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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:


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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 e-mail 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.


Applicants are required to take one of these tests no later than the early part of their senior year in high school so that the results can be sent to the Admissions Office by the application deadline. Consult with your high school guidance counselor for testing information.

The Moody code number for reporting ACT is 1088 and for SAT is 1486. Exemption is granted only to those who have completed one year (30 semester hours) of college-level work at an acceptable academic level (2.0 GPA minimum) or to those who completed secondary education for a period of two years at the time of application. International applicants are not required to submit ACT or SAT scores.


Request official transcripts from every school attended to be sent directly to the Admissions Office at Moody. All transcripts are required and must be postmarked by the application deadline. Transfer candidates must submit both high school and college transcripts if a bachelor’s degree has not been obtained. International applicants must provide an official transcript evaluation.

Home School Students

The Institute recognizes home schooling as a viable educational alternative and welcomes applications from qualified home schooled students. Please submit an official transcript or a GED plus student’s ACT or SAT score for evaluation. Verification that the homeschool has met the applicant's home state requirements for graduation will be required. Homeschool Verification Form

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 for students at Moody will depend on the 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. Undergraduate applicants must earn a minimum TOEFL score of 550 on paper-based tests, 213 on computer-based tests, or 79 on internet-based tests. Undergraduate applicants must earn a minimum IELTS score of 6.5. 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.

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 Information about taking the examination is provided by the testing service. The results are to be sent directly to Moody Bible Institute. Moody Bible Institute offers no English training programs, and international students are expected to possess sufficient proficiency to engage in full-time study in the English language. An international student application will not be considered until the results of this exam are received.

Music Students

Additional requirements are needed by applicants of the Music Department. Read more about these requirements.


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


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