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).


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. References – Names and addresses of at least three (four if doctorate program) persons, including a pastor, to whom the applicant has sent reference forms
  5. Program of study for which the student is applying indicated on application


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 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).


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


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


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.