Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements for All Students


Anyone desiring admission to the seminary must file an application for admission at least four weeks prior to registration. Students who have not attended in two years must reapply.

Research & Writing Proficiency

All students must demonstrate proficiency in writing and research. Prior academic work, entrance testing, and/or previous research papers will be used in evaluating a student’s ability. Students with deficiencies in English and grammar will be required to take a developmental English course at a local college. Students with deficiencies in research and writing will be required to take RE 314 Composition Skills for the Seminary Student. With evidence of deficiency, the Dean may require any student to enroll in the RE 314 course. Undergraduate students may take RE 314 to earn elective credit toward their degree.

Computer Proficiency

All students must demonstrate a basic proficiency in the use of computers by passing either collegiate/seminary courses or a proficiency exam.

Previous Academic Training

Baptist Missionary Association Theological Seminary is primarily a finishing school for religious workers. The highest academic standards possible shall be maintained. Standards of the Association of Theological Schools and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools limit the number of students who can be accepted from non-accredited colleges.

English Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English must demonstrate a minimum composite score of 80 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). TOEFL® is a registered trademark of Educational Testing Service (ETS).

Nondiscrimination in Admissions

BMA Seminary does not discriminate against any qualified person on grounds of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, sex, or physical handicap. This policy applies to all admissions and academic policies and other school administered programs. The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights has exempted BMA Seminary from certain specified regulatory provisions of Title IX to the extent that compliance with those provisions would conflict with the Baptist Missionary Association of America’s religious tenets. Applicants are asked to review the BMAA Doctrinal Statement during the application process, which contains all our religious tenets. The Seminary Dean serves as the institution’s Title IX Coordinator. For more information on compliance with Title IX, contact the Dean at P.O. Box 670/1530 E. Pine St., Jacksonville, TX 75766 or at 903-586-2501.

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