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 admissions 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 must be submitted from each undergraduate school, seminary or graduate school you have attended, even though the work may appear as transfer credit on another transcript. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to Admissions Operations in sealed envelopes from each school or electronically from the institution’s Registrar or Records Office.1

Please send all required admissions pieces to:
Trinity International University
Admissions Operations
2065 Half Day Road
Deerfield, IL 60015

  • A cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Submission of scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) verbal and analytical sections or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) for those whose undergraduate GPA falls below a 3.0 GPA. Test scores must be less than five years old.
  • Completed recommendation forms from
    1. a pastor or church leader who knows the applicant,
    2. a faculty member in a school where the applicant recently pursued academic studies (undergraduate or graduate), and
    3. an employer or other relevant individual.
  • Proof of English competency for students for whom English is not the first language
  • Competency is normally measured by the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The minimum score required is 92 (internet-based test), 237 (computer test), or 580 (paper-based test), and scores submitted must be less than two years old. Waivers from TOEFL are not normally granted. Failure to submit required TOEFL scores may result in denial of admission or postponement of the application decision to a subsequent semester.
  • 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.
    • A statement outlining the applicant’s motivation to study at Trinity Graduate School, an evangelical Christian school, and one’s future goals.
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Note: For university coursework done outside the U.S.A., students may need to submit transcripts through a foreign credit evaluation service. The Admissions Office must receive a "course-by-course evaluation" or a "detail report." There are several such services that are acceptable, including the following:

Program Prerequisites

Each program will have required relevant prerequisites defined in at least one of the following categories:

  1. undergraduate coursework,
  2. program-oriented extensive or intensive experience, or
  3. other (writing, etc.).

Prospective students should note specific program prerequisites in the individual program prospectus and in the catalog.

Application Procedure

The application process is detailed on the admission web page, graduate.tiu.edu/apply/. 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:

U.S. Citizens

August 1For fall semester admission
December 1For spring semester admission
April 1For summer session

International Applicants

June 1Fall semester application deadline
July 1Fall semester deposit deadline
October 1Spring semester application deadline
November 1Spring 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 add/drop period of that semester.

Upon admission to Trinity, students should submit a tuition deposit to the Admissions Office to confirm their place in the school. This deposit is credited toward the first term’s tuition and may be refundable. New students are encouraged to send in their deposit as soon as possible since class registration times are assigned based on the date the deposit is received. (See the “Application Instructions” at the end of this catalog for further information on refunds.)

Denied applicants may appeal in writing to the Admissions Committee no later than ninety days following the date of the Admissions Committee decision.