After an applicant has submitted their application and all the required materials, the Director of Admissions and the Admissions Committee will review the applicant’s file and render a final decision. This process takes about 2 weeks. New students will be notified of their acceptance by email first, then official documents will be sent in the mail later, as required.
Once a new student is accepted, they will be given the opportunity to submit a $500 deposit towards their tuition. This non-refundable deposit is the only way to guarantee a space in the incoming class.
New students may defer their enrollment for a limited period of time. If a new student has not matriculated within 2 semesters, they will be required to reapply to IWS.
Beginning in January 2022, new DWS students will be evaluated concerning their competency in scriptural knowledge and application. Some applicants may need to complete additional work in this area based on their Master’s level work or pass a placement exam. Should previously completed work lack biblical, theological, and hermeneutical foundations and the doctoral student receives less than 85% on the placement exam, the doctoral student will be required to matriculate in IWS courses BIB 501 A & B. These courses will be taken to meet the additional requirements and are six weeks in length. The first of these courses, BIB 501(A), is completed six weeks before the on-campus session while BIB 501(B) is taken concurrently with DWS 701.
Additionally, DWS 701 students will be evaluated by the end of the term as to their ability to research and write papers at a doctoral level. Students evaluated as needing assistance with these skills will be required to enroll in WR 701. This six-week course will be completed online in conjunction with DWS 702. It must be passed with at least a “B” to continue in the DWS program. Tuition fees apply to BIB 501(A), BIB 501(B), and WR 701. For students who began their studies in January 2022 or later, any DWS professor may recommend a student to take WR 701, and students are encouraged to take those recommendations seriously.