Master of Divinity Application Requirements

Academic Year Application Requirements
  • A completed application is required. 
  • Official transcripts of undergraduate work and all other post-secondary academic work are required, from each institution attended. Applicants to all programs should hold a B.A., B.S., or the equivalent from an accredited college or university.
  • An applicant whose first language is not English is required to complete the TOEFL or IELTS. Students who do not have U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency in the United States are required to have or acquire a valid U.S. visa.
  • Applicants for programs with residency in the Advent and/or Easter semesters 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 for admission to the master of divinity (M.Div.) program who have an ecclesiastical endorsement (normally, postulancy for Holy Orders in the Episcopal Church or permission of one's bishop, or the equivalent endorsement in another faith tradition) must submit that endorsement. This requirement may be waived when deemed appropriate by the Dean of the School of Theology.
  • Two letters of recommendation are required for all degrees and programs, one from a person who can attest to the applicant's academic acumen, normally professors or college faculty, and one from a church official or member of the clergy.
  • An official interview is required of all applicants.
Other Attributes for the Academic Year Programs
  • Applicants should have a mature Christian faith, a history of active participation in a church community, and have begun a disciplined spiritual life.
  • The applicants' vocational goals should have been examined and tested within a faith community. The program to which the applicant is applying should be appropriate to his or her vocational goals.
  • Applicants should demonstrate appropriate maturity and emotional stability.
  • 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 program.
  • Applicants may be required to submit writing samples.
  • If an applicant is married/partnered, their family should be stable, and together they must be willing and able to make the adjustments required for life in seminary and in the community of Sewanee.
  • Applicants should have what the admission committee considers a realistic plan of how the student intends to finance their seminary program. It is expected that the applicant will not be encumbered with significant consumer debt.

The Admission Process