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Students who apply for the Doctoral program must hold a three-year Master of Divinity degree or its academic equivalent.
WMU’s academic programs are open to students of all Christian denominations who meet the standard requirements for admissions. WMU admits only qualified students who are committed to Jesus Christ. However, WMU does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, admission policies, scholarships, or any other programs or activities.
The following documents must be included in the application process.
- The application form and a non-refundable application fee ($100.00);
- Two references;
- Statement of three years of ministry experience after receipt of the M.Div. degree and be currently involved in ministry;
- Table of three years of ministry experience after receipt of the M. Div. degree and be currently involved in ministry;
- Official transcripts from all post-secondary educational institutions attended;
- Two recent photographs (passport style); and
- An earned Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree or the equivalent with at least a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited institution.
The application form and other materials can be obtained from the admissions office. They may be requested by phone, mail, or downloaded via the internet. The mailing address and phone/fax numbers are:
Doctoral Program Office
World Mission University
500 Shatto Pl. Suite 600
Los Angeles, CA 90020
Phone: (213) 388-1000/ Fax: (213) 385-2332
Home Page: www.wmu.edu
The deadline to apply for the Spring semester is the last Friday of December, and for the Fall semester it is the last Friday of May. International students must apply earlier in order to process visas and make the necessary arrangements to enroll.
Once the student submits the application and the supporting documents, the Admissions Office reviews the documents and confirms the completion of each applicant’s file. The application and records are submitted to the admissions committee for evaluation based on the following criteria:
- A sense of calling from God for Christian ministry;
- Born-again experience and baptism with water;
- Active participation in a church community;
- Evaluation of prior academic performance and the ability to successfully complete the academic program; and
Full Acceptance: A student who has met all the requirements and is fully accepted as a student at WMU.
Provisional Acceptance: A student who is not able to complete the admission file before the deadline may be accepted with full benefits of the school for one semester. This restricted status allows the student the opportunity to complete the admission file. If the student fails to move to the full acceptance status within one semester, he or she will be dismissed.
Probationary Acceptance: A student who does not meet the normal academic standards or lacks other qualifications, but provides a strong indication for academic success may be accepted on probationary status. The student is granted one year to achieve the academic level or other qualifications necessary to move to full acceptance.
International Students and Visas
WMU is authorized by the U.S. Government to issue the I-20 form for visas from foreign countries. Once the applicant is accepted, WMU will send various documents including the I-20 form. International students must enroll as full time students, which mean a Doctorate student must take 8 or more credits per semester. International students should direct their questions to the International Student Office.
All applicants to WMU must be born-again Christians whose lives demonstrate excellent Christ-like character and attitude. Students wishing to enroll at WMU must have a compassionate heart to serve as Christ served and actively engage in the pursuit of spiritual disciplines.