Frequently Asked Questions
Why choose the GST for graduate school?
The GST is a strong choice for your graduate theological education for a variety of reasons:
- Excellent faculty members who are respected in their fields, active in the church and available to students
- Generous scholarships which make a quality education affordable
- The students and professors constitute a resident learning community that provides opportunities to form strong friendships and a support network that will last a lifetime
- Non-resident options are increasing so that ministers and others involved in full-time work can pursue a Master's degree without leaving their positions
- As a reflection of its commitment to excellence in all aspects of theological education, the GST is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS), the world's premier association of seminaries
- In the GST, you will be surrounded by people who deeply care about you and your spiritual formation
- GST graduates have gone on to study in some of the most prestigious graduate schools in the world, like Harvard, Notre Dame, Emory, Yale, Princeton, Oxford, Fuller, etc.
- Almost all GST graduates enter ministry and remain in ministry. They work as church planters, minister in established churches, serve as teachers, work as chaplains, and many other forms of Christian service
How do I apply to the GST?
- Visit the "How to Apply" page for information and links to the application materials
- International Students- be sure to apply for the GST through ACU's International Office
How much scholarship funding can I expect to receive?
- The GST can only give detailed scholarship award information after you have applied and the GST admissions committee has considered you for admission and scholarship. For general expectations, see Scholarship & Financial Aid Info
How many hours constitute a full load?
While 9 hours per semester is considered full-time, the average course load for all programs except MAGS is 12 hours.
How often do GST classes convene?
The GST offers courses in four different formats:
- Online Courses
- Week-long intensive courses. Offered in January, May, and June, these courses from meet from 8am-5pm for one week. Pre-class and post-class assignments are generally required. Offered in Abilene, Irving, Accra (Ghana) and Zagreb (Croatia)
- Weekend intensive courses. Offered during fall and spring semsters, these courses convene Thursday (2pm-10pm), Friday (8am-5pm) and Saturday (8am-12pm) on two weekends. Pre-class and post-class assignments are generally required. Offered in Abilene and Irving
- 3-hour block class that convenes one day per week for the entire semester. These are offered in Abilene and are popular among resident students.
When and how do I register for classes?
- Follow these steps to register for GST classes:
- Receive acceptance and scholarship award letters
- Contact your advisor: verify courses you should take and receive your advising code
- You will receive an email regarding your myACU account. It will come to the email address you used when applying for admission to the GST. Using the information in that email:
- Log on to myACU
- Click 'Banner' from the links in the top left corner
- Click 'Student & Financial Aid'
- Click 'Registration'
- Click 'Add or Drop Classes' and follow the prompts to register for courses
- If you have completed Steps 1 and 2 above, but have not yet received an email about your myACU account, you can call Team 55 at 325.674.5555 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain your username and password
- You can check the book list and syllabus for each course on the GST website
What are the estimated tuition costs and fees per semester?
- Estimated costs are provided on each individual program page within the GST site. You can find a breakdown of tuition and fees under the financial aid tab within your program of interest.
Where can I find information about important dates, like when school starts?
- See the ACU calendars page.
How do I schedule a campus visit and what opportunities are available during my visit?
- To schedule a visit to ACU, contact Kester Smith at 325.674.3735 or email email@example.com. During your visit, we will be happy to arrange for you to take a tour of the campus, meet with your advisor and attend a class.
What is the GST community like?
- In the tight-knit GST residential community, you have the opportunity to forge life-long friendships with students and faculty. Activities include mentoring groups, intramural sports competitions, weekly Graduate Chapel, monthly lunches with students from other graduate programs, barbecues, the annual Chili Cook-Off, holiday banquets, Graduate Student Association (GSA) events and many others. The challenge is finding enough time to take advantage of all the opportunities!
Where do graduate students live?
- Graduate students live in a variety of off-campus apartments, in University Park (on-campus apartments for single students only), private residences, duplexes, etc. For more information, check out our page
Where can I find information about on-campus/off-campus employment?