Admission Requirements

Students may achieve full standing through initial admission at one of three levels: unconditional, conditional or provisional. Unconditional status gives full standing upon entering the program, while conditional status and provisional status require the fulfillment of specific documentation and/or performance criteria.

Unconditional Admission

  1. Completion of the MTS or MPS degree program at SHC, or an equivalent degree, such as a Master's in Divinity, from another regionally accredited institution.
  2. Completion of at least 30 credit hours of graduate-level theology, religious studies or an unquestioned equivalency.
  3. A GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, on MTS, MPS, or equivalent master's degree.

Conditional Admission

  1. Completion of the MTS or MPS degree program at SHC, or an equivalent degree, such as a Master's in Divinity, from another regionally accredited institution.
  2. Completion of at least 30 credit hours of graduate-level theology, religious studies or an unquestioned equivalency.
  3. At the discretion of the graduate theology faculty, a student with a GPA between 3.2 and 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, on MTS, MPS, or equivalent master's degree may be considered for admission to the MA program.

Students admitted on a conditional basis must achieve a GPA of 3.5 or higher prior to progressing beyond six credit hours of coursework toward the MA.

Provisional Admission

Provisional status may granted to students who have not yet completed their required documentation. Students may not register for more than six credit hours in provisional status. In addition to new degree-seeking students, non-degree and transient students as well as graduating seniors in good standing who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree are eligible to take up to, but not more than, six hours of graduate course work on this basis. In all cases, students are expected to submit required documentation within the semester.