Doctoral Students

Welcome, doctoral applicants!

We are excited that you are applying for admission to The King’s University. Here you can view admissions criteria, required documentation, and instructions for applying to our Doctor of Ministry program.

Doctoral Students have earned an accredited Master of Divinity degree or its equivalent.


Graduate Degree Requirement
  • Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree, or its equivalent, from an institution that is accredited by a recognized regional or national accreditation body.
    • Priority consideration will be given to applicants with a graduate degree GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Other master’s degrees will be considered in combination with bridgework to reach MDiv equivalency.
    • Bridgework applicants enroll in graduate-level courses at TKU to “bridge the gap” between their earned master’s degree and an MDiv. In some cases, these courses can be taken concurrent to their doctoral coursework.
Official Transcripts
  • Official final transcript from your master’s degree-issuing institution(s) sent directly to the Office of Admissions.
  • If you have obtained additional graduate- or doctoral-level credit, you must have separate official transcripts sent from those schools as well.
  • Transcripts from any school not based in the U.S. must be individually evaluated and/or translated for U.S. equivalency.
    • Non-English transcripts must have an evaluated English translation
    • An evaluation by a recognized foreign credential evaluation service indicating US equivalency of the degree/coursework must be sent to the Office of Admissions
    • Foreign credential evaluation service:
Ministry Experience Requirement

Doctoral students are required to have three years of ministry experience and be on current ministry assignment.


  • Curriculum Vitae (CV), professional resume, or ministry resume
  • Two recommendation letters
    • Must come from professional references (e.g., supervisor, ministry oversight, professor).
    • Must discuss leadership ability, academic ability, and character.
  • Ministerial/employment verification letter
    • This is an official letter (on letterhead) from the organization where you are currently on ministry assignment that describes your role and responsibilities.

All documentation should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions.

Transcripts for all graduate and doctoral applicants should be issued to the appropriate graduate admissions counselor listed below. Official transcripts must be in the original envelope sealed by the issuing institution and mailed to:

The King’s University Office of Admissions
ATTN: Kaci Smith-Lopez, Graduate Admissions Counselor
2121 E Southlake Blvd
Southlake, TX 76092

Official digital transcripts from your prior institution(s) can be emailed to:

If you have any questions regarding the application process please contact us at or 817.722.1710. Students who do not meet regular admission criteria should contact the Office of Admissions for advisement.

The King’s University admits students without regard to race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, handicap or disability, age, or veteran status. Applicants are assessed according to academic background, the potential for academic success, moral behavior and character, and alignment with the spirit and mission of The King’s University.