The masters degree programs (Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in
Theological Studies) are open to qualified students of all Christian
traditions. Every student must have earned the degree of Bachelor of
Arts or its equivalent, based upon four years of work beyond secondary
education in a college or university approved by one of the regional
accrediting bodies. Exemption from this requirement must be fully justified
and documented. Applicants who have achieved an average grade of B or
better (3.0 on a 4-point scale) in appropriate baccalaureate or pre-M.Div.
subjects receive priority in admission.
Students from institutions of collegiate standing outside of the U.S.A.
in which a bachelor's degree is not granted may be admitted if they present
satisfactory evidence of having completed work comparable to that required
for a B.A. degree in American institutions and of having adequate financial
Preparation for undertaking M.Div. work should include experience with
critical thinking, writing, and study of the humanities and social sciences.
Applications that show gaps or weakness in these areas may be placed
on hold by the Admissions Committee until the applicant takes courses
that demonstrate or improve the ability to do graduate work in theology.
Or an applicant may be admitted with the proviso that certain approved
introductory courses in the history of world civilizations, philosophy,
or English composition are to be taken before embarking on the first
year of the seminary program. When such a stipulation is made, the courses
must be completed at an accredited college or university with a grade
of no less than B (3.0).