The Admissions Department wants to encourage you as you pray and seek God’s will in regards to coming to Tyndale. We look forward to getting to know each of you.
An applicant who wishes to enroll at Tyndale should be one who is committed to the Christian faith and the Bible (Protestant canon) as the sole authority for faith and practice. This section of the website gives you information on the general requirements for admission to Tyndale and specific instructions on how to apply. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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English Language proficiency requirements
The Dutch Government and Tyndale Theological Seminary require all applicants for a Master’s Program to take an English test and to submit their score as a part of the application process. Exceptions are made for students who have completed their entire education (primary, secondary and bachelor) in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, or USA.
We prefer all applicants to take the TOEFL test. If the TOEFL test is not available in your country, we will accept the IELTS Academic test. The minimum English language proficiency requirements for admission at Tyndale are:
- TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): 80 (IELTS Academic test score of 6.5) for the MDiv program
- TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): 90 (IELTS Academic test score of 7.0) for the MET program*
* Tyndale will give consideration to MET applicants who score a 6.5 on the IELTS Academic test. In such cases, the school may require the applicant to complete one or more procedures to measure the applicant’s aptitude in English. These could include a written examination, submission of additional paper(s), interview or other measures.
The TOEFL iBT® Home Edition is a safe and convenient option for students who prefer to take their test at home rather than a test center. Both tests provide free practice and sample test materials: TOEFL and IELTS.
At your request, the testing institute will forward the results directly to the Tyndale Admissions Office. For TOEFL the testing institute should do this using the institutional code for Tyndale Theological Seminary: 9677.
The English proficiency test (TOEFL or IELTS) must have been completed no more than two years before 1 February of the year in which your program would start.
Please note that students who need a visa for residency in the Netherlands must submit their English test results before 1 February. Students who do not need a visa must submit their test results before 1 May.
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
- International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
- Dutch Code of Conduct and Regulations of Higher Education
The Dutch Code of Conduct for international students in higher education sets out standards for international students seeking to study in the Netherlands, including English language requirements. The Code of Conduct includes the scores required for international students to be accepted into an English language program in the Netherlands. Applicants for study at Tyndale must take one of the English language tests required by the Dutch government.
From time to time Tyndale offers a preparatory English study program to qualified students, referred to as our Preparatory Academic English (PAE) Program. Should you meet all the other requirements for applying for admission to our MDiv program, but have not attained a high enough score for the English test, you may be eligible for the Tyndale PAE Program. There are a limited number of places in this program. It gives the student four months of concentrated English before entering the MDiv program. You will be contacted if you fall into this category.
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Specific Program Requirements
Master of Evangelical Theology (MET):
Bachelor of Arts degree/diploma or its equivalent in Bible or theology (e.g. BDiv, BTh, etc.) from an approved institution. The minimum requirement is 180 ECTS, including approximately 40 ECTS in Bible, 25 ECTS in Systematic Theology and Church History, and 40 ECTS in Practical Ministry at the minimal equivalent of a Dutch HBO or school of higher professional education. It will be viewed positively if you have already taken classes in English, Hebrew, and Greek, or you have already written a thesis. Additionally, two exams mentioned below will provide an assessment for Tyndale on your placement in this program.
- Master of Evangelical Theology (MET) Exam. This exam will be emailed to you later for your response during the application process.
- Master of Evangelical Theology (MET) Validation Exam. This exam is administered at Tyndale before the fall term begins. It tests the knowledge that you already have for Old Testament, New Testament, Systematic Theology and Church History – it is geared toward basic knowledge of these subjects. Scores on these tests will determine if deficiencies need to be addressed, and in some cases, if the MET is the best fit for the student.
Master of Divinity (MDiv):
Bachelor of Arts/Science degree or equivalent from an approved vocational or academic institution. The applicant’s first degree should include 180-240 ECTS or 3-4 academic years.
Certificate of Theological Studies (CTS)*:
Bachelor of Arts/Science degree or equivalent from an approved vocational or academic institution. The applicant’s first degree should include 180-240 ECTS or 3-4 academic years of study. In instances where the certificate is taken as a terminal program, the Academic Dean may grant acceptance to the program outside these parameters.
Certificate of Christian Studies/Tyndale By Extension (TBE)*:
Anyone with a desire to grow in his/her Christian faith.
*Please note that the CTS and TBE programs are normally only available for candidates from within the European Union.
Once you have read the Admission Requirements, please complete and submit the application forms below. Please prepare and submit supporting documentation as instructed, taking careful note of which documents you may provide yourself and which must be returned by a third party. Typewritten answers are preferred.
- Application Form (Download here)
- Educational Background Form (Download here)
- Copies of Official Transcripts from all Colleges and Universities (If these are not in English then they must be accompanied by a CERTIFIED English translation.)
- Official Transcripts (You must request these to come directly to Tyndale from the educational institution.)
- TOEFL or IELTS official English test result at the required standard (see ‘English language proficiency requirement’ above). You can register at http://www.ets.org/toefl or https://www.ielts.org/. For your own benefit in the admission financial aid decisions, please take this exam at the earliest possible date. The TOEFL scores should be sent directly to Tyndale by referencing the seminary in the exam: Use Code number 9677 and Institution name Tyndale Theological Seminary. For the IELTS score, you must request a copy of the results to be mailed directly to Tyndale.
- Personal Statements (Instructions are on the Application Form / section C, and should be sent as separate items.)
- Student Financial Disclosure Form for MET and MDiv candidates who wish to apply for financial aid (Download here)
- Letter of Family Support (Download here) Necessary for married applicants. It details your plan for supporting family members financially, physically, spiritually, and emotionally while you are away studying at Tyndale. This should be shared with and signed by the pastor of your church.
- Recommendations (Download here)
Four recommendations are required. These may not be completed by family members.
- Employer, Work Supervisor or Professional Colleague
- Pastor or Christian Leader with whom you have served
- Teacher or Academic Mentor, especially able to judge your capacity for university-level study
- Leader in your home congregation or the one in which you are currently most active
Each of the four recommendations must come directly from the person who completes it (NOT the applicant). Please have your referees scan and email their recommendations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Interview (If deemed necessary, a 30-60 minute interview may be conducted via ZOOM or Skype in the month of January.)
Due to the visa process, the following deadlines for receipt of all your application materials apply:
- Non-EU Countries: 1 February for admission in June of the same year.
- EU Countries and North America: 1 May for admission in June of the same year.
After the Tyndale Admissions Committee meets and admission decisions are made, the Director of Admissions will notify you by email about your admission status. If an applicant is sent a non-acceptance letter, he or she cannot apply again. All documents sent to the Admissions Office will not be returned to applicants and will become the property of Tyndale Theological Seminary.
Tyndale Theological Seminary admits students of any race, color, gender, nationality and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, nationality and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.
Students with Disabilities Policy
Tyndale Theological Seminary’s policy is to actively support diversity, inclusion and equality of educational opportunity. No person shall be denied admission to any educational program or activity on the basis of any sort of disability. Our seminary seeks to provide disabled or handicapped students with reasonable accommodation in order to facilitate access to seminary classes and activities.