Columbia Theological Seminary invites international seminary 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 six degree programs.
Masters degree programs include the following:
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.
Visa and Legal Status
- If you currently reside in the United States on a visa, you must submit as part of your application:
- A copy of your current visa or Form I-797-A
- A copy of your current I-20 or DS-2019
- If you do not reside in the United States on a Visa, you will need to obtain a student visa. We will guide you through this process, however you must be admitted as a student before we can begin!
Proof of English Language Proficiency
Persons applying to first-level master’s degree programs (i.e., Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Theological Students, Master of Arts in Practical Theology, and Dual Degree) are required to submit recent test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).1 In most cases, students accepted to Columbia’s first-level master’s degree programs submit a TOEFL score of 84 or higher on the internet-based TOEFL (iBT or iBT Home Edition) with a minimum score of 21 in each of the subareas.
Persons applying to the ThM and doctoral degree programs are also required to submit recent TOEFL test scores. In most cases, students accepted to Columbia’s ThM and doctoral degree programs submit a TOEFL score of 90 or higher on the internet based TOEFL (iBT or iBT Home Edition) with a minimum score of 22 in each of the subareas.
Test scores should be submitted directly to Columbia by the TOEFL. Columbia’s school code is 5118. Applicants may submit self-reported test scores via the application portal; however, official scores must be submitted directly to the Seminary from the ETS prior to enrollment. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have additional questions or concerns.
If accepted to a degree program at Columbia Seminary, you must immediately contact the Admissions Office (email@example.com) 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 Seminary attendance, you are required to provide the Admissions 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 Admissions 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 Admissions Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for additional information! Connect with us on WhatsAppwith your questions as well!
Rev. Matt Rich
Assistant Director of Enrollment Operations and Communications
International Student Advisor (DSO)
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.
Students in advanced professional degree programs (DMin and DEdMin) are not eligible for financial aid, neither are they permitted to work, except on campus—and such opportunities at Columbia Theological Seminary are very rarely available.
International seminary students are required to carry the school-sponsored hospitalization insurance for themselves and all accompanying family members, unless the student’s existing insurance provides acceptable levels of coverage.