Houston Graduate School of Theology

International Students


International Students

International applicants should submit the following:

  • Master’s application

  • Application fee ($50 before the application deadline and $100 after the deadline)

  • Evaluated international transcripts sent directly to HGST from the credentialing agency. HGST prefers that prospective students use World Education Services (WES), Foreign Academic Credentials Service (FACS), SpanTran Evaluation Services, or Global Credential Evaluators (GCE).

  • Three reference forms (one academic, one pastoral, and one personal or professional)

  • Completed admission questions for the appropriate program (MAC, MACM, MDiv, MTS)

Testing Requirements

  • For applicants whose first language is not English, a TOEFL score must be submitted. HGST’s institution code is 0017. Applicants must score at least 550 (written), 213 (computer-based), or 79 (internet-based).

  • Master of Arts in Counseling applicants must take the GRE General Test unless applicant receives a waiver. Scores from up to five years prior to application will be accepted. HGST’s GRE institution code is 6957. The minimum score is 281 combined.

  • If admitted, international students will be asked to complete the English Proficiency Exam at HGST upon arrival in Houston. The exam is 50 multiple-choice questions and is free of charge.

If admitted as a student, international applicants must also submit the following to HGST:

Please contact Linda Long  with all questions about obtaining an F-1 visa. For a comprehensive guide to obtaining a student visa and maintaining visa status, please visit the Study in the States website.


International Impact of HGST

HGST is making an impact on a local and international level. Our applicants, students, and alumni come from many places, from right down the street to the other side of the earth. We love the rich cultural heritage each person brings to our community. Though our individual faith journeys and traditions may be very different, when woven together in the sacred space of mutual respect and open dialogue, we begin to manifest Christ’s message of unity and love!

If you desire to be part of the tapestry of HGST’s unique learning community, contact our Admissions Office for more information.

You can see from this map just some of the countries that have impacted HGST. If you are a student or alum whose home country is not yet listed below, please contact us and we will add it!

Alphabetical List of Countries

Azerbaijan     Bahamas    Canada    China

Cuba    Ecuador    Ethiopia    Germany

Guatemala    Guyana    Haiti    Honduras

India    Kenya    Mexico    Myanmar

Netherlands    Nigeria    Panama    Peru

Poland    Philippines    South Africa    South Korea

Tanzania    United Arab Emirates     United Kingdom    

United States    Venezuela    Vietnam    Zambia