Admissions Process

The purpose of SES is to provide integrated study in theology, philosophy, and apologetics that equips students to engage the culture.

In addition to the academic requirements, there are spiritual requirements for admission in keeping with this purpose. These include Christian experience, spiritual growth, call to service, and gifts for ministry. For questions about the admissions process complete the inquiry form below or contact at Admissions Counselor at [email protected] or (704) 847-5600 x216.

Classes can be taken only by those who have completed the application process (degree, certificate, non-degree credit, or audit) and been admitted into the seminary. Applications for a degree program will only be considered by the admissions committee when all of the relevant items listed below have been received (requirements may vary depending on your particular program). Applicants have three months to complete their application once the application process begins. If an application is not completed within three months a new application will need to be started with an additional application fee.

Online Application

A completed online application form through Populi, the secure SES student information system, will include:

  1. Biographical data
  2. Photographs (uploaded passport style photograph, head and shoulders)
  3. Academic record from all institutions of higher education attended
  4. Recommendations – Names and addresses of at least three (four if doctorate program) persons, including a pastor, to whom the applicant has sent recommendation forms
  5. Program of study for which the student is applying indicated on application

Personal Statement

The personal statement is a 300-500 document written by the applicant which includes:

  1. The applicant’s spiritual autobiography
  2. The applicant’s aspiration for Christian service
  3. The applicant’s evaluation of his or her personality

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts of the student’s academic record at all institutions of higher education attended are required. Undergraduate students must also include their high school or GED transcript. The applicant must request each institution to send the official transcript directly to the Office of Admissions. Transcripts from international institutions must be submitted and evaluated through World Education Services (WES).

Ph.D. Requirements

The following specific requirements are necessary for admission to the Ph.D. program (students lacking these specific requirements may complete
courses in the appropriate areas to qualify):

Provisional Acceptance

  1. A graduate degree from an accredited institution and at least 15 graduate hours in philosophy. (Certain apologetics courses may substitute for some of the philosophy requirement.)
  2. Present evidence of potential for original academic research by submitting a 20–25 page research paper or thesis in the area of apologetics or philosophy of religion.
  3. A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale) in previous graduate studies.
  4. Submit adequate test scores no older than five years from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test (GRE Code: 0005).

Applicants who do not meet the requirements for provisional acceptance must be admitted to other graduate programs to complete recommended and required work to remove deficiencies. Such students will be required to maintain a 3.5 GPA and demonstrate superior research skills. Such students may be required to submit an acceptable thesis prior to acceptance as a Ph.D. student.

Full Acceptance

  1. Undergo an interview with the admissions committee or its representatives.
  2. Take and pass an entrance exam that allows the applicant to demonstrate basic knowledge in theology, biblical studies, apologetics, and philosophy. Study questions may be downloaded HERE.

Application Fee

A non–refundable application fee of $50 ($60 for doctorate programs) must accompany each completed application form.

General Deadlines

When the student’s file is complete, the admissions committee will take official action on the application. The applicant will then be notified by letter of acceptance into a specific degree program or other status. A student is strongly encouraged to apply 6 months before expected enrollment date but at least to complete the application process before the following general deadlines:

August 5 for Fall term admission
December 15 for Winter module admission
January 15 for Spring term admission
May 1 for Summer term admission

Learn More

Please complete the form below, and you will be contacted by an SES representative to discuss how we may partner with you in becoming more equipped to engage the culture with the truth of the Gospel.