Trinity Graduate School seeks applicants who desire graduate education within an evangelical Christian worldview. Admission to the graduate school is open to qualified persons of all denominations and fellowships, of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin, without regard to sex or handicap. For more information on admissions policies or procedures, please contact the location in which you are interested:
Write: TIU Florida
3700 Lakeside Drive, Suite 200
Miramar, FL 33027
Admissions policies and procedures are subjected to change without notice.
General Admission Requirements
Applicants should be aware that in the admissions review all components of the application packet are examined with no one component serving solely as a basis for admission or rejection of an application. Also note that individual programs may have additional admission requirements described in the program prospectus in the catalog. Admission to the graduate school normally requires the following items:
- The completed Application Form.
- An official transcript indicating graduation with a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university, typically including at least 60 semester hours of liberal arts coursework. Official transcripts must be submitted from schools attended since high school. Applicants who attended secondary (high school) outside the United States should submit those transcripts as well. Certified translations for non-English transcripts are required.
- A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
- Submission of scores from Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal and analytical sections or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) for those whose undergraduate GPA falls below a 3.0. Test scores must be less than five years old.
- Completed recommendation forms from
- a pastor or church leader who knows the applicant,
- a faculty member in a school where the applicant recently pursued academic studies (undergraduate or graduate), and
- an employer or other relevant individual.
- Proof of English competency if English is not the applicant’s first language. English competency is typically measured by the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL). Applicants must obtain a minimum TOEFL score of 92 (Internet-based test), 237 (computer test), or 580 (paper-based test). Scores submitted must be less than two years old. Waivers from TOEFL are not normally granted; however, if a waiver is authorized, applicants are required to submit qualifying scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Waiver request must be submitted in writing to the Director of Admissions at least three months prior to the application deadline to allow sufficient time for testing if the waiver is denied. Failure to submit qualifying test scores by the application deadlines may result in postponement or denial of the application decision. Students must submit all other necessary application materials for a TOEFL waiver to be considered.
- Personal statements that include the following:
- A statement of the applicant’s past and present spiritual life. This may include one’s Christian conversion and/or other significant spiritual events and formative influences in one’s life (one or two pages).
- A statement outlining the applicant’s motivation to study at Trinity Graduate School, an evangelical Christian school and one’s future goals (one or two pages).
- Submission of a $40 nonrefundable application fee.
- Submit a one-time $100 refundable tuition deposit in $U.S. and drawn from a U.S. bank. Fees may also be paid using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.
Each program will have required relevant prerequisites defined in at least one of the following categories:
- undergraduate coursework,
- program-oriented work,
- program-oriented extensive or intensive experience, or
- other (writing, etc).
Prospective students should note specific program prerequisites in the individual program prospectus and in the catalog.
The application process is detailed on the admission website. Trinity follows a rolling admissions process; thus, master’s program applicants may begin their studies during fall, spring, or summer terms. We strongly encourage application six to twelve months prior to the expected enrollment date. Applications for admission and all accompanying materials should be submitted by the following deadlines:
|August 1||For fall semester admission|
|December 1||For spring semester admission|
|April 1||For summer session admission|
|March 1||Fall semester pre-application information form deadline (including summer session)|
|April 1||Fall semester deposit deadline|
|June 1||Spring semester pre-application information form deadline|
|September 1||Spring semester application deadline|
|November 1||Springi semester deposit deadline|
Applications received after these deadlines may not be considered in the term for which originally applied, and no applications will be considered for a given semester after the second week of that semester.
Upon admission to Trinity, students should submit a tuition deposit to the Admissions Office to reserve their place in TGS. This deposit is credited toward the first term’s tuition and may be refundable. New students are encouraged to submit their deposit early since course registration times are assigned based on the date the deposit is received.
Denied applicants may appeal in writing to the Admissions Committee no later than ninety days following the date of the decision.
Additional Considerations for International Applicants
Trinity welcomes students from all over the world to our campus; however, the added challenges for international students should not be underestimated. In addition to the regular application process outlined above, international applicants must also consider the following four items: Pre-application information form, language requirements, financial requirements, and visa requirements.
Pre-Application Information Form for International Master’s Applicants
Prospective international students need to provide their e-mail address to the Records Department so a Welcome Letter can be sent to them. The Welcome Letter contains detailed instructions and an I-20 Application that must be completed and returned to the Records Department. In the I-20 Application, the prospective international student provides preliminary documentation, as required by the U.S. Government, to identify their sources of funding for both education and living expenses while at Trinity. Applications for program admission will not be reviewed until the I-20 Application has been received and approved by Trinity. This begins the application process.
International applicants must demonstrate how all expenses related to education, travel, and living will be paid prior to issuing a student visa, according to U.S. law. International applicants may apply if they have a financial guarantor in the United States or if they have sufficient evidence from legitimate individuals or organizations that their expenses while attending Trinity can be met. Living expenses add more than $20,000 annually to the costs of education (tuition, fees, books).
International students on an F-1 visa should not plan on working in the U.S. to fund their studies. They are required to register as a full-time student each semester and the Florida Regional Center requires payment in full prior to starting semester classes. A payment plan is not an option at the FRC.
Subsequent to approval of the I-20 Application, the prospective student’s Application for Admission will be received and reviewed for admission to Trinity.
After the I-20 Application has been received, the Application for Admission will be reviewed.
Most international applicants, depending on anticipated living arrangements and the number of family members accompanying them to the United States, will need to identify available funds starting at US $30,000 to satisfy this requirement.
In order to issue a Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) for a student visa:
· Accepted international applicants must submit the Application Fee that pertains to their program of study
Trinity is authorized under U.S. law to enroll non-immigrant alien students; however, these U.S. laws are becoming increasingly stringent. International students must enter the United States with an F-1 visa which is granted by the embassy in the student's country.
A U.S. Immigration Certificate of Eligibility (I-20) will be issued by Trinity, enabling the international applicant to apply for an F-1 student visa, after the following have been met:
1. Applicant has demonstrated English language competence meeting or exceeding Trinity’s standards.
2. Applicant has been admitted as a student
3. Applicant has demonstrated adequate financial resources through documentation provided with the I-20 Application
4. Applicant has submitted the application fee that pertains to their program of study
In accordance with U.S. immigration law, Trinity does not allow non-immigrant aliens to register as full-time or degree-seeking students without an F-1 visa. Permanent residents are exempt from these limitations, as are certain other visa statuses (i.e., R-1 or H1B). It is the responsibility of the student to maintain legal immigration status.
Guidelines for Graduate Studies Preparation
Students who are still pursuing an undergraduate degree are encouraged to incorporate coursework into their studies that will fulfill the following guidelines:
- Students coming into Trinity Graduate School should typically have had at least 60 semester hours of liberal arts coursework, including a broad undergraduate background in the humanities and the natural and social sciences.
- Pre-graduate studies should give evidence that the applicant has developed the ability to think independently and to communicate effectively. Application materials will be carefully evaluated for writing skills. If a weakness is discovered, the student may be required to take extra study in English composition.
- The applicant should carefully note the prerequisites for each program and take as many of those courses as possible at the undergraduate level. In most cases, if a student is qualified for admission but lacks the necessary prerequisite coursework, the deficiency can be removed through additional coursework at Trinity International University.
- Applicants are encouraged to become familiar with the content of the Bible, either through formal coursework or personal study. If an applicant’s undergraduate program includes courses that parallel required courses in the Trinity curriculum, the applicant will be granted considerable flexibility in selecting advanced-level courses as substitutes for the required classes. Faculty advisors are able to assist in this process.
Students who have taken undergraduate courses that are clearly parallel to required courses in their TGS program, may modify their program through Advanced Substitutes. This policy allows students to build on, rather than duplicate studies that they have already completed. Advanced substitute courses are to be approved by the Dean’s Office.
Application for Readmission
There are certain situations in which students may need to submit a supplementary application.
- If they are accepted to Trinity Graduate School but do not enroll
- If they withdraw temporarily
However, if more than two years lapse after original acceptance, withdrawal, or completion of their first program, students will be required to submit new application materials, including recommendations and personal statements. Students who are readmitted are subject to the requirements of the catalog that is current at the time they re-enroll in coursework.
Change of Enrollment Date
Students may find it necessary to postpone their anticipated date of enrollment. If the new date is more than two years from the original date of acceptance, students will be required to submit new application materials. However, if the new enrollment date is within a two-year timeframe, students should notify the Admissions and Financial Aid Offices to receive applicable instructions. Students’ program of study will be governed by the catalog that is current in the semester they enroll.
Active and Inactive Student Status
Active student status requires successful completion of one course each semester for consecutive terms. Students unable to register for classes for one to three semesters (twelve months) should request a Leave of Absence (LOA) or a Withdrawal from the Student Life Office (see Leave of Absence or Withdrawal Policies). This enables Trinity to provide appropriate counsel and services to students. Students who do not enroll in courses for a twelve-month period or submit the LOA or Withdrawal forms are placed in an inactive student status and must reapply to TGS with no guarantee of readmission.
Change of Program (COP)
If after initial enrollment the student wishes admission to a different program, the following apply:
- All possible options should be considered in consultation with a faculty member, Admissions Counselor, Program Director, and/or Records Office representative in light of coursework already completed.
- Admission to one TGS/TEDS program does not guarantee admission to another program. All admission requirements for the new program must be met.
- At least one semester of TGS/TEDS coursework must be completed before a COP application will be considered, together with the review of that semester’s grades. No more than one change of program will be permitted within a single semester.
- The online Change of Program Application should be submitted to Admissions by January 15th for the spring semester and September 1st for the fall semester. Changes requested after those dates will be recognized in the next academic term.
- The catalog current at the time of admission to the degree program will govern the student’s new program.
- If COP is denied, applicants may submit a written appeal within thirty days to the Director of Admissions.
Contact the Admissions Office for detailed information about transferring from one school to another within Trinity International University (e.g., transferring from the Graduate School to the Divinity School).
Prior to matriculation, transfer credits will be evaluated at no cost to the student. However, students already enrolled at TIU will be charged a fee of $50 per course taken and considered for transfer.
If students wish to take courses for credit on a part-time basis but do not want to enroll in a degree program, they may submit a Visiting Students Application. In addition to the application form, they must submit to the Admissions Office an official transcript indicating an earned bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Visiting students may enroll in a maximum of 9 hours each semester, and it is recommended that they enroll in no more than 12 hours before applying to a degree program. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
If students wish to enroll in courses but are not interested in earning credit, they may audit classes. An auditor may participate in all class activities but will not receive a grade or credit. To enroll a student completes an audit application, registers, and pays the audit fee for each course. The graduate school reserves the right to limit the number of auditors in any class, and some classes may be closed to auditors.
Students may receive credit for studies taken at fully accredited graduate-level institutions when such work parallels courses listed in our catalog and after successful completion of a full semester of academic work at Trinity Graduate School. Official transcripts of previous work showing satisfactory grades in the courses must be submitted for consideration.
Transfer credit is not given for undergraduate studies and is usually not granted for coursework taken at non-accredited graduate schools. Also, graduate-level coursework that has been applied toward an undergraduate degree cannot be allowed as transfer credit toward a Trinity Graduate School degree. To be considered for transfer credit, the course grade must normally be a “B-“or better from an accredited graduate-level program.
If a master’s degree has been completed at another institution, possible transfer credit will be limited to a maximum of 50 percent of the total credits required for the shorter degree.
If a student wishes to receive transfer credit for work done at another accredited graduate school, an official transcript from that graduate institution must be filed for evaluation, along with the Transfer Credit Request form to Trinity University Records Office (note: the Transfer Credit Request form can be downloaded at MyTIU>Records).
The Records Office will evaluate transfer coursework under the direction of the TGS Associate Dean and Program Directors. Transfer of credit is not automatic; it is considered only when requested. Regardless of the amount of coursework that a student may have taken elsewhere, all students must fulfill the minimum residency requirement for their programs at Trinity Graduate School.
Prior to matriculation, transfer credits will be evaluated at no cost to the student. However, students already enrolled at TIU will be charged a fee of $50 per course considered for transfer.
Master of Arts program in Counseling Psychology (Florida campus): a maximum of 24 hours may be considered for transfer credit, of which only 12 hours of the concentration may be transferred.