Admissions Policy

Admission Program Summaries - IBCSIBCS is committed to training men and women for church-related vocations. A primary requirement for every candidate for admission is a testimony of a personal trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior. All applicants are required to write a brief account of their assurance of salvation.

It is expected that those who seek admission demonstrate Christian character, a teachable spirit, and a sincere desire to know the will of God.


Attendance at International Baptist College and Seminary is a privilege, not a right. This privilege may be forfeited any time the administration feels that the student is evidencing a lifestyle or belief system inconsistent with IBCS’s religious beliefs or mission. When students submit an application, they agree to abide by the rules and standards of conduct of IBCS.

The standards of Christian faith and scholarship at IBCS require a review and evaluation of every applicant. Letters of recommendation, a statement of vital Christian faith, moral character, and personal integrity, as well as one’s academic record, will be considered.

Admissions Requirements

General Requirements
It is important that all students familiarize themselves with all of the academic requirements of their specific program. These requirements must be fulfilled before the student can receive a degree. Advisors are available to assist the student in understanding these requirements, but the student is responsible for completing them.

All students under twenty-three years of age carrying four or more hours must live in the residence halls unless married or living with a parent or guardian. IBCS reserves the right to approve the housing of all students.

Educational Preparation

High School
The usual requirement for admission to the undergraduate program is graduation from high school. Applicants must demonstrate that they have successfully completed a minimum of sixteen units of high school work. The sixteen completed units should not include Bible. Applicants must also produce an official transcript or GED which details their successful completion of a high school degree.

Applicants who have successfully completed the General Education Development Test (GED) are usually considered as having a sufficient basis for college admission. IBCS reserves the right to review the results of this test and to make an admissions recommendation based upon them.

Home School
IBCS supports the rights of parents to educate their children at home and recognizes that education as a viable option. IBCS will admit a student based on the transcript, produced by a parent or a home school agency. An official transcript including courses taken, grades earned, a grade point average for each year, a cumulative grade point average, and a date of graduation is required.

CLEP Testing
IBCS accepts up to 18 CLEP credits (College-Level Examination Program) if the credit is in an equivalent subject area in the IBCS curriculum. CLEP testing should be completed generally before the end of the student’s first year. The minimum score of accepted subject tests is 50.

Dual Enrollment Students
A dual enrollment student is one who has participated in an academic program where both high school and college courses are completed simultaneously. Courses are taught according to the standards of higher education. These standards include, but are not limited to, faculty credentials, credit hours, course work, textbooks, classroom discussion, and classroom instruction. Acceptance of dual enrollment credits will be determined on a case-by-case basis by the IBCS Registrar.

Acceptance of Transfer Credits
Credits taken at prior institutions may be accepted at IBCS as Transfer Credits. A student seeking to transfer credits must request that all schools involved send official transcripts directly to IBCS. These documents need to include a statement and/or represent good standing from the institution of prior attendance. There is a $10 transfer credit fee applied to the student’s account for the semester in which credits are transferred.

Students transferring fewer than twenty-six hours (26) of college-level work may be required to submit ACT, SAT, or CLT scores. These results are forwarded to IBCS automatically when the student identifies IBCS as a recipient when registering for a test (ACT: 0178; SAT: 5461) or by adding IBCS as a recipient on their profile after the test has been taken.

Transfer Credits need to be credits awarded by institutions of Higher Education, from military courses, standardized test scores (CLEP), and/or dual enrollment courses. Transcripts will be evaluated based upon the institution’s accreditation; the course number, contents, philosophy, outside requirements; and the student’s earned grade.

Credits can be transferred only for courses that are similar in scope and content to IBCS courses. In some cases, the transferred courses must also be similar in a philosophical perspective, such as ministerial classes or missions classes. Courses from other institutions that are not similar to any courses in IBCS’s curriculum may be transferred as electives.

Institutions transferring credits to IBCS must be accredited by an agency approved by the U.S. government or approved through IBCS administrative procedure. Only a portion of the total credits required to complete the desired IBCS degree can be transferred from another post-secondary entity.

All undergraduate courses transferred must have a minimum grade no lower than 71% (C-).

Courses transferred into the M.C.Ed. and D.Min. programs must have a minimum grade no lower than 74% (C). Courses transferred into the
M.A.Min. and M.Div. programs must have a minimum grade of no lower than 71% (C-).

Students transferring into IBCS with a cumulative GPA of less than 2.00 will be placed on academic probation (see the Academic Probation and
Satisfactory Academic Progress sections).

Student Identity Verification
As a part of the Student Identity Verification (SIV) process, IBCS shall require reasonable and efficient methods for securing and verifying
student identifications. These methods shall be designed to authenticate the integrity of both the student and the institution.

These methods shall apply to (1) the admission, registration, and enrollment of students, (2) the granting of access to student e-mail,
portals, and IBCS resources, (3) the dropping/adding of courses, and (4) the completion of tests via proctor or via teleconferencing technology.
These methods shall ensure institutional integrity, student integrity, and student awareness.

For additional information please consult the IBCS Admissions Office, Registrar, or Chief Academic Officer.