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Application Materials

Admissions Essay

The admissions essay is a significant part of the application and should be typed, double-spaced, and approximately 1000 words in length.  Please consider your response carefully, tending to content, style, grammatical correctness, and coherence. The essay should be reflective and also allow the admissions committee to learn more about your own sense of vocation and why you believe a Master of Divinity degree will enhance it. Taking these matters into consideration, write a reflective essay that addresses the following:

  • Specific experiences that inform your sense of God, self, church, and community
  • Implications of the Wake Forest University School of Divinity mission statement for your own understanding of vocation and theological studies (see below).
  • What part of the mission statement is most applicable, compelling, and interesting to you as you consider your own sense of vocation?
  • Your reason for applying to Wake Forest University School of Divinity and why it could be a good fit for you

The mission statement of the School of Divinity of Wake Forest University reads, “The School of Divinity of Wake Forest is a graduate, professional school that is Christian by tradition, Baptist in heritage, and ecumenical in outlook. Consistent with Wake Forest’s commitment to academic excellence and in the spirit of the University motto, Pro Humanitate, the School of Divinity prepares leaders informed by a theological understanding of vocation. Through imaginative courses and diverse programs of community engagement, students are equipped to be agents of justice, reconciliation, and compassion in Christian churches and other ministries.”


Submit a well-organized resume that provides a brief summary of your educational background, job experience, vocational aspirations, leadership goals and accomplishments, professional affiliations, honors and awards, extracurricular activities, skills, personal qualities, and interests and hobbies.

Letters of Recommendation

Applicants for degree programs are required to submit three (3) letters of recommendation – at least two academic references are required; others may include church, community or business related references that speak to your character. Give careful consideration to each recommender that you select. These individuals should have personal knowledge of your academic qualifications; work related ethics; or experience interacting with you in a congregational, volunteer, or community related activity.

Electronic Recommendations
Upon successful entry of recommenders on your online application, recommenders will receive notification via email stating that you have selected them to write a letter of recommendation. The email will contain instructions for the electronic submission.  It is encouraged that you contact your recommenders to verify receipt of this email. Note: you must select her/him as providing a recommendation online in order for the email request to be sent.

If for some reason the email was not received, you will be able to log back into your application and send a reminder email by checking the appropriate box beside the recommender’s within the “Recommendation” section.

Paper Recommendations
Recommenders have the option of submitting letters of recommendation by paper if they prefer. Applicants are responsible for notifying recommenders that they have been selected to write a letter of recommendation.  All paper recommendations sent through the mail must arrive completely filled out by the applicant and recommender.  The recommender is encouraged to attach a letter to the completed form, indicating the applicant’s ability to engage graduate-level coursework, leadership ability, and potential for ministry and service.

Official Transcripts

Applicants are required to submit transcripts from each college or university attended (or attending). This includes any coursework taken at a community or technical college, study abroad, or any other school at which the applicant has taken coursework. All transcripts are required from colleges, universities, graduate, and professional schools, even if you did not receive a degree. Transcripts received should match the schools entered on your online application.

Unofficial transcripts will be accepted for the review process and may be attached to the online application. However, an official transcript from the institution is preferred.

If an offer of admission is made and accepted, the official transcript(s) will be required prior to matriculation. Official transcripts must arrive in a sealed institutional envelope. Transcripts must be originals and carrying the official seal of the school.

If you are applying to a dual degree program, please send transcripts to the School of Divinity and the other program office or attach to each online application submitted.

International applicants must submit transcripts which have been translated into English by their university, or a credential evaluation service such as World Education Services.

Transcripts must be sent directly to Wake Forest University School of Divinity from the institution in a sealed, signed envelope to the following address:

Office of Admissions
Wake Forest University School of Divinity
PO Box 7719
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

Test Requirements for International Student Admission

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)  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.  A TOEFL score of 570 paper-based, 230 computer-based, or 89 internet-based are the minimums required for admission. If an applicant successfully graduated from an accredited college or university in the United States, a TOEFL waiver can be requested.  View the TOEFL’s three testing methods score comparison chart. The online application will only allow applicants to enter internet based test scores. Please use the score comparison chart to find internet score equivalents if you took the paper based or computer based test.

  • The TOEFL bulletin of information and registration form can be obtained at American embassies and consulates, offices of the United States Information Service, United States educational commissions and foundations abroad, and at bi-national centers. Students unable to obtain a bulletin from one of the above should write to: Test of English as a Foreign Language, P.O. Box 6155, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6155, USA or visit TOEFL online. Administrations of TOEFL are coordinated with the GRE and are available in most countries. Correspondence should be initiated at least three months before the testing date.
Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission to the MDiv program. However, if applying to a dual program the GRE may be required by the partnering graduate or professional school. Official scores will need to be received directly from the Educational Testing Services to the appropriate school.

  • The GRE is administered by the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000. Usually these examinations are taken in the fall of the applicant’s undergraduate senior year.
Application Fee & Waivers

For each submitted application there is a nonrefundable fee of $75.00. The fee is payable by credit card (VISA or Master Card for online applications only); check or money order (drawn from a U.S.A. bank) and made payable to “Wake Forest University”.

Waivers are based on qualified program participation. If you have participated in one of the programs below within the last two years, you are eligible for an application fee waiver.

  • AmeriCorps
  • Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar
  • Careers Opportunity Research/NIMH (COR/NIHM)
  • Currently enrolled WFU School of Divinity Students
  • Currently serving in the U.S. Military
  • Institute for Recruitment of Teachers (IRT)
  • Leadership Alliance Summer Research Early Identification Program
  • Ronald McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program
  • Mellon Minority Undergraduate Fellows Program
  • National Association of African American Honors Programs (NAAAHP)
  • National College Advising Corps (NCAC)
  • Organization of American States (OAS)
  • Peace Corps
  • Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)
  • Teach for America

Contact your director/coordinator to request a letter verifying your participation in the program and the dates of your participation. The letter should arrive in our office in a sealed envelope and initialed on the back flap by the authorizing official.