Become a Student

Learn how you can become a student at MTS by requesting information from the Admissions Department.

International Applicants

An international student must furnish:

1) a letter of approval from an appropriate official of the student’s denomination or church,

2) a statement of plans for service or ministry in the country of origin,

3) certification of proficiency in the English language through the submission of a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score (minimum 550 on the written test, or 213 on the computer test), and a Test of Written English (TWE) score. The TOEFL code number for MTS is 1462,

4) evidence of financial resources for educational and living expenses for the period of study planned (financial institutions listed below),

5) proof of adequate funds for travel to and from the U.S.,

6) proof of health insurance with a U.S. insurer.

7) provide your passport to complete your application.

The final deadline for international student applications for the fall semester is July 10, and for the spring semester is December 10.

We do offer a few tuition scholarships for those prospective International students that qualify, however, our funds are limited, so you should apply as soon as possible. All living expenses (ex. food, housing, clothing, etc.) are the responsibility of the student.


Financial Institutions:
Bank of America – 1-315-724-4022
Wells Fargo Bank – 00-800-86935577
Regions Bank – 1-800-458-5890
First Tennessee Bank – 1-901-272-5359


We appreciate your interest in Memphis Theological Seminary.  The MTS admissions staff is committed to supporting you in your theological journey.  We are here to help you while you are discerning your call, considering degree and certificate options, and supporting you as you do ministry in the real.  At MTS we are committed to educating and sustaining men and women for ordained and lay ministry in the church and the world through shaping and inspiring lives devoted to scholarship, piety, and justice. Please don’t hesitate to ask how we can assist you along in your journey.

Rev. Felecia LaVant

Rev. Felecia LaVant

Admissions Associate

Felecia completed her undergraduate degree in Sociology at Fisk University in 1982, and MDiv at Memphis Theological Seminary in 2014. She serves as an Associate Minister and the Director of Christian Education at Central Baptist Church, Inc. Felecia also volunteers with Manna House, a place of hospitality in the Catholic Worker Tradition. She is the proud mother of two adult daughters, Andraea and Alexandria.

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Rev. Byron Forester

Rev. Byron Forester

Admissions Associate

Byron is a graduate of Bethel University (1974) and of Memphis Theological Seminary (2007). He serves as pastor of Hopewell Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Benton Co. MS and as Coordinator of Ministries for West Tennessee Presbytery. He participates and serves in several ministries to people who are unsheltered. Byron and his wife, Michelle Brown have three daughters. They live five blocks from MTS.

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