Admissions Guidelines

Rockbridge Seminary assumes the applicant is a follower of Jesus Christ and is committed to serving Him through ministry. Further, the Seminary assumes that the applicant is known to have a life honoring to Jesus Christ with unqualified church approval.  As a Christian educational institution, the Seminary is redemptive but not rehabilitative in nature.  Therefore, a person should not apply to Seminary with serious family, health, emotional, or financial problems.  The pressures of study, family, finances and other such factors weigh heavily upon the seminary student and the student’s family.  These pressures can be a vital factor affecting the well‑being, physical and mental health of the student.

Applicants must be actively serving in a local church ministry role (either as a lay ministry volunteer or as a paid staff member) and must be affirmed by local church leadership through a Church Endorsement Form. Applicants to the diploma program must be at least 25 years of age and hold a high school diploma or its equivalent. Applicants to a master’s program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants to the doctoral program must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, a Master of Divinity degree (MDiv) or its educational equivalent from an accredited seminary, and at least three years of ministry experience post-MDiv (or at least a total of ten years of ministry experience).

The Application Process

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Pay the $25 application fee (non-refundable)
  3. Request that your university/seminary transcripts be sent directly to Rockbridge Seminary, 3111 E Battlefield, Springfield, MO 65804. Official transcripts sent electronically should be sent to admissions@rockbridge.edu. Diploma applicants may mail or e-mail a copy of the high school diploma.
  4. Request that your church leadership complete and submit the Church Endorsement Form
  5. Sign an Enrollment Agreement (assuming your application for admission is approved)

When the Enrollment Agreement is signed, you are considered a new Rockbridge Seminary student and may register for the Touchstone Course (“Developing the Focused Life”) when registration opens for the term immediately following.

Learning Accommodations

Upon request, faculty members will provide reasonable accommodation for learners with documented disabilities.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Within the context of its theological convictions and mission, Rockbridge Seminary does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, disability, age or national or ethnic origin, in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.

Ethical Conduct Code

Rockbridge Seminary is a Christian institution whose primary purpose is to equip persons for ministry leadership in church-related service.

Rockbridge Seminary requires applicants to give evidence of a desire to be equipped for ministry and expects approved applicants to live in a manner worthy of that calling and behave appropriately as a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Rockbridge Seminary reserves the right to take disciplinary action if a learner violates this standard of personal and ethical conduct. Violations of this standard shall include, but are not limited to:

  • Academic misconduct including, but not limited to plagiarism or cheating
  • Use or possession of illegal drugs
  • Heterosexual misconduct or homosexual behavior
  • Giving false statements to the seminary orally or in writing including, but not limited to, application for admission, registration, or altering records
  • Financial irresponsibility
  • Fighting or abusive/vulgar language
  • Violation of academic regulations and policies

Learners involved in a civil infraction are accountable to civil authorities but may also be subject to discipline by Rockbridge Seminary.

In keeping with Galatians 6:1-2, it is Rockbridge Seminary’s intent to approach ethical conduct violations in a redemptive manner. The character of learners, the witness of churches, and the integrity of Rockbridge Seminary as they all relate to God’s Kingdom purposes are the primary concerns. Rockbridge Seminary expects the learning community (learners, faculty, and administration) to accept the responsibility for reporting any actions that are detrimental to the building of a Christian learning community and the churches it serves.

Identity Fraud

Committing identity fraud is considered particularly serious within the online learning context and could have legal as well as institutional implications. Any student who has another individual impersonate or in any other way commit identity fraud in any course, assignment, exam, or any type of academic exercise will be permanently suspended from Rockbridge Seminary.

Confidentiality

Materials posted to the class discussion or to an assignment thread are for class use only. Students and faculty are expected to protect the confidentiality of all classroom materials and should never transmit any classroom materials without specific written permission of the person quoted and the instructor.

Computer Requirements

Your computer system must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • A reliable computer running Windows XP (or higher) or Mac OS X (or higher)
  • A web cam with 640×480 video pixel resolution or higher*
  • Headphones or working speaker connected to the computer*
  • A working microphone connected to the computer*
  • A web browser with Adobe Flash Player installed*
  • A reliable, high-speed internet connection
  • The ability to allow video and screen-sharing connections to your computer*
  • Any additional devices required for personal accessibility and disability accommodation

*Required by online proctoring service (Master’s and Doctorate programs only)

Software Requirements

A Word Processor, Spreadsheet Application, and Presentation tool are provided for students through GoogleApps for Education. Students may choose to use Microsoft Office or another office suite. All documents must be submitted in .doc, .rtf, or .xls file formats and in English.

The Safari browser is NOT compatible with the seminary’s online classroom. The seminary recommends Chrome, Internet Explorer, or Firefox.

Students are given a seminary-provided e-mail address through GoogleApps for Education. All course-related e-mails are sent through this e-mail account once applicants are accepted and enrolled in an academic program.

Technical Competency

Rockbridge Seminary assumes applicants have the computer skills (1) to function in an online environment and (2) to create, manage, scan, upload and download Microsoft Word files as required.

Non-U.S. Applicants

Rockbridge Seminary welcomes international learners. For your application to be considered, you must complete two steps in addition to the normal application procedures. First, you must submit your academic transcript for evaluation to the World Education Services (WES) for review. The evaluation of your transcript by WES will help Rockbridge Seminary place you in the best academic program to match your educational experience. Second, because Rockbridge Seminary offers English-only courses, you must take the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) if your first language is not English.

If you apply for either the Master of Ministry Leadership degree program or the Master of Divinity degree program, you must submit to WES for review a transcript from the college/university from which you hold a bachelor’s degree. If you apply for the Diploma in Ministry Studies, you must submit your secondary school (high school) transcript to WES for evaluation. The approximate cost of this service provided by WES is $100 per application.

WES Instructions (international transcripts only):

  • To submit your transcript of a degree or diploma earned internationally for review, go to the WES home page (http://www.wes.org). Click “instructions” and “Required Documents” (left column) for further information. You may choose to complete the application online or download the application and submit it by fax or mail.
  • If you wish to submit your application online, click “Application” (left column) and “Go to US Online Application.” Follow the online application instructions.
  • During the application process, you will be asked under the tab “Your Evaluation” the primary purpose of your evaluation – answer “Education.” When asked the type of evaluation, choose “Document by document $100.” You must click “Add Recipient” to send the required report copy to Rockbridge Seminary, 3111 E. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65804.
  • Since WES will send your evaluated transcripts, you DO NOT need to request that additional transcripts be sent from your educational institution to RS.

English Proficiency

Since Rockbridge Seminary offers English-only classes; international learners whose primary language is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by scoring a minimum of 550 (paper-based total) or 80 (Internet-based total) on the Test for English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Rockbridge Seminary reserves the right to require a TOEFL test for any applicant, international or not.

It is the applicant’s responsibility to arrange to take the test and have the results sent to RS. RS’s TOEFL code number is 0082. Use this code for any testing you perform and TOEFL will send the results to us via e-mail automatically. The exam is available at the American Embassy in the native country of the applicant. For information about test dates, fees, testing centers, and other registration information, contact:

TOEFL Services
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
Phone: 609.771.7100 / 609.771.7100
Fax: 609.771.7500
E-mail: toefl@ets.org
Web site: http://www.ets.org/toefl