POLICIES AND PROCEDURES OF ADMISSION
For successful admission to APNTS:
· Students will have graduated with a baccalaureate degree from a government-recognized or accredited college, university or Bible College. (Students may be asked to submit college catalogues, syllabi or other documents in order to indicate the academic level of undergraduate work.)
· An application form will have been carefully filled out by the applicant. Such forms can be obtained from the Registrar upon request, and are available on-line. The application form requires that the student supply a small recent picture, and that the prospective student list the names of at least four persons who will recommend the student. The Registrar will correspond directly with individuals indicated by the student on the application form.
· The application fee of $20 (or its peso equivalent) will have been submitted to APNTS.
· The Registrar will have received recommendations from the four persons listed on the application form.
· Official transcripts of all baccalaureate and graduate schools attended by the student will have been presented to the Registrar.
· Students will have shown a college academic average grade of at least B-.
· Students who are transferring credits from other theological seminaries or graduate schools will have submitted a statement of honorable dismissal and a recommendation for admission. A transcript of courses is also required.
· Students will have submitted an official, standardized, internationally recognized English test result. (See English Language Policy below.)
· Students will have submitted all of the above within one month of APNTS Registration for either the first or second semester or summer modules.
· Students desiring to live on campus will have submitted a Request for Housing application.
· Students desiring financial assistance will have submitted a Scholarship application form.
· Provisional admission may be given to students falling short of full admission requirements.
In addition to the above, international students should contact the Registrar for current visa guidelines. They should prepare two
original, official Transcripts of Records from prior school(s).
Successful international students will have begun the application process not later than six months prior to APNTS Registration.
Upon admission, students are expected to agree to abide by the following pledge: “I do solemnly promise that I will diligently and faithfully attend to the instruction and exercises of this Seminary; observe its rules of conduct relating to students, respect the admonition of the instructional staff, and cooperate with the Spirit and spiritual emphasis of the Seminary while I shall continue as a student of the institution.”
ENGLISH LANGUAGE POLICY
The language of instruction and common discourse at APNTS is English. It is imperative that students possess well-developed skills in reading, writing, comprehending and conversing in the English language. Prospective students for whom English is not their first language must pass an internationally-recognized, standardized English test.
- For admission to Graduate Certificates or Graduate Diploma programs, 500 is required on the English test.
- For admission to the Master of Divinity program, the score must be the equivalent of 500 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (173 on the computer-based TOEFL).
- For admission to the Master of Science in Theology Pastoral Ministry program, students need a score of 510 (180 on the computer-based TOEFL).
- For admission to the other Master of Science in Theology programs, the M.A.R.E., and the M.A.C.C., students need a score of 550 (213 on the computer-based TOEFL).
A score of 450 (133 on the computer-based TOEFL) permits (a) provisional acceptance, (b) the initial processing of visas, (c) the privilege of enrolling in English courses, and (d) the possibility of taking undergraduate courses if offered at APNTS. Applicants whose score is below 450 will not be accepted as students at APNTS and are encouraged to enroll first at English language institutes.
Provisional students who have not yet attained 500 on the official TOEFL or an equivalent score have one school year to pass the English test. APNTS gives its own test at the beginning of each semester, and at the close of each second semester. Each of these tests is mandatory for all
students enrolled at APNTS, both full and part-time, who have not yet either attained 500 on the TOEFL test or passed the APNTS English Test.
If a student fails to achieve a passing score at the end of one school year of study at APNTS he or she will not be allowed to enroll in the next semester’s or summer classes. If such students are living on campus, such students will be required to move off campus within two weeks after graduation ceremonies. Students who have not passed the APNTS English Test after one school year will be allowed to re-enroll only after presenting a test score of 500 on an official English test.
Likewise, M.A. and M.S.T. students having a score between 500 and 549 or the equivalent on an English test have one school year to reach the appropriate English level mandated for their programs. Students will not be allowed to enroll in Thesis Seminar or Thesis Writing until they have attained 550 on a test of English. That is, a score of 550 is necessary to write a thesis.
A TOEFL score of 500 to 549 (173-212 on the computer-based test) enables a student to enroll in up to twelve units of graduate work per semester.
A TOEFL score of 550 (213 on the computer-based test) or above enables a student to enroll in up to fifteen units of graduate work per semester.
These APNTS English policies are given with the awareness that not many M.A. and M.S.T. students will be able to complete the course requirements, including thesis, within two years, and not all M.Div. students within three years. Many students should pace their academic progress to include three years for M.A. and M.S.T. degrees and four years for the M.Div.