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Application Process

At Capital Seminary & Graduate School, our commitment to providing quality education and a personal experience extends to our admissions process. Our staff members exist specifically to address your needs and are available at any time to assist you.

All applicants will be evaluated based on their previous academic record, examination performance, and personal characteristics and aptitude. In order to clearly define our application process, we have outlined the admission requirements, application components, and timeline below.


Admission Requirements

  • 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.
  • Preferred applicants will be those engaged in a teaching ministry or non-profit leadership role or those applicants who show exceptional promise for such a role in the future.
  • 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.
  • PhD applicants must take the MAT (Miller Analogies Test, or GRE (Graduate Record Exam, DMin applicants must take the MAT (GRE not accepted). 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 obtain employer permission to enter the program.
  • 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.
  • PhD in Leadership applicants must provide transcript evidence that they have taken a course in statistics at the undergraduate or graduate level.

Application Steps

STEP 1 – Complete the Application Form

  • (include $40 non-refundable application fee)

STEP 2 – Submit Additional Documents

STEP 3 – Complete Standardized Testing

  • Students must take and submit official test scores for the GRE or MAT. DMin applicants must submit the MAT (GRE not accepted).
  • Applicants whose first language is not English must also submit scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language exam (TOEFL)

STEP 4 – Create a Personal Vita

Students must submit a personal vita. This vita should include, in the following order:

  • A brief description of previous academic studies
  • A brief description of rationale and goals for pursuing research doctoral studies
  • A brief description of areas of research in which the applicant might have interest in exploring during doctoral studies
  • A list of writings the applicant has had published, if any
  • A detailed description of current occupational responsibilities. The applicant must identify and explain any leadership tasks in which he or she is currently engaged
  • A detailed listing of previous ministry and/or experiences indicating the significant tasks and leadership responsibilities, if any
  • A list of four non-family references

STEP 5 – Complete Interview, Field Essay, and Research Sample

All applicants must submit a 15-page, graded research paper written at the master’s level.

PhD applicants must come to campus for an admissions interview. While on campus, applicants will be asked to write a field essay on a topic related to leadership. Applicants will receive a reading list and study guide to aid in preparation for the field essay. Applicants may bring a laptop to use in producing the essay.

DMin applicants must also complete a field essay and interview. The interview may be by phone or in person. DMin applicants will be provided with an article and must write using the prompts provided, no preparation necessary.

Application Response

Applicants will be notified of the admissions decision within four weeks of the submission of all application materials. Five decisions are possible:

  • Full Acceptance – The applicant is fully accepted with no deficiencies or leveling requirements
  • Accepted with Deficiencies – The applicant is accepted into the program with admissions academic deficiencies identified
  • Accepted on Review Status – The applicant is admitted pending further review. This may be because part of the student’s application was incomplete (a score for a test was not received in time) or because the applicant did not meet one of the admissions requirements
  • Delay – The applicant may receive an application delay. This may be due to the program being filled, a change in the applicant’s life situation, or an event preventing the applicant from attending the first program session. Delayed status applicants will not have to reapply to the program but must pay the program down payment fee
  • Declined – The applicant who is declined will be notified by mail or email. Specific reasons for the decline are not provided


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