Admission Requirements Correspondence concerning admission should be addressed to the Office of Graduate Admissions, which will supply the proper forms When these app lication forms and all transcripts of previous academic training have been filed, accompanied by a $45 applica­ tion fee, an admissions decision will be made. Official notification will be sent by mai l to the appl icant. The application deadline for the fall is July 1 and for the spring is December 1 Applications may be submit ted after these deadlines (late application fee of $55), but will be considered only if space is available and time allows. Late applica­ tions may be postponed to later terms. Talbot School ofTheology desires only qualified students and personnel who are committed to Jesus Christ. However, in the admission of students, the hiring of employees or the operation of any of its programs and activities, Talbot does not discriminate on the basis of the applicant's race, color, sex, handicap or national or ethnic origin. Inquiries concerning this policy may be addressed to the seminary compliance director for Title IX.

A unit of credit is generally considered to consist of one class hour (SO minutes) a week for a semester. In some cases, such as laboratory sessions, a unit of credit may involve more than one class period a week. As indicated on the curriculum charts for each program, the various curricula require 14-18 units per semester in order to graduate in the number of years specified by the chart. However, students who find it necessary to work 20 or more hours weekly to provide living expenses should plan to reduce their academic load . Such a reduc­ tion wou ld extend the time required for a degree program, though participation in summer session and interterm could help offset the difference. ADMISSION OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS It is essential that students from other countries be able to under­ stand directions and lectures in English and also to be able express their thoughts clearly in spoken English immediately upon arrival on campus. In order that the app licant's proficiency in English may be determined, the applicant must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as administered by the Educational Testing Ser­ vice at the nearest overseas examination center. The minimum score for admission is a total of 550 paper/ 213 computer for the graduate student, 575 paper/ 231 computer forTh.M. students, and 600 paper/ 250 computer for doctoral students. For graduate students, scores of 55 or above must be achieved for all three sections of the TOEFL. Applicants with scores between 550 / 213 and 599 / 248 will be required to take up to four English courses in addition to their program. The D.Min, PhD and EdD in Educational Studies programs also require a score of 4.0 or above on the Test for Written English (TWE). Preference in admission will be given to applicants with TOEFL scores of 600 paper/ 250 computer or over, and 4.0 or over on the TWE. However, those scoring between 580 paper/ 237 computer and 599 paper/ 248 computer on the TOEFL will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. (See Admission Requirements for the PhD and EdD programs in Educational Studies.) lnternarional Srudents English Skills Requirements International students and those for whom English is a second lan­ guage who are applying to Talbot graduate programs (not doctoral) will fall into one of two categories with respect to English Skills Requirements: ,. Those who score above 600 paper/ 250 computer on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) will take the Talbot Writing Proficiency Exam (TWPE; see above). 2. Those who do not take the TOEFL prior to admission, or whose TOEFL score is at or below 600 paper/ 250 compu ter, are required to take the Biola English Placement Exam (SEPE) prior to registration for classes. The SEPE results will determine whether enrollment in appropriate ESL course work will be required. Talbot master's level coursework may or may not be

Entrance requirements for each program are listed on the page de­ scribing that program under the head ing, Admission Requirements.

Officia l documents presented for admission or evaluation become part of the student's academic file and normally cannot be returned or copied for distribution.



Advanced compositional skills, commensurate with gradua te-level theolog ical studies, are foundational and indispensable, both in terms of educational and ministerial success. Based on objective cri­ teria, some new students will be required to take the Talbot Writing Proficiency Exam (TWPE) prior to registration for the first semester. TWPE results will determine whether enro llment in TTSS 500 Theo­ logical Writing will be required If required, this course must be taken in the first semester of seminary study. (See course description.) Studen ts who receive a grade of"NC" (No Credit) in this course must repeat the course (the course is graded on a Credit/ No Credit basis). ACADEMIC LOAD The minimum full-time load is nine units for those in the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts and Master ofTheology degree programs. Those carrying less than the full-time load are considered part-time students. The standard student load in the Master of Divinity (MDiv.) program is twelve (12) units. A student is normally permitted to carry a maximum of 18 units each semester. To exceed this maximum load, the student must petition the Office of the Registrar. A maximum of ten (10) units may be taken by a student in a comb ination of independent study, arranged, correspondence and ITS courses to be counted toward a student's program. A maximum of six units (of the ten) may be taken in ITS courses. Doctoral students are considered full time for a maximum of two years in the dissertation phase of their program.

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