University description (as per official university website)
Taylor Seminary is a Christian graduate school, accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) dedicated to the task of developing Christ-minded leaders who make a difference in the world.
The mission of Taylor Seminary is to provide graduate-level theological education for men and women who are committed to obey the Lord in career, church and community. Our primary focus is on training for pastoral and other vocational Christian ministries.We also prepare those who are called to serve as intentional disciples of Christ in the marketplace and society. We perform this ministry within a context which is both Baptist and evangelical.
We recognize that choosing a seminary requires much thought, prayer and research. These pages can provide facts and information, and some sense of our vision for theological education. Check out our Catalogue and Course Listings.
However, these resources cannot adequately convey the character of our school, or the passion for ministry evidenced by our faculty, staff, and students. We invite you to come and experience Taylor Seminary first-hand. Come and visit our campus. Sit in classes, worship in chapel and mingle with our faculty and students. We'll provide you with lodging and meals during your stay. Email or call our admissions office to arrange your visit. We look forward to seeing you in person.
Admission will be granted to students who show evidence of a vital faith in Jesus Christ and who meet the specific academic prerequisites of the program for which application is made. Taylor Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, colour, national or ethnic origin.
The academic prerequisite for admission to the M.Div., M.A., M.T.S., and diploma programs is possession of an undergraduate degree from a recognized college or university. Graduates of unaccredited colleges, if accepted, are accepted for a probationary year. All applicants should exhibit personal integrity and spiritual maturity. Those applying for the M.Div. program should also have recognized potential for church-related ministry. The undergraduate program of students entering the M.Div. program should include a broad selection of courses in the humanities. Those with deficiencies in this area may be required to do supplemental work to compensate for this. A minimum of one year of Greek is a prerequisite for those who take the Pastoral Leadership concentration in the M.Div. program.
Students who transfer from other recognized graduate-level institutions may receive transfer credit for courses completed with a "C" standing or higher. The amount of credit given is based on the standards of the school previously attended and on the suitability of the courses taken to the requirements of the Taylor Seminary program. A transfer student must complete at least 32 credit hours at Taylor Seminary in order to be eligible for graduation. Normally transfer of credit is not given for undergraduate courses.
Students who have taken an undergraduate course which parallels a course required in their program may apply to the Registrar to have the required course waived. If a course is waived, it must be replaced by another course in the same division or as specified by the Registrar.
The normal academic prerequisite for the M.Div. program of an undergraduate degree may be waived for a limited number of mature students (aged 35 and older) who demonstrate exceptional potential for Christian ministry. Those wishing to be considered for acceptance as mature students must submit their application at least four months before they intend to enroll (by May 1 for September enrollment). The application should be accompanied by a detailed statement concerning their ministry experience to date and sense of call.
The Biblical Languages
Because of the importance of the biblical languages for the interpretation of Scripture, Taylor Seminary encourages all students to gain some familiarity with Hebrew and Greek.
Those who are preparing for a ministry which will include regular preaching are expected to enroll in the Pastoral Leadership concentration of the M.Div. program. This concentration requires a year of elementary Greek as a prerequisite and at least one three credit course in Greek exegesis as part of the program. Those who do not include introductory Greek as part of their undergraduate program, may include it in their program at Taylor Seminary. The Pastoral Leadership concentration also requires a minimum of a two credit course in Hebrew Skills; however, students are encouraged to consider doing a year of elementary Hebrew and a three credit course in Hebrew Exegesis. Elementary Hebrew and Hebrew Exegesis may be taken to meet the Old Testament electives requirement in the M.Div. program.
The other concentrations in the M.Div. and the M.T.S. program require a two credit Greek Skills course and a two credit Hebrew Skills course. These courses give the student sufficient familiarity with the biblical languages to be able to use the exegetical tools which presuppose knowledge of these languages. Students may elect to take a semester of elementary Greek or Hebrew in place of this requirement.
English Lanuage Proficiency
Since the language of instruction at Taylor Seminary is English, applicants must be proficient in both verbal and written English. In order to be accepted into a program of studies at Taylor Seminary, students whose first language is not English must demonstrate facility in the English language by (a) submitting an acceptable score on one of the English language tests approved by the seminary or (b) submitting a transcript from an English speaking college or university from which they have graduated. Students who are unable to demonstrate facility in English in either of these ways will not be accepted into a program of studies but may enroll in courses as auditors. They may also take courses for credit as unclassified students with the permission of the instructor(s).
Students whose first language is not English normally are required to demonstrate facility in the English language by achieving satisfactory scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL), Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and have the results sent to Taylor Seminary in order to be considered for admission, unless proficiency in English has been demonstrated in another way. Students who have graduated from an English-speaking college or university will not be required to submit TOEFL, CAEL, MELAB or IELTS results.
Scores must be as follows:
TOEFL: 550 (paper test) with a minimum score of 50 in each component of the test or 213 (computer-based test)
IELTS: 6.5, with no band less than 5.0
International students are strongly encouraged to take one of these exams and submit the results rather than hope for an exception to the policy.