Trinity Evangelical Divinity School seeks applicants who are committed to Jesus Christ, endowed with the necessary gifts for service, and in sympathy with our statements of faith and purpose. Admission to Trinity 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 information concerning our admissions policies or procedures, please contact TIU Florida at:
Admissions policies and procedures are subject to change without notice.
General Admission Requirements for Master’s Program
Applicants to the MA/TS program or certificate, as well as any visiting or special status student, must meet the following requirements:
- Possess an earned bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university (generally at least 120 hours), which normally includes a minimum of 60 hours of liberal arts coursework, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 on a 4.00 scale;
- Submit a one-time $40 nonrefundable application fee payable in $U.S. and drawn from a U.S. bank. Fees may also be paid using Visa, MasterCard, or Discover.
- 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.
- Submit official transcripts in a sealed envelope directly from the institution from all schools attended since high school. Students should request that institutions send transcripts directly to Trinity via postal mail.
- Submit recommendations forms from each of the following:
- Applicant’s pastor or church leader
- Applicant’s employer or a business acquaintance
- A faculty member or school administrator at an institution previously attended (contact the Admissions Office for alternative suggestions)
- Submit a written three-part statement with
- your personal testimony, and
- your present spiritual life and Christian service, and
- ministry goals as described in the application.
- Submit standardized tests results (Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test) as required for admission to specific programs (see program section of catalog).
- All applicants for whom English was not their primary language of instruction must submit the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) as required below. Waivers from these English language tests are not normally granted; if granted, such applicants are required to submit scores from a standardized exam required for native English speakers (Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test).
- A personal interview may also be required.
- See program description in this catalog for additional program-specific admission requirements.
*See doctoral sections of the Catalog for admission requirements for doctoral programs.
Application Procedure for Master’s Program
The application section of this catalog contains specific instructions and required application materials. Trinity uses a rolling admissions process; thus, master’s program applicants may begin their studies during fall, spring, or summer terms. We strongly encourage that applications be submitted 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||Fal 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 application deadline|
|June 1||Fall semester deposit deadline|
|August 1||Spring semester pre-application information form deadline|
|September 1||Spring semester application deadline|
|November 1||Spring semester deposit deadline|
Applications received after these deadlines may not be considered for the term for which they were originally submitted. No applications will be considered for a given semester after the second week of that semester.
Upon admission, an applicant should submit a tuition deposit to the Admissions Office. This will reserve their place in school and will enable them to register for the next semester’s classes at the time course registration is open to new students. An early tuition deposit secures an early opportunity to register for courses that may close. The tuition deposit is credited to the student’s first-term tuition and is refundable (see application instructions for information on refunds). Occasionally a student may be admitted to Trinity on academic probation for one of the following reasons:
- A weak academic background as reflected in the student’s undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and/or standardized admissions test scores.
- A bachelor’s degree from a non-accredited institution accompanied by marginal standardized admissions test scores. In such cases, the probationary status may be removed after 10 or more hours of satisfactory academic performance at Trinity.
If admission is denied, an applicant may submit a letter of appeal within ninety days to the Admission Office.
Additional Considerations for International Applicants
Trinity welcomes students from all over the world to our campus; however, the added challenges for international students cannot be underestimated. In addition to the regular application process outlined above, international applicants must also consider the following four items: Pre-Application Information Form for International Applicants, 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:
- Applicant has demonstrated English language competence meeting or exceeding Trinity’s standards.
- Applicant has been admitted as a student
- Applicant has demonstrated adequate financial resources through documentation provided with the I-20 Application
- 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.
Admission to TEDS is either for enrollment directly into a degree program, or for enrollment in one of the following other categories for persons not wishing to pursue a master’s degree.
Program Enrollment Students
Persons applying and enrolling in a master’s program are considered Program Students and must complete the full application packet. Such students generally have met all program prerequisites and enroll in good standing. On occasion, a student may be admitted to a program but be assigned to one of the following categories:
- Academic probation when the prior academic record is below what is required for program admission (Status is removed by the Records Office when 10 semester hours have been completed in good standing);
- Conditional acceptance when the application packet has not yet been completed in full (Application packet must be completed during the first semester of enrollment, at which time the status is removed by the Records Office); and
- Acceptance with deficiencies when program prerequisites remain outstanding (Prerequisite deficiencies must generally be removed before program candidacy).
Persons may apply for visiting student status if they wish to enroll in master’s courses for credit on a part-time basis but not enroll in a degree program. Visiting students must submit the visiting student application and fee and an official transcript indicating a completed bachelor’s degree. (Visiting students receive “conditional acceptance” until their bachelor’s transcript is received.)
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. If a visiting student desires later to enroll in a degree program, the entire program application must be completed, and there is no guarantee of admission. Completed coursework generally applies toward program requirements, though program applicants should particularly note program residency requirements (hour that must be completed subsequent to program admission).
Auditors are persons who wish to attend classes but do not wish to complete work for credit. Auditors must complete the visiting student application, though they need not have completed a bachelor’s degree. Auditors may participate in all class functions, but will not be held accountable for tests or assignments, and will not receive a grade or credit, nor are faculty required to review submitted tests or papers.
Auditors may enroll in classes during any open registration period through the first class session; however, their registration is contingent upon available seating after the first class meeting. This ensures that credit students are first seated, with remaining seats available to auditors. Some classes are closed to auditors, and Trinity reserves the right to limit auditors in all courses. Auditors are not permitted in beginning language courses, unless they have already completed and passed the course at Trinity for credit.
Students seeking admission to more than one program at Trinity are considered “Multiple Masters” students and must seek advisement from Registrar and the relevant Program Directors for completing their programs in a timely progression. Multiple Masters and students seeking their second degree at Trinity should complete the Second Degree Program/Multiple Masters Application.
Scholars-in residence hold an earned or honorary doctorate and are persons who do not wish to pursue a doctoral degree at Trinity. Such persons may enroll in doctoral courses as an auditor or visiting student upon consultation with the Admission Office and Program Director. Regrettably, Trinity is unable to provide stipends, housing, meals, office space, or other benefits to these persons.
Admission and Advanced Program Placement
Upon acceptance applicants may find they are eligible for one of three types of advanced placement in their program: transfer credit, advanced standing, or course substitution.
Accepted students may be eligible for transfer credit for graduate study completed at a regionally accredited institution when such coursework parallels courses in the TEDS Catalog and has been completed at a “C-“ or better grade level. Graduate transfer credit is not granted for undergraduate coursework, graduate-level coursework applied to an undergraduate degree, or generally for coursework taken at non-accredited graduate schools. Distance Education credit is limited to Association of Theological School guidelines. Transfer credit is limited to a maximum of 50 percent of a degree. Coursework older than ten years is not considered current and must be retaken.
Transfer credit is not automatic and is considered upon petition by the student generally at the time of admission. Transfer Credit Request forms are available online from the Records Office who evaluates the request at the direction of the Dean. All Trinity residency requirements must be met.
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.
TEDS students desiring to complete a semester or year abroad should carefully arrange the application of this transfer credit prior to their departure. Such coursework is generally applied to electives and may not be equivalent to required TEDS program courses.
Course Substitution and Program Modifications
Students who have taken coursework as part of their bachelor’s degree that would be repeated in their master’s program are encouraged to build on their previous studies by requesting permission to substitute advanced courses in the same department. Such substitutions are granted, without examination, in consultation with faculty. See the TEDS Academic Handbook for details.
Photographs, images, video and sound recordings policy
By accepting admissions to and/or taking any classes at TIU, each student (and his or her parents/guardians if the student is under 18):
- Authorize TIU and its employees, agents and contractors to use, copy, modify, publish, display, broadcast, and distribute
- the student’s name, voice and likeness,
- photographs, images and video and sound recordings of the student, and
- the city, state or province, and country where the student lives (together, the “Materials”);
- Waive any right to inspect or approve TIU’s use of the Materials; and
- Release TIU, its employees, agents and contractors, and their successors and assigns from any claim or liability, whether known or unknown, resulting from use the Materials, including but not limited to, claims for violation of publicity rights, privacy rights, defamation, and copyright infringement.
Program Enrollment Changes
Subsequent to admission, a student may desire, or find it necessary, to defer enrollment, apply for readmission, change their program, or transfer to another school in Trinity International University.
Master’s students may defer enrollment for up to two years from the semester to which they were originally admitted. Longer deferments require submission of a complete set of new application materials. A Supplemental Application may also be necessary.
If deferment is necessary, notify the Admissions Office, which will advise the applicant of any special instructions. Applicants are also responsible for contacting the Financial Aid office, if necessary. The student’s required program of studies is governed by the catalog current at the time of enrollment.
Application for Readmission
A Supplemental Application is necessary when a student
- Is admitted but defers his or her admission from original date of intended matriculation.
- Officially or unofficially withdraws
If more than two years lapse after the original acceptance, withdrawal, or completion of the first program, the applicant will be required to submit a complete set of new application materials. Students who are admitted are subject to the program requirements of the catalog current at the time they re-enroll.
Active and Inactive Student Status
Students who desire not to register for classes for a period of one to three semesters (twelve months) should request a Leave of Absence (LOA) from the Registrar’s Office (see Leave of Absence Policy in this Catalog). This apprises Trinity of student programs plans, and enables appropriate services to be provided. If a student desires to leave TEDS, a Withdrawal must be completed through the Registrar’s Office (see “Withdrawal” in this Catalog).
If a LOA or Withdrawal has not been completed by a student, and a student does not register and successfully complete coursework each consecutive semester (fall, spring; summer is exempt), his or her status ‘is rendered inactive (e.g. active students must register for at least one course each semester). Inactive students must reapply to TEDS with no guarantee of readmission.
Change of Program (COP)
If after initial enrollment the student wishes to be admitted 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 a Records Office representative in light of course work already completed.
- Admission to one TEDS/TGS program does not guarantee admission to another program. All admission requirements for the new program must be met.
- At least one semester of TEDS/TGS coursework must be completed before a COP application will be considered, together with the review of that semester’s grade. No more than one change of program will be permitted within a single semester.
- The online Change of Programs Applications should be submitted to Admissions by the following dates: 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, not the Catalog in effect at the time of original enrollment, 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 Divinity School to the Graduate School).