Admissions Requirements


  1. Submit an application for admission

  2. Must have completed an appropriate baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for regular admission (conditional admission is allowed for lower GPA).

  3. Submit official undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all institutions previously attended, mailed to:

    Freed-Hardeman University

    Graduate School of Theology

    158 E. Main St.

    Henderson, TN 38340

  4. Official test scores from one of the following:

    • Graduate Record Exam (GRE): minimum score of 150 on the Verbal Reasoning portion, and 3.5 or higher on the Analytical Writing portion.

    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT): minimum score of 380.

    • If you are an FHU graduate, the Bible Outcomes Exam: score of 80 or above.

    • (Applicants with lower test scores, see "Conditional Admission" below.)

  5. Personal essay specifying your goals and how the FHU program will help you meet those goals (300-500 words).

  6. Three completed recommendation forms (see "Forms" page)

    • One from a church leader

    • One from a professor

    • One from an employer/supervisor

  7. Scholarship application (optional - see "Forms" page)

  8. For students for whom English is a secondary language, official scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum scores:

    • 500 on the paper-based exam

    • 173 on the computer-based exam

    • 61 on the Internet-based exam



Students who do not meet the minimum requirements for regular admission may apply for conditional admission. Bachelor's degree graduates of foreign, nationally accredited, or pre-accredited (candidates for regional accreditation) institutions may also be granted conditional admission.

A student granted conditional admission in any graduate program may register for a maximum of 12 graduate semester hours; a student may not register for additional courses after completing the maximum of 12 graduate semester hours without first obtaining regular admission status. A student admitted conditionally may be granted regular admission status only after completing the 12 graduate semester hours with all grades of A or B.

To be considered for conditional admission to any graduate program at FHU, all applicants must provide all the materials required for regular admission as noted above. In addition, the following criteria applies:

  1. Minimum GPA:  2.5

  2. All other criteria remain unchanged.