Undergraduate Certificate Application

For undergraduate certificate programs.

Undergraduate Certificate Prerequisites

  • A two-year associate degree or at least 60 units at the undergraduate level
  • Grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 on undergraduate work
  • Applicants who are not native English language speakers must demonstrate English proficiency

Church and parachurch leaders without the required undergraduate education should see the Prerequisite Exceptions below.


Application Steps

1Fill Out the online Undergraduate Application form.

2Request to have your official school transcripts sent directly to Shiloh University. We recommend that you contact your school at least one month before the admission deadline.

Admissions, Shiloh University
416 D Avenue
P.O. Box 846
Kalona, IA
52247-0846

Students whose previous education did not take place in the United States will need to work with the WES (World Education Services) to have their educational experience evaluated. For information on the evaluation process refer to the World Education Services website.
3Write 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
  • Which certificate you are applying for
  • What you hope to gain, both in knowledge and potential qualification for ministry, employment, ordination, etc.

4Make a copy of your government-issued photo identification card (front and back). This is for proctored exam identity verification purposes.

5Submit the following items in the online application portal (available after starting an application) or to the admissions office email:

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

6You will receive the Admissions Committee decision and your next steps within two weeks after the admissions deadline.

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For visual / hearing accessibility assistance in applying, please email the admissions office or call (319) 594-7446.

Processing and Notification

It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that all required information is submitted to the Admissions office. Applications will be reviewed by the Admissions Review Committee. Admission decisions are communicated to applicants in writing as soon as possible after the decision has been made, but typically no later than two weeks after the admission deadline. Upon notification of acceptance, applicants must return a signed enrollment agreement to the admissions office.

Transfer Credit Information

Up to 6 units from another institution will be considered for transfer into all undergraduate certificates except for the Biblical Language certificate. No transfer credit will be accepted against Biblical Language certificate requirements.

Courses taken as part of a certificate program are credit-bearing courses and therefore may be transferable, as determined by the receiving institution. Up to 18 units can be transferred from Shiloh University certificate programs to a University degree program. Courses applied are subject to University transfer credit policies.

English Language Requirement

Prospective Undergraduate 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:
    • 61 on internet based test (iTOEFL)
    • 500 on paper based test (pTOEFL)
    • 543 on TOEFL ITP – option for certificate and non-degree students only
  • At least a 6.0 on International English Language Test Score (IELTS).
  • At least a 44 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. Undergraduate student must have maintained a ‘C’ 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.

Prerequisite Exceptions

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

Church and parachurch leaders without the required undergraduate education may be admitted if they have at least 10 years of work experience and 5 years full-time (10 years part-time) ministry experience as evidenced by a detailed ministry resume.

Note that students who are admitted under this exception, who do not have English Composition transfer credit, may have to take GS110: English Composition 1 and GS111: English Composition 2 as these are prerequisites for most courses. This is not applicable to the Certificate in Biblical Languages.