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Graduate Religion Application Requirements Process, Tuition and Scholarship Info

Graduate Admissions Requirements
  • 9 course hours in the field of religion
  • MACM - at least 3 hours must be upper-level
  • MATS - at least 6 hours must be upper-level
  • minimum cumulative overall grade point average of 2.75 or a grade point average of 3.00 in the last 60 hours of coursework
Application Process and Checklist
  • Complete an application
  • Submit $50 Application Fee (You may use the Pay Application Fees page to pay)
  • Submit official transcripts for undergraduate and graduate coursework
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Submit a resume that includes an autobiographical essay which must include a personal statement of the applicant’s academic pilgrimage, spiritual pilgrimage, academic goals, and why ETBU was chosen.
Leveling Coursework and Provisional Admissions

Leveling Coursework

Any deficiency in hours must be satisfied by taking appropriate undergraduate courses. Substitution and/or equivalency decisions for prerequisite courses or transfer of any graduate hours must receive the approval of the program director and the Dean.

Provisional Admissions

Provisional admission to either the Master of Arts in Religion or the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry may be granted to applicants who have the program prerequisites, receive the endorsement of the program director, but are deficient in one of the following graduate admission criteria or its equivalent: 

  • A minimum cumulative overall grade point average of 2.75.
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.00 in the field of religion.

The required endorsement may be granted following a review of all relevant factors and when, in the judgment of the program director, there is sufficient evidence to clearly suggest the potential for success in a graduate-level program. An interview may be required at the discretion of the program director. Students granted provisional admission must maintain a 2.75 grade point average during their first nine hours of graduate work to be eligible to receive full admission and continue graduate study. If, after nine hours, a student fails to achieve a 2.75 grade point average, he/she will be ineligible to continue in the program and will be notified in writing.

Religion Scholarship Information

Church Endorsement Graduate Discount

To be eligible for the Church Endorsement Discount, students must submit an endorsement letter from the student's home church or current church stating that the student is a member in good standing and is a good fit for ministerial studies and work.

For further clarification, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Scott Stevens at

BGCT Ministry Scholarship

For eligible students the Baptist General Convention of Texas provides ministry scholarship in the amount of $100 per semester hour enrolled. For further details and applications see below.

The BGCT Ministry Scholarship awarded by East Texas Baptist University, in cooperation with the Baptist General Convention of Texas (BGCT), provides ministerial financial assistance to Baptist students who are preparing for vocational or bi-vocational church-related ministry. First-time applications are due on or before August 1st for the fall semester and on or before December 1st for the spring semester.

Click here to access online Scholarship Application

Financial Aid and Payment Plans

Financial Aid is available to graduate students in the form of unsubsidized Direct loans.

For more information on total financial aid packages, please contact the ETBU Financial Aid Office at 903.923.2138 or visit Financial Aid.

ETBU offers a 5-month payment plan for Fall and Spring enrollment. The first payment would be due on July 31, and then on the last day of August, September, October, and November. The spring payment plan would begin on December 31, and then on the last day of January, February, March, and April.

For more information on payment plans, please contact the ETBU Business Office at 903.923.2055 or visit the Payment Options page.

Although every effort is made to keep the latest information on this page, tuition and fees are subject to change without notification on the web site. For a complete listing of fees, please see the current Catalog or contact the Business Office for more information.