Master of Arts Application Requirements

  • Applicants should have a mature Christian faith, a history of active participation in a church community, and have begun a disciplined spiritual life.
  • Applicants should have a clear sense of vocation, lay or ordained, and how the degree program will support that vocation.
  • A completed application is required. 
  • Applicants to all degrees should hold a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • Official transcripts of undergraduate work and all other post-secondary academic work from each institution attended are required.
  • Applicants should have the intellectual ability and academic background to engage the curriculum in a satisfactory way and to fulfill successfully the requirements of the degree to which the student is applying. Applicants may be required to submit additional writing samples.
  • Applicants for programs with residency in the Advent and/or Easter terms must submit written proof of a background check. Normally ordination track and ordained students should have this sent by their diocese. Non-ordination track students will work with the Office of Admission to fulfill the requirement. 
  • Applicants should have what the admission committee considers a realistic plan of how they intend to finance their seminary program, including (when appropriate) the needs of the applicant’s family and adequate medical insurance for self and family. It is expected that the applicant will not be encumbered with significant consumer debt.
  • An applicant whose first language is not English is required to complete the TOEFL or IELTS. Students who are not U.S. citizens or do not have legal permanent residency in the United States are required to have or acquire a valid U.S. visa.

Degree-Specific Requirements


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