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AGTS, the Assemblies of God seminary located in Springfield, Missouri, is a community of students, faculty, and staff committed to pursuing God’s calling to ministry, locally and globally.  At AGTS scholarship is integrated with practical application in a context specific to your calling.

We are excited that you are taking the next step in your academic preparation for ministry by applying to one of our seminary programs.  Contact your admissions counselors for detailed information on the next steps and for answers to any questions you may have about the program. We’re here to help.

How to apply for a master’s program.

  1. Confirm your eligibility.
    1. Faith: be a dedicated, born-again believer.
    2. Academic: hold a four-year bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an acceptable college.
    3. Grades: a minimum GPA of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. Complete your online application.
  3. Submit the required documents.
    1. Official transcript from all postsecondary institutions previously attended. International students may be required to provide a transcript evaluation from a NACES member agency showing degree and course equivalencies.
    2. Submit one ministerial reference and one academic reference.
    3. Submit a one to two-page autobiography; include ministerial and vocational goals.
    4. Submit a photo. Digital is preferred.
    5. Complete an interview, if requested.
  4. Complete your enrollment requirements. Once admitted you will be assigned an advisor who will assist you with registering for classes.

How to apply for the Doctor of Ministry program

  1. Confirm your eligibility.
    1. Academic: an accredited Masters of Divinity or its equivalent. We encourage you to contact the Doctor of Ministry office to learn more about the Masters of Divinity equivalency criteria option.
    2. Grades: a minimum cumulative GPA in accredited graduate study of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
    3. Experience: at least three years of full-time ministry following completion of the first professional master’s degree
    4. Vocation: currently involved in full-time ministry (pastor, missionary, teacher, denominational or para-church leader, chaplain, evangelist, counselor, etc.)
  2. Complete your online application.
  3. Submit the required documents.
    1. Official transcript from all postsecondary institutions previously attended.
    2. International students may be required to provide a transcript evaluation from a NACES member agency showing degree and course equivalencies.
    3. Submit one ministerial, one academic, and one personal reference.
    4. Submit a two-page paper outlining your theology of ministry. (The Doctor of Ministry office will supply an instruction page.)
    5. Submit a photo. Digital is preferred.
    6. Complete an interview, if requested.
  4. Complete your enrollment requirements. Once admitted the Doctor of Ministry team will assist you with next steps.

How to apply for the Doctor of Applied Intercultural Studies program.

  1. Confirm your eligibility.
    1. Academic: an accredited master’s degree from an acceptable school with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. (Must include 15 graduate credits in Bible and theology and 15 graduate credits in missions and intercultural studies.)
    2. Experience: not less than two years of appropriate intercultural ministry experience.
    3. Language: second language proficiency. In exceptional cases, this requirement may be substituted by petition.
  2. Complete your online application.
  3. Submit the required documents.
    1. Official transcript from all postsecondary institutions previously attended. International students may be required to provide a transcript evaluation from a NACES member agency showing degree and course equivalencies.
    2. Submit one ministerial, one academic, and one personal reference.
    3. Submit a one to two-page autobiography; include ministerial and vocational goals.
    4. Submit documentation of official approval from administrative superiors (e.g., missions board or agency).
    5. Submit a graduate-level academic writing sample paper.
    6. Submit a photo. Digital is preferred.
    7. Complete an interview, if requested.
  4. Complete your enrollment requirements. Once admitted you will be assigned an advisor who, along with your admissions counselor, will assist you with next steps.

How to apply for a Ph.D. in Intercultural Studies

  1. Confirm your eligibility.
    1. Academic: an accredited master’s degree from an acceptable school with a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. (Must include 15 graduate credits in Bible and theology and 15 graduate credits in missions and intercultural studies.)
    2. Experience: not less than two years of appropriate intercultural ministry experience.
    3. Language: second language proficiency. The program requires research proficiency in English as the primary research language of the disciplines of intercultural studies and a second modern language in the field of the research topic. Additional ancient and modern languages may be required as needed for the completion of dissertation research
  2. Complete your online application.
  3. Submit the required documents.
    1. Official transcript from all postsecondary institutions previously attended. International students may be required to provide a transcript evaluation from a NACES member agency showing degree and course equivalencies.
    2. Submit one ministerial, one academic, and one personal reference.
    3. Submit a one to two-page autobiography; include ministerial and vocational goals.
    4. Submit a graduate-level academic writing sample paper.
    5. Submit documentation of official approval from administrative superiors (e.g., missions board or agency).
    6. Submit a photo. Digital is preferred.
    7. Complete an interview, if requested.
  4. Complete your enrollment requirements. Once admitted you will be assigned an advisor who, along with your admissions counselor, will assist you with next steps.

How to apply for a Ph.D. in Biblical Interpretation and Theology

  1. Confirm your eligibility
    1. Academic: an accredited M.Div. or Th./Th.M., M.Phil. or STM with a focus on Biblical and theological studies, with a minimum of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale. Other master’s degrees will be considered if the student can demonstrate an aptitude for advanced study.
    2. Language: the program requires the following language proficiencies or prerequisites.
    3. Research proficiency in English as the primary research language and a second modern research language (usually German or French). Competency in a modern research language must be demonstrated during the first two years of the program before beginning work on the dissertation. Competency can be demonstrated in one of two ways.
    4. Successful completion of a modern language course that facilitates and measures translation skill.
    5. Taking and successfully completing a modern language translation exam offered through the AGTS D. Biblical Interpretation and Theology program.
    6. One year of Greek
    7. One year of Hebrew
    8. One additional year in the language of the testament of focus for the program is required and must be completed within the first two years of enrollment in the program.
  2. Complete your online application.
  3. Submit the required documents.
    1. Official transcript from all postsecondary institutions previously attended. International students may be required to provide a transcript evaluation from a NACES member agency showing degree and course equivalencies.
    2. Submit official GRE score report.
    3. Submit three letters of recommendation.
    4. A 2000-word vocational essay is required that details the following.
    5. Your testimony and spiritual journey.
    6. Your sense of vocation to academic and ministry leadership.
    7. Your professional goals.
    8. Your plans to make original contributions to your field.
    9. Submit a graduate-level academic writing sample paper. Minimum 1500 word requirement.
    10. Submit a photo. Digital is preferred.
    11. Complete an interview, if requested.
  4. Complete your enrollment requirements. Once admitted you will be assigned an advisor who, along with your admissions counselor, will assist you with next steps.

International students

In addition to specific program requirements, international students must be able to satisfy the following requirements.

  1. For applicants whose primary language is other than English, a TOEFL score of 585 or equivalent is required.
  2. Provide proof of sufficient financial resources (personal or from sponsoring agencies or churches) required to travel to and from the student’s home country, live in Springfield, and required to complete the program of study at AGTS.
  3. Obtain and provide proof of health insurance from a United States insurance provider.

Non-degree students

Non-degree seeking students must complete the non-degree application and provide the following documents in support.

  1. Ministerial reference.
  2. Official transcript from all postsecondary institutions previously attended. International students may be required to provide a transcript evaluation from a NACES member agency showing degree and course equivalencies.