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Prerequisites for Admission

General Requirements for Admission into the M.C.Ed. Program

  1. Written testimony showing belief in the Lord Jesus Christ as personal Savior;
  2. An earned bachelor’s degree with either 1) a minor (or minor equivalent) in Bible, theology, Christian education, Christian ministry, or similar emphasis; or 2) passing a Bible/apologetics entrance exam to assess the applicant’s potential for success in the M.C.Ed. program;
  3. Full payment of the non-refundable application processing fee;
  4. Demonstrated mastery of English (e.g., as shown by the application process);
  5. Endorsement of ICR’s biblical and creationist tenets (www.icr.org/tenets);
  6. References (academic and ministry); and
  7. For the online version of the M.C.Ed., adequate technical skills (and computer equipment) to facilitate taking and completing this online program.

Additional Admissibility Factors to be Considered

In addition to the above requirements for a minor (or minor equivalent) in Bible, biblical theology, Christian education, Christian ministry, or the like, SOBA reviews prior academic performance as a probable indicator of prospective academic success. 

Accordingly, an overall 2.75 undergraduate GPA (3.0 in Bible, biblical theology, Christian ministry, and similar coursework) is generally required for admission into the M.C.Ed. program. Students whose overall GPA falls between 2.5 and 3.0 may be admitted on probation (“provisional admission”), which means they will not be officially admitted into the program until they have completed 9 semester hours (i.e., 3 regular courses) with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students whose overall GPA is lower than 2.5 may be considered on a “special circumstances” basis, perhaps in conjunction with an examination or other measuring devices, prior to being selected for “provisional admission” status.

Policy Regarding Candor and Disclosure in the Application Process

ICR’s School of Biblical Apologetics, as a matter of institutional academic viewpoint, endorses the official creationist tenets of the Institute for Creation Research, which are described at the end of this catalog under the heading “Foundational Principles.” Each applicant acknowledges that he/she has carefully read all of ICR’s creationist tenets (www.icr.org/tenets), and that he/she understands that all SOBA courses will be taught from the viewpoint of these tenets. Students who provide less than truthful statements during the application/registration process will be subject to removal from the program.