran to have at the school, when he arrives, a check covering approximately one month’s benefits. When an application is made to Temple, the veteran will receive the proper VA forms with information covering the advance pay deadline.
A certified copy of the veteran’s DD-214 should be submitted with these forms when they are returned to the Seminary Office. The veteran who has previously used his benefits should so indicate when he applies for admission.