No Undergraduate Degree?
As a graduate school committed to excellence, ACTS Seminaries must maintain high admissions standards. Not only does this allow us to meet Association of Theological Schools accreditation standards, it also helps ensure that your ACTS degree carries strong credentials when you graduate. Normally an applicant must possess a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in order to enter masters level programs.
There are options for applicants without an undergraduate degree?
- An applicant with the equivalent of a bachelors degree from an unaccredited institution could be granted admission to the Master of Divinity (MDV) or Master of Arts in Christian Studies (MACS) on Academic Trial subject to academic review after the student has completed the first 15 semester hours. The probation would be removed if a minimal GPA of 2.5 were achieved. If this level were not achieved, then the student would be permitted to proceed to complete the Diploma in Christian Studies. If the student’s GPA at the end of the program was minimally 2.5, the student could petition for permission to re-enter the MDV or MACS program, but only those courses where the student achieved at least a B- could be transferred into the program.
- An applicant with the equivalent of 4 years (120 credits/semester hours) of varied, post-secondary education completed within the last 10 years and at least 5 years of managerial or supervisory experience could be admitted to the diploma program on Academic Trial and would be evaluated after he or she completed the first 15 semester hours of study. If the student’s GPA exceeded a 2.5 GPA minimum, then the student could be recommended for admission to the MDV or MACS degrees. Course work completed during the diploma program could be transferred into the degree program where applicable.
- An applicant with less than 4 but at least 2 years (60 credits/semester hours) equivalent post-secondary education and less than 5 years of managerial or supervisory experience could be admitted to the Diploma in Christian Studies program to achieve undergraduate equivalence with opportunity to apply to the MDV or MACS upon completion of the diploma (with minimally a 2.5 GPA). Course work earned toward the diploma program would not be transferable into the degree program. Alternately, the student could apply to a degree completion program at a recognized college or university. Upon completion of such a program the student could apply for admission to an ACTS masters program.