smiling professorA student seeking the Master of Theological Studies Degree must meet the following admission requirements:

1. The completion of a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.


  • Applicants from an institution accredited by the American Association of Bible Colleges, or from other institutions not accredited by a regional association, will be considered on an individual basis. If accepted, provisional standing will be applied. After completion of 12 units earning a grade of “B” or better in each course, the student may request transferring to regular standing.
  • Students in the senior year of their Bachelor’s degree can still apply. If admitted, he or she will have conditional standing while finishing their Bachelor’s degree.

2. A cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a four-point scale) in all Bachelor’s work.

If the GPA is below 2.5, student applications may still be considered at the discretion of the Admissions Committee. If accepted, provisional status will be granted, requiring completion the first 12 units of graduate level courses with grades of “B” or above before receiving further consideration for regular standing in the Graduate Programs in Religion.

3. Completion of New Testament Survey and Old Testament Survey classes or equivalent reading lists prior to beginning New Testament Exegesis and Old Testament Exegesis classes in student’s first year of study. Reading lists can be requested from Graduate Admissions and submitted to the Graduate Religion office upon completion.

4. International students have additional admission requirements, which can be reviewed by clicking here.

Upon Acceptance

Applicants who are offered acceptance are asked to submit the following items within fifteen days of their acceptance date:

  • Acknowledgement of Acceptance (form provided in acceptance packet) indicating your intent to enroll for graduate studies at Vanguard;
  • $100 Enrollment Deposit (nonrefundable) which will be applied to your first semester’s tuition.