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International Student Application Process

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Criteria for International Student Master of Divinity (MDiv) or Master of Arts (MA) Admission include:

  1. Completion of a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a cumulative GPA of 2.75 or higher for the MDiv program and 3.0 or higher for the MA program;
  2. Ability to do theological study at the graduate level as determined from the scope and quality of the applicant's undergraduate program and academic references;
  3. Compatibility of the applicant's personal and vocational objectives with the objectives and resources of the Seminary;
  4. Evidence of personal maturity and leadership potential as determined from references, interviews, and other data.


To apply to Bethany as an international student for the Master of Divinity (MDiv) or the Master of Arts (MA) programs, please follow the steps outlined below.  Be sure to note the additional steps all international students must complete regarding securing financial and personal sponsors, and documenting financial support.  A determination of admission and the receipt of the required deposit must occur prior to our being able to issue a SEVIS I-20 form.

All application materials, including all forms, references, transcripts, essays, and the application fee, must be completed and received by our office by the date listed below for the term you plan to start.  Allow 6-9 months for the completion of this process.

Session One (Fall)
May 1
Session Two (Spring)           
September 1


International Students Application Process:

For further assistance, contact:

Amy Gall Ritchie
Amy Gall Ritchie,
Director of Student Development
     admissions@bethanyseminary.edu      (765)983-1806     or    (800)287-8822   x1806

Bekah Houff
Master of Divinity

BekahWhat is ministry? In my eyes ministry is in the pulpit, in the classroom, on the streets, your job at the post office, a local restaurant, or a coffee shop anywhere God calls you to be a ministering person. For me, this year, ministry means a non-traditional (not in a congregation) placement involving lots of administrative work as I serve the South/Central Indiana District of the Church of the Brethren as District Youth Director for the next eight months.