Application Procedures

Anyone considering admission to the Seminary should formally apply as early as possible, but at least two months prior to the desired date of enrollment. Applications received within two months prior to intended enrollment will be assessed a late fee and are not guaranteed to be considered by the Dean of Admissions in time for desired enrollment. To apply for admission in the Master of Divinity program applicants must complete the following:

  1. Obtain an application packet from the Seminary or website.
  2. Distribute reference forms to be completed and mailed directly to the Registrar’s Office.
  3. Arrange for official transcripts from undergraduate and/or previous graduate school (even if no program was completed) to be sent directly from the institution to the Registrar’s Office.
  4. Return the completed application to the Registrar’s Office along with the application fee, a recent passport type photograph, and a personal testimony.

Late or Incomplete Applications

Applications with all application components received within two months of desired enrollment are assessed a late fee. Applicants who enroll without all application components must communicate directly with the Registrar. In these cases, all remaining components must be received by the last day of registration for the following term or the applicant is assessed an Incomplete Application Fee. If the application remains incomplete after two terms, the applicant will not be permitted to enroll in any subsequent term until the application is completed.

Transfer of Credit From Another Graduate Institution

Students who wish to transfer previously earned credits from another graduate institution must submit an official transcript and a catalog from the previous institution, preferably with their application, to the Registrar’s Office. In cases where the course work is partially parallel, the Academic Dean may allow partial class attendance and/or assign research projects or reading to fulfill the Cornerstone course requirements. The Academic Dean will make final determination regarding acceptance of transfer credits. All courses for which credit or partial credit is granted will be shown on The Cornerstone Seminary’s official transcript with no record of grades. Determination of transfer credit should be completed by the end of the first quarter after initial enrollment. Students transferring credit into the Master of Divinity program must complete the final 32 units at Cornerstone.

Portfolio Assessment

Portfolio Assessment is a rare process whereby an exceptional enrolled student may petition to receive credit for their mastery of a particular subject area in lieu of taking the required course listed in the catalog. The specific requirements and procedures for portfolio assessment are delineated in the Student Handbook which may be obtained from the office of the Academic Dean.

Policy of Nondiscrimination

The Cornerstone Seminary admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, and physical handicap to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students. The Cornerstone Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, or physical handicap in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship programs, or other seminary-administered programs. Admission to all degree programs is limited to men. This admission policy derives from The Cornerstone Seminary’s commitment to operate according to the Holy Scriptures and the Seminary’s stated purpose: to prepare men for the pastoral ministry.

Special Needs

Students requiring special attention, including seating arrangements, alternative forms of testing, or other educational or personal needs, must provide to the Registrar documentation of professional evaluation of the disability, date of said evaluation, and specifications of assistance required. Such documentation must be provided upon application for admission unless the need for special attention is discovered thereafter. In the latter case, written notification to the Registrar must occur no later than 15 days after the date of evaluation.