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Admissions Overview

  • 02.09.2016

Begin your path to an inspiring future with the different degree programs offered at GCU. From inside the classroom to outside activities, the supportive university environment and engagement in the community, GCU will help you reach not only the goals you've set, but also the ones you have yet to imagine.

Freshman: An applicant who has never been enrolled in a college or university.

Transfer: An applicant who has enrolled in or have graduated from a college or university.

International: An applicant who has lived or were educated outside of the United States or is a permanent resident or naturalized citizen of the United States.

Readmission: Former students who have not been enrolled for 12 consecutive months or who were placed on suspension.

Graduate: Students seeking master’s and doctorate degrees

 

ADMISSIONS PROCEDURES

UNDERGRADUATE LEVEL

Each applicant must submit the following forms to the Admissions office, accompanied by a non-refundable $100.00 application fee (Please see GCU Tuition and Fee Schedule for other financial requirements for admission). All forms MUST be received no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student seeks enrollment.

1.Application form for admission

2.$100.00 non-refundable application fee

3.Self-description and plan of study

4.Signed Biblical Foundations Statement

5.Signed GCU Release and Assignment Form

6.Signed GCU Student Disclosure Agreement Form

7.Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver

8.Official Transcript(s), sealed

9.A recommendation letter

10.Valid government-issued ID (Driver’s License, passport, etc.)

11.SAT Critical Reading score of 400 or higher, Math 380 or higher

12.ACT English 17, Math 17, and Composition Score 17

13.A certified copy of the student’s High School diploma or GED Certificate

14.Copy of the original transcript / Fax of transcript directly from GED center (if applicable)

GRADUATE LEVEL

Masters Programs

Each applicant must submit the following forms to the Admissions Office accompanied by a non-refundable $100.00 application fee.  All forms should be received no later than 30 days prior to beginning of the semester / academic session in which the student seeks enrollment.

  1. Application form for admission
  2. $100.00 non-refundable application fee
  3. Self-description and plan of study
  4. Signed Biblical Foundations Statement
  5. Signed GCU Release and Assignment Form
  6. Signed GCU Student Disclosure Agreement Form
  7. Assumption of Risk and Liability Waiver form
  8. Copy of valid, government-issued ID (driver’s license, passport, military ID, etc.)
  9. Official transcripts of all college, university, or seminary records, showing all courses pursued, grades received, and degree(s) earned
  10.  Recommendation letter completed by the reference listed on the application (two letters for MDiv)
  11. (MDiv applicants only) Statement of conversion experience and pastoral calling  

The Admissions Committee will review all submitted information. Any student seeking admission must possess a BA, BS, or its equivalent degree from an accredited institution of higher learning, and a grade point average (GPA) of 2.50 on all previous post-secondary credits in order to be admitted (except on probationary status).  When it is necessary, the Admissions Committee or the Office of Admissions will have an interview with the candidate for admission decision.

When the necessary documents and fees have been received, the application will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.  The Committee will notify the applicant.  The approved application will be valid for one year from the date of approval.

I-20 ADMISSIONS (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS)

GCU welcomes international students.  Applicants are classified as “international” if they meet any of the criteria listed below.  Supplemental application materials are needed for each of the following criteria. Students are encouraged to review GCU’s Web site to see what documents are required. An international student is anyone who

  • is not a U.S. citizen and is currently in the United States on an F-1 (student) visa.
  • will require an F-1 visa to enter and study in the United States.
  • is a foreign national currently residing in the United States on some other class of visa. Please submit a copy of the visa from your passport.

In addition to the university's general admission requirements, the international student must follow the procedures listed below:

1.           Complete and return the application form.

2.           Provide official transcripts from all secondary and postsecondary institutions attended. Transcript(s) MUST be in English. Non-English transcripts must be translated into English. Students who wish GCU to translate transcripts must pay the cost of translation (contact the Office of Admissions for more information about translation services). All transcripts will be evaluated before applicants may be admitted.

3.           If coming from a non-English-speaking country, the applicant must provide proof of English-language proficiency:

Submit an official TOEFL score of at least 60 (80 for graduate school) on the Internet-based exam or 173 (213 for graduate school) on the paper-based version. All score reports must be official. TOEFL scores must be less than two years old if you have not been studying at a U.S. institution since taking the exam. Information regarding test dates and centers can be found at www.ets.org. Results of the TOEFL must be transmitted electronically to GCU.

OR

Take English 101 and 102 (first-year composition), or their equivalents, at an accredited U.S. institution and earn a minimum 2.5 combined GPA for the two courses. This must be reflected on an official transcript.

OR

Submit proof of a bachelor’s degree earned at an accredited institution in the U.S.

OR

Submit proof of a bachelor’s degree earned at an accredited institution in the U.S.

OR

Achieve a score of 71 or higher on GCU’s ESOL placement test.

International students who are unable to prove English-language proficiency must take the GCU ESOL placement test, enroll in the ESOL program and pass the program successfully before they will be allowed to enroll in degree courses. Please contact the ESOL Department and/or the Office of Admissions for more information.

4.           Upon acceptance to GCU, submit an Immunization Record to the Office of Admissions. The form to be used by the physician will be provided by the University in the Admission Packet.

5.           Have on deposit, in an account in the GCU Office of Business Affairs, sufficient funds to cover tuition, fees, and other expenses for at least one academic semester. The amount may differ in each applicant’s case, and average amount of deposit made is approximately $3,000.00. This deposit is NOT a separate fee. It will be used against the student’s first-semester tuition and fees. Any monies left over after the first semester’s tuition and fees are paid from this deposit will be applied to the next semester’s tuition and fees. Unpaid portions of the balance of tuition and fees are the responsibility of the student. Contact the Office of Admissions for more information.

6.           Submit proof of accident and health insurance. Students who can prove that they have comparable insurance coverage will not be required to purchase an insurance policy through the university. Contact the Office of Admissions for more information about purchasing insurance through the University.

7.           Pay a one-time International Student Fee of US$500.00 for administrative expenses.

All of the above items must be submitted to Admissions Office no later than four (4) months prior to the student's planned enrollment. The university will issue a SEVIS (I-20) after items (1) through (7) above have been completed and approved by the International Student Advisor in consultation with the Admissions Committee.

NOTE: After a student’s visa status has been approved, and he or she is issued an I-20 and granted an F-1 visa in place of his or her existing B-2 or E-2 visa, the student MUST attend at least the first full semester of classes after their F-1 approval. NO REFUND OF TUITION WILL BE GIVEN FOR THE FIRST SEMESTER if the student withdraws for visa-related reasons. According to Federal regulations, I-20 holders must be enrolled AND ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING in a “full course of study,” meaning full-time enrollment status (minimum 12 credits each term for undergraduate students; minimum 10 credits each term for graduate students) at a SEVP-approved school and ACTUALLY ATTENDING CLASSES, in order to maintain visa status. GCU is required to report any violation of this regulation to the Federal government. For complete details regarding this policy, please contact the Office of Admissions and the International Student Advisor. Complete Federal regulations regarding F-1 students may be found at https://www.ice.gov/sevis.

 

ADVANCED DEGREE PROGRAMS ADMISSIONS

I. Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

To be eligible for admission, applicants are required to:

  • Have a Bachelor of Arts degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university. Any exceptions must be approved by the Doctor of Ministry Program Committee.
  • Have completed a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent at an accredited institution. Other two-year master's programs may be considered, but the applicant must complete the required Master of Divinity courses to enter the DMin program. Applicants must have maintained an average of 3.3 (on a standard 4-point scale) in their Master of Divinity work.
  • Have demonstrated to the Doctor of Ministry Program Committee that they have sustained a sound moral and religious character in campus life.
  • Field experience: Subsequent to receiving a Master of Divinity degree, applicants for the DMin program must have completed three years of full-time ministry experience at a church or similar organization and must have demonstrated excellent professional performance. Any exceptions must be approved by the Doctor of Ministry Program Committee.

Required Admission Documents

  • Application Package (available on the GCU website)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Two Recommendation Letters
  • Two-to-three-page Academic Purpose Statement
  • Certification of Field Experience

Field Experience

Applicants must have at least three years work experience in ministry at a church or similar organization, and have demonstrated excellent professional performance after receiving their Master of Divinity degree. Any exceptions must be approved by the Doctor of Ministry Program Committee.

Recommendations

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation: one from a colleague or mentor in the field of cross-cultural or intercultural work, and one from an academic advisor, including former professors. Recommendation forms are provided by the Office of Admissions.

Academic Purpose Statement

Applicants must submit a two-to-three-page statement explaining their specific goals in pursuing a PhD degree, their prospective research topics and areas of interest, and their expectations for achieving their academic goals at GCU.

Admissions Procedure

Applicants must complete all procedures for approval by the University’s Doctor of Ministry Program Committee. Approximately sixty days should be allowed for processing applications. Applicants shall receive notice of approval from the office of Admissions. Applicants may be admitted on a conditional basis for the first year of study in the doctoral program at the discretion of the Doctor of Ministry Program Committee. The chair of the Doctor of Ministry Program Committee will notify them of the reasons for any conditional status, specify any requirements that must be fulfilled, and state any limitations to be imposed upon the proposed seminar load.

Students admitted conditionally are evaluated at the conclusion of the first year of study, and the Doctor of Ministry Program Committee governs the student's continuance in the program.

Applicants for the Doctor of Ministry Program who do not enroll in a seminar within one year from the date of approval for admission must submit a new application to the program, and the subsequent application shall be regarded as initial with no leniency for an approval.

Each applicant must submit the following forms to the Admissions office, accompanied by a non- refundable $100.00 application fee. All forms MUST be received in original no later than 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester in which the student seeks enrollment. The Admissions Committee will review all submitted information. When it is necessary, the Admissions Committee will have an interview with the candidate for admission decision.

International Students (I-20)

For admission to GCU’s School of Divinity, international students should follow the general admission requirements that GCU asks of international students, in addition to the above requirements. Please contact the Director of Admissions for more information.

 

II. PhD in Intercultural Studies

To be eligible for admission, applicants are required to

  • Hold a Bachelor’s degree
  • Hold a Master of Divinity degree, Master of Arts in Missiology or Intercultural Studies, or equivalent from a fully accredited institution. Those who do not hold a Master’s degree relating to theological studies must take additional/approved elective courses.
  • Have a grade point average (GPA) of 3.3 or higher on the standard four- point scale.
  • Submit official transcript(s) from all previous degree-awarding institutions (submitted in English or in a notarized translation).

Field Experience

Applicants must have at least four years of cross-cultural or intercultural work experiences in mission agencies, mission fields, or Christian ministries. Applicants who have teaching experience in a multicultural setting or its equivalent will be evaluated. Applicants must submit certification of their field experience.

Recommendations

Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation: one from a colleague or mentor in the field of cross-cultural or intercultural work, and one from an academic advisor, including former professors. Recommendation forms are provided by the Office of Admissions.

Academic Purpose Statement

Applicants must submit a two-to-three-page statement explaining their specific goals in pursuing a PhD degree, their prospective research topics and areas of interest, and their expectations for achieving their academic goals at GCU.

Academic Research Paper Requirement

Applicants must provide a writing sample of at least 25 pages as proof of analytical ability and writing skill. The sample may be a book review, an article, a response, an academic paper, or another piece of work, but must have been written solely by the applicant and must concern a topic related to intercultural studies.

Required Admission Documents

  • Application Package (available on the GCU website)
  • Official Transcripts
  • Two Recommendation Letters
  • Two-to-three-page Academic Purpose Statement
  • Certification of Field Experience
  • Academic Research Paper

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Students with disability and special needs

In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Georgia Christian University seeks to give equal opportunity and access to students with disability. The Office of Student Affairs coordinates accommodation requests of students with disability for the university. A student with disability who requires special attention or accommodation is advised to contact any officers at Student Affairs as soon as possible to establish his/her disability and make "Reasonable accommodation" requests.

Student should submit in writing the following information:
1) The nature of disability or special requests
2) Any documents establishing the disability or special need
3) Student's request for special accommodation

As some accommodation may take time to arrange or to be coordinated, requests should be made as soon as possible after a student is admitted to Georgia Christian University. On the day of Orientation for new students or during the first week of semester, the designated officer will meet with the student to discuss the request; then the request is submitted to The Academic and Judicial Committee for further recommendations for accommodation.