Admission Procedures (M.Div. and MAFM Programs Only)
For Doctor of Ministry Application and Admission Requirements, please click here.
All admission materials should be submitted to:
HSU Box 16235
Abilene, TX 79698
Toll Free: 800.996.6348
1) Application to Logsdon Seminary
Complete application and submit via email, physical mail, or fax.
DOWNLOAD the Application For Admission (online/interactive form) (pdf)
2) Personal Statement
Please type an essay according to the guidelines and questions below. Give attention to the content and style of your essay. Submit essay via email, physical mail, or fax.
1. Give an account of your Christian journey.
2. Explain your sense of calling and personal commitment to ministry.
3. Describe the goals and plans you have for your current and future ministry.
3) $50 Application Fee
Make any checks payable to Hardin-Simmons University. The $50 application fee is waived for current and former Hardin-Simmons students.
4) Official Transcripts
Each student must submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly from the student’s college, university, or seminary to Logsdon Seminary. A Transcript Request form that you may use to request transcripts from your schools is included below.
DOWNLOAD the Logsdon Transcript Request Form (pdf)
5) Personal References
Three letters of recommendation are required reflecting evidence of a student’s character, commitment, and readiness for a graduate, professional program of study in ministry preparation. One reference must be from the student's pastor (If student is pastor, then another staff member or church clerk may serve as the reference). It is the student's responsibility to distribute reference forms and make sure they are returned in an appropriate time frame. Personal reference forms to be printed or emailed can be downloaded below.
DOWNLOAD the Logsdon Personal Reference Form (pdf)
6) Church Recommendation
Each applicant must secure recommendation from the church where he/she is a member. It is the student's responsibility to ask his/her church to complete the form and make sure it is returned in an appropriate time frame. The Church Recommendation form to be printed or emailed can be downloaded below.
DOWNLOAD the Logsdon Church Recommendation Form (pdf)
7) Interview with a Seminary Official
Each applicant must interview with a seminary official. It is the responsibility of the applicant to schedule an interview. Applicants for the Master of Divinity usually interview with Dr. Robert Ellis, Associate Dean for Logsdon Seminary (325.670.5841;
) and applicants for the Master of Arts in Family Ministry usually interview with Dr. Randall Maurer, Program Director for the MAFM (325.670.1599;
). In some cases the interview can be conducted via telephone.
8) Financial Aid Forms
If you are applying for any financial aid (including BGCT Ministerial Financial Aid), follow THIS LINK to download any forms you may need to complete.
9) Meningitis Vaccination
Texas legislation mandates that effective January 2012 every new student and new transfer under the age of 30 to any Texas university, regardless of living on campus or off campus, will be required to have a Meningitis Vaccination at least 10 days prior to beginning class. To view more information on guidelines and exceptions, please view the letter from the University Nurse below.
DOWNLOAD the Meningitis Vaccination Guidelines and Exceptions Letter(pdf)
*International Student Requirements (if applicable)
Additional requirements apply to international students. International students must apply early in order to allow opportunity for the completion of both the admission process to the seminary and the requirements of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service.
All international students must submit official copies of transcripts of all colleges, universities, and seminaries attended. In order for transcripts to be official, they must be sent directly from the college, university, or seminary to Logsdon Seminary. Each international student is responsible for obtaining an evaluation of international transcripts. The addresses of evaluation agencies can be supplied through HSU’s Office of Graduate Studies (325.670.1298). The student bears the costs of the evaluation. The evaluation results must be sent to Logsdon Seminary. An English translation of all courses and grades awarded must be submitted as well.
A student whose native language is not English typically must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and score a minimum of 550. Test results must be sent directly from the testing agency to the Office of the Associate Dean of Logsdon Seminary.
Normally, international students must provide certification through a responsible person that the student’s finances are sufficient to sustain him/her during the educational process at Logsdon Seminary. One thousand dollars in U.S. funds (US $1000) typically must be posted with the Business Office. This deposit will be used toward final payment of the final semester’s expenses, and will not be released at an earlier date. International students will not be admitted, nor will an I-20 be issued, until the deposit is recorded on the university ledgers. In certain cases where an international student already has been granted an I-20 and is studying in the United States, this requirement may be waived. Requests may be directed to the Associate Dean’s Office.
International applicants may not be given tentative admission status. All documents must be on file at Logsdon Seminary a minimum of one month before the first day of the term in which the student will enroll. The Office of Graduate Studies will issue the I-20 when all above steps are completed. Any costs associated with the sending of the I-20 other than regular U.S. mail are the responsibility of the student.
For more information about admission procedures for students who are not US citizens contact the Coordinator of Prospective Student Services and Admissions at 325-670-1576 or
DOWNLOAD the International Student Application Checklist (pdf)
DOWNLOAD the International Student Application Form (pdf)
DOWNLOAD the International Student Financial Backing Form (pdf)