- Be a born-again Christian displaying evidence of good moral character and dedicated Christian life and be in sympathy with the doctrinal statement of APTS.
- Demonstrate a genuine calling and commitment to ministry.
- Be recommended by five character references. If the applicant is a credentialed minister, at least one reference must be from a denominational leader.
- Be at least 23 years of age.
- If the applicant is less than 30 years of age, have at least two years of significant ministerial leadership experience (M.A. applicants only).
- Pass a required entrance examination in Students should take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS in their own country and have the results sent to APTS. The minimum score for provisional acceptance is 480 on the TOEFL or 4.5-5.0 on IELTS. Those who cannot take either of these tests must take the APTS Proficiency Test before coming to the resident campus. Arrangements for this are made through the Registrar’s Office. The minimum score for full matriculation is an average of 510 on the TOEFL. Students scoring from 480-510 may be admitted provisionally with a requirement to study English (See English Language Program).
- Hold a A. or equivalent degree from an institution with recognized accreditation and have a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 (C+/B-) on a 4-point scale. (Note: for applicants to the Graduate Certificate Program, the required GPA is 2.3.) Degrees from non-accredited institutions will be evaluated by the admissions committee for acceptability and must have a 2.8 GPA, as with the academic background of students who may lack a B.A. but possess the equivalent in formal academic study (usually at least 124 credit hours including a concentration [major] in an applicable field of study.)
- Submit all items listed under “General Application Procedure”.
- Meet any admission requirements stated for a specific degree program in addition to the general admission requirements.
- Produce evidence of adequate prearranged financial support for his/her studies.
Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent with a minimum grade point average of “B” from an accredited school.
- Minimum of three years active full-time ministry experience after M.Div.
- English Proficiency: TOEFL or APTS English Proficiency Test score of 550.
- Submit all items listed under “Post Graduate Application Procedure”
- Produce evidence of adequate prearranged financial support for his/her studies.
Prerequisites for Specific Programs
Master of Arts Program
Applicants to any M.A. program must have completed undergraduate credits in Bible, theology, and ministry as follows:
M.A. in Ministry
- 24 credits in Bible and theology;
- 12 credits in ministry courses, including pastoral ministries and homiletics
M.A. in Intercultural Studies
- 24 credits in Bible and theology;
- 12 credits in ministry and missions including evangelism or church planting
M.A. in Theology
- 30 credits in Bible and theology;
- 2 semesters of a biblical language
M.A. in Intercultural Education
- 24 credits in Bible and Theology
- 12 Credits in Ministry
Mature Minister's Provision
- For individuals with a non-Bible/theology bachelor’s degree but with a minimum of 10 years full-time ministry, prerequisites are reduced from 36 credits to 18.
- For individuals without a bachelor’s degree but with a 3-year Bible school diploma, a minimum of 15 years full-time ministry and who are at least 40 years old, an additional 12 credits must be The student must maintain a GPA of 2.5 in the first 12 credits.
Students interested in attending APTS courses should request an application form from the Registrar’s Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or obtain by downloading the forms below. The Admissions Committee will consider a student’s application only after the Registrar has received all of the following items:
General Application Procedure
- A completed application form with non-refundable application.
- A 500 – 600-word essay in the applicant’s own words, which includes his/her ministry experience, vision for ministry, and how the APTS program would help fulfill this vision.
- Ministerial form
- Sponsorship form
- Official transcripts sent directly to APTS from all Bible schools and/or universities attended.
- Five character references including one from the national leadership of the student’s denomination for those who are credentialed ministers.
- If married, a photocopy of the marriage certificate (resident students only).
- A completed medical form (resident students only).
- Two 5 x 5 cm (2” x 2”) photos of the applicant.
Post-Graduate Application Procedure
- Official application form
- Brief essay answering questions about personal orientation, vocational objectives, and an assessment of strengths and weaknesses.
- A brief autobiography.
- Official transcripts sent directly from all colleges, seminaries, and other institutions of higher education attended.
- Three recommendations: former professor, local church pastor, applicant’s organizational leader.
- A health certificate indicating that the applicant is physically fit to pursue doctoral studies.
- A non-refundable application fee of $30.
Note: The TOEFL exam or an English language proficiency-screening exam supplied by APTS shall be taken by each applicant in his/her own country. Successful applicants are required to retake the test at APTS during on- campus registration.
Complete requirements for admission should be received 45 days before the beginning of the term; submission after this deadline will incur a late fee.
Application & Requests Forms
The following application forms are fillable forms for easier and faster registration, processing and sending information. Please follow the following instructions:
- Click your desired application form.
- You need an ADOBE Reader to open the form. If you don’t have ADOBE Reader, you can download it by clicking the link below this page. When application form is loaded, fill-out the necessary and appropriate information. Choose the Hand Tool and click the options (radio buttons, check boxes, text fields), and type the appropriate information.
- When you are finished filling out the appropriate fields, go to FILE, and then click Save As to save your filled-out form. Your application form will be saved as portable document format (pdf).
- You can either print the filled out form and send it to us through snail mail, FAX it to us or send it to us as an email attachment.
Tuition Fees & Expenses
M.A. and M. Div. students typically live and study on the APTS campus to earn degrees. While costs vary from student to student based on individual circumstances, the average first year cost (for the 2018-2019 school year) for single full-time students living in the dormitory and eating in the cafeteria (9-12 credits, or 3-4 courses, per trimester is considered a full load), including deposits is projected at $5,815.00. Personal spending expenses, travel costs and visa fees for international students are additional.
Post-Graduate Programs leading to a M. Th. and D. Min. follow a module format schedule. Students usually attend 3, 4, 6, or 8 week modules on the APTS campus. Costs for a module for a single, international student living in a dorm would be approximately $45.00 per week for room and board, $50.00 for a visa, $120.00+ for required textbooks, plus tuition, and fees as listed earlier. The typical module is four (4) weeks in which two (2) courses are taught for six (6) credit units. The average costs for this four (4) week module is estimated at $815.00 Not included are student personal expenses, travel costs or other fees listed in the above schedule such as graduation fees or refundable deposits.
A detailed break down on the fees for every degree including living expenses is available for download: List of Fees for SY: 2018 – 2019
The following furniture and appliances are standard provisions in married student housing or apartments:
- Single beds or double beds, depending on the need
- Foam mattresses and pillows
- Built-in clothes closets
- Two-burner gas stove
- Study table and chair
- Study lamp
- All beds come with one set of linen including a blanket for the first week. After one week, you will need to purchase your own linens and return them to Housing. If you keep them, you will be charged 100 pesos per month.
Student provides the following:
- Kitchen and eating utensils
- Additional bed sheets and pillowcases
- Additional blanket
Some students prefer to bring these items to APTS from their own homes while others find it more convenient to purchase them upon arrival in the city. Department stores and the market downtown are excellent places to purchase all these basic items.
Several formal functions happen throughout the year at APTS. You might want to bring your national dress for the International Night and a formal outfit for the Christmas Banquet. Considering also the weather, please bring sweaters and jackets. These will keep you comfortable and warm especially during the cooler rainy season.
The campus is located in a mountainous area with 10-25 degrees Celsius temperature all year round. The traditional rainy season runs from June to November.
Students living in the dormitories, typically take their meals at the cafeteria. Breakfast is served from 6:15 to 8:00 am; lunch is from 11:30 to 1:30 pm; and dinner is from 4:45 to 6:00 pm. Meals are served seven days per week with the exception of Sunday lunch. Students living in apartments have the option of cooking their own meals or eating in the cafeteria.
During the school year, various food items and snacks can be purchased from the "canteen," which is open from 7 pm to 11 pm. A mineral water dispenser and a microwave oven are also available for student use. All these are located at the lobby of Bethesda Hall. A vending machine for beverages is also installed near the classrooms at the Hurst Building. The campus bookstore and gift shop have a good selection of food items and other necessities.
A city tour is scheduled during orientation week. However, before that, students living in apartments might lack the food items and supplies to cook their own meals. We suggest having your meals at the cafeteria during your first few days on campus.
If you arrive during business hours (8:00am-5: 00 pm, M-F; 8:00-12:00, Saturday) you should check with the housing office to get your room or apartment assignment. If you arrive outside of business hours, your key for your housing will be the guards at the front gate.
Coming to a new town or country can be an intimidating experience. Please be assured that the APTS family stands ready to assist and welcome you. Do not be afraid to ask for assistance if you need it. Remember, everyone on campus has been through this experience before!
After the standard 21-day visa granted to all visitors to the Philippines, most foreign students obtain a 9-G or missionary visa. The 9-G visa allows for an extended stay in the Philippines for the duration of your studies at APTS. To properly process this visa, please make sure you bring the following documents and items:
- Birth certificate for you and all family members accompanying you.
- Marriage certificate if you are married.
- Two "2x2" photographs for you and each family member accompanying you (pictures should have a white background and you should be wearing a collared shirt and no eyeglasses).
- An official document from your pastor certifying your ministry involvement in your local church.
Filipinos in Manila and Baguio typically speak and understand English very well.
An indoor playroom is provided on the campus for children of students and faculty members. Parents share in the supervision, organization, and operation of the facility. A fenced playground, equipped with swings and other such items, is provided for the use of children under parental supervision and control.
International private schools are available and accessible to school age children of APTS students and faculty within Baguio City. The Christian Academy of Baguio (CAB), grades K - 8, is specially designed for children of missionaries and foreign seminary students. Brent School, grades 1 - 12, is an ecumenical environment designed for children of international parents working in the Philippines. Both schools use English as the medium of instruction. The school year runs from August to late May. A variety of other schools are also available. Costs vary.
National public schools, grade 1 - 12, use English and Filipino as their medium of instruction. Their school year begins in mid-June and ends in late March.
Baguio City hosts several colleges and universities. Available academic programs and qualifications for admission vary.
There are 5 major universities around Baguio and Benguet. Offering a wide choice of degrees and courses. Four of which are located in Baguio City, all of which are private universities. The other one is a state university located in La Trinidad, a neighboring municipality of Baguio.