Westminster welcomes students from all backgrounds and experiences. We provide resources and also offer suggestions in order for students to be successful during their time at Westminster.
An applicant whose native language is other than English, or for whom English was not the language of instruction from the primary grades (regardless of U.S. citizenship or residency), must demonstrate proficiency in English.
The minimum score for applicants on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is indicated on the chart below.
Official Test Score
An official record of the test must be sent by the Educational Testing Center to the Seminary. Photocopies of test results are not acceptable. Only official TOEFL test scores are accepted at this time.
Test Scores Below 111 Threshold
Students who are admitted to the Seminary, but score less than 111 on the TOEFL iBT, must take a test of academic writing prior to the first day of classes. Based on the results of this test, they must be registered for an Advanced Theological Writing (ATW) course during their initial semester/term.
If the applicant’s native language is not English, but he or she has been educated in standard English beginning in the primary grades through undergraduate school, he or she will be exempt from taking the TOEFL exam but will be required to take the test of academic writing prior to the first day of classes.
Applicants who do not meet the TOEFL score requirement for admission to Westminster, but are otherwise qualified applicants and have a TOEFL iBT score of at least 68, may fulfill the English language admissions requirement by passing Mastering Theological English.
The Mastering Theological English program is not currently available for PhD applicants.
In most cases, international students cannot be granted visas for participating in the Certificate in Christian Studies Program.
In addition, quite often, international students cannot be granted visas as Special Level students (i.e. students who are non-degree seeking).
Westminster’s Code Number 2976 should be noted on materials sent to TOEFL Services.
Register for the TOEFL Test
To register for the TOEFL test, applicants should contact the following:
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151, USA