Seminary Application Procedure & Policies

The Graduate Admissions Committee reviews completed applications and respective credentials. Applicants who meet the qualifications for acceptance (noted above) are granted admission to CCU. Applicants whose scholastic records show deficiencies (e.g., low GPA, class rank, etc.) may be granted Conditional Acceptance based on outstanding lifestyle and leadership qualifications.

Acceptance into CCU is valid for one year. Students who defer enrollment for more than two semesters after the term of acceptance will forfeit the admissions status and be required to reapply.

CCU has a rolling admission policy whereby candidates are notified of acceptance or rejection after all application documents have been received.

Students who do not enroll in courses for three or more consecutive semesters will be required to reapply to the university before enrolling for additional coursework.

Application Requirements
To apply to a graduate program at CCU, the following must be completed:

  • Review the requirements listed on the Qualifications for Acceptance page.
  • Submit the Application for Admission.
  • Submit a Spiritual Reference Questionnaire. The reference form can be completed by a minister or other spiritual leader such as an elder or small group leader. Completed forms should be returned to the Graduate Admissions Office. The reference cannot be completed by family members.
  • Submit official final transcripts from every college and graduate school at which credits have been attempted, regardless of whether or not credit was earned. Transcripts must be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office.
  • Submit a non-refundable $40 application fee. If you do not pay this online, please make all checks or money orders payable to Cincinnati Christian University.
  • Submit a non-returnable wallet-sized photo of yourself (optional). The picture does not need to be a formal photograph.
  • Write and submit a 3–5 page, double-spaced history and goals essay. The paper should reflect:
    • Events, circumstances, and influences that brought the applicant to this point in life,
    • a summary of the applicant’s spiritual journey,
    • academic and career goals, and
    • how a CCU degree program will contribute to those goals.

Transferring Credits from Another Institution
Submit official transcripts from every college and graduate school from which courses have been attempted. To qualify as a transfer student, a minimum of 12 semester hours of coursework must be completed at a graduate institution that is accredited and recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education.

Submit (if requested by the Graduate Admissions Office) a reference letter from the Dean of Students or designate from the applicant’s former college(s). Transfer students must be in good standing at all previous institutions attended. Good standing must be demonstrated in areas including but not limited to academics, discipline, and finances. Previous academic probation, disciplinary probation, or outstanding financial obligations at prior colleges may negatively affect or preclude admission to CCU.

International Students
Please note: International applicants must complete the above requirements and send them to CCU as a first step. For all other requirements, please see our International Student Application page for helpful information and guidance.

Application Deadlines
Applications may be submitted up to one year prior to enrollment and should be submitted as early in that window as possible.

To be accepted into one of CCU’s Graduate Schools, for a specific semester, the following must be true:

  • The complete application must be received, reviewed, and approved prior to the last day of courses in the respective semester. (Fall semester includes Early Fall and Fall; Spring semester includes Early Spring, Spring, and Summer.)
  • A course must be successfully completed in that semester.

Submitting Your Application
Application components may be submitted in the following ways:

Online at

Via postal service to:
Cincinnati Christian University
ATTN: Graduate Admissions Office
2700 Glenway Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45204