An applicant must fulfill the following requirements in order to be accepted into the
1. Submit an application (with required recommendations), along with the application
fee of $50 to the Graduate School Office;
2. Hold a four year undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, and have an
official, (certified with degrees posted in a sealed envelope mailed or hand delivered)
transcript (not student copy) of all college academic records sent to the Graduate
3. Achieve a 2.5 GPA in the applicant’s undergraduate program;
4. Complete and submit the scores of the Millers Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate
Record Exam (GRE);
5. Be actively involved in a local church while enrolled. This is essential for
Theology and Christian Ministry students, since a feature of the program is the
application and integration of the concepts being studied into a Church/Christian-
6. Proficiency in the English language.
Applicants who cannot meet all of the above requirements may, by action of the Dean
and the Graduate School Admissions Committee, be accepted on a provisional basis, but will not
be enrolled as a student until all requirements are met. Applicant will be informed in writing of
the issues of provisional acceptance. Applicant will not be considered enrolled in the SCU
Graduate Program until provisional issues are cleared.
A student, whose Undergraduate GPA is below 2.5, may be considered for probational
acceptance and enrollment in the SCU Graduate Program by the admissions committee.
The student’s probation will be considered for removal at the end of the first semester
with a minimum grade point of 3.00. On Line & Directed Studies
A student may complete forty nine percent of course work through distance learning in a
non-lecture format. i.e., Online or Directed Studies.
A student may complete forty nine percent of course work Online. The rest must be
taken on campus or an approved extension site. In SCU graduate program, this means that a
student can take five courses Online.
Students are limited to two (2) directed studies courses. DS courses normally are reserved
for students who, because of circumstances beyond their control, or SCU has not been able to
provide courses in a timely manner. This does not include classes which do not make because of
low or non-enrollment.
In addition to the regular standards for admission cited above, the International Student
1. Submit a completed application for admission and a $200.00 (U.S. funds non-
refundable application fee;
2. Submit an acceptable score of 500 or above on the Test of English as a Foreign
Language—TOEFL (Not required for British Commonwealth Nations or Former
members, and/or those who were educated in English, with verification);
3. Submit an English copy of the catalog from the school where the baccalaureate degree
was earned, and English official transcripts. Applicants with an advanced degree must
provide catalogs for both degrees;
4. Submit a Certification of Financial Resource form (available at SCU online). Students
are responsible for all expenses incurred including travel, tuition, fees, housing, board,
etc. Documentation of financial responsibility will be required;
5. If dependents are to accompany the student to the United States, it must be stated on the
application, and a guarantee must be given for the round trip transportation and financial
support for dependents throughout the time of enrollment;
6. If the international student is a member of the International Pentecostal
Holiness Church, a written recommendation is required from the homeland
missionary or field representative for the applicant’s country of residence;
7. Upon completion of the first six items, an acceptance letter and an I-20 form will be
released to the applicant;
8. Obtain visa at a United States Embassy; 9. Students ARE NOT to arrive in the United States before being granted final acceptance by the Graduate School and the Form I-20 has been released. Applicants
arriving without means of support and a student visa may be deported and may not be eligible to return to the United States.
10. Students are required to carry medical insurance for themselves and their families while
they are in the United States at their own expense while enrolled in SCU. Automobile
insurance is also required if a vehicle is driven or owned by a student.
11. The SCU Graduate School follows the regulations of the Immigration and Naturalization
Service of the United States Department of Justice. Applicants will be admitted on the
basis of an overall judgment as to their ability to carry on a program of graduate studies
in the English language.
12. Upon arriving in the United States, the student must report directly to the Graduate
School Office to provide copies of Visa, I-94 (showing port of entry, date of arrival to the
United States, and F-1 status) and passport.
13. If an International Student is transferring from another United States institution, copies of
these documents and a transcript from the institution must be presented with the
application for admission. The student must be in good standing with the previous
institution and SEVIS in order to obtain a transfer. Once the transfer is done, a new I-20
will be created showing the student has been transferred to SCU.
14. Any student found to be out of status must be reported to Customs and Immigration
Services within 21 days.
Policy Revised: Fall 2014