Apply as a Graduate Student

Read through the following application instructions completely before filling out the application form. For your convenience and to save time, you may apply online. 

1. Application Deadlines

We use a rolling admissions process for all of our master's level applicants. However, we have established the following deadlines to allow the necessary time for review prior to the start of the semester.

U.S. Citizens
July 15 Fall semester admission
November 15 Spring semester admission (including summer session)
April 1 Summer session admission

Please note that because these deadlines fall shortly before the beginning of the semester, we strongly encourage you to apply six to twelve months in advance of your expected enrollment date.

Applications received after these deadlines may be subject to a $20 late application fee (see below), and no applications will be considered for a given semester after the second week of that semester.

Do not send the late application fee in with application unless notified to do so.

2. Personal Statements

Be sure to enclose your typed personal statements, following the instructions on the application. Please put your name on the top right corner of each page. Students completing the online application will submit personal statements on that form.

3. Official Transcripts

Transcripts indicating graduation with a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. Official transcripts must be submitted from each undergraduate school, seminary or graduate school attended since high school. To be considered official, transcripts should be sent directly to our Admissions Office in sealed envelopes from each school. 

Note: For university course work done outside the U.S., students need to submit transcripts through a foreign credit evaluation service. The Admissions Office must receive a "course-by-course evaluation" or a "detail report." There are several such services that are acceptable, including:

       * World Education Services
       * Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc.
       * International Education Research Foundation

4. Recommendation Forms

Electronic Preliminary Recommendation Form

Please complete the Preliminary Recommendation Form above for each of your recommenders.

  1. Provide your name and contact information, and your anticipated program of study.
  2. Indicate which category the recommender fulfills, and list the recommender's name and contact information.
  3. After submitting the form, hit the Back button on your browser and refresh the page.
  4. Complete the form again each time for additional recommenders (see below for details).

All recommendations should be sent directly to the Admissions Office by the persons who complete them.

Please have recommendations submitted from the following three people:

  1. Pastor or church official
  2. A faculty member or administrator familiar with your recent academic work (undergraduate or graduate)
  3. An employer, professional acquaintance, or lay leader in your church

If you cannot locate one of your professors to submit a recommendation, please ask a leader in your church or parachurch group to complete one instead.

5. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Information

If English is not your primary language you will need to take a test for your English language skills.  The results must be submitted to the Admissions Office at Trinity in order for your application to be processed. TOEFL test scores must be less than two years old and must be submitted directly to the Admissions Office from the testing service.

The following chart lists the required minimum score for each program of study.

  CertificateDMinMAMDivPhDSpecial StudentThMVisiting Student
iBT 92 92 92 92 100 92 92 92
PBT 550 580 580 580 600 550 580 550

Applicants with completed advanced degrees at the master’s level or higher may request a waiver from the standardized testing requirement.

Waivers are not normally granted from this requirement. However, if a waiver is authorized, applicants then become subject to the same standardized testing requirements as their native English-speaking counterparts, and are required to submit qualifying scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Applicants should weigh this prospect carefully before requesting a waiver and allow sufficient time to take the TOEFL if necessary.

7. Tuition Deposits

Domestic Applicants

If you are admitted to Trinity Graduate School, you must submit a tuition deposit of $125.00 payable to “Trinity International University” to the Graduate School Admissions Office as a confirmation of your acceptance of our offer of admission. This deposit is refundable if the Admissions Office receives written notice of cancellation at least thirty days prior to your anticipated date of enrollment.

International Applicants (F-1 Visa)

If you are an international applicant who will be entering the United States on an F-1 visa and plan to attend Trinity’s Deerfield Campus in a full-time residential status, you must submit a tuition deposit of US $2,000 to the Admissions Office as confirmation of your acceptance of our offer of admission before an I-20 can be issued. This deposit is fully refundable.

8. Special Instructions

Marital Status

As an educational institution with a broad representation of denominations among our student body, we are aware that marital status, including positions on divorce and remarriage, vary widely among churches and Christian organizations. Applicants are encouraged to dialogue early with their church and spouse relative to these matters, as they may relate to future ministry placement. 

International Applicants

International applicants have some additional admission requirements outlined on the Apply as an International Student page.

Applicants with Disabilities

We want to be prepared to meet your needs when you come to Trinity. After you receive your letter of admission, please send us a statement describing your disability and what special attention or arrangements you may need at Trinity. For more information, contact the Director of Admissions at 954-382-6574.

If you need further information or have any questions concerning any part of the application process, please call the admissions office at 954.382.6574 or email us at