Visiting the Seminary

Potential applicants are invited to visit the Seminary. For room reservations and a tour of the campus, visitors should write or call the Welcome Center, Tennessee Temple University, 1815 Union Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404, (423) 493-4100. For appointments with the faculty or for visiting classes, visitors should write or call the Seminary at 1815 Union Avenue, Chattanooga, TN 37404, (423) 493-4260.


Applications should ordinarily be made at least two months before planned entry into the Seminary program. The following procedure should be followed. All application materials should be sent directly to the Admissions Office.

  1. Fill out the online application and click "submit" when you have completed it.
  2. Have transcripts from all schools attended since graduation from high school mailed directly to the Admissions Office. The entrance requirement for all Masters degrees is a 2.75 GPA on a scale of 4.0. Special consideration may be given for marginal GPA's.
  3. Provide a pastoral reference, at the following link here.

International Students

Temple Baptist Seminary is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. International students who wish to apply for admission and who come from non-English speaking countries must first take the "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL) and have the scores sent to the Seminary Office. A paper score of 550 and a Test of Written English score of 6 or above are needed. For information write: Educational Testing Service, CN 6155, Princeton, NJ 08541-6155, U.S.A. or visit their web site at

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 Seminary Office. Graduates of foreign colleges s or universities should submit copies of their college transcript 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.

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