Global Anabaptist Scholarship (fully online)

In order to make theological education accessible for more leaders and emerging leaders in the Mennonite/Anabaptist tradition, AMBS partners with global Anabaptist church bodies outside of the U.S. and Canada to offer fully online graduate education. This merit-based scholarship is for students pursuing the fully online Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies.

Financial aid for international students who take only online classes will be administered in the same manner as it is administered for U.S. and Canadian students. Financial aid policies and procedures are the same for students studying on-campus or exclusively online.


  1. Students must be from outside of the U.S. or Canada, be enrolled in the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies program and take all of their courses online.
  1. Students must be enrolled in at least six credit hours per academic year, which will allow them to complete the 27 credit hours required for the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies within a four-year period.
  1. In addition to need-based financial aid of up to 50 percent off of tuition, students are also eligible to receive a 25-percent scholarship, for a total tuition discount of up to 75 percent.
  1. Once awarded, this scholarship is renewable for three consecutive academic years, for a total of four years of student eligibility. If students fail to complete six credits in any academic year, or if their GPA falls below 2.75, the scholarship will be forfeited.
  1. Scholarship funds are limited and will be awarded to new students based on the amount of funding available during any academic year.
  1. Students may begin course work for the Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies in Semester One (September) or Semester Two (January). The deadline to apply for funds is June 1 for Semester One and Oct. 1 for Semester Two. Decisions about awards (if funds are available) will be made by July 1 for Semester One and Nov. 1 for Semester Two.

Criteria for award recipients

  1. Recipients will be from outside of the U.S. and Canada and be members in good standing of a church body affiliated with Mennonite World Conference or a related Anabaptist group.
  1. The decision to grant an award will be based on three factors:
    • Previous academic performance, including a GPA of at least 2.75 from all undergraduate work, based on information gained from transcripts and references.
    • Strong leadership potential for serving the church, based on information gained from references and from a required essay on the applicant’s past, present and future service/ministry.
    • Personal character and emotional health, based on information gained from references.

Procedure to apply

Applicants must submit:

  1. A completed application for admission with all supporting materials, including transcript(s), references and an admission essay.
  1. Completed financial aid and scholarship applications.
  1. A three- to five-page essay that includes:
    • leadership potential for serving the church
    • past, present and future service/ministry
    • how an education at AMBS will enrich their ministry
  1. The recipient must accept his/her award in writing by Aug. 1 for Semester One and Dec. 1 for Semester Two.

Apply for a scholarship

Access the Scholarship Application online.

If you are interested in learning more about these scholarships, call the AMBS Admissions and Financial Aid Office at (800) 964-2627.