Admissions Information

Admissions Information

Students who apply for the Bachelor of Arts degree must have an earned high school diploma or its academic equivalent. Students who apply for the Master’s degree must hold a four-year college degree or its academic equivalent. Students who desire to take courses by audit will not be subject to this requirement.


SMU’s academic programs are open to students of all Christian denominations who meet the standard requirements for admissions. SMU does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies, admission policies, scholarships, or any other programs or activities.

The following documents must be included in the application process.

    • 1. The application form and a non-refundable application fee ($100.00);
    • 2. Official transcripts from high school and/or all post secondary educational institutions attended;
    • 3. Two letters of recommendation;
    • 4. A statement of the applicant’s Christian faith;
    • 5. A Medical Examination Report; and
    6. Two recent photographs (passport style).

The application form and other materials can be obtained from the admissions office. They may be requested by phone, mail, or downloaded via the internet. The mailing address and phone/fax numbers are:

SMU : 695 West Sierra Madre Blvd,. Sierra Madre, CA 91024

Office (213) 477-0077.  (213) 393-3131.    Fax: (213) 788-4885

Application Deadlines

The deadline to apply for the Fall semester is the middle of August, and for the Spring semester it is middle of January. For exact dates please see the academic calendar on the school’s website. International students must apply earlier in order to process visas and make the necessary arrangements to enroll.

Admissions Procedure

Once the student submits the application and the supporting documents, the Admissions Office reviews the documents and confirms the completion of each applicant’s file. The application and records are submitted to the admissions committee for evaluation based on the following criteria:

      • 1. A sense of calling from God for Christian ministry
      • 2. Born-again experience and baptism with water.
      • 3. Active participation in a church community
      • 4. Evaluation of prior academic performance and the ability to successfully complete
      •      the  academic  program;
      • 5. Recommendations; and
      • 6. Music students must submit audition CD or DVD

Applicants will be officially notified by mail, and admitted students will receive new student orientation information.

Personal Interview

Each new student will have an opportunity of a personal interview with the president of SMU during the new student orientation. For the student this is an opportunity to meet the president of the school and be encouraged and prayed over as the student embarks on postsecondary education.

Health Insurance

Every student must have health insurance in order to register for classes. All students enrolled at SMU must maintain health insurance.
All international students are required to have proof of insurance and medical examination, regardless of the number of units or degree status. International students are required to insure all of their dependents accompanying them to the United States.

Spiritual Requirements

All applicants to SMU must be born-again Christians whose lives demonstrate excellent Christ-like character and attitude. Students wishing to enroll at SMU must have a compassionate heart to serve as Christ served and actively engage in the pursuit of spiritual disciplines.

Non-discriminatory Policy

SMU seeks a diverse student body. Everyone has equal opportunity and access to SMU’s educational programs and activities. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, physical condition, or national origin. Non-discriminatory policies apply to the admissions policy, educational programs, employment, and all other activities that SMU provides.