admission to an applicant whose transcripts do not arrive on time, even though the applicant acted in a timely manner. This conditional admission would require delivery of all admissions materials within two months of the beginning of the semester. Goals StatementEach applicant must submit a statement of at least 500 words specifying personal goals and stating ways that the Master of Arts program at Faulkner University will contribute to those goals. Recommendation FormsEach applicant must provide recommendations from three people who are not relatives of the applicant, including at least one from a church leader. The Office of Graduate Enrollment provides recommendation forms. English as a Foreign Language Test ScoresStudents for whom English is a second or foreign language must provide scores demonstrating mastery of the English language. Faulkner University will accept any of the following as documentation: •TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language. Official score report with score of at least 500 (paper- based), 173 (computer-based), or 61 (internet-based) •IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Official report with score of at least 5.5 •College credit for English Composition. Official transcript from a institutionally accredited United States college showing credit for English Composition •ESL (English as a Second Language). Official documentation of completion of an appropriate ESL program at a language training center located in the United States
71 Faculty Review of ApplicationRepresentatives of the graduate faculty review admissions files after all forms arrive. After making a decision to accept a student, a faculty member contacts the student to discuss appropriate degree plans. Policies for Master of Arts Programs in the Kearley Graduate School of Theology Faulkner University is a Christian university. A student should be disappointed to find it less than Christian or less than a university in its standards. Therefore, each student should know the academic expectations and must be personally responsible for meeting the requirements of the graduate program. In addition to abiding by the general academic standards detailed in the front section of the graduate catalog, students in KGST master's programs must comply with the following policies.Students without Undergraduate Biblical Studies Degrees A KGST master's student who is admitted without an undergraduate major in biblical studies must, by the end of the first semester, complete BI 5002 Orientation to Biblical Literature and BI 5003 Orientation to Critical Studies. BI 5002 and BI 5003 earn zero hours credit and carry no tuition charge. These orientations are required in addition to the course load required of all students. BI 5002 and BI 5003 are online self-study orientations. Each orientation includes a proctored exam and, to continue in the program, a student must score 80 or above on each exam.