Applicants must submit the following:
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, or its recognized equivalent. (Exceptions may be made, particularly for students who graduated from foreign post‑secondary institutions but who do not have the equivalent of the U.S. Bachelor's degree.)
A completed application form, including intended degree program, campus, signature and date.
Official transcripts from all colleges, universities, or seminaries attended. Official transcripts have the official college seal and signature, and must be mailed directly to the UTS Admissions Office from the issuing institution. If the original transcript is in a language other than English, the applicant must also submit the English translation.
Two recommendation letters, one from the applicant's pastor or church elder.
TOEFL score (for non‑native English speakers).
Two passport-size photographs
Determining English Proficiency: Applicants whose native language is other than English are required to take the TOEFL and a Writing Test. A minimum score of 550 is required for full admission to the UTS program. Students whose TOEFL score is between 450 and 550 and/or who are deficient in Writing skills are admitted with a requirement to take ESL courses and a reduced seminary course load. The UTS TOEFL institution code is #2941.
International students who have successfully completed four years of an undergraduate program in the U.S. may waive the TOEFL entrance examination on the condition that they:
Submit an undergraduate transcript with either courses in Writing or courses that reflect English competence.
Take the Writing test, to determine if they need further writing instruction.
Graduates of level 12 at the University of Bridgeport’s English Language Institute (ELI), upon presenting their UB diploma, are exempted from the TOEFL test and are placed directly into ESL Advanced. This equivalency is lost after one year has passed following graduation from the ELI.
Notification of Acceptance: Applications to the Seminary are reviewed by the Admissions Committee and the President. The Admissions Office notifies each applicant in writing regarding the decision made on his/her application.
Full Program Standing: A student is admitted to Full Program Standing if he/she possesses a Bachelor's degree or its equivalent, has provided official, original transcripts of academic studies in post‑secondary institutions, has two formal recommendations, and is considered to meet personal qualifications for admission, and, where applicable, has attained a satisfactory TOEFL score.
Provisional Standing: Provisional standing is granted for one term only to applicants whose documents are incomplete at the time of admission. Evidence of capability must be strong enough to justify provisional admission pending receipt of outstanding documents. It is the student’s responsibility to submit the missing documentation in a timely manner. In exceptional cases the provisional status may be extended for a second term. Term grades will be withheld until all required documentation is submitted.
The Admissions Committee will review the file of each student on provisional standing for full admission when all documentation is complete.
Conditional Standing: An international student who has earned an undergraduate degree from a foreign institution whose course of study represents the equivalent of three years of undergraduate studies in the U.S. may be admitted with Conditional Standing. After completion of 12 UTS credits (non ESL) his/her academic performance is reviewed by the Admissions Committee. The student may then be admitted to Full Program Standing, directed to pre‑Seminary study, or if conditions warrant, have his/her Conditional Standing extended one term.
Special Status: A limited number of applicants who do not hold a Bachelor's degree may be admitted into the Seminary degree programs if they: (a) have substantial experience in ministry or related careers; and (b) can demonstrate the knowledge, academic skill, and ability generally associated with persons who hold a Bachelor's degree.
Applicants are required to submit, in addition to the documents required for regular admissions, an essay that demonstrates the applicant has the knowledge, academic skill, and ability generally associated with persons holding a Bachelor's degree. Additional documentation that would be helpful includes: experiences of ministry or related careers, diplomas, certificates, GRE scores, and evidence of noncredit theological studies at workshops, seminars and conferences. Applicants may be placed on a waiting list to which priority is given based on merit of the applicants rather than the chronological order in which the applications were received.
Special Status is a privilege, and students on Special Status should be aware of their duty to finish the program expeditiously. They may take no more than one term of leave of absence. Those at the Barrytown campus have a time cap of three years to complete their degree if in the R.E. Program and four years if in the Divinity Program.
Non‑Matriculated Standing: Non‑matriculated students take courses for credit but are not enrolled in a degree program. The maximum number of credits that can be taken with non‑matriculated standing is 12. In order to take more than 12 credits, students must apply for admission to a program.