Graduate Admissions

Embarking on a Hayward University Theology program within the theological context holds profound significance, whether you are a recent theology graduate contemplating your path, a working theologian aiming for career progression, a theology enthusiast envisioning a venture, or a visionary seeking to make a theological impact. The merits extend beyond personal and theological growth, influencing your trajectory in the realms of theological leadership, business ethics, and entrepreneurial initiatives. Choosing a Hayward University Theology program within a theological framework elevates not only your personal and theological standing but also amplifies your potential for impactful leadership in the dynamic intersection of theology, business, and entrepreneurship. It's a transformative step that aligns your theological convictions with a future marked by ethical leadership, theological integrity, and positive societal and spiritual impact.

Demonstrating English Proficiency

English serves as the medium of instruction at Hayward University, and it is imperative that all applicants demonstrate proficiency in the English language. This proficiency must be validated during Step 1 of the application process. Graduate-level applicants are required to provide evidence of English language proficiency through one of the following methods. Applicants who are native English speakers are automatically considered proficient and do not need to provide additional proof of language proficiency. Applicants can demonstrate proficiency by showing evidence of earning a degree from a college or university where English served as the primary language of instruction. Applicants can submit an official transcript reflecting the completion of a minimum of 30 semester credit hours with an average grade of "B" (equivalent to 3.00 on a 4.00-point scale) or higher. This coursework must have been undertaken at an accredited college or university where English was the language of instruction. The fulfillment of one of these criteria is essential for ensuring that applicants possess the necessary English language skills to actively participate and succeed in the academic programs at Hayward University. This policy is integral to maintaining the academic standards and fostering effective communication within the university community. or

Provide a score report that shows having met the minimum score requirement on one of the following English proficiency qualification exams:

English Proficiency Qualification Minimum score required by MTh students
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL*) Paper-based Test (PBT) 530
TOEFL* Internet-based Test (iBT) 71
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic Test 6.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Test 50
Eiken English Proficiency ExamPre-1 Pre-1
College Board Accuplacer ESL Exam Series ESL Language Use 85 ESL Listening 80 ESL Reading 85
Exams identified within the Common European Framework of Reference(CEFR) B-2
Duolingo English Proficiency Test 50

Admissions Calendar Year: 2020-2021

2020 – 2021 Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Early Admission Oct 23, 2020 Jan5, 2021 Mar 17, 2021 May 27, 2021
Application Dead line Nov 13, 2020 Jan 22, 2021 Apr 7, 2021 Jun 29, 2021
Last day to save your spot Nov 23, 2020 Feb 1, 2021 Apr 16, 2021 Jun 28, 2021
First day of class Dec 3, 2020 Feb 12, 2021 Apr 28, 2021 Jul 8, 2021
Deadline for submission of Official transcripts and Degree Jan 11, 2021 Mar 17, 2021 Jun 4, 2021 Aug 13, 2021

Transferability of credits earned

The transferability of credits earned at Hayward University is solely at the discretion of the institution to which you may consider transferring. Similarly, the acceptance of a Business Administration degree earned at Hayward University is entirely at the discretion of the receiving institution. If the credits or degree you earn at Hayward University are not acknowledged by the institution to which you intend to transfer, there is a possibility that you may need to retake some or all of your coursework at the new institution. To safeguard your educational goals, it is crucial to confirm that attending Hayward University aligns with your intended academic path. This may involve reaching out to the prospective transfer institution after attending Hayward University to ascertain whether your credits and degree will be recognized. In situations where you need an official transcript for the purpose of transferring from Hayward University to another institution before completing your degree, please note that there is a $100 fee for obtaining an official transcript. Furthermore, students currently enrolled at Hayward University who have taken or are currently taking classes at a different academic institution have the option to apply for a credit transfer. It's important to note that Hayward University has not established a formal transfer agreement with any other college or university. This policy underscores the need for careful consideration and proactive communication to ensure a smooth transition and alignment of academic goals between institutions.

External Transfer Credits (from other institutions)

Hayward University is committed to a thorough and individualized assessment of every credit transferred to its courses and programs. Each course credit undergoes a comprehensive evaluation, considering various factors such as the course description, test results (if applicable), and any supplementary information provided during the application process. Applicants who wish to initiate a transfer credit request are encouraged to submit a complete request within seven days of receiving a qualifying email from the Office of Admissions. This timely submission may facilitate the completion of the Transfer Credit process. Hayward University has the potential to award up to 18 transfer credits toward the fulfillment of an Theology program.

It is important to note that applicants failing to pay the Evaluation Fee and transfer their credits into their Hayward University transcript within the stipulated timeframe will be considered as having declined the offer of transfer credit, and their transfer credit application will be closed. For applicants seeking to appeal a rejected transfer credit decision, Hayward University provides the option for a re-review. This can be initiated by writing to the Office of Transfer Credit at The university adheres to its credit transfer policy, accessible on the Hayward University website.

This commitment to a fair and transparent transfer credit evaluation process reflects Hayward University's dedication to recognizing and acknowledging the academic achievements of its students, while ensuring alignment with its established policies and procedures.

Student Verification

The verification of a student's identity at Hayward University is a crucial process that commences during the application stage. The Office of Admissions mandates that all academic documents submitted must either be original or notarized. Notarizations are considered acceptable if they are authenticated by the issuing institution, a notary public, or the Ministry of Education.

In instances where there are inconsistencies detected in the documentation provided, applicants are requested to furnish additional information to ensure accuracy and authenticity. Importantly, Hayward University does not impose any charges associated with the process of verifying student identity. This commitment to verifying the authenticity of academic documents underscores Hayward University's dedication to upholding the integrity of its admissions process and maintaining the credibility of academic achievements. The adherence to established verification procedures contributes to a trustworthy and transparent educational environment for all students.

Review of Documentation

Any document submitted at any stage of the admissions process at Hayward University may undergo review by relevant institutions. This includes the institution that issued the documentation and, if necessary, an established foreign evaluation service capable of establishing degree comparability. Hayward University has the flexibility to accept evaluations from credible sources, and students are encouraged to reach out to the Office of Admissions at for additional information or clarification. This policy emphasizes the importance of thorough documentation review to ensure the accuracy and legitimacy of academic credentials throughout the admissions process at Hayward University. The university's commitment to maintaining high standards in credential evaluation contributes to the integrity of its academic programs and the overall trustworthiness of its educational environment.

Making Our Decision

In the theological context at Hayward University, applications are accepted five times a year, and prospective students may apply for admission to any of the five terms. To be considered for admission, the online application and any required theological documentation must be received by the relevant application deadlines noted above.

The Office of Admissions reviews every application, assessing the applicant's and/or student's overall readiness to engage in theological studies and the ability to successfully complete a degree program. Admission to the theological programs is at the sole discretion of the University. Meeting minimum admissions requirements within the theological context does not guarantee acceptance, and decisions are made on an individual basis. The Theological Admissions Committee conducts reviews at least once a term, ensuring that all applications are processed with equity and that admissions compliance requirements are maintained within the theological framework. Decisions are announced on a rolling basis, and relevant applicants are notified of their admission status by the final Notice of Admission Day. For detailed information about Admissions dates, please refer to the Theological Admissions Calendar published above.

TApplicants and students within the theological programs are encouraged to reach out to the Office of Admissions at with any questions or theological-specific inquiries regarding the admissions process. This commitment to transparent communication aligns with Hayward University's dedication to fostering a supportive and informed theological academic community.

Application Fraud

The decision to admit an applicant to Hayward University is heavily reliant on the accuracy and completeness of the information provided in the application form. If it is determined that an applicant has supplied false information or has intentionally omitted significant and/or material details, the University reserves the right to take appropriate actions. This may include revoking the applicant's admission, suspending the applicant from studies, or implementing additional measures as deemed necessary. Rejected applicants are not provided with specific reasons for their non-admission, and there is no formal right to appeal. However, applicants have the option to reapply in future terms. The University, at its discretion, may review applications from rejected applicants who wish to reapply. All application documents are retained by the University for three years following submission. During this timeframe, there is no requirement to resubmit documentation unless there has been a change in the University's admission requirements.

Discovery of misleading submissions during the application process will result in automatic denial of acceptance. If misleading information is discovered after an applicant has been admitted, it will be grounds for automatic and immediate expulsion from the University. This policy underscores Hayward University's commitment to maintaining the integrity of the admissions process and ensuring that all applicants adhere to the highest standards of honesty and transparency.

Licensure and Placement

Hayward University, in adherence to its principles, does not provide guarantees of employment for its graduates nor does it offer hiring placement services. The university refrains from making assertions regarding potential salaries or specific positions that students may secure as a result of obtaining a degree. Degrees conferred by Hayward University are not explicitly designed to prepare individuals for any particular position, trade, or field and do not serve as a guarantee of employment where licensure is a prerequisite for practice.

While Hayward University may be informed about internship opportunities from time to time, it does not operate an internship placement service. The university, however, strives to keep students informed about available internship opportunities to the extent possible. To support students in their career endeavors, Hayward University conducts workshops on various topics including resume development, interview strategies, communication skills, job search techniques, and follow-up. These workshops are offered to degree-seeking students with the aim of enhancing their professional skills and readiness for the job market. Additionally, the university facilitates the provision of links and resources to assist students in these areas.

This policy underscores Hayward University's commitment to providing educational resources and support for students' career development while maintaining transparency about the nature of its programs and the absence of guarantees related to employment and licensure.