Entrance Requirements

All applicants must first profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior and manifest the fruits of repentance in their lives in order to be admitted into Zion Ministerial Institute.

Applicants seeking the Ministerial Training diploma must be high school graduates or be able to present a Certificate of Eligibility demonstrating successful completion of the General Education Development (GED) test.

From among the applicants, Zion Ministerial Institute selects those who evidence the following:

  • a genuine born-again experience
  • openness to the baptism of the Holy Spirit evidenced by speaking in tongues
  • moral character
  • personal integrity
  • academic ability
  • whole-hearted relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ

The applicant should sense a call to serve the Lord either in the ministry or function as lay leaders. These qualities are evaluated by considering the individual’s application, the entrance essays, the clergy recommendation, personal recommendations, and records of academic history. Every applicant is assessed on a case-by-case basis.

All application materials are due:

  • 1 May for International Applicants
  • 30 May for US Applicants

English Language Proficiency

The ability to understand, speak, read, and write English fluently is a necessary skill to succeed and get the most possible out of your time at Zion Ministerial Institute. College level English skills are required for all assignments at Zion Ministerial Institute. For that reason, English proficiency is an important consideration in the admissions process.

Nondiscriminatory Policy

Zion Ministerial Institute admits students of every race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made to students at the school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in the administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, or any other school policies or programs.

However, applicants must profess Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Zion Ministerial Institute was founded to educate the Body of Christ, and therefore retains the right to deny admission to any applicant who does not evidence, to the satisfaction of the Institute, a growing personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ.

Zion Ministerial Institute regards homosexuality as a lifestyle contrary to the Bible. Therefore, homosexuals will not be admitted to Zion Ministerial Institute.

Admissions Process

  1. Complete and submit the Application for Admission, available through our website,, with a recent passport style photo uploaded in the Application, and the $50 application fee.
  2. Request Clergy & Personal Recommendation forms, and have those who will be providing references complete the Recommendations online, through the link in the Application for Admission.
  3. Request all High School Transcripts / Home School Credit Evaluation to be sent directly to Zion Ministerial Institute.
  4. All Applicants who speak English as a Second Language (regardless of citizenship) must complete the English Language Proficiency supplement.
  5. International Applicants, please complete and submit the International Application Supplement, including a request for your local pastor to complete the Church Sponsorship Form through the link provided in the International Application Supplement.
  6. Once all Application for Admission items have been received, the Chancellor will review the Applicant’s file, after which Applicants will be notified of the decision in writing.

International Applicants

Zion Ministerial Institute seeks to train those who evidence a call to the ministry in thorough Bible training and in ministerial training for ministers, missionaries, and church lay leaders. Over the years, many ZMI graduates have come from Asia, Latin America, Europe, and Canada. Indeed, with a vision to reach every nation with the Word of God, ZMI welcomes international students.

However, ZMI does not provide English language training. For this reason, all applicants must be proficient in the English language at the college level. Once the student successfully completes the two-year program, he/she may be awarded a Diploma of Ministerial Training. Completion of the program does not lead to direct ordination or employment, or toward a Bachelor’s Degree. If an international student does not desire to fulfill the educational objective of ZMI, we encourage the applicant to not apply to ZMI. Not fulfilling the educational objective of ZMI puts the international student in jeopardy of immediate deportation.

For applicants accepted for admission, an I-20 form will be included with the acceptance letter. All accepted applicants must apply for the M-1 visa in the country of citizenship, regardless of holding any other type of current, unexpired visa. Students are not permitted to come to ZMI under any other temporary visa status.

A current passport is required. Passports must be current and valid for 6 months after the date of expected completion of studies at ZMI. If the passport will expire before program completion at ZMI, the passport must be renewed prior to entering the US, in order to remain current during the entire time of enrollment.

An M-1 visa allows the student to:

  • Study at the school that issued the I-20 between the dates stated on the I-20.
  • Only be enrolled full time. Part time enrollment is not permitted, and employment of any kind is not allowed.
  • Travel when school is in session and during summer and winter breaks, only if the I-20, I-94, and passport are current.
  • Fully agree with the educational objective of the school. Failure to comply with the educational objective of ZMI can result in falling out of status, and possible deportation.

Academic Calendar

Each Academic Year comprises two semesters, each sixteen (16) weeks long, with enrollment accepted for fall semesters only for each Academic Year. Semesters are structured with foundation courses in the fall, and advanced courses in the spring. Students attend and assist at a one-week Pastor’s Convention each semester. All courses scheduled are mandatory for all full-time students (resident or non-resident), or full-time auditing.