Admission to Sioux Falls Seminary rests upon the following considerations:
- Faith in Jesus Christ as the foundation of life and ministry; Christian character as evidenced by a moral life and confirmed by the church and pastoral leadership; Call to Christian service and exercise of gifts for ministry as explained in a statement from the applicant and confirmed by the church; and
For Master of Arts Students:
- Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (3.0 for Master of Arts in Counseling).
For Master of Divinity Students:
- Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. An applicant holding a baccalaureate degree from a non-accredited institution may be considered for provisional admission.
For Doctor of Ministry, Graduate Certificate, and Non-Degree Certificate Students:
Doctor of Ministry - See the Doctor of Ministry Program page.
Graduate Certificate - Baccalaureate degree and completed application for admission.
Certificate in Christian Ministry; Certificate of Completion for Training in Spiritual Direction - Contact the Office of Enrollment Management at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.440.6227.
An applicant with an undergraduate grade point average lower than the 2.5 admissions standard (or 3.0 for MACO) may be considered for provisional admission. The provisional admission will be removed after the successful completion of nine semester hours with at least a 2.25 grade point average. Federal financial aid will be available after the provisional admission is removed.
Transfer of Credit
Students may request transfer credit for appropriate courses, with a grade of C or above, taken at accredited seminaries or other graduate level institutions. Such credit will be considered for transfer after a student has successfully completed one semester at Sioux Falls Seminary. Credit cannot be given for undergraduate courses, but such courses may be the basis for waiving a required course and substituting an advanced elective. See the Student Handbook for a complete discussion of transfer credit/shared credit and advanced placement/advanced standing.
Degree Eqivalency and Exemption*
Equivalency: Students who have not completed baccalaureate degrees, but are able to demonstrate through other means that they possess the qualities and skills necessary to complete graduate level work and have a readiness for ministry, may be admitted on the basis of equivalency. Equivalency does not grant a bachelor’s degree.
Exemption: Undergraduate Degree Exemption is ideal for those who do not meet the requirements for equivalency but still show the potential for ministry and aptitude for graduate level work. A limited number of students may be considered for this option.
In addition to the regular admissions process, proficiency in the use of the English Language is required in order to pursue graduate theological studies. For a student whom English is a second language, a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required. Application forms for this examination may be obtained through: Educational Testing Service; Box 955; Princeton, NJ 08541 USA. Satisfactory evidence of necessary funds for travel, tuition, and living expenses must also be submitted for International students.
Sioux Falls Seminary reserves the right to draw conclusions about the evangelical, Christian profession of all applicants on the basis of statements of Christian faith given in the application. The seminary also reserves the right to admit or deny admission to applicants when necessary to ensure that the mission and purpose of Sioux Falls Seminary are maintained. The admissions committee may deny acceptance into any of the degree programs without giving specific reasons for denial to the applicant.
Sioux Falls Seminary admits students of any race, gender, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all programs and activities made available to students of the seminary. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color nationality or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, loan programs or other seminary administered programs. Applicants with deficiencies in oral or written expression, or in any other area of pre-seminary studies, may be required to complete supplementary studies.