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For more than 50 years Emmanuel Christian Seminary has been preparing men and women for effective ministry. Our graduates go on to work in a variety of ministries including preaching, pastoral care, Christian education, campus ministry, hospital and military chaplaincy, and cross-cultural missions.

Admission Requirements

On the basis of guidelines issued by The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, Emmanuel Christian Seminary suggests the following general principles concerning the education and preparation of students prior to enrolling in a theological seminary:

  1. Students should give evidence that they have prepared academically, personally, and spiritually and demonstrate potential for making a contribution to church and society.
  2. Students should give evidence that they are capable of graduate level studies, having developed to a satisfactory degree the ability to think independently, to communicate effectively, and to research adequately.
  3. Students should have a broad education in world history, philosophy, languages and literature, the natural sciences, the social sciences, music and other fine arts, and religion.

The Admissions Committee will determine any deficiencies and will specify how they are to be made up. Students with such deficiencies may be admitted provisionally, but restricted as to the number of Emmanuel courses they may take until the requirements are met. No student can apply for degree candidacy while on provisional admittance status.

Requirements for Admission

  1. BACHELOR’S DEGREE: Applicants for admission must possess a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher learning accredited by a US agency recognized by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or the demonstrated educational equivalent of a North American baccalaureate degree. See the Catalog for details on exceptions.  
  2. MINISTRY EXPERIENCE: History of excellence in ministry is assessed on the basis of a letter of recommendation from an official representative of the applicant’s church, references from 2 additional persons (5 total references) acquainted with the applicant’s ministry, and an essay on the applicant’s goals for graduate studies written by the applicant and demonstrating a sound rationale for the exception. The letter of recommendation, references, and essay must be submitted to the Seminary Dean’s office along with the application to the program. Once a provisionally-accepted student has successfully completed 18 credit hours in the appropriate program with a 3.0 or better, the probationary status will be removed.
  3. THEOLOGICAL TRADITION: Admission is open to qualified students from any church body or theological tradition. Emmanuel does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, disability, color, or national or ethnic origin in its admission policies.

Steps to Apply

 

  1. Complete and submit your official application.
  2. Submit a non-refundable application fee of $30.
    • Pay Online »
    • If paying by check or money order, please make it payable to Milligan College, with the student’s name indicated on the memo line, and mail it to:

      Admissions Office
      PO Box 550
      Milligan College, TN 37682

  3. Arrange to have an official transcript sent from each graduate and/or undergraduate institution you have attended.
  4. Request a reference from two different people.
  5. International Students Only: 
    • The applicant will be required to make a satisfactory score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), except in special cases when the applicant is from a country in which English is the common language. Normally, the prospective student’s TOEFL scores will need to be above 20 in each section of the test on the online version of TOEFL. Students who do not have access to the online version of the test should contact the Dean’s Office at Emmanuel for further instructions.
    • The Certificate of Financial Responsibility is required as a part of a candidate’s formal Application for Admission; the student should provide it as early as possible so that it will not delay the review of the Application for Admission.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Emmanuel Christian Seminary is dedicated to seeing our students receive a top quality, graduate level ministerial education. Our tuition is one of the lowest in the nation among seminaries and we strive to award our students top scholarships. In addition, when you factor in the cost of living for our area, Emmanuel is a great value!

Tuition & Fees

Tuition (per credit hour) $470
Fees (per credit hour) $30

Financial Aid

We are committed to making your graduate degree affordable and will work with you individually to explore all of the options available to finance your education. One of our goals is to keep your student loan debt at a minimum. For this reason, we offer many institutional scholarships to help offset the cost of tuition. Most students at Emmanuel are eligible for some level of a scholarship. Emmanuel offers a payment plan which will allow you to make payments for the remaining balance of your tuition during the semester while ensuring that the balance is paid before the next semester begins.

Scholarships

Emmanuel offers several scholarships for qualified individuals. All accepted students who plan to attend full-time are encouraged to apply for scholarships.

To learn more about available scholarships, email or call the Admissions Office at 1-800-933-3771.

Scholarships for the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Competitive Scholarships

ALEXANDER CAMPBELL SCHOLARSHIP (MDIV)

  • 4 newly enrolling MDiv students each year
  • $300/credit hour award (up to $27,000)
  • Requirements
    • 3.0 GPA undergrad
    • Degree-seeking (consecutively-enrolled and full-time- 9 hrs/semester)
    • Potential for vocational ministry success (preaching, youth ministry, missionary, chaplain, counselor, etc.)
    • Application: Scholarship Application, 3 references, Essay
      • Applications due March 1, Awards made by April 1, Decision by May 1
      • Based on the strength of the essay, references, and academic performance
  • Renewable
    • Up to 6 years consecutive enrollment (term of catalog) or must reapply
    • Recipients must maintain 3.5 GPA or higher

DEAN E. AND DOROTHY KEISTER WALKER SCHOLARSHIP (MAR)

  • 1 newly enrolling MAR student each year
  • $300/credit hour award (up to $17,100)
  • Requirements
    • 3.0 GPA undergrad
    • Degree-seeking (consecutively-enrolled and full-time- 9 hrs/semester)
    • Potential for continuing on after seminary for PhD studies.
    • Application: Scholarship Application, 3 references, Essay
      • Applications due March 1, Awards made by April 1, Decision by May 1
      • Based on the strength of the essay, references, and academic performance
  • Renewable
    • Up to 6 years consecutive enrollment (term of catalog) or must reapply
    • Recipients must maintain 3.5 GPA or higher

BARTON W. STONE SCHOLARSHIP (MCMIN)

  • 2 newly enrolling MCMin students each year
  • $300/credit hour award (up to $14,400)
  • Requirements
    • 3.0 GPA undergrad
    • Degree-seeking (consecutively-enrolled and full-time)
    • Potential for vocational ministry success (preaching, youth ministry, missionary, chaplain, counselor, etc.)
    • Application: Scholarship Application, 3 references, Essay
      • Applications due October 28, Awards made by November 18, Decision by December 9
      • Based on the strength of the essay, references, and academic performance
  • Renewable
    • Up to 6 years consecutive enrollment (term of catalog) or must reapply
    • Recipients must maintain 3.5 GPA or higher

Academic Scholarships

Stone-Campbell Scholarship (MDiv, MAR, MCMin)

  • Newly enrolling students
  • $130/credit hour award
  • Requirement: 3.0 GPA undergrad
  • Renewable
    • Up to 6 years total enrollment (term of catalog)
    • Recipients must maintain 3.0 GPA or higher

Friends Scholarship (MDiv, MAR, MCMin)

  • Newly enrolling students
  • $100/credit hour award
  • Requirement: 2.5 GPA undergrad
  • Renewable
    • Up to 6 years total enrollment (term of catalog)
    • Recipients must maintain 2.75 GPA or higher

Western Student Scholarship (MDiv, MAR)

  • Newly enrolling students
  • $275/credit hour award for MDIV and MAR programs, based on funding availability
  • $150/credit hour award for MCMin program, based on funding availability
  • Requirement: Students with verified residence in AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NM, NV, OR, UT, WA, or WY
  • Renewable
    • Up to 6 years total enrollment (term of catalog) or must reapply
    • Recipients must maintain 3.0 GPA or higher

Spousal Scholarship

  • 1 free course per semester (2 total per academic year)
  • Non-degree seeking students, audit or for-credit
  • Requirement: 3.0 GPA undergrad
  • Recipients must maintain 3.25 GPA or higher
  • Not eligible for any other institutional aid

Church Match Scholarship

  • Emmanuel will match dollar for dollar your church’s contribution towards your tuition if received before the first day of classes in a semester.
    • Enrolled 1-5 credit hours: up to $250/ term
    • Enrolled 6+ credit hours: up to $500/ term
  • Available Terms: Fall, Spring (JTerm + Spring), and Summer (May Term + Summer)
  • May be utilized in addition to another scholarship.
  • Contact the Emmanuel Admissions Office for more information.

Loans

To help offset the cost of tuition, you have the option of applying for a Federal Direct Stafford Loan. The interest rate of this unsubsidized loan is at 6.21% and accrues while you are in school. These loans require Entrance Loan Counseling and a Master Promissory Note (MPN) for all first time borrowers and Exit Loan Counseling for all borrowers who are graduating, not returning to Emmanuel, or have dropped below at least a half-time enrollment status. If you are filing a FAFSA for 2015-16, please use the Milligan College school code, 003511.

Your loan funds will be received by the school via electronic funds transfer (EFT). Stafford loans are disbursed in two equal disbursements for the MDiv and MAR and four disbursements for the MCMin, for the academic year. You will receive an award letter before the beginning of the academic year which will indicate the amount of institutional funds and unsubsidized loan funds for which you qualify; however, you can reduce or reject the student loan by indicating such when the letter is returned.

To apply for a student loan, you are required to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). If you are filing a FAFSA for 2015-16, please use the Milligan College school code, 003511. In addition, you must also complete Emmanuel’s Application for Student Financial Aid.

For questions and more information about federal loans, contact Diane Keasling, the Financial Aid Coordinator, at  DLKeasling@milligan.edu or 423.461.8968.

International Students

Emmanuel has a long history of admitting international students. Several years ago, the International Student Scholarship was established in an effort to help students with some of the financial burdens of coming to study with us. Each year, two International Student Scholarships are awarded. In recent years, students studying at Emmanuel have come from India, Nigeria, Chile, Brazil, Haiti, and Zimbabwe. We would love to have you join the Emmanuel community as you continue your ministry preparation.

In addition to the steps outlined above, international students who do not have English as their first language must take the TOEFL. In order to award an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility for Non-immigrant Students, Emmanuel will also need each international student to complete the Certificate of Financial Responsibility.

INTERNATIONAL STUDENT HANDBOOK »

The Student and Exchange Visitor Program website has step-by-step information about studying in the United States. To navigate to the US government ICE website, click here.