Application and Admissions
Those interested in pursuing an M.Div. degree for a career in lay ecclesial ministry are asked to follow the process outlined below. Applicants are admitted to the M.Div. program according to the norms and procedures of the University's Graduate School. Continuance in the program is based on the student’s cumulative grade point average, performance in field education and skills courses, the annual academic review by the theology faculty and the Graduate Schools regulations.
NOTICE: APPLICATION DEADLINE—January 15
Pre-Application for Admission
Prospective students must first file a pre-application form directly with the M.Div. program. The pre-application form allows you to share with us your academic background and when you submit this form our program director will be in contact with you through email to assist you with any questions you may have. You may officially apply to the program through the Graduate School using their online application.
Applicants invited to interview will be asked to campus on Mon-Wed, Feb. 15-17, 2016 and Mon-Wed, Feb. 22-24, 2016
Prerequisites for Admission to Master of Divinity Program
- The completion of a bachelor’s degree.
- Evidence of a capacity for independent study and scholarship. Such evidence is offered by (a) grade point average, as attested by transcripts of study for the bachelor's degree and any graduate work; (b) GRE scores of at least 500 in both verbal and quantitative (which converts to 153 for Verbal and 144 for Quantitative on the current scale), and 4.5 or higher on the analytical writing section; (c) recommendations from three instructors.
- At least 12 credit hours in theology or religious studies and 8 philosophy credits are recommended but not required; for seminary candidates, the United State Conference of Catholic Bishops requires 30 credit hours in philosophy in addition to 12 hours in theology or religious studies.
- Evidence of a mature personality capable of ministering to others. To this end, at least one recommendation supporting the candidate’s ability for ministerial leadership is to be submitted.
- Significant service experience, preferably in ministry in the Catholic Church.
- An Autobiographical Statement written according to a form specified by the M.Div. admissions committee. It would be helpful to us if you could touch on areas listed in the following outline in an effort to be comprehensive. autobiographical_statement_rev.pdf
- a. Name, Address
- Geographic roots
- Early education
b. College major and minors
- Significant involvements
c. Other experience since college
d. Roots of your religious life
- Most significant influences
e. Briefly describe your experience in ministry
f. Reasons for your interest in professional ministry in the Church and long-term aspirations
- A copy of the candidate's curriculum vitae/resume.
- A Statement of Intent specific to the M.Div. program which sets forth the goals of the candidate for Christian ministry, and a view of how the M.Div. program will address the candidate’s goals.
- A personal interview, usually held at the University, with representatives of the M.Div. program.
If you have questions about our MDiv program, please contact Hermalena Powell, Administrative Assistant for M.Div. Program and M.A. Program, at 574-631-4256.