International Students

McAfee has many international students and welcomes applicants from across the globe. There are certain restrictions that apply to prospective students who are not United States citizens and that information is available here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Admissions Office.

We believe that the McAfee community is greatly enhanced by the traditions, culture, and witness of our international students; therefore we offer two tuition grants per year to international students who have an F-1 student visa. This award covers tuition during the students' tenure of study.


Applicants for admission to the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University are required to have a regionally accredited bachelor's degree with a liberal arts core or proof of an equivalent degree from a foreign university. Admission will be based on your total profile (undergraduate GPA, personal information you supply, letters of recommendation, and/or interviews). A minimum grade point average of 2.75 overall and 3.0 in your major is normally required. Ultimate approval of admission to the M.Div. or M.A.C.M. program is given by the Dean. 

For individuals who do not currently possess a bachelor's degree, but who want to obtain a graduate theological education, Mercer offers pre-theology education through the College of Liberal Arts in Macon and through College of Professional Advancement. For more information about these programs, contact Mercer's Office of Undergraduate Admission.

TOEFL Requirements

Qualified students whose native language is not English must show proficiency by scoring a minimum of 550 Paper Based Test (PBT), 215 Computer Based Test (CBT) or 79 on the internet Basted Test (iBT) otherwise known as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) of ELS Level 109.

An I-20 form

An I-20 form is issued to all accepted and approved international applicants upon receipt of the Declaration of Finances. This form is used to obtain the F-1 visa. Those students who want to be considered for a tuition grant must have their application complete and I-20 issued by January 15 for the following Fall semester.

Tuition Grants

International students who receive a tuition grant must also show evidence of $14,000 in annual living expenses. Those students who do not receive a grant will be responsible for paying the current tuition. Each international applicant must complete a Declaration of Finances before an I-20 can be issued. If personal finances do not show evidence of $14,000 in living expenses, a sponsor will need to supply current bank documents in the above amount and a letter of sponsorship. In addition, we require that the student or sponsor(s) deposit $7,000 into the student's account at Mercer University by July 1 of the year they plan to attend. The student or sponsor(s) will also be required to deposit another $7,000 by January 15 of the following semester. The university will then dispense $1,166.66 per month to the student for living expenses. This process will continue during the student's tenure at McAfee. McAfee has a stewardship responsibility with regard to these awards. Students who are on a F-1 visa and are not able to meet these obligations will jeopardize their grant from the University.