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Admission Requirements

Admission rests upon the following considerations:

  • Completion of all application materials;
  • Faith in Jesus Christ as the foundation of life and ministry; Christian character as evidenced by a moral life and confirmed by the church and pastoral leadership; Call to Christian service and exercise of gifts for ministry as explained in a statement from the applicant and confirmed by the church; and
For Bachelor of Arts in Christian Thought and Practice Students:
  • A high school degree or its equivalent with a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
For Master of Arts Students:
  • Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale (3.0 for Master of Arts in Counseling).
For Master of Divinity Students:
  • Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution with a grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.  An applicant holding a baccalaureate degree from a non-accredited institution may be considered for provisional admission.
For Doctor of Ministry:
  • Completion of a Master of Divinity (or its equivalent) with a B average or higher from a school accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (or an equivalent accrediting body outside of the United States or Canada) OR Completion of an accredited master’s degree in an area related to the student’s ministry setting or vocational calling and fulfillment of the six criteria developed by the Association of Theological Schools.
  • Active engagement in a ministry setting.
For Graduate Certificate Students:
  • Baccalaureate degree


Additional Information

Please review the Student Handbook for additional information on the admissions process including equivalency, exemption, provisional admission, transfer credit, demonstrated proficiency, and more.
Questions can be directed to the Office of Enrollment Management at or 1.800.440.6227.


Sioux Falls Seminary reserves the right to draw conclusions about the evangelical, Christian profession of all applicants on the basis of statements of Christian faith given in the application.  The seminary also reserves the right to admit or deny admission to applicants when necessary to ensure that the mission and purpose of Sioux Falls Seminary are maintained. The seminary may deny acceptance into any of the degree programs without giving specific reasons for denial to the applicant.

Sioux Falls Seminary admits students of any race, gender, color, nationality, or ethnic origin to all programs and activities made available to students of the seminary. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, color nationality or ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, loan programs or other seminary administered programs.  Applicants with deficiencies in oral or written expression, or in any other area of pre-seminary studies, may be required to complete supplementary studies.