Columbia invites international students (persons who are not U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents of the U.S.) to apply to for admission to any of our seven degree programs. Basic degree programs include the following: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Practical Theology, and Master of Arts (Theological Studies). Advanced degree programs include Master of Theology, Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling, Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Educational Ministry.
NOTE: The Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Educational Ministry are not full-time degree programs. International applicants whose visa status does not require full-time enrollment may apply for admission to the Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Educational Ministry programs.
TOEFL Scores: If English is not a first/native language, an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must be submitted with application. Scores may be no more than 2 years old from the date of application for admission.
If accepted to a degree program at Columbia, you must immediately contact the International Programs Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for assistance obtaining an F-1 Visa or instructions for transferring your SEVIS record to Columbia from another US institution. Prior to being issued a form I-20 for Columbia attendance, you are required to provide the International Programs Office current, certified documentation that you have a minimum of $30,000 (USD) available to you for your support during one full year (12 months) of study.
If your dependents (spouse and/or children) will accompany you to Columbia, you must provide the International Programs Office current, certified documentation that you have a minimum of $45,000 (USD) available to you for your/your family’s support during one full year (12 months) of study. These amounts are subject to change as increases in cost of tuition, housing, food, etc. occur.
Contact the International Programs Office (email@example.com) for additional information regarding this requirement.
For persons seeking general information, the current academic catalog is available online here.
NOTE: Applicants should not come to Atlanta until they have received a formal letter of acceptance from the Admissions Committee to a degree program and have obtained the necessary visa. Accepted students without proper immigration documents will not be allowed to enroll for classes.
International students in advanced degree programs are not eligible for financial aid, neither are they permitted to work, except on campus — and such opportunities at Columbia are very rarely available.
International students are required to carry the school-sponsored hospitalization insurance for themselves and all accompanying family members.
Office of International Programs
Columbia Theological Seminary
P.O. Box 520
Decatur, GA 30031
404 377-9696 (fax)