Should you wish to enter a degree program, you will be asked to complete a separate “Degree Program” application, however, it is not necessary to declare a major or degree program to apply for admission. Upon acceptance into City Seminary, the prospective student must also complete a registration form for the classes they wish to attend.
Tuition schedules are the same for all students enrolling for credit (i.e. $225 per credit hour). Students may also audit courses, when space is available, for an audit fee of $50 per credit hour (Note: Christian school teachers who are seeking to fulfill their ACSI CEUs also qualify for the $50 rate). Students will not receive credit for audited courses. Students should note that those auditing a course do not have the privilege of the floor in classroom discussions, nor will they hand in assignments or undergo examinations. A non-refundable application fee of $25 is required.
NOTE: Financial assistance is available for all qualified students. You may find information about scholarships here.
The following provides information on filling out an Applications Form, submitting proper credentials, and fulfilling other prerequisites for the program. In order to be admitted to a degree program in the Seminary, every applicant must do the following:
1. Fill out and submit the application form to the Registrar.
In order to be admitted as a regular student in the Seminary, the applicant must submit a completed "General Studies" application form (click here to use our online application, or click here to download a pdf form), along with a non-refundable fee of $25 to:
City Seminary of Sacramento
2020 16th Ave., Sacramento, CA 95822
2. Choose a degree program.
Choose a degree program. Students are not required to select a degree for admission to the Seminary, but are encouraged to do so. Upon selection of a degree, a letter of recommendation from the minister or governing board of the church of which the applicant is a member, or other satisfactory source, stating the applicant's moral character, general ability, and special fitness to pursue theological studies is required.
3. Send a transcript of previous academic work.
Upon admittance to a degree program, a full academic transcript of the applicant's college and/or high school work must be submitted. If more than one college was attended, there should be a transcript from each. If the applicant has not completed a regular course of academic study, the applicant may be required to sustain examinations in subjects essential in order to profitably matriculate into the course of study at the Seminary.
This letter should be forwarded to the Registrar of the Seminary at the above address as soon as the student has determined to enroll. Applicants for the M.Div. or M.T.S. degrees must provide a transcript showing the attainment of the Bachelor of Arts degree, or its academic equivalent, with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. Courses in the undergraduate program should include philosophy, history, and languages.
Additional Steps which may be required
The Seminary may grant admission on the basis of the credentials submitted, or it may make one or more of the following requests of the candidate:
1. Personal Interview: Meet with a representative of the Seminary for a personal interview.
2. Take a GRE: Take one or more of the Graduate Record Examinations administered six times a year at various centers throughout the country.
3. Provide a physician's health certificate. Note: The Seminary does not carry medical insurance for students. Health insurance is the sole responsibility of each student.
4. Take the English Language Proficiency Test: All international and English-as-second-language (ESL) students applying for admission must submit a score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 550 is required for admission and must include the writing section (TWE), which is administered in September, October, March, and May. Applicants who score 600 or lower on the TOEFL must enroll in the ESL program at Sacramento City College or other approved program. To register for the TOEFL/TWE test, contact:
TOEFL/TWE SERVICES, P. O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA
Telephone: 609-771-7100 Website
6. Demonstrate a Knowledge of the English Bible: Every student is expected to have a thorough knowledge of the English language Bible. To expect to profit from seminary instruction apart from a thirst for God's Word is a waste of the time of student and instructor alike. Every prospective Minister of the Gospel must make the Bible his constant companion. It is assured that no student indifferent to God's Word will succeed at City Seminary of Sacramento. Although a love for God's Word and a genuine familiarity with the texts of Scripture are essential, it is also recognized that most students will lack the systematic tools necessary to take full advantage of the course of instruction. To address this common deficiency, introductory survey courses are included in both the New and Old Testament curricula.
7. Take a Preliminary Test In Greek: A preliminary examination is administered for those wishing to establish a proficiency in Greek, enabling those who pass the exam to enroll in New Testament courses without further language courses. Prospective students are encouraged to include Greek language in their undergraduate work, when possible. Greek is a prerequisite for New Testament courses and may be taken as part of the student's seminary program of instruction.