International Admissions

ILT rigorously equips people to effectively share the truth of Jesus Christ through preaching, teaching, and pastoral ministry.  If God is calling you to such a ministry, we invite you to explore with us how we can help you.


Please read the following carefully.


You will find answers to basic admissions questions at


To determine which program best fits your needs, please look through the information at


ILT offers graduate programs (Master of Arts in Religion; Master of Divinity ; Master of Sacred Theology; Master of MinistryDoctor of Ministry ; Doctor of Philosophy) and certificate programs (Bethel Bible Series; Faith and Life Certificate; Youth and Family Certificate; Pastoral Ministry CertificateLife in Christ Certificate).


Students whose native language is not English are required to take the Test of English as Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). We require 26 in speaking for the TOEFL, or 8 on the IELTS, and a TOEFL writing score of 24, or IELTS score of 6.5.


Please read the information about how ILT serves students outside of the U.S.A. and Canada at


You will see on the International webpage that it is unusual to have students study online who are overseas. We work with students who have a home church and if not ordained pastors, work under the direction of a pastor or being mentored by a competent clergyperson.


We are not a denominational school offering full scholarships. Everyone pays tuition; however, all may apply for partial scholarships.




Video-Conferencing Checklist (this is important!)


✓ 4 GB ram in your computer or PC

✓ An Internet connection that has a download speed of at least 10 Mbps and an upload speed of at least 5 Mbps

✓ A Webcam

✓ A USB headset with a microphone


We receive a lot of applications. Make sure you complete yours if you are determined to pursue a degree with us.


After careful consideration of the above information, please contact me, Rev. Eric Swensson, at


If you do choose to email me, please tell me how you heard of us, are you already working with your synod, what is your immediate educational goal, and have you secured a sponsor. Thank you.


God bless you as you seek to answer God’s call.

For Questions - Contact Leon Miles


Leon Miles

Executive Vice President


phone: (319) 471-6260

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