Admission to Seminary & Graduate

When you’re ready to apply to a MASTER’S or DOCTORAL program at Capital Seminary & Graduate School, we’ve made the process quick and convenient.

Start Your Doctoral Degree Application

Application to one of Capital’s doctoral degrees can be made at any time.

Admission Requirements for Doctorates
  • Completion of the full application process as listed under the Application Process.
  • Applicants must submit a personal testimony of faith in Jesus Christ.
  • Admission will be limited to 12 to 18 applicants per cohort group.
  • Applicants must hold an earned and accredited master’s degree in an appropriately related field.
  • Applicants’ transcripts should reflect a background in biblical, theological, and ministry studies at either the bachelor’s or master’s level. Those applicants who have not completed course work in biblical, theological, and ministry studies may be required to take leveling work to prepare the applicant for the biblical and theological component of the program.
  • Applicants must submit confidential reference forms (3 for PHD and 2 for DMin) using the Recommendation for Admissions form for each.
  • MAT or GRE Tests. The test scores may not be more than five years old at the time of application.
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must attain a minimum test score of 600 on the paper-based TOEFL General Test (250 on the computer-based exam or 100 for the Internet-based test) or an equivalent demonstration of the ability to read, write and perform academic research in standard English.
  • Applicants must submit a research paper written at the master’s level (can be one that was previously written).
  • Qualified applicants will be invited have an admissions interview. Invitations will go out after all other application materials have been received.
  • Grade Point Average(GPA)
    • PhD applicants must hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2.
    • DMin applicants must hold a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75 in previous MDiv Degree or a 3.2 GPA in an accredited ministry-related or Bible/Theology master’s degree.
  • DMin applicants who do not hold an MDiv degree must complete additional admission requirements such as an appeal letter and ministry experience. Details will be given upon application.

Start Your Master's Degree Application

As you prepare your application package for submission, we’ve provided the following checklist to assist you in tracking your application progress. After you’ve sent all the requested materials, your application will be reviewed for admission.

Admissions Checklist for Masters

Complete the Application.
After we receive your application form, we will respond by email to confirm receipt of the application and to remind you of the other application pieces that are required.

Submit $40 application fee.
If you’d like to pay by credit card or contact the Solution Center at 717.560.8254. Checks can be made payable to Lancaster Bible College. Please mail payment to: Capital Seminary & Graduate School, 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA 17601.
Pay By Credit Card

Write an autobiographical essay statement.

Submit an autobiographical essay, of approximately 1,000 words, describing your salvation experience and ministry goals using these instructions. Please utilize this autobiographical essay to demonstrate your writing ability. This autobiographical essay should include the following:

  • Explain Christ’s saving work in your life. Please share the details of your conversion experience and use scripture to explain your experience.
  • Explain how God has used people and circumstances in your life to grow your faith.
  • Describe your current spiritual disciplines including evangelism, Bible study, prayer and ministry service.
  • Share your current employment situation, your future vocational goals, and why you have chosen to apply to Capital Seminary & Graduate School.
  • In the last 5 years, other than the Bible, what author or book has most influenced your faith? Using your choice of APA or MLA style to cite your source, please support your response with a quote from the book.

Submit Your Autobiographical Here

Request References.
Ask two people (three if you are applying to the Consulting Resource Teacher Program) who are qualified to evaluate your ministry/work experience and ministry/work potential to complete a reference form on your behalf.

Request Official Transcripts.
Please request transcripts from the institutions through which degrees have been awarded. These need to be sent to Capital Seminary & Graduate School directly from the degree granting institution(s) via email to or mailed (in a sealed envelope) to: Capital Seminary & Graduate School, 901 Eden Road, Lancaster, PA 17601.

All international applicants must demonstrate a satisfactory level of English proficiency.

This can be done by taking the TOEFL exam at Make sure to add our school code: 2388. International applicants are required to score a minimum of 79 on the exam.

Submit Teacher Certification Credentials
Only for Masters in Education candidates – required for those pursuing an English as Second Language program (optional for those pursuing a School Counseling Program & Special Education Program) This can be emailed to

Additional requirements possible

Some programs may require additional application pieces, which will be communicated to the applicant during the admissions process.

Personal Interview
Upon completion of your admission portfolio, you will be considered for an admission interview, to be scheduled by our staff or faculty.

Can international students apply for a graduate degree?


We offer several graduate and seminary level programs to international students. Please contact the Grad/Seminary admissions office or for more information.