Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements of the 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

Official transcripts can also be submitted electronically to:


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

Begin the process for financial aid. Apply here.

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 Entrance Testing

All applicants must be evaluated as to their reading and writing skills by completing entrance testing. This testing isscheduled through the Office of Admissions. All entering students must show proficiency in both reading and writing in order to gain admission to the college.

Applicants who meet one or more of the following conditions may be exempt from entrance testing:

1. Applicants with an earned associate or higher degree from an accredited college or university.

• Applicants seeking this exemption must provide an official transcript from all post-secondary schools previously attended including the transcript reflecting the degree.

2. Applicants with twelve or more transferable credit hours from an accredited college or university and who have successfully completed 6 credit hours of English Composition.

3. Students who have performed at or above the level set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on the American College Test (ACT), Wonderlic, CPT, Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT), Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) Exit-Level Exam, Texas Higher Education Assessment (THEA) or other measurements such as ASSET, COMPASS, ACCUPLACER, State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR). Applicants must submit official documentation of their test scores before exemption is granted. Acceptable scores are shown in the “Placement Tests” table.

4. Applicants who on or after August 1, 1990, was honorably discharged, retired, or released from active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States or the Texas National Guard or service as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States.

5. Applicants who are serving on active duty as a member of the armed forces of the United States, the Texas National Guard, or as a member of a reserve component of the armed forces of the United States and has been serving for at least three years preceding enrollment.

6. Non-Degree Seeking Students are not subject to placement testing. It is not possible to achieve a degree at the College of Biblical Studies-Houston without proper documentation of qualifying exemptions.