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Admission Requirements

Admission to Methodist Theological Seminary in America is based on many factors such as the student’s academic record, recommendation letters, essay, etc. The application process consists of three steps. All three must be completed before admission to the MTSA is official.

1) Complete an Application File, including:

Undergraduate Program Applicants

a. A completed and signed Application Form

b. Recommendation Letters (2)

c. An Essay (Personal and Religious Background with Vision Statement)

d. Copy of High School Diploma and Official Transcript

e. Secondary school and College-level Transcripts (if applicable)

Graduate Program Applicants

a. A completed and signed Application Form

b. Recommendation Letters (2)

c. An Essay (Personal and Religious Background with Vision Statement)

d. College-level Transcript which indicates Bachelor degree is granted.

e. Copy of Bachelor Diploma

Arrange for official transcripts to be submitted to the Registrar’s Office from your high school and, if applicable, from all universities, colleges, or professional schools you’ve attended. (GED may be substituted for high school diploma.) A bachelor’s degree or the equivalent from a recognized school is required for admission into our Master’s programs. If you are still enrolled in high school, then an incomplete transcript (not showing graduation) will be sufficient. However, as soon as possible, a complete, official transcript (indicating a graduation date) is required.

2) Letter of Acceptance

The MTSA officials will review your Application Package when it is complete. It is our goal to send you written notification within two weeks of the application deadline. At any time, however, you may contact the Registrar’s Office to inquire as to the status of your application.

If you receive a letter of acceptance, it will include information regarding subsequent steps.

Included with your letter of acceptance will be a copy of the Student Handbook and a form indicating that you have read the handbook and agree to comply with it. This form should be returned to the Registrar’s Office immediately.

Along with your acceptance letter you will receive a Physical Readiness Report that is to be completed by a licensed physician and returned to Registrar’s Office. The acceptance letter will also ask that you provide a recent photograph of yourself. This photo will help us to recognize you at orientation and therefore, better serve you.

Finally, you should send the tuition deposit along with Physical Readiness Report (if applicable), and the Student Handbook form in order to confirm your enrollment. If the MTSA is unable to accept you for enrollment in the upcoming semester, we will advise you regarding the steps you should take before resubmitting your application.

3) Intent to Enroll

By returning your Physical Readiness Report, the statement regarding the Student Handbook, and your tuition deposit, you are informing the MTSA that you intend to enroll and to register for classes in the upcoming semester. We will pre-register you in courses, and will help you find suitable housing.

MTSA does not discriminate against any student on the basis of race, color, age, gender, or national origin.

Admission Notification

The applicant will receive a letter containing the determination of the seminary concerning admission within a month of our receipt of the application, references, transcripts, and application fee.

Application Deadlines

• Fall Semester August 1st

• Spring Semester January 15th

Language Proficiency

Since most instructions in class are conducted in Korean, proficiency in Korean is required. High school diploma or College diploma from Korean speaking educational institution will suffice. Students who do not have such diploma will be interviewed by the Dean of Academic Affairs in order to evaluate the proficiency.

English proficiency test such as TOEFL is not required for admission.

International Students

MTSA is currently seeking to obtain I-17 petition to issue I-20 to prospective foreign students. At this point, we are not authorized to issue I-20 for foreign students.

Prior Experiential Learning

Maximum Credit Limits:

• Of the first 60 semester units awarded a student in an undergraduate program, no more than 15 semester units may be awarded for prior experiential learning.

• Of the second 60 semester units (i.e., units 61 to 120) awarded a student in an undergraduate program, no more than 15 semester units may be awarded for prior experiential learning.

• Of the first 30 semester units awarded a student in a graduate program, no more than 6 semester units may be awarded for prior experiential learning.

• Of the second 30 semester units (i.e., units 31 to 60) awarded a student in a graduate program, no more than 3 semester units may be awarded for prior experiential learning.

Qualifying the Experience

Credit for Prior Experiential Learning shall only be granted by the Dean of Academic Affairs upon the written recommendation of a faculty member and may grant such credit only if all of the following conditions apply:

i. The prior learning is equivalent to the MTSA or MTSA level of learning.

ii. The learning experience demonstrates a balance between theory and practice.

iii. The credit awarded for the prior learning experience directly relates to the student's degree program and is applied in satisfaction of some of the degree requirements.

iv. The student has documented to the MTSA or MTSA level learning experience for which credit is sought in writing.

v. In evaluating prior experiential learning, MTSA’s staff may factor in the assessment of certain external organizations based on published guidelines.

vi. MTSA relies on internal evaluations of credit from foreign institutions of higher education.

Transfer Regulations Specific to each Degree Program

Bachelor of Theology

For the B.Th. Program, up to a total of 61 Semester Units required in our programs may be considered for transfer as credit from previous educational institutions, providing the course descriptions are analogous to our curriculum:

1. Up to 61 semester units, or quarter unit equivalents (2 quarter units count for 3 semester units) may be considered for transfer as credit toward the 123 semester units needed for the Bachelor of Theology degree (B.Th.) at MTSA. These provisions will be true, if the course descriptions are compatible with our program.

2. Only those courses for which a grade of “B” or better was received, will be eligible for transfer consideration at Methodist Theological Seminary in America.

There is no provision in MTSA’s policy that allows for prior experiential learning to be considered for semester unit credit in its B.Th. Program.

Master of Theology

For the Th.M. Program, up to a total of half of the Semester Units required in our programs may be considered for transfer as credit from previous educational institutions, providing the course descriptions are analogous to our curriculum:

1. Up to 24 semester units, or quarter unit equivalents (2 quarter units count for 3 semester units) may be considered for transfer as credit toward the 48 semester units needed for the Master of Theology degree (Th.M.) at MTSA. These provisions will be true, if the course descriptions are compatible with our program.

2. When a student takes more than 123 semester units, the semester units excessively achieved in undergraduate degree programs may be transferred, up to 12 units, into our Th.M. program. The courses transferred should be 300 and 400 level courses and are analogous to the course in our program.

3. Only those courses, for which a grade of “B” or better was received, will be eligible for transfer consideration at Methodist Theological Seminary in America.

There is no provision in MTSA’s policy that allows for prior experiential learning to be considered for semester unit credit in its Th.M. Program.

Master of Divinity

For the M. Div. Program, up to a total of half of the Semester Units required in our programs may be considered for transfer as credit from previous educational institutions, providing the course descriptions are analogous to our curriculum:

1. Up to 45 semester units, or quarter unit equivalents (2 quarter units count for 3 semester units) may be considered for transfer as credit toward the 90 semester units needed for the Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.) at MTSA. These provisions will be true, if the course descriptions are compatible with our program.

2. When a student takes more than 123 semester units, excessively achieved semester units in undergraduate degree programs may be transferred, up to 12 units, into our M.Div. program, if the courses are 300 and 400 level courses, the course descriptions are analogous to the course descriptions in our program, and a grade of "B" or better was received for the course..

3. Only those courses, for which a grade of “B” or better was received, will be eligible for transfer consideration at Methodist Theological Seminary in America.

There is no provision in MTSA’s policy that allows for prior experiential learning to be considered for semester unit credit in its M. Div. Program.

Ability to Benefit

New undergraduate students who are admitted with a high school GPA below “C” are admitted on a provisional basis with “ability to benefit” restrictions. These restrictions are likely to include enrollment in one or more non-credit fundamentals courses, a reduced load of 12 hours, and supervised study arrangements.

This classification and its restrictions may also be applied to older students who are returning to school after an extended period of time, especially if they cannot show strong transcript grades.