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Our admissions team understands that choosing a school is a big step on the way to fulfilling your educational goals. Please know that we are available to address any of your questions or concerns as you embark on this exciting journey. We encourage you to explore Trinity’s degree programs and course options as you seek to follow God’s leading for your life.

Undergraduate Admission Requirements

Trinity offers four majors completely online. These programs allow students to complete a Trinity degree with a convenient online delivery. Admission to Trinity online programs is available to those who have met the following requirements:
  • Diploma / GED: Have a high school diploma, verified by transcript or official GED score report
  • GPA: Earned a cumulative minimum overall GPA of 2.0 on all prior college work (if applicable)
  • Demonstrated Writing Proficiency: For college-level work by one of the following
    1. Prior College Course Work
      • Have earned 16 or more college credits, with a cumulative overall GPA of 2.5. (Technical credits are not considered in meeting this criterion)
      • AND Have been enrolled in college-level coursework within the most recent five years
      • AND Have completed a two-course college English composition sequence with grades of C or better in both courses.
    2. Standardized Test Scores
      • Composite score of 19 (SAT 990) and ACT English score of 19 (SAT 330 ERW).
    3. Writing Placement Test
      • Satisfactory score on a writing placement test.

Confirming Your Admission

If you are offered admission, confirmation of your acceptance of admission is required. A nonrefundable Confirmation Fee, payable to Trinity International University, must be received to confirm your acceptance of admission and intent to register. At this time you will also confirm your course schedule. Submit the $125 enrollment deposit.

TEDS Admission Requirements

Applicants to master’s programs (MA, MDiv, ThM), graduate certificate programs, and visiting student status, must meet the following requirements:

  1. Possess an earned bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university (generally at least 120 hours), which normally includes a minimum of 60 hours of liberal arts coursework, with a minimum grade point average (GPA) as stipulated below (on a 4.0 scale):
    • MA: 3.00
    • MDIV, MA/TS: 2.50
    • AP MDiv: 3.25
    • ThM: 3.00
    • Certificate or Visiting Student: 2.00
  2. Submit official transcripts from your baccalaureate degree plus any additional transcripts required for the program you are applying to at TEDS. Please contact an enrollment counselor to determine which additional transcripts might be required. (Electronic copies directly from the institution or in a sealed envelope from the Records/Registration office of the institution are considered official.)
  3. Note: For university coursework done outside the U.S.A., students may need to submit transcripts through a foreign credit evaluation service. The Admissions Office must receive a “course-by-course evaluation” or a “detail report.” There are several such services that are acceptable, including the following: World Education Services, Educational Credential Evaluators Inc., International Education Research Foundation
  4. Solicit recommendation forms online from each of the following (Certificate and MA/ Theological Studies applicants only need to solicit one recommendation from among the following):
    • Applicant’s pastor or church leader
    • Applicant’s employer or a professional acquaintance
    • A faculty member or school administrator at an institution previously attended
  5. Submit a written three-part statement with (a) your personal testimony, (b) your present spiritual life and Christian service, and (c) ministry goals as described in the application.
  6. Applicants may be required to submit standardized test results (Graduate Record Exam or Miller Analogies Test) in the following circumstances: if applicant’s undergraduate GPA falls below the minimum requirement for their program, applicant attended an unaccredited undergraduate institution, or if the program to which they are applying requires it. All applicants for whom English is not their first language should submit the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) as outlined in the following pages. A personal interview or other supplemental materials may also be required.

Law School Admission Requirements

MASTER OF LEGAL STUDIES DEGREE PROGRAM

Applicants previously awarded a bachelor’s degree from a qualified institution of higher learning are considered for regular admission.

Juris Doctor

REGULAR STUDENTS WITH A BACHELOR’S DEGREE

Applicants previously awarded a bachelor’s degree from a qualified institution of higher learning are considered for regular admission.

REGULAR STUDENTS WITHOUT A BACHELOR’S DEGREE

Trinity offers law school candidates without a bachelor’s degree an exceptional opportunity to enter law school before completing their undergraduate study. Applicants may be admitted upon completion of an associate’s degree from a qualified institution or upon earning at least 60 transferable units of undergraduate study. Applicants may also be admitted as Special Students (students who have not completed the minimum two years of college work but have demonstrated intellectual achievement by achieving acceptable scores on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams prior to beginning the study of law) and must pass the First-Year Law Student’s Examination (FYLSX) to advance to the second year of study.

Transfer Students

Applicants enrolled in legal study elsewhere may be considered for transfer status. The Admissions Committee evaluates transfer applicants on a case-by-case basis but usually requires transfer students to complete their last four semesters in residence at Trinity Law School. Applicants who have completed some law school credits at their original school may be eligible for advanced standing. Grades at or above the good standing level (good standing level is determined by the school where the classes were taken) may be accepted for transfer credit subject to the similarity to Trinity Law School course contents. Applicants who have been previously dismissed by another law school may be considered for admission. If the student was dismissed at the end of their first year, units would not transfer unless they take and pass the FYLSX. Admission of transfer students and transfer of units is determined by the Admissions Committee and in accordance with the rules of the Committee of Bar Examiners of The State Bar of California. Trinity Law School does not award credit for prior experiential learning.

Agreements

California Baptist University (CBU) – Trinity Law School admits students from California Baptist University who earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average after completing all California Baptist University residency and general education requirements and all requirements for the Political Science Major with a Pre-Law emphasis. Students must complete a minimum of 98 semester units of undergraduate study and receive a Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) score of 143 or higher by the first semester of the junior year. Students must complete the Trinity Law School application process by the first semester of the junior year.

International Students

Trinity welcomes foreign-educated applicants. However, there are special admission requirements pertaining to the evaluation of foreign credentials. Foreign applicants must request a detailed report evaluating their transcripts from Credentials Evaluation Services (CES). Trinity Law School will assist students in applying for F1 visas for those who are not residents of the United States. There are no fees associated with the services offered by Trinity Law School.
All instruction at Trinity Law School is in English. Trinity Law School does not provide English language services.
For purposes of admission to Trinity Law School, international students are defined solely on their citizenship/residency status. If a student does not hold citizenship or permanent residency in the United States, the student is classified as an international student.
All students who have not completed one of the following are required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
  • The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) with a verbal recentered score of 450 or higher.
  • A ‘C’ or better in a regular (non-English as a Second Language (ESL)) college-level English composition course at an accredited United States college or university.
  • The completion of English Language Services (ELS) Language Centers’ Level 112 of ELS’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program with a grade of at least ‘B’.
  • A score of 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination.
The TOEFL requirement is a 550 Paper based examination, 80 Internet based examination. If students do not meet Trinity Law School’s required level of English proficiency at the time of application, “conditional letters of admission” may be granted.

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