Become a part of our community.

International students are an important part of the Grand Rapids Theological Seminary community. We have enrolled students from Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Ghana, Honduras, Jamaica, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, the Philippines, Romania, South Korea, Sudan and Chad.

Application Process for Admission

At GRTS, the application process is designed to serve you and to meet all regulations. In an effort to facilitate a smooth transition to GRTS, we encourage international students to begin their degree programs at the start of the fall semester in September.

Step 1: Pre-Application

To start the admission process, complete the seminary's Pre-Application form. You will be prompted to continue the application process once we have received and approved your pre-application form.

Step 2: Seminary Application and Supporting Documents

Once your pre-application form is approved by the Admissions Office, complete the application for admission and send copies of all required supporting documents, including transcripts and English language proficiency test scores.

  • Admission application
  • Transcripts
  • TOEFL score (GRTS Institution Code: 1253) or IELTS score
  • Ministry reference form
  • Personal reference form
  • Scholarship application

Please Note: You will begin the Visa Application process through the US consulate/embassy in your home country after your application has been accepted.

If your undergraduate/graduate education was completed outside of the United States, it must be evaluated for U.S.A. equivalency. Please work directly with Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) for this process; you will need to pay for a "course by course" evaluation. ECE will convert your test scores into their USA equivalents and provide the GRTS Admissions office with information on how your prior studies have prepared you for graduate study.

International students who are not lifetime residents of Australia, Canada (other than Quebec), New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States (other than Puerto Rico) must demonstrate their English language proficiency by submitting a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or IELTS score. The TOEFL must be taken within one year prior to the admission application date. GRTS requires a minimum TOEFL score of 577 written, 90 internet-based or 233 computer-based for admission. GRTS requires a minimum score of Band 7 for admission.

Step 3: Financial Support Form

The International Student Certification of Finances serves as evidence that you have financial support throughout the duration of your degree program. The form must identify enough funds to cover: tuition, fees, housing, living expenses and travel to the U.S.

You must include letters of support from each organization or individual who will be providing you financial support. Each supporter must send bank statements from the three most recent months to demonstrate their ability to meet their financial commitments.

Once you have completed these steps, you are well on your way to being an accepted student!