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Thank you for your interest in the Wake Forest University School of Divinity. The School of Divinity seeks to equip students to be agents of justice, reconciliation, and compassion in local churches and other ministry settings. Intentionally ecumenical and open to a variety of viewpoints, we encourage students to explore the rich histories and traditions of Christianity, to understand the changing social and religious landscape of our times, and to gain awareness and practical experience of the issues facing local and global contexts for ministry. 

We look forward to talking with you about the opportunities available to you at the School of Divinity. Then, once you’ve chosen to start the application process, we are available to work with you through the admissions process as you prepare your application for admission.

Create Your Application

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.

Application Deadlines for 2015
January 15, 2015 Fall 2015 Final Deadline for Joint Degree applicants (except Law)
February 1, 2015 Fall 2015 Priority Deadline for MDiv applicants
March 15, 2015 Fall 2015 Final Deadline for JD/MDiv applicants
July 25, 2015 Fall 2015 Final Deadline for MDiv applicants
August 15, 2015 Fall 2015 Final Deadline for Exploratory (Non-Degree Applicants)
November 1, 2015 Spring 2016 Final Deadline for MDiv and Exploratory (Non-Degree) applicants

*Note, these deadlines remain the same each year.


How to Apply

Please carefully read all instructions below and throughout the application process. Instructions are provided on this webpage and on the Main Menu of the application at the beginning of each section.

To create an application to the School of Divinity, you will be be asked to start an account before you are assigned a unique PIN and Password that will allow you to begin the application and return to work on your application over several sessions. Once you setup your account you will receive an email notification with instructions on accessing the online application.

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.

A Note About Deadlines

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 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.

Need Assistance?

If you need additional information or assistance, please contact our staff by email at divinity@wfu.edu or by telephone 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.

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.


Complete Your Application

After you have setup your application account, please read all instructions carefully as you complete your application. 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 My Application feature 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 materials have been received.  The following materials are required:

  • Admissions Essay
  • Resume
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation
    • At least two (2) academic references are required.
  • Transcripts
    • Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for the review process and may be attached to the online application.
  • TOEFL Score (International Applicants Only)
  • Optional/Not Required: GRE Score
    • Note: The GRE is not required to be admitted to the MDiv program. However, should you have an interest in a joint degree program, review the application requirements for the specific program  to see if the GRE may be required for that admissions process.
  • Application Fee
    • Submitting an application requires a $75 application fee. Payment instructions are located at the end of the application process once you are ready to submit your online application. If you cannot make a credit card payment, checks or money orders are still acceptable, however applicants are encouraged to use the credit card option in order to facilitate the review process.
    • Should you need to pay by check or money order, you will receive an Application Fee Payment Voucher once you submit your application that you will need to include when mailing your payment. (Payments should be made to Wake Forest University and mailed to the Office of Admissions, Wake Forest University School of Divinity, P.O. Box 7719, Winston-Salem NC, 27109.)
    • Application Fee Waivers are only accepted based on an applicant’s participation in a qualified program. For a list of qualified programs, check here.

You will receive an email confirmation after you have successfully submitted your application. Once you submit, you will only be able to re-enter the online system to review the status of your application and resend recommendation forms. If you discover that you need to correct any information contained on your application, please send an e-mail to divinity@wfu.edu identifying the item(s) that require updating and including the correct information.  

Checking the Status of Your 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 is made.


What’s my overall status?

There are a few different status updates that will appear on your status update page 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.
  • Under Review by Program - your application is currently under review by the Admissions Committee.
  • Decision - your  admission decision is now available for review online.