Graduate Program Application

For MA in Theological Studies and Master of Divinity.

Graduate Program Prerequisites

  • At least a bachelor’s degree or educational equivalent from an accredited school (a master’s degree from an accredited school will substitute for a bachelor’s degree)
  • Grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 on undergraduate work
  • Applicants who are not native English language speakers must demonstrate English proficiency as described below

Church and parachurch leaders without a bachelor’s degree, or students who fall short of the GPA requirements should see the Prerequisite Exceptions below.


Application Steps


Download and fill out an application form.


Get a recommendation from an overseeing pastor, board member, or similar position using this recommendation form. Have the recommender mail their recommendation directly to Shiloh University, or submit it with your application (keep in sealed envelope provided by the recommender).


Request to have your official undergraduate or graduate transcripts sent directly to Shiloh University. We recommend that you contact your school at least one month before the admission deadline.

Admissions, Shiloh University
100 Shiloh Drive
Kalona, IA 52247

For students whose previous education did not take place in the United States, have your transcripts evaluated by the World Education Services. Please contact Shiloh University admissions department if you need more information.


Write a personal essay (300-500 words) that includes all of the following:

  • Your name, mailing address, and email address
  • A description of your Christian experience
  • Your reasons for wanting to study at Shiloh University
  • How you plan to accomplish your program of study (each 3-unit course generally requires 10 – 12 hours per week)
  • How your degree will help you in your life and ministry

Make a copy of your government issued identification card (front and back). This is for proctored exam identity verification purposes.


Email the following to

  • Signed application form
  • Your personal essay
  • A copy of your government issued identification card (front and back)

Or mail your signed application and materials to:
Admissions, Shiloh University
100 Shiloh Drive
Kalona, IA 52247


You will be notified regarding acceptance within two weeks after the admissions deadline. Students who are admitted will receive access to the online classroom along with instructions on registering for classes.


Transferring Credits into Graduate Programs

Following is the maximum allowable transfer credit for each program:

  • 18 units may be transferred into the MATS program
  • 37 units may be transferred into the MDiv program

Only courses with an earned GPA of at least 3.0 may be transferable, including:

  • Units from an accredited graduate level biblical and/or ministerial studies program.
  • For MDiv applicants who received a bachelor’s degree in biblical and/or ministerial studies from an accredited Bible college, up to 18 units awarded for biblical studies at the undergraduate level.

English Language Requirement

Prospective Graduate students who are not native English language speakers are required to demonstrate proficiency through one of the following methods:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum required scores:
    • 71 on internet based (iTOEFL)
    • 530 on paper based (pTOEFL)
  • At least a 6.5 on International English Language Test Score (IELTS).
  • At least a 50 on Pearson Test of English Academic Score Report.
  • A high school diploma completed at an accredited/recognized high school where the medium of instruction is English.
  • At least a Level 3 on the ACT COMPASS’s English as a Second Language Placement Test.
  • At least a Pre-1 on the Eiken English Proficiency Exam
  • A minimum B-2 English proficiency level from the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) as assessed through various ESOL examinations.
  • Submission of a transcript indicating completion of at least 30 semester hours of credit at an English speaking accredited college or university. Graduate student must have maintained a ‘B’ grade point average or higher. All non-U.S. transcripts may need to be reviewed by the World Education Services before they can be accepted for transfer credit.

Prerequisite Exceptions

The following exceptions may be awarded at the discretion of the University.


Students who do not meet admissions GPA prerequisites may be admitted if they have experience or attributes which demonstrate a strong indication of success in a graduate level program. If accepted, the student will be placed on admissions probation for the first 15 units and must maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average in all classes during the probationary period.

Church and Parachurch Leaders

Church and parachurch leaders who do not have an undergraduate degree may be admitted if they have 5 years of full-time ministry experience (ten years part-time) and are actively engaged in a church leadership role. A limited number of qualifying students can be admitted. Please contact the admissions department before applying through this exception.

Church and parachurch leaders will be required to submit the following information in addition to the materials required of regular applicants. You are also encouraged to submit any additional materials in support of your application. Your entire admissions portfolio will be evaluated by Shiloh University.

  • An additional reference from church or denominational leadership.
  • A detailed resume showing at least twelve years of work experience.
  • A detailed ministry resume showing at least 5 years of full-time ministry experience (or ten years part-time), and active engagement in a church leadership role.
  • An additional 500 word essay about your rationale for pursuing the graduate degree instead of the undergraduate degree.
  • Official high school transcript or official General Education Development (GED) transcript.
  • One of the following:
    1. Undergraduate Units: Official transcript showing at least 30 semester units (hours) of undergraduate courses from an accredited school with a minimum GPA of 2.50, in the following areas:
      • English / Communication – writing (3 units)
      • English / Communication – speech (3 units)
      • And 24 units from a combination of the following:
        – History / Cultures (3 to 9 units)
        – Humanities / Language (6 to 12 units)
        – Social Science (3 to 9 units)
        – Mathematics & Natural Science (3 to 6 units)
    2. GRE Test Score: Official transcript showing passing score on GRE verbal and analytical sections. A passing score for the verbal section is 500; a passing score for the analytical is 4. Visit ETS to register for a GRE test. Use code 6716 when taking the test to indicate Shiloh University as the score recipient.