Application Process

We are so glad that you are interested in applying for admittance to RTS Jackson. Please use the following guide to assist you as you complete your application for admittance to your degree program of interest. You are responsible for making sure that all of the pieces of your application are submitted to the Admissions office in order to complete your application.  For a chart summarizing required application pieces, click here

Lastly, do not hesitate to reach out to our Admissions Team, which is here to help you discern a call to seminary, answer any questions you may have, and help you through the application process.

Step 1 Deciding When to Apply 
Step 2 Completing Your Online Application
Step 3 Submitting Additional Materials
Step 4 Becoming a Student
Step 5 Making the Transition


Step 1: Deciding When to Apply

Persons seeking admission should apply no earlier than one year or no later than one month before the semester they expect to enter.  All new applicants may enter at one of four times per year:

June        -     Summer Semester
August    -     Fall Semester
January   -     Winter Semester
February -     Spring Semester

The Master of Arts in Counseling program only begins in the summer and is only for full-time students.  Summer MAC applications are reviewed on a periodic basis. Contact your enrollment counselor for these dates. 

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Step 2: Completing Your Online Application

Your application form will help you manage your application fee, your photo, your essays, and your references.  The essay questions will not only provide the Admissions Committee with important information about you as a prospective student, but will also demonstrate your writing ability.  Applicants to the Counseling program will be required to complete additional essay questions (included in online application) gauging their interest in and experience with counseling.

RTS requires references from a former professor, your pastor, and a friend.  If you are using the online application, you will manage distribution of these electronically and the completed forms will be submitted to the seminary automatically.  If you are using the printed application, you will need to send the appropriate reference form to each reference, and then they will need to return the completed form directly to the Admissions office.

Once you have completed your essays, provided contact information for references, and included a personal photo, you can submit your application by paying the application fee.

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Step 3: Submitting Additional Materials


Academic Transcripts

Please request an official transcript from each college or university where you completed 6 or more semester hours (even if posted on subsequent transcripts). You should specifically request that the transcripts be sent directly to the Admissions office. Remember you must make this request.

MAC Applicants

In addition to the online application, references, and transcripts, applicants for the MAC program must pass an online background check, take the MMPI, and sit for a personal interview.  To learn more about this and other additional requirements for the MAC program, click here.

International Applicants

If you are an applicant for whom English is a second language you must meet additional TOEFL requirements.  To be connected to the TOEFL website click here.  (For reporting purposes our school code is 1646).  A score of 84 or higher with a minimum score of 21 for each section is required for admittance to any degree program. Students admitted to a Masters program who score between 84-100 are required to take Summer English before beginning coursework at RTS.  If RTS has enough incoming students who need the English service, a four week service will be offered on the RTS campus in July.  The estimated cost of the service at RTS is $1,500US plus books and living expenses.  If RTS does not have enough students to offer the English service, the student must complete an 8 week course at the English Language Institute in Hattiesburg, Mississippi.  The estimated cost (for classes, books, food, and housing) is $3,100US.  Students are responsible for contacting ELI and arranging the study there, to be completed before coming to RTS.  Plan to be in Hattiesburg, MS by June.  You may contact them by writing to: ELI ; University of Southern Mississippi; Box 5065; Hattiesburg, MS  39406-5065 USA.  You may call (601) 266-4337; fax (601) 266-5723; or email

For more information about this English course, please contact the Admissions office.  

Additional Requirements

The Admissions Committee will examine the credentials submitted to determine each applicant's suitability for admission.  Admission may be granted on the basis of these credentials alone, or the committee may also require additional requirements.  A personal interview may be requested for applicants to any degree program in certain situations, and the GRE may be requested to demonstrate a prospective student's academic proficiency. 

For more information on these or other admissions requirements, please email us at or contact the Jackson Admissions Director.

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Step 4: Becoming a Student

Congratulations on being admitted to RTS Jackson! In order to finalize your enrollment and become an RTS student, the admissions office will be happy to help you complete the following steps: 

1. Pay a $200 enrollment deposit (this is credited toward your first RTS class) 
2. Complete the Financial Aid Application. 
3. Register for classes using Self-Service.

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