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Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies

Whether applying to complete your Bachelor of Arts degree online, on campus, or by combining both options, the application process is the same. Priority consideration is given to students who apply for admission no later than July 1 for the fall semester and no later than December 1 for the spring semester.

Application documents and fees should be submitted to:

Austin Graduate School of Theology | Office of Admissions
7640 Guadalupe St., Austin, Texas 78752-1333 | Fax: (512) 476-3919

 

Austin Grad offers courses in the major of the B.A.C.S. degree. General education courses may be transferred in at admission or completed concurrently at another institution.

Requirements
  • Proof of high school completion or diploma equivalent.
    • Verified through official school documentation.
  • Completion of 24 semester hours of transferable credit, with at least 12 hours completed in the core, including at least 3 hours in English language and literature.
  • A 2.0 minimum GPA.
  • Additional assessment may be required based on evaluation of academic history.
  • The State of Texas has mandated that all new, transfer, readmitted, and special students and students enrolling following a break of at least one long semester are required to provide documentation of immunization to the Admissions Office for meningococcal meningitis. See “Immunization Policy” for further details.
Application Process
  • Submit an Application for Admission (apply online or download PDF and mail to the address provided).
  • Submit the $25.00 nonrefundable Application Fee ONLY if submitting a paper application (payable to Austin Grad). The Application Fee is waived for all applications submitted online.
  • Submit a one-page, five-paragraph essay responding to the following prompt: Explain your ministry goals and how Austin Grad can help you meet these goals. Be sure your essay includes an introduction, supporting body paragraphs, and a conclusion.
  • Submit official transcripts of all credits attempted and earned from all previously attended institutions of higher education. Institutions should send transcripts directly to Austin Grad.
  • Students for whom English is a second language must submit a paper-based test score (PBT) of 550 or an internet-based test score (iBT) of 80 or higher on the TOEFL.
  • All students accepted into any degree program must sign and return the Letter of Acceptance for their admission to be considered complete.
Assessment

All students entering the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Studies (B.A.C.S) degree program are required to take an assessment test to evaluate competencies in general education subjects. Students can check with the Registrar to find the nearest testing location and arrange to take the full Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment test. Students not achieving a satisfactory score may be referred for additional coursework in the relevant subject. Students need to make arrangements to take the assessment test prior to the start of the first semester of enrollment. Students should receive test results at the conclusion and are responsible for delivering these to Austin Graduate School of Theology as soon as possible. Results should be submitted to: Austin Graduate School of Theology, Office of Admissions, 7640 Guadalupe St., Austin, Texas 78752.

Residency

A minimum of 36 hours of coursework must be completed in residence at Austin Grad for students in the B.A.C.S. degree program.

Credit Transfer Policies

Austin Grad accepts transfer hours from regionally accredited institutions. In addition, up to 15 semester-hours of credit from other institutions may be accepted in transfer toward the B.A.C.S. degree in cases where Austin Grad assesses this as equivalent to college-level work. Transfer credit applied to major coursework must be upper-division (Junior, Senior) level. No transfer credit under the grade of C will be accepted.

Austin Grad will accept up to 30 hours of advanced placement through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or the College Board Advanced Placement (AP). Minimum credit-granting scores are: CLEP – 50. Students desiring credit for AP courses will need to contact the Registrar’s office for details concerning acceptable AP scores. All students who request credit through CLEP or AP must have official test scores sent directly to the Registrar’s office.

International Students
  • Due to the specialized nature of our school, general education courses (required for the Bachelor of Arts degree – 69 hours total) must be taken at other accredited institutions within your country or the United States. All general education requirements must be completed before applying to Austin Grad.
  • Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of the Registrar from the institution(s) attended. Austin Grad may request that the applicant provide an official evaluation of transcripts.
  • Due to the expense of converting and transferring international funds, students are required to have payment arrangements approved by Austin Grad. Funds must be received in U.S. dollars and cleared at least one week prior to each term start date.
  • Contact the Office of the Registrar for details regarding the following additional requirements: physical examination, health insurance, and proof of financial status.
Veterans & Active-Duty Military

Veterans and Active-Duty Military may be awarded credit for courses or experiences that have American Council on Education (ACE) credit recommendation.

Orientation for New Students

Please read and familiarize yourself with the Student Handbook to orient yourself to the campus, important information, policies, and resources. When you are ready, you will be required to pass a 27-question quiz over Student Handbook content. Receiving a passing score on this quiz will complete the requirements of your New Student Orientation. Click here to take the quiz.

Master of Arts in Christian Ministry

Priority consideration is given to students who apply for admission no later than July 1 for the fall semester and no later than December 1 for the spring semester.

Application documents and fees should be submitted to:

Austin Graduate School of Theology | Office of Admissions
7640 Guadalupe St., Austin, Texas 78752-1333 | Fax: (512) 476-3919
Requirements
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A 2.5 minimum GPA
Application Process
  • Submit an Application for Admission (apply online or download PDF and mail to the address provided).
  • Submit the $25.00 nonrefundable Application Fee ONLY if submitting a paper application (payable to Austin Grad). The Application Fee is waived for all applications submitted online.
  • Submit a one to two-page typed essay stating goals for ministry and/or reasons for pursuing the M.A.C.M.
  • Submit three letters of reference, including one from a professor and one from a minister or leader of the congregation where the applicant is actively involved.
  • Provide official transcripts of all credits attempted and earned through all previously attended institutions of higher education. Institutions should send transcripts directly to Austin Grad rather than the student.
  • Students for whom English is a second language must submit a paper-based test score (PBT) of 550 or an internet-based test score (iBT) of 80 or higher on the TOEFL.
  • All students accepted into any degree program must sign and return the Letter of Acceptance for their admission to be considered complete.
Residency

A minimum of 24 hours of graduate-level coursework must be completed in residence at Austin Grad for students in the M.A.C.M. degree program.

Credit Transfer Policies

Austin Grad accepts transfer hours from regionally accredited institutions. No transfer credit under the grade of B will be accepted.

Orientation for New Students

Please read and familiarize yourself with the Student Handbook to orient yourself to the campus, important information, policies, and resources. When you are ready, you will be required to pass a 27-question quiz over Student Handbook content. Receiving a passing score on this quiz will complete the requirements of your New Student Orientation. Click here to take the quiz.

College Credit in High School Enrollment

If you wish to enroll through our College Credit in High School Program, you must:

  • Be a high school-level student in your junior or senior year and be at least 15 years of age or older.
  • Complete this registration form which requires the signature of a parent or guardian, and then mail it to the Austin Grad Office of Admission, 7640 Guadalupe St. Austin, TX 78752 or email to Admissions@AustinGrad.edu.  NOTE: There is no need to complete an Admission Application.
  • Submit a half-page essay stating that 1) you acknowledge that you are enrolling in a college-level course that will require independent study, and 2) that you will be committed to your studies.
  • Submit an example of a recently written work for evaluation.
  • Provide a list of three references (including no more than one family member) who can confirm that you are ready for college-level work (The list should include your reference’s name, title or occupation, email, phone number, and their relationship to you).
  • Purchase books and supplies through the Austin Grad Bookstore or on your own.
  • Register for no more than two undergraduate courses per semester.

Final grades will be mailed to you at the address provided on your registration form assuming there are no outstanding fees on your student account.

*Remember that Austin Grad reserves the right to limit the number of high school students in any course.

For more information about earning college credit while in high school, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Auditors

Students wishing to take courses at Austin Grad without enrolling for academic credit may do so as auditors. Auditors must register and make full payment before attending a class. Students wishing to audit a graduate-level course must have an undergraduate degree or instructor approval. Online courses cannot be audited.

Please click here to register. There is no need to complete an Admission Application.

Special Admission

Special Admission is granted to students taking courses for credit but not enrolled in a degree program at Austin Grad. Students wishing to continue beyond 12 credit hours must request permission through the Office of the Registrar. Students who satisfactorily complete 30 credit hours may request a Certificate in Biblical and Theological Studies.

Provisional Admission

An applicant to a degree program who does not meet all the academic qualifications for that program may be permitted to enroll in the regular course of study on a conditional basis known as Provisional Admission. A provisional student must enroll in required coursework for their degree program. Undergraduate students must earn at least a 2.0 GPA in their first twelve hours and graduate students must earn at least a 2.5 GPA in their first twelve hours (which must include one language course).

Upon successful completion of these hours, a provisionally admitted student may attain full admission status. Provisional students who do not achieve this requirement will be involuntarily withdrawn (see ‘Discontinuance’ in the General Academic Information & Policies section of the Catalogue). Provisionally admitted students are encouraged to take advantage of the Tutoring Program (see ‘Tutoring Program’ in the General Academic Information & Policies section of the Catalogue).

Immunization Policy

The State of Texas has mandated that all new, transfer, readmitted, and special students and students enrolling following a break of at least one long semester are required to provide documentation of immunization to the Admissions Office for meningococcal meningitis.

Exemptions
  • Students who are 22 years of age or older by the first day of the start of the semester
  • Students enrolled only in online or other distance education courses
  • Students not admitted – Auditors, Special Students (non-degree seeking)

The initial meningococcal vaccine or booster must have been administered during the five-year period preceding and at least ten (10) days prior to the first day of the first semester in which the student initially enrolls at an institution.

Appropriate documentation includes: the signature or stamp of a physician, his/her designee, or public health personnel on a form which shows the month, day, and year the vaccination dose or booster was administered; an official immunization record generated from a state or local health authority; or an official record received from school officials, including a record from another state. Students requesting an exemption for reasons of conscience must submit the Vaccine Waiver Exemption form available by request at Texas Department of State Health Services. An exemption for medical purposes must be obtained from a licensed physician or nurse practitioner, printed on letterhead paper, and signed by the appropriate licensed medical professional.

The Office of Admissions will provide new students with written notice, along with registration materials regarding (1) the right of the student or of a parent or guardian of a student to claim an exemption from the vaccination requirement, and (2) the importance of consulting a physician about the need for the immunization against bacterial meningitis to prevent the disease. This Office will also monitor all applications to ensure compliance with the law and with Austin Grad policy. The Office of the Registrar will monitor this requirement for readmitted and special students to ensure compliance.

Students who have not provided approved documentation showing that they are in compliance with this Austin Grad immunization policy will not be allowed to attend classes. However, under justifiable circumstances, the Director of Admissions may grant extensions to individual students to extend the date to no more than 10 days after the first day of the semester in which the student initially enrolls.

Vaccine Waiver Exemption

http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/reports/PDF/2602.PDF?CFID=41741027&CFTOKEN=70137814

Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board

http://www.thecb.state.tx.us/index.cfm?objectid=A641CD0D-E56A-A36A-1BCB39FF80781178

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