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Thank you for your interest in applying to Baptist Seminary of Kentucky! Our mission is to prepare men and women for life and ministry in faithful witness to Jesus Christ in the church and the world. By cultivating a learning community committed to spiritual, moral, and intellectual formation, we develop ministers who are spiritually healthy, morally virtuous, theologically reflective, and practically trained. We invite you to take the first step in joining this dynamic community by submitting your application. If you need help or have questions as you fill out the application or navigate the admissions process, please contact Jarrod Lopez, Director of Admissions, for assistance.

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Admission Deadlines

Offers of admission are made on a rolling admissions basis. When an application is complete, it will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee, which is comprised of the Director of Admissions, the Academic Dean, and members of the faculty. Normally, a decision will be reached within two weeks. Please note the application deadlines below and give yourself the appropriate amount of time to complete your application.

Fall Deadline: August 1
J-term Deadline: December 1
Spring Deadline: January 1
Summer Deadline: May 1

 

Admission Eligibility

Baptist Seminary of Kentucky requires a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university and an overall GPA of 2.5 (3.0 in one’s major) for admission to the Master of Divinity degree program. However, BSK may accept otherwise strong candidates who lack an undergraduate degree or have a lower GPA into the non-degree program, which allows them to take pre-selected courses and potentially gain admittance into the Master of Divinity degree program based on satisfactory academic progress. While academic achievement is a significant factor in the admissions process, final decisions are based on a comprehensive review by the admissions committee of an applicant’s total profile, including personal and spiritual autobiographies, recommendations, and an interview. In general, we encourage all interested parties to apply.

 

Application Requirements

Baptist Seminary of Kentucky accepts students in the following six categories:

  1. Master of Divinity
  2. Master of Divinity: Pastoral Care and Counseling
  3. Non-degree: Exploratory or Occasional
  4. Non-degree: Provisional (No Bachelor’s Degree/Does Not Meet Minimum Academic Requirements)
  5. Special: Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)/Transient
  6. Auditor

Requirements for Master of Divinity and Non-degree: Exploratory or Occasional applicants:

  • A completed application
  • A one-time non-refundable application fee of $35.00
  • Personal and Spiritual Autobiographies — Two typed, double-spaced essays of 800-1200 words each with attention to style and content, addressing the following:
    • Personal Autobiography
      • Describe your understanding of how your family history and relationships contribute to your identity and readiness for ministry.
    • Spiritual Autobiography
      • Describe significant intellectual and religious influences on your spiritual development.
      • How have these factors influenced your understanding of your call to ministry?
      • What are your expectations for your seminary experience?
  • An official transcript from each institution of higher education that you have attended. In place of transcripts, a transient student is required to provide a letter from the institution from which you are pursuing a degree affirming (a) good standing and (b) that the course(s) being taken will satisfy degree requirements
  • A completed reference form from each of the following:
    • A minister of your home or current church
    • A church member, family member or peer
    • A professor or supervisor

Requirements for Non-degree: Provisional applicants:

  • A completed application
  • A one-time non-refundable application fee of $35.00
  • Personal and Spiritual Autobiographies
  • An official transcript from each institution of higher education that you have attended
  • 3 reference forms

Requirements for Special: Clinical Pastoral Education/Transient applicants:

  • A completed application
  • A one-time non-refundable fee of $35.00
  • CPE: Approval by the BSK CPE director     OR
  • Transient: Letter of good academic standing from current school

Requirements for Auditors

  • A completed application
  • A one-time non-refundable fee of $35.00
  • One recommendation (from the list above)
  • A paragraph describing your expectations for your seminary experience

 

International Students

The complete BSK International Guide can be found here or obtained by request to the Admissions Office. BSK admits international students exclusively as degree-seeking students. In addition to the documents required above, international students must submit TOEFL scores and financial statements (as required by the USCIS)