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Application Requirements

To be considered for admission, you must have been a Christian for at least one year and actively participate in a Protestant church. In addition, the following items are required as part of the application process:


Doctrinal Qualifications

To be admitted and to graduate, students must personally adhere to and support the Doctrinal Qualifications for Students.

Autobiographical Essays

It is our aim to know you as much as possible, and we provide an opportunity for self-expression in responding to our essay questions. Since all students at Moody are expected to maintain the highest standards of integrity we require that your autobiographical essays be your own work. Essays should be clear, concise, and complete.The essays are located inside the application.


Download the reference forms below and complete the top part of each form. Please make sure to write your name on the forms before distributing them. After completing the forms, referents should email the form to or the referents should mail it to the Admissions Office.

Pastor Reference Form (PDF)

If your church is without a pastor, or your pastor is a relative, this form may be given to a former pastor, a minister friend, or a church official. It must be someone who has known you for at least one year and has had the opportunity to observe your spiritual life. The individual cannot be a relative.

Christian Character Reference Form (PDF)

This reference should be filled out by a mature Christian adult who has known you at least one year and who is not one of your relatives.


Request transcripts from the college or university where bachelor's degree was earned or is in progress and have the transcripts sent directly to the Admissions Office of Moody Bible Institute. Transcripts are required and must be postmarked by the application deadline.

International students will be required to have all documents and records evaluated by World Education Services ( or (212) 966-6311) or Education Credential Evaluators ( or (414) 289-3400) or any current member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services. A list of members may be found at The evaluation must include a grade point average and a course by course evaluation. Applicants are responsible for paying the evaluation fee.


Proof of English Language Proficiency

All international applicants must be able to read, write, speak, and understand the English language with a high degree of proficiency. Academic success at Moody will depend on the student’s level of fluency in English. Therefore, all applicants must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and have the scores submitted directly to the Office of Admissions. A minimum TOEFL score of 575 on paper-based tests, 233 on computer-based tests, or 85 on internet-based tests, or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. Applicants who do not meet a minimum English proficiency requirement will not be admitted.

Exceptions to the required TOEFL or IELTS test scores will be made in the following two instances only: (1) the applicant is a citizen of Australia, the British West Indies, Canada, Great Britain, or New Zealand and is a native speaker of the English language; or (2) the applicant has been admitted to and studied at an accredited educational institution in one of the countries mentioned above or in the United States within the past two years at the time of application and has earned an accredited post-secondary degree. Applicants should be aware that several attempts may be necessary before the minimum score is achieved. Furthermore, the tests are offered only at certain times during the year. Go to TOEFL at (school code: 1486) or IELTS at


Bi - Apply - HousingTo ensure on-campus availability, we encourage you to contact Residence Life at (312) 329-4205 if this application is submitted 30 or less days before the first day of class.


Please send all materials to:
Moody Theological Seminary
Admissions Office
820 N. LaSalle Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60610


Contact Admissions at:
(800) 967-4624 or
(312) 329-4400 or