As an ecumenical, university-based divinity school with accessible and accomplished faculty (7:1 student to faculty ratio), diverse programs of community engagement, an innovative curriculum with interdisciplinary academic opportunities, and dynamic spiritual life, the School of Divinity seeks to equip students to be agents of justice, reconciliation, and compassion in local churches and other ministry settings.
For students at the School of Divinity, what begins as religious conviction gradually transforms to become an extraordinary connection and commitment to the world and human goodwill. Faculty, local mentors, and the diverse student body will help you explore understandings of God, God’s hopes for the world, and how to put God’s hopes and your faith into action. Each individual call to religious leadership is unique. Your energy and enthusiasm will be more than respected – it is the wholehearted creative drive of our mission as you discipline your mind, deepen your spirit, and expand your aspirations.
The Office of Admissions looks forward talking about the opportunities available to you at the School of Divinity, or connecting you with an alumni, faculty, or current student. As you look further at the opportunities here and choose to start the application process, we are available to work with you through the admissions process as you prepare your application.
- Before You Begin
Am I eligible to apply? Is previous religious coursework required? How is my application evaluated?
You may have several questions as you considering applying. Review the admissions requirements.
The School of Divinity accepts applications on a rolling basis. This means you can complete an application at any time, but not after the final deadline. Please review deadlines below. All applicants are encouraged to submit their applications as early as possible, especially international applicants, in order to allow the maximum amount of time once an offer is made to process the required paper work. Early submission is also strongly encouraged for applicants to be given full consideration for financial aid. Late applications will be considered while openings remain with approval from the Associate Dean of Admissions and Student Services.
Application Deadlines for 2015-2016 January 15, 2016 Fall 2016 Final Deadline for Joint Degree applicants (except Law) February 1, 2016 Fall 2016 Priority Deadline for MDiv applicants March 15, 2016 Fall 2016 Final Deadline for JD/MDiv applicants July 25, 2016 Fall 2016 Final Deadline for MDiv applicants August 15, 2016 Fall 2016 Final Deadline for Exploratory (Non-Degree Applicants) November 1, 2016 Spring 2017 Final Deadline for MDiv and Exploratory (Non-Degree) applicants
*Note, these deadlines remain the same each year.
What should I plan to submit as a part of my application?
Your application will not be considered for admission until all of the following required materials have been received:
- Admissions essay
- Three letters of recommendation (note: at least two academic references are required)
- Official transcripts from each college and/or university you have attended
- Application fee ($75 via payment online or check/money order; application fee waivers may be granted based on participation in a qualified program)
Is the GRE (Graduate Record Examination) required for admission?
No, the GRE is not required for admission to the MDiv program. However, if you are applying to a joint degree program, the GRE may be required by the partnering graduate or professional school. Please check the program’s application requirements. Official scores will need to be received directly from the Educational Testing Services to the appropriate school.
I am an international student. Are there additional requirements?
Yes, international applicants are required to submit official results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL must have been taken during the past five years. Review additional information regarding the TOEFL.
- Joint Degree Applicants
If you are you interested in one of our joint degree programs, you will need to create an application to each school separately and complete the application with the required materials as outlined in the program requirements by January 15:
For those interested in the joint degree program with the School of Law, you will need to create an application to the School of Law separately and complete the application with the required materials as outlined in the program requirements by March 15.
Note: if you are applying to bioethics, counseling, education, or sustainability, the Graduate School and School of Divinity share an application system. When you create your second application account, you will need to use a different email address. The application system will not allow duplicate email addresses for applications.
- Create Your Application
Please carefully read all instructions here and on each section of the online application.
Ready to get started?
To create an application to the School of Divinity, you will be be asked to create an account. After completing your account profile, you will be receive an email with a unique PIN and Password, and instructions on accessing the online application. You may return to work on your application over several sessions before submitting.
If you need additional information or assistance, please contact our staff by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 336.758.3748.
Technical support for the application system is available online and may be found at the top and bottom of your screen once you have logged into the system. The support team for the application is very responsive.
Note: Please remember that you should keep your Profile Email Address up-to-date by clicking on the “Update Profile” button whenever your email changes (this button is available on the home page of the application once you login). Our email communications to you will be sent to your Profile Email Address.
- Completing Your Application
As you begin your application, here are some helpful tips:
- On the Program of Study section, select School of Divinity for the school you are applying to. Choose the program you intended to apply to. Remember, if you are applying for a joint degree program, you must submit a separate application to that program (see above).
- In the Academic Information section, list all colleges and/or universities you have attended (undergraduate, graduate, other studies). Unofficial transcripts uploaded to the application will suffice for your application to be reviewed, but official transcripts will need to be provided in order to enroll in the MDiv program.
- For Recommendations, provide a minimum of three references who can comment on your ability to engage in graduate-level coursework, commitment to Christian vocation and potential for ministry.
- Remember, for Test Scores, you are not required to submit information unless you are international student, who should report TOEFL scores and have a score report sent to the Office of Admissions directly from the testing agency.
Always double check your entries and attachments as you move through the different components of the application. The application will not be successfully submitted unless all required fields are completed. You can use the Check Your Application feature, available in the application menu, to review which fields and information may be missing as you work on your application.
Your application will not be considered for admission until all required materials have been received.
Ready to submit?
You will receive an email confirmation after you have successfully submitted your application. Once you submit, you will be able to re-enter the online system to review the status of your application and resend or update recommendation requests. You will not be able to change other information. If you discover that you need to correct any information contained on your application, please send an e-mail to email@example.com identifying the item(s) that require updating and include the correct information.
- Checking the Status of Your Application
I’ve submitted. What’s the status of my application?
To check your status, simply log back in to the application system using your PIN and password. You will see the Application for Admission section (pictured below), which contains important updates about the status of your application materials, recommendations, any standardized tests, and your transcripts.
- Each required item will be marked as received or not received.
- Materials that are marked was “waived” are not required for your MDiv application.
- You will also be notified periodically via email as your application is reviewed and a decision has been issued.
There are a few different status updates that will appear on your status update page, in green, as your application moves through the admissions process. Here’s what each one means:
- Application In Progress – your online application has been received, including any documents that have been uploaded (transcripts, statements, etc.), however your application remains incomplete. Review the list of application materials to see what is missing.
- Under Review by Program – your application is currently under review by the Admissions Committee.
- Decision – your admission decision is now available for review online.