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In order to be considered for enrollment to the Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling program at The Master’s University (TMU), the following eligibility requirements must be met by the applicant. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee the applicant will be accepted into the program. The administration and faculty of the university reserve the right to withdraw the privilege of enrollment or to place a student on probation if, after enrollment, the student proves to be lacking in these qualifications.
An individual must meet the following requirements to be admitted to TMU’s D.Min. degree program:
The following documents must be submitted in order to apply to The Master’s University:
*Official transcripts refer to transcripts that are sent using a safe method of transference, such as a secure online portal or a sealed envelope through the mail. Most institutions can send transcripts using one of these two methods. See “Reach out to Your Institutions for Official Transcripts” on our Admissions page for more information.
To be admitted into the DMinBC program, your institutions will need to be regionally accredited. Regional accreditation denotes a type of accreditation as authorized by the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC). For your institution to be considered regionally accredited, your school must be accredited by one of the following 7 commissions governed by this council…
There are a few other accreditation commissions that qualify as regional accreditation, but they are rarer and give accreditation to special technical, vocational, and community colleges.
To see if your school is regionally accredited, you can search for your institution on the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs (DAPIP) website (button below), and make sure your institution was accredited under one of the commissions above when you graduated from your institution. If the website is unclear or you are unsure, you can always reach out to your institution directly to find out their status of accreditation during the time you graduated.
The Doctor of Ministry in Biblical Counseling program is currently waiting for approval from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to enroll students with foreign citizenship into the program. Until approval is given, we cannot enroll international students at this time. Any international student is welcome to proceed with the process of admission, but will be unable to start classes until this approval is granted.
The Master’s University is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. If this describes you, there a few additional requirements you will need to fulfill before you can start taking classes in the DMinBC program…
If either your undergraduate or graduate transcripts are from an institution outside of the United States, our office can check to see if your institution has already received official approval of evaluation by our institution. Our department will be contacted automatically about this when you start an application and add your international institution(s) to it. If our office cannot find prior evidence of evaluation for your institution, you will need to have your transcripts evaluated to make sure your institution complies with our regional accreditation. At this moment, we do not have anyone on staff at The Master’s University who is trained to evaluate international transcripts. You will need to have your transcripts evaluated through a credible U.S. based third-party agency. Evaluations from international third-party agencies will not be accepted. Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) is a good U.S. based evaluation agency you can use. If you decide to go with them, you must use their General with Grade Average service. Such a service unfortunately costs $130, but it is the cheapest evaluation service we have found that fulfills all the requirements to evaluate your transcripts for our purposes.
Applicants for whom English is a second language, must take a special exam to demonstrate your ability to read, write, and speak English adequately.
This step is mandatory for all international students unless one of the two scenarios applies to you:
(1) You have taken an ESL exam and received a high enough score according to our standards (TOEFL = 100 of higher / IELTS = 7 or higher).
(2) You have taken your undergraduate or graduate degree from an English-speaking institution.
Otherwise, you will need to take an ESL exam. You are welcome to take either a TOEFL or IELTS exam, or if you already have taken one of these exams before, you can submit documentation of either of these. A minimum score of 100 is required on the TOEFL exam and a minimum score of 7 is required on the IELTS. Your application will designate a place where you can upload or send us the results of your exam.
For the TOEFL exam, click here…
For the IELTS exam, click here…
You can take one or both of these exams as many times as you want. We recommend you take an English refresher class to help you prepare for these exams.
While all classroom instruction is conducted in English, the administration, faculty and staff attempt to be sensitive to the needs of our international students. Please contact us if you have any questions about this requirement.
Since you are required to join us in-person for on-campus instruction at the end of each semester, you will be required to file for an F-1 student visa for each year you are in the program after getting admitted into the DMinBC program. This includes filling out an I-20 request form, paying an I-901 SEVIS fee, and scheduling an appointment with your consulate to be granted approval to study in the States with us (click here and start with STEP 7 to see the full process). This process can take time and be quite a hassle, so please jump on this as early as you can once you’re admitted and be patient through the process. We will do our best to help you walk through this.
If you have questions about the F-1 visa process, please contact us.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the D.Min. in Biblical Counseling program.