Because a student's theological training for ministry is best undertaken in the context where the student's ministry will be exercised, Palmer encourages international students to first investigate the seminaries or theological colleges in their own country. If Palmer Seminary remains the best option, the following eligibility criteria must be met for application:

  • The applicant must be a graduate of a recognized/accredited college or university with a 4-year undergraduate degree, such as a Bachelor of Arts, or its equivalent.
  • The applicant must meet the standards of English proficiency. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 79 (Internet-based) is required. Information regarding the TOEFL can be found at

Palmer Theological Seminary does not offer full scholarships. The applicant must be able to verify sufficient finances to pay for academic expenses and living expenses. A limited number of partial tuition scholarships are available for qualified international students. Students are encouraged to find financial support from sponsoring individuals or church agencies.

For more details on international admission requirements and policies, you may download the International Policy Statement.

If you feel you meet these requirements and decide to apply, we encourage you to download the International Applicant Checklist as a guide to the international admissions process.