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. 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 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.
If accepted to a degree program at Columbia Seminary, you must immediately contact the Admissions 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 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 (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.
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.
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