Graduate School Admissions


Applicants with a minimum of 60 college credits and extensive experience may apply for dual enrollment in which they complete a BA degree while starting the MA program. Students may begin taking graduate courses concurrently within the final 30 credits of the BA degree.

A personal study plan will be compiled by the Administrator of the Graduate School and Enrollment Counselor in line with the existing enrollment procedures at Trinity Bible College.

  • A minimum of 30 credits must be completed with Trinity, either on campus or by Distance Education.
  • Up to 95 credits may be transferred towards a BA at Trinity.
  • A maximum of 30 credits can be earned as credit for prior learning.


Transfer of credit is based on the analysis of Official Transcripts from other accredited graduate programs. Courses graded “C or higher” are evaluated on a case by case basis at the discretion of TBC Graduate School.


Consideration for prior learning/life experience is based on an evaluation of the student’s knowledge or experience in a particular field and its academic equivalent in TBCGS’s graduate programs. Please fill out the Graduate Credit for Prior Learning Evaluation to begin the process.

Assessment of this evaluation is free of charge, but there is a fee if prior learning credit is approved to replace one or more courses in an MA program. No more than 12 credits can be awarded for prior learning and life experience.


Trinity now offers an Alternative Pathway to attain a graduate degree. Trinity will consider applicants who are mature in ministry but may not have a B.A. degree. Each applicant will be evaluated based on ministry experience, life experience, as well as prior formal and informal education.

A minimum of five years of ministry experience is required to be considered for the Alternative Pathway program. The Admissions Committee may use any of the following to evaluate eligibility for the Alternative Pathway program:

  • Level of Ministerial Credentials
  • Portfolio of Ministry Experience
  • Current Level of Ministry Involvement
  • Recommendations by ministry leaders familiar with their work
  • Interview with a member of the Admissions Committee or Graduate School faculty member
  • Sample paper to demonstrate academic ability

Acceptance into the Alternative Pathway will indicate probationary status in the MA program. The probationary status may be removed upon completion of 9-12 credits with a satisfactory GPA of 2.5 or better. A student may not register for more than 12 credits until satisfactorily completing the probation period. If the semester GPA is below 2.5, the student will be placed on academic probation.

To facilitate the transition into graduate level studies, Alternative Pathway students must take a three-credit bridging course, Intro to Grad Studies. The course will introduce the student to a range of academic skills specifically geared towards successful participation in our graduate programs. It will be taught online during the month prior to the start of the regular coursework and the credits will count towards your 48-credit degree.


Please contact the enrollment office for more details at