A.W. Tozer Theological Seminary, a graduate school for ministry at Simpson University, equips Christ followers to handle God’s Word competently and to respond to the Spirit’s calling for effective service to Christ and His church.
Tozer Seminary is built upon biblical and theological scholarship, spiritual formation and character development, and professional competencies and experience. From these components, we focus our attention on the seminary student’s calling, character, and competence. These characteristics are cultivated through engagement with course studies, ministry experiences, and through relationships with faculty and fellow students.
Tozer Seminary seeks to help students who are active in ministry settings complete their theological training while still serving. We offer courses in flexible delivery modes:
Online courses that include interaction with other students and professors.
Hybrid courses: a combination of online interaction and a one-week, on campus intensive.
Polycom courses: Our off-campus learning centers utilize Polycom technology to provide an interactive visual learning environment for engaging professor and student collaborative experiences.
In order to be admitted with regular status into A. W. Tozer Theological Seminary, applicants must have a completed bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited academic institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. It is possible to be admitted with probationary status.
Applicants for whom English is not their first language must take the TOEFL exam as part of their application to Tozer Seminary. The minimum required score is 583 (paper), 240 (computer), or 94 (Internet). For more information about the TOEFL exam, visit the TOEFL website.
Biblical languages. Students who have graduated from an accredited Christian college/university or Bible college and have taken Hebrew and/or Greek may receive advanced standing with credit, subject to the successful completion of a Hebrew and/or Greek placement exam. The placement exam is administered by the Dean's office. Contact the Dean's office for more information or to schedule a placement exam.
Transfer credit is not given for courses where a grade lower than "B" has been given.
Transfer credit may not total more than half of a degree program.
Transfer credit must be for courses similar to those offered in degree programs at Tozer Seminary.
Transfer credit will only be given to graduate-level courses completed at a properly accredited graduate program.
Courses that are more than 10 years old at the time of transfer require approval of the Tozer Seminary Academic Council. The review of the appeal will be based in part on how the student has used the learning from those older courses since those credits were earned, as well as how the student has built upon those credits through personal and professional development. Students may be requested to submit documentation in this regard.
Transfer credits from schools on a quarter system transfer as follows:
5 quarter hours = 3.35 semester hours
4 quarter hours = 2.68 semester hours
3 quarter hours = 2.01 semester hours
2 quarter hours = 1.34 semester hour
1 quarter hour = 0.67 semester hour
In all cases, the final decision regarding transfer of credits is determined by the Registrar.
A letter from the Registrar of the student's primary school indicating that he or she is in good standing.
$20 non-refundable application fee
Visiting student status is valid for four years. A visiting student who wishes to enroll in a degree must complete the application process for that program. Visiting students are not eligible for student financial aid.