Texas Baptist admits students of varying educational levels according to its admissions standards. The desire is to teach those interested in dedicating themselves to the preparation of becoming a worthwhile and effective worker. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, or national origin, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be otherwise subjected to discrimination under any program or activity of this institution. Applications should be submitted at least thirty (30) days before the beginning of any semester. A $35.00 (non-refundable) application fee should accompany the application, along with signed consent form for Texas Baptist to perform a background check (required). International applications should be submitted at least ninety (90) days before the beginning of the semester. A $150 (non-refundable) application fee should accompany all international applications, along with a signed consent form for Texas Baptist to perform a background check (required). Anyone may enroll to audit selected classes by submitting an enrollment application, paying the $35.00 (non-refundable) application fee along with signed consent form for Texas Baptist to perform a background check (required).

  1. Application
  2. Non-refundable Application Fee (as noted above)
  3. Applicant Essay
    • Submitted as part of your application.
    • Writing skills are evaluated based upon your essay.
  4. Official High School or College Transcript
    • Must be sent directly from your High School or College to Texas Baptist.
    • Transcripts will be reviewed to determine college readiness
    • Provisional acceptance will be given for one semester without official transcripts. Official transcripts must be submitted within the first semester of admittance.
  5. Applicants with a GED (General Educational Development) diploma
    • Provide an official GED certificate
    • Provide an official GED transcript.
  6. Background Check Authorization (emailed to you after your application has been submitted)

Students are classified as 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th year or graduate students. This does not mean that a student must finish all work within these time periods. One’s entrance credits and progress in their work will determine the time required to finish. Students without an educational level, which enables them to do first year work, may be required to take preparation courses to reach minimal college level requirements.


No student will be permitted to enroll for credit after the last day of the second week of any semester. Late enrollment is allowed by special arrangement on the condition that work missed by the student is fully made up.

The institution is divided into two major sections: Institute and Seminary. Students complete their first four years of coursework in the Institute. All first-year students are enrolled in the Institute Division. Enrollment in Seminary Division is limited to students who have demonstrated capacity for work of that division during the first four years of work in the Institute Division. A demonstrated capacity for work in the first four years of the Institute (at least an 80% average grade – a B) is a pre-requisite to enrollment into the Seminary. The master and doctoral programs are completed at the Seminary level.

As part of the enrollment process, students are to write their personal testimony and spiritual journey. The Registrar will review this section to evaluate the student’s writing skills. Grammar, punctuation, level of vocabulary, sentence structure, and progression of thought will be evaluated as to the student’s readiness for institutional and seminary work. Those students seeking graduate-level classes will be held to a higher standard. Applicants demonstrating a deficiency in the above areas can be required to take additional English courses prior to beginning degree work.


Texas Baptist accepts credits from other schools on their merit and as they may equate to the curricula requirements. Any student who attended any other institution of higher learning must present an official transcript with his/her application. Credits earned will be considered for transfer where programs and courses are compatible. All schools within the Association of American Baptist Theological Schools do recognize credits from the other ABA schools. Undergraduate grades earned in courses must be at least “C” level or equivalent before credits can be transferred. Graduate-level courses will require the student to have earned a course grade of “B” or higher. Transfer students must meet all other admission requirements.

Undergraduate Course Transfer: Undergraduate students seeking a degree and wishing to transfer credits from another institution to Texas Baptist may transfer up to 50% of the required degree credits (thereby requiring the student to take 50% of the required degree courses from Texas Baptist). Students transferring to Texas Baptist from other recognized schools, with grades of 2.0 or better in classes that are compatible with the required classes needed for offered degrees, will be accepted. Texas Baptist also maintains the right to decline credits not deemed up to the school’s standards.

Graduate Course Transfer: Students seeking a master’s level degree may transfer up to a maximum of 12 credit hours from a recognized school. For classes to be eligible to transfer, grades in classes must be 3.0 or better. Texas Baptist does not transfer classes into the Doctoral program.

The institution does not have articulation agreements with other institutions; however, in some instances, there may be an informal understanding between Texas Baptist and another institution. Speak with the Registrar for additional information.

Incoming transfer students’ transcripts are received by the Registrar, who upon receipt completes an initial review of the transcripts as outlined below. For incoming students’ transfer courses to be reviewed prior to fall matriculation, official transcripts must be received before July 1; for spring matriculation, official transcripts must be received before October 1.

The Registrar reviews transcripts against lists of pre-approved transfer courses provided by academic divisions. He/she recommends the transfer of courses meeting Texas Baptist expectations and forwards the recommendation to the VP of Academic Affairs for approval prior to transcription.

If the transcript includes courses that are designated by academic divisions as requiring divisional review, the Registrar forwards a copy of the transcript to the division chair/designee for review. The division chair/designee recommends transfer courses meeting Texas Baptist expectations and forwards the recommendation to the VP of Academic Affairs for approval prior to transcription.

If the transcript includes courses potentially meeting institutional core requirements, the Registrar forwards a copy of the transcript to the appropriate institutional committee for review. The committee recommends the transfer of courses meeting Texas Baptist expectations and forwards the recommendation to the VP of Academic Affairs for approval prior to transcription.

Upon approval from the VP of Academic Affairs, the Registrar records transfer courses on students’ transcripts and notification is sent to the student and the appropriate advisor.


Texas Baptist Institute & Seminary is supported by Calvary Baptist Church and other congregations for the purpose of preparing students, primarily God-called ministers and other Christian workers, for the churches of the American Baptist Association. For this reason, students from those churches are provided assistance for their education.

  • A one-time APPLICATION FEE of thirty-five dollars ($35 – non-refundable) must accompany the initial application of all prospective students. For international students, an application fee of one hundred fifty dollars ($150 – non-refundable) must accompany the initial application.
  • TUITION is two hundred twenty-five dollars ($225) per credit hour.
  • A SEMESTER FEE of fifty dollars ($50) per semester is charged all students.
  • A TECHNOLOGY FEE of fifty dollars ($50) per semester is charged all students.
  • LIBRARY FEE of fifty dollars ($50) per semester is charged all students.
  • A LOGOS FEE (Approximately $375) is assessed each degree-seeking student enrolled.
  • AUDIT FEES are one hundred dollars ($100) per course for all audited courses. A thirty-five dollar ($35) application fee must accompany the initial application of all prospective audit students. The semester fee, technology fee, and library fee also apply to all audit students per semester.
  • BIBLE CERTIFICATE CLASS FEE is eighty-five dollars ($85) per course. (No application, semester or technology fees. No discounts.)

Refund Policy:
Refund of tuition and fees will be made to withdrawing students as follows: during the first week, 90% refund; second week, 80% refund; third week, 70% refund; fourth week, 60% refund. There will be no refund after the fourth week.

Number of credit hours per semester (typical full load is 16 per semester).
Must be a member in good standing for at least three months in a church that affiliates with the American Baptist Association. A recommendation form is required annually from the church. This scholarship equals 50% of the student’s tuition cost.
Library, Technology, and Administrative Fees (per semester)
Library, Technology, and Administrative Fees (per year)


  • Students who have been a member in good standing of a church affiliating with the American Baptist Association for at least three (3) months may apply for the ABA SCHOLARSHIP. This scholarship is 50% off the per credit hour tuition.

MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIPS: Several Memorial Scholarships are awarded each year.

Students are personally responsible for all fees, books, and living expenses. All tuition and fees are due and payable at the time of registration. Any exceptions must be made by special arrangements with the Business Office. Arrangements must include a written and signed plan for payment. Enrollment for credit in any class is dependent upon a student’s compliance with the requirements of this section of the catalog.



In order for students to be successful academically at Texas Baptist, they must have a solid financial plan. All international applicants are required to deposit $3,000 in an escrow account at Texas Baptist after they are notified of their admission. $1,500 will be used towards the first semester tuition/fees/housing expenses. The remaining $1,500 will be held in an account for an emergency return flight home or to be used at the end of your studies for a return flight home. Student’s visa paperwork will be initiated after the deposit has been paid.


  • You must provide proof of being proficient in the English language. Texas Baptist accepts official scores from TEOFL and IELTS as a demonstration of your English language ability
  • Minimum scores acceptable for admission are: TOEFL iBT score of 70 or higher, IELTS score of 5.5 (Undergraduate Students), 6.5 (Graduate Students)
  • Texas Baptist TOEFL code is D105. There is no institutional code for IELTS. When you book your test, request to have your results sent to Texas Baptist Institute & Seminary



Submit official transcripts either by email or mail to the address listed below. All official transcripts must be sent directly from your high school or university. If you have completed university-level coursework outside the U.S., please have your foreign university transcript evaluated by one of the following approved credential evaluation companies: SPANTRAN, INCRED or WES

SpanTran has created a custom application for Texas Baptist Institute that will make sure you select the right kind of evaluation at a discounted rate. You can access their application here:

SpanTran Application

High School/Secondary School use:

  • Document-by-Document Evaluation (WES)
  • Basic Evaluation (INCRED)


University Level Coursework use:

  • Course-by-Course Evaluation (WES)
  • Course-by-Course Evaluation (INCRED)



Texas Baptist Institute & Seminary
Attn: Registrar
1300 Longview Dr., Henderson, TX 75652, USA


All international students are required to have insurance during their time of study at Texas Baptist. In addition to providing some assistance with injury, illness, and hospitalization, the policy must also cover:

  • Medical Evacuation back to your home country in case of serious injury or illness requiring long-term care.
  • Repatriation of Remains to provide coverage for the transportation of your remains back to your home country in the event of death.

ISO International Student Insurance has policies that meet these requirements and are reasonably priced. Their policies can be found on their website at:

You may select your own insurance company if you prefer. However, the policy you select MUST pay in the US and MUST have the Medical Evacuation and Repatriation of Remains clauses. Coverage documents must be in English. A copy of your insurance coverage must be provided to Texas Baptist prior to your arrival in the U.S. You must carry insurance the entire time that you study at Texas Baptist. Proof of coverage will be required prior to registering each academic year.


  • Campus housing is available for students enrolled in at least 6 credit hours per semester and their families.
  • All rent prices do include internet and trash service, but do not include other utilities.
  • The housing deposit and inspection fees are paid directly to the school.
  • Utility companies may require additional deposits/fees.
  • While the Housing Deposit will be required of everyone, inspection fees and utility deposits/fees will not be required of single students moving in with an established roommate.
  • This housing consists primarily of 2-bedroom, Premium 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom apartments.
  • Currently, there are a limited number of Premium 2-bedroom apartments that have been recently remodeled and include appliances (Washer, Dryer, Refrigerator, Stove & Microwave), but no furniture.
  • Single students, married students with no children, and married students with only one child are eligible to rent a 2-bedroom or Premium 2-bedroom apartment.
  • Married students with two or more children are eligible to rent a 3-bedroom apartment in addition to the 2-bedroom and Premium 2-bedroom aparments.
  • Single students can request to live alone, but the school reserves the right to place a roommate in the room if space is needed.
  • If single students are paired as roommates, the rent is split evenly between them.
  • Occasionally, furniture and appliances are donated to the school. These are available at no charge based on availability.
  • International students will be assisted in acquiring needed furniture and appliances.


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