Carolina Graduate School of
Divinity does not discriminate on the basis of race,
gender, handicap, age, class, veteran status or
national/ethnic origin in the administration of any of
the policies of the divinity school, including
admissions, educational programs, and financial aid.
Requirements – The divinity school, in order to
achieve its stated mission, admits students who:
- Give testimony to a
relationship with Christ and growth in their
- Articulate a clear call to
ministry or wish to explore a perceived call.
- Possess spiritual gifts and
abilities necessary for public ministry and/or
- Demonstrate a willingness to be
formed by the Holy Spirit.
- Show readiness to tackle the
rigors of graduate study by presenting:
- A baccalaureate degree from
a college or university accredited by an
association recognized by the United States
Department of Education (USDE) and the Council
on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
- A grade point average of
2.5 or higher at the completion of undergraduate
- A balanced curriculum in
college which included forty-eight (48) hours of
liberal arts courses.
- A reference from a former
professor assessing the student’s readiness for
- Have access to adequate
financial resources so as not to jeopardize
family obligations and personal reputations
Procedures – After visiting the campus (if
possible), applicants should follow these simple
procedures for submitting an application:
- Request an application packet
or download all of the necessary forms from the
divinity school’s web site.
- Complete the Application Form
in its entirety. Be sure to attach a passport-size
photo. Incomplete forms will delay consideration of
the application by the Admissions Committee.
- Submit the completed
Application Form along with the $40 Application Fee.
Unless the fee is included, the application will not
- Distribute the Reference Forms
to the appropriate persons and request that they be
sent directly to the divinity school within seven
- Have official transcripts from
each undergraduate and graduate school attended sent
directly to the Director of Student Records Office.
Student copies cannot be accepted.
Deadlines – All application materials must be
received at the divinity school office by the dates
below if the applicant is to begin at the desired
- Fall Semester A – July 1st
- Fall Semester B – September 1st
- Spring Semester A – November
- Spring Semester B – February
- Summer School – April 1st
Student Classification – Students admitted to the divinity
school are classified in the following categories:
- A Degree Student has
met the admission requirements, submitted the
required documents, and been judged ready to begin
graduate study by the Admissions Committee.
- A Provisional Student has
a half-semester to complete the full admissions
process. Status will terminate if the application
remains incomplete or subsequent documents reveal
that the applicant is not qualified to be
reclassified as a Degree Student.
- A Probationary Student has
failed to meet one of the academic requirements for
admission but shows promise for ministry, the need
for graduate preparation, and the determination to
overcome the deficiency. Students admitted to this
category have fifteen (15) semester hours to
demonstrate to the faculty their ability to pursue a
- A Mature Student (40
years and older) has accumulated at least ninety
(90) semester hours of undergraduate work with a 2.5
grade point average or higher and has been active in
full-time ministry for ten (10) years. A Mature
Student must maintain a 2.5 grade point average to
remain in the M.Div. program or a 3.0 grade point
average to continue M.A. studies. Mature Student
status will not be granted to more than ten percent
(10%) of the total students enrolled the vocational
- A Visiting Student has
been granted permission to enroll in CGSD courses
for transfer into a degree program at the student’s
- An Auditing Student has
been approved to enroll in courses for personal
development rather than academic credit. Auditors
are expected to attend classes, complete reading
assignments, and otherwise participate in the
Transfer Credit – Students transferring to Carolina
Graduate School of Divinity must request transfer of
previously earned graduate credits. To qualify for
- Must have been taken at schools
accredited by associations recognized by the United
States Department of Education and the Council on
Higher Education Accreditation.
- Must parallel divinity school
- Must have been taken within ten
(10) years of enrollment at CGSD.
- Must have earned a grade of “C”
(2.0) or higher.
- Transfer credit will not exceed
fifty percent (50%) of the Master of Divinity
requirements at CGSD. Applicants to the Master of
Arts program will be required to complete at least
thirty (30) semester hours at the divinity school.
No more than fifty percent (50%) of the credits from
a previously earned degree will be accepted for
Re-admission – Students who have been inactive for
two consecutive semesters must apply for re-admission
(unless granted a Leave of Absence prior to leaving
the divinity school). The degree requirements at the
time of the return must be satisfied for graduation.
Intentional Deception – Anyone found to have been admitted
to Carolina Graduate School of Divinity on the basis
of false information will be immediately dismissed and
will forfeit all financial payments and academic
credits accumulated during enrollment.