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Application Process

Master of Divinity
Master of Arts in Religious Leadership

Master of Arts

Diploma in Advanced Theological Studies
Certificate in Theological and Religious Studies
Certificate in Leadership Toward Racial Justice
Doctor of Ministry
Non-degree Status


The following is the process for applying for the Master of Divinity degree and the Master of Arts in Religious Leadership degree:
  1. Submit an application form, self-assessment, vocational statement, immunization form, updated resume, and the application fee ($50.00 non-refundable).
  2. Secure a total of four letters of reference from the following categories:
    • professor or academic mentor,
    • pastor or spiritual mentor,
    • employer, and
    • personal (non-relative).
  3. Provide official academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  4. Complete a writing sample.
  5. Have a matriculation interview, during which materials submitted for application and educational plans are discussed.

The following is the process for applying for the Master of Arts degree:

  1. Submit an application form, self-assessment, vocational statement, immunization form, updated resume, and the application fee ($50.00 non-refundable).
  2. Secure a total of four letters of reference from the following categories:
    • two professors or academic mentors,
    • employer, and
    • pastor/spiritual mentor or personal (non-relative).
  3. Provide official academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.
  4. Complete a writing sample.
  5. Have a matriculation interview, during which materials submitted for application and educational plans are discussed.

Application deadlines:

 
Application due
Matriculation interview completed
Fall term July 1 August 1
Winter term (January) November 1 December 1
Spring term November 15 January 1
Summer term (June) April 1 May 1

Download a degree application:
(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher)

  Application Reference form
  Immunization form

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The following is the process for applying for the Diploma in Advanced Theological Studies:
  1. Complete the Diploma in Advanced Theological Studies application for admission and scholarship.
  2. Provide a copy of all academic records including a statement by the school official regarding the U.S. equivalent of the highest level of academic achievement (e.g., Bachelor of Arts, three years of college, one year of graduate study, etc.).
  3. Non-native speakers of English must supply a copy of the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) test score.
  4. Supply five letters of reference.
  5. Supply a report of a recent medical examination by a physician approved by a sponsoring church official.
  6. Supply the completed and signed Scholarship Agreement form, if applying for the full Campbell Scholarship.
  7. Provide a letter from an endorsing church official, as described on the Scholarship Agreement form.

Application deadline: December 1 for the following academic year. 

Download a diploma application:
(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher)

  Application

Scholarship Agreement


The following is the process for applying for the Certificate in Theological and Religious Studies and the Certificate in Leadership Toward Racial Justice:

  1. Submit an application form and a vocational statement.
  2. File an immunization form.
  3. Pay an application fee ($25.00 non-refundable).
  4. Secure a letter of reference.
  5. Provide official academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended. 
  6. Write a one- to two-paragraph statement of purpose.
  7. Contact the Office of Admissions to compete a writing sample.
Application deadline: One week prior to the beginning of each term.

Download a certificate application:
(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher)

  Application Reference form
  Immunization form Request for transcripts

The following is the process for applying for the Doctor of Ministry:

  1. Complete an application form and pay applicable fees.
  2. Supply official academic transcripts from all previous college and graduate work.
  3. Supply self-assessment and biographical statement (described on application form).
  4. Supply four recommendations: one from a ministry supervisor (e.g., judicatory executive, bishop, senior pastor, program supervisor); one from a lay person in the applicant’s congregation or agency (preferably a governing board chair or similar role); one from a clergy or other professional peer; and one from a professor who knows the applicant’s work well.
To apply only to Module 1 - Ministry Renewal and Professional Development Certificate of the D.Min. Program, prospective students should:
  1. Complete steps 1-3 above.
  2. Supply two recommendations: one from a ministry supervisor (e.g., judicatory executive, bishop, senior pastor, program supervisor); and one from a lay person in the applicant’s congregation or agency (preferably a governing board chair or similar role).

If a Module 1 student later decides to continue with the program, he/she must provide the additional application materials listed for the D.Min. Program as a whole.

Application deadline: Students seeking entry to the D.Min. Program or Module 1 may apply anytime during the year. Admission decisions will be made as applications are received until spaces in the first seminar are filled. All application requirements must be completed by September 1 each year. Earlier applications are strongly encouraged.

Download a Doctor of Ministry application:
(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher)

  Application form Reference form

The following is the process for applying for non-degree status:

  1. Submit an application form.
  2. File an immunization form.
  3. Pay an application fee ($25.00 non-refundable).
  4. Provide official academic transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

Writing a vocational statement is optional. Students may matriculate into a degree program by completing additional application requirements.

Application deadline: One week prior to the beginning of each term.

Download a non-degree status application:
(requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 4.0 or higher)

  Application Immunization form
  Request for transcripts  

 

Admissions Contact Information
Sara Smalley
651.255.6119

 


There are no limits to admission based on denominational preference, age, race, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation or physical abilities or conditions.

United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities is committed to equality of educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities. This commitment is consistent with legal requirements, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. Our goal is to provide appropriate and reasonable academic accommodation to those with a documented disability which materially limits one or more major life activities, has a record of such an impairment or is regarded as having such an impairment. For more information or to request reasonable accommodations, please contact the Office of the Dean at 651.255.6108.

 

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