Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements of College of Biblical Studies

The CBS Admission staff will consider the following criteria when making a determination regarding admission:

  1. Applicants should be Christians who believe salvation is received by faith alone in Jesus Christ, who died in a substitutionary sacrifice for our sins and rose again (Acts 14:12; 13:38, 39; 1 Cor 15:1-4: Rom 4:4, 5; 5:1).
  2. Applicants should be eager to grow in their Christian faith and be actively involved in Christian service.
  3. Applicants must be in full agreement with the Code of Conduct described in the Student Life section and must comply with those standards from the point of their admission to CBS and throughout their matriculation.
  4. Applicants should submit the documentation mentioned under “Admission Requirements.”


Vaccination Requirement

Effective for the Spring 2014 semester and every semester thereafter, all new CBS students are required to receive a vaccination against bacterial meningitis or to meet certain criteria for requesting a waiver from such a vaccination prior to registration for classes.  This is a state requirement in accordance with Texas Senate Bill 1107 (SB1107), as amended by SB 62. Students who are age 22-years-old or older are exempt from this vaccination requirement, per SB62, which will become effective on January 1, 2014. Entering students are required to submit a completed Bacterial Meningitis Vaccine Form. For more information regarding the CBS vaccination requirement, including permissible waivers, please visit our Health Services Page.


Additional Admission Requirements

First-time applicants are defined as those students who have not taken any previous college courses. First-time applicants are required to submit the following documentation:

  • A fully completed CBS application for admission.
  • A non-refundable $40 application fee. Please note that the application fee may be paid in the following ways:
    • Online with a credit card or electronic check
    • In person at the CBS Bookstore (cash, check or money order)
    • By mail with a check or money order. Please mail the application fee to the following address:

Student Accounts
College of Biblical Studies
7000 Regency Square Blvd.
Houston, TX 77036 

  • An approved, unexpired form of photo identification, which may include an unexpired state driver’s license, unexpired passport, unexpired permanent residency card (Green Card), consulate ID, official federal/state identification, etc.
  • Official high school transcript, diploma or GED. Please note that official transcripts must show date of graduation, include the official school stamp and/or appropriate administrator signature and arrive in a sealed, unopened envelope that bears the logo of the school.


Please have all official transcripts forwarded to the following address:

Office of Admission and Advising
College of Biblical Studies
7000 Regency Square Blvd.
Houston, Texas 77036


Military veterans can obtain transcripts from their particular branch of service through one of the following links:

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Submission of appropriate placement testing scores. An acceptable score from ONE of the following examinations will satisfy this requirement: ACT, SAT, TAAS/TAKS, THEA/TASP/TSI, ASSET, COMPASS or ACCUPLACER.

Exemptions to Placement Testing

  • Students who performed at or above the level set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on the American College Test (ACT), Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS/TAKS) Exit Level Exam, Texas Academic Skills Program (TASP), Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA), or other measurements such as ASSET, COMPASS, or ACCUPLACER. Students seeking exemption must show official documentation before exemption is granted. For more information, please click here.
  • Students who have achieved at least a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for 6-credit hours of college-level English Composition.
  • Personal Enrichment Students: Personal Enrichment Students are not subject to placement testing. It is impossible to receive a certificate or an associate's or bachelor's degree without proper documentation of qualifying exemptions or successful scores on all placement testing required of the student.
  • Bible Certificate and A.B.S. in Spanish: Students entering these programs may be exempt by meeting any of the qualifications listed in numbers 1-4 as long as the appropriate documentation is provided. Those students not meeting these exceptions must demonstrate the ability to benefit by successfully completing 6 hours of course work with an established GPA of 2.0 or higher. These 6 credit hours must be completed within the first three semesters of enrollment into the program.

Please feel free to review your application status by visiting MyApp.