Admissions Requirements


  1. Submit an application for admission.

  2. Submit a copy of a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license or passport.

  3. Must have completed an appropriate baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution or an institution accredited by an agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education accreditation and approved by the program director.

  4. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 for regular admission (conditional admission is allowed for lower GPA).

  5. Students must apply and be accepted in a program before taking a course.

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

    Freed-Hardeman University
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    158 E. Main St.
    Henderson, TN 38340

  7. Submit a signed Payment/Credit Agreement.

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

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

  10. 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.


Transfer Credits

A student who has earned graduate credit from a regionally accredited institution generally may transfer a maximum of six (6) semester hours into an approved degree program or three (3) hours for the certificate program. These must be approved by the appropriate director of graduate studies. Some summer workshops, short courses, video courses, online/distance learning courses, etc. may not be accepted as transfer credit.

The Master of Divinity student may transfer in (from any accredited institution) as many as 42 hours of A's and B's, which will count toward degree requirements as long as, in the director's judgment, those courses are reasonable substitutes for core or elective courses.

The University is not obligated to accept any courses for transfer of credit. Transfer courses must reflect and be similar to courses within the program of study the student is entering. Only grades of A or B will be accepted. The coursework must not have been used to satisfy a requirement for any degree previously granted (exception in Graduate Theology). Graduate credit from foreign universities is not accepted because of academic and procedural differences between U.S. regionally accredited and foreign institutions. Official transcripts are required before courses can be evaluated, approved, and accepted.