A Global Experience
Developing Christ-Centered Leaders Who Change Global Cities

Admissions FAQs

If your question is not answered in the selection below, please call 214-2329-4447 Ext.122, or e-mail at admissions [at] bgu [dot] edu (Admission Coordinator)

Q: When is my application for admissions due?

A:Applications to BGU are accepted on a rolling basis. Our Academic Affairs Committee meets every 6 weeks to review completed admissions applications. Click here to view upcoming AAC meeting dates and deadlines.

Q:Do I need to move to Seattle to complete my degree?

A:No. Our degree programs are designed for full-time working adults. Some courses are completely online, while others are categorized as onsite. Although having an online component, they require travel to a site for an intensive that can vary from 3 to 10 days. The amount of travel depends on your specific degree program and the courses you select within it. In all cases the majority of your course work will be completed at home.

Q:Does BGU have distance learning or online learning course options?

A:Yes. We have a limited number of traditional distance learning and online learning course options. Course infromation will be posted as available.

Q:Is BGU nationally accredited?

A: Yes. BGU is nationally accredited through the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS). TRACS is recognized by the United States Department of Education (USDE), the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). For more information visit www.tracs.org.

Q: Does BGU have residential facilities?

A: No. BGU courses are held both locally and globally and only as intensives (one or two weeks required on-site), so we do not have a traditional campus with dormitories. Housing options for courses offered in Seattle can be accessed by clicking the following link: Seattle Area Hotels.

Q: I don't have an MDiv, but have completed an MA in another field, am I eligible to apply to one of your doctoral degree programs?

A: Yes. You are eligible with any master's degree to apply for the Doctor of Transformational Leadership degree. Though the minimum entrance requirement for the Doctor of Ministry program is a Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent, the Extended DMin program affords students who have earned a degree other than the MDiv the opportunity to pursue the Doctor of Ministry degree with extended credit requirements. The Extended DMin degree program requires 60 earned credits rather than the regular DMin 40 credit requirement.

Q:How many years does it generally take for students to complete their degree (DMin and Masters programs)?

A: You may take a minimum of two years and a maximum of seven years to complete your degree program. However, most students complete their degree within two to four years depending on their program and the speed with which they take classes.

Q: Does BGU issue I-20 Forms?

A: For students residing outside the US, we recommend a tourist visa or a business visa for which BGU will provide the student with a letter of invitation, as necessary. However, BGU is authorized to issue I-20 forms for student visas if the student is living in the United States.

Q: Can I attend a course without receiving credit?

A: Yes. All BGU onsite courses may be taken as an audit or as an educational experience at a lower cost. Click here to view BGU's upcoming onsite course list to register in either of these categories.(Courses will be listed as available.)

Q: What is the difference between taking a class as an Audit or an Educational Experience?

A: Generally speaking, you would audit a course if you want the option to convert it to credit at some point within a year by submitting the coursework and paying the balance between the audit fee and tuition. When you audit a course, you have access to the online component. On the other hand, you would select Educational Experience if you do not want the option to convert the course to credit. You do not have access to the online component with an Educational Experience. Both Audit and Educational Experience are available only for onsite courses.