Application and Admissions


Those interested in pursuing an MDiv degree for a career in lay ecclesial ministry are asked to follow the process outlined below. Applicants are admitted to the MDiv 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.


Pre-Application for Admission

Prospective students must first file a pre-application form directly with the MDiv Program. The pre-application form allows students to share their academic background with us and then submit this form our program director to make contact through email to assist with any questions. Official applications to the program should be made through the Graduate School using their online application.

Applicants invited to interview will be asked to campus in February 2017.

Prerequisites for Admission to Master of Divinity Program

  1. The completion of a bachelor’s degree.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. A Catholic background.
  5. 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.
  6. Significant service experience, preferably in ministry in the Catholic Church.
  7. An Autobiographical Statement. It would be helpful to us if you could touch on areas outlined in the following link, autobiographical_statement_rev.pdf.
  8. A copy of the candidate's curriculum vitae/resume.
  9. A Statement of Intent specific to the MDiv Program which sets forth the goals of the candidate for Christian ministry, and a view of how the MDiv program will address the candidate’s goals.
  10. A personal interview, usually held at the University, with representatives of the MDiv Program.


If you have questions about our MDiv Program, please contact the Administrative Assistant for MDiv Program at 574-631-4256.