Palmer Seminary's Admission Standards

Admission to Palmer Seminary of Eastern University is based on the following considerations:
  1. Christian character, as evidenced by church membership and participation in the life of the church, the judgment of a pastor (or ministry mentor) selected by the applicant, evaluation by another Christian leader, and compatibility with the Seminary's "Statement of Ethical Standards for the Christian Life" (below).
  2. Call to Christian service, as evidenced by a statement made by the applicant.
  3. A Bachelors or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.
  4. Academic Transcripts from all educational institutions attended.

Applications to the Seminary should be submitted by December 15th for the Spring semester and by July 25th for Fall.

Proficiency in English

Since instruction at Palmer Theological Seminary is in English, a student needs to demonstrate proficiency in it. Therefore, students whose country of origin is not the United States and whose primary spoken language and language of instruction have not been English are required to take the "Test of English as a Foreign Language" (TOEFL) and submit the test scores to the Seminary's Admissions Office. Applicants must achieve a minimum score of 79 (Internet-based) or 550 (paper-based) on this test. Such tests are administered in many countries around the world, including the U.S.A.*

* Inquiries regarding the TOEFL and arrangements for taking it should be directed to the Educational Testing Services, P.O. Box 6151, Princeton, NJ 08541-6151. Information is also available on the web at

Health Insurance

All students are required by law to have health insurance coverage. Thus, Palmer students must provide proof of such coverage, preferably at registration but no later than two weeks after the beginning of each semester. Those who do not provide such proof are automatically enrolled in the Seminary’s health care plan and their account is billed. The cost to enroll in this plan is approximately $1,880 annually.

Those who need to purchase health care coverage are encouraged to do some comparison shopping in order to determine which plan is best suited for them and, if applicable, their families. The Seminary’s business office would be happy to provide health care coverage options in addition to the Seminary plan. You may contact the business office by phone: 800-220-3287 or via email at

Statement of Ethical Standards for the Christian Life

Palmer Theological Seminary conducts its life and ministry in keeping with the conviction that its students are committed to live in accordance with the ethical standards of moral conduct, derived from the teachings of Scripture.

 Because the Seminary understands Christian obedience to be the free and joyful response to the grace of God, it avoids establishing rigid, legalistic codes of conduct. However, the Seminary has adopted a set of standards intended to communicate its expectations for responsible Christian behavior in the following areas.

  • Believing that our bodies are gifts from God to be cared for and nurtured, the Seminary promotes personal health and wholeness and prohibits the use of illegal drugs and the abuse of alcohol.
  • Believing that honesty and integrity are expected of all of God's children, the Seminary prohibits plagiarism, cheating and bearing false witness.
  • Believing that all of God's people are created in the image of God and are equally valued in the sight of God, the Seminary promotes gender and race equality, celebrates diversity, and prohibits all forms of harassment and slander.
  • Believing that sexuality is a gift from God and that our sexuality is to be lived out either in the marital union of male and female or through celibacy, the Seminary affirms both the single, celibate lifestyle and healthy, heterosexual marriages, while seeking to minister to those struggling with their sexuality. As a result, the Seminary holds that premarital, extramarital and homosexual forms of sexual intimacy are contrary to God's intended purpose and are therefore not acceptable forms of sexual conduct among God's people.

A more detailed description of the Seminary's statements on ethical standards for the Christian life may be found in the Student Handbook.