Western Seminary International Students

English Language Proficiency

Applicants, for whom English is not their first language, are required to demonstrate evidence of mastery of the English language for graduate study. The standard for this is through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test. The seminary requires the following minimum scores for degrees:

TOEFL

  • Th.M., D.Min., and the Doctor of Intercultural Studies require a 25 on each of the four sections of the TOEFl-IBT (600 on the paper-based exam or 250 on the computer-based exam and a 4.5 writing score). 
  • M.A. in Counseling, M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy, M.A. in Ministry and Leadership Coaching Track and Certificate in Transformational Coaching programs require a 20 each on reading and writing sections and 25 each on the speaking and listening sections of the TOEFL-IBT.
  • M.Div., M.A. (other than those mentioned above), Graduate Studies Diploma, and Graduate Studies Certificate require a 20 each on the four sections of the TOEFl-IBT (550 on the paper-based exam or 213 on the computer-based exam and a 3.5 writing score).

IELTS

  • Th.M., D.Min., and Doctor of Intercultural Studies require a 7.0 or above in each area with a 7.0 overall score.
  • M.A. in Counseling, M.A. in Marital and Family Therapy, M.A. in Ministry and Leadership Coaching Track and Certificate in Transformational Coaching programs require a 6.5 or above in the reading and writing; 7.0 or above in the speaking and listening with a 7.0 overall score.
  • M.Div., M.A. (other than those mentioned above), Graduate Studies Diploma, and Graduate Studies Certificate require a 6.5 or above in each area with a 6.5 overall score minimum.

Applicants should allow sufficient time for the results of the TOEFL or IELTS exams to be received in relation to application deadlines.

 

TOEFL/IELTS Waiver

For those who have completed higher education from an accredited institution in English, there may be the possibility to receive a waiver of the TOEFL/IELTS exam requirement os proof of English proficiency. More information and a request to be considered for a waiver of the TOEFL/IELTS requirement can be made here.

 

The TOEFL institution code of Western Seminary, to be written on the test paper, is 4968.

  • 6.5 or above in each area for the MA, MDiv, GSC, GSD programs (6.5 overall score minimum)
  • 6.5 or above in the reading and writing; 7.0 or above in the speaking and listening for the MA Counseling, MA MFT, MAML Coaching Track, and Coaching CTC (7.0 overall score minimum).
  • 7.0 or above in each area for ThM, DMiss, DMin (7.0 overall score minimum)

Get in Touch

Andy Peloquin
Andy Peloquin
International Student Coordinator
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