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Graduate education at Drew University is made up of two schools, the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies (CSGS) and Drew Theological School. Explore the diverse programs in each school to find the best fit for your vocational goals! For prospective students who are discerning between two or more programs, the best way to narrow down your choices would be through a campus visit. This will be your best opportunity to talk with an admissions counselor, sit-in on a class, and get acquainted with life at Drew University.
Do I have to take the GRE?
Students applying to Ph.D. programs at Drew University must complete the GRE. GRE requirements for masters level (and other doctoral) programs vary based on degree. Refer to individual program pages for more specific application requirements.
Do I have to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score? Is it possible to get a TOEFL waiver?
Masters level proof of English language proficiency is required for students who studied in a country where English is not the mode of instruction. International applicants must submit either a TOEFL, IELTS or PTEA score in order to be considered for admission. Scores of no older than five years are accepted. To present a competitive application, a student should have a minimum score of 80. The English Proficiency Requirement is waived if you come from any of these listed countries. International students may be required to attend a Summer English Language Program.
PhD international applicants are required to take both the TOEFL and the GRE. Scores no older than five years are accepted. To present a competitive application, a student should have a minimum score of 80. The TOEFL is waived if you come from any of these listed countries.
What do I need to do to apply?
Application requirements vary based on degree program and applicants are encouraged to look at specific requirements on the school’s program page. All programs require students to submit official transcripts of all accredited higher education institutions, letters of recommendation, and a personal statement.
What is the total cost for graduate education at Drew University?
Theological School (non-Ph.D.) tuition is $670/credit. Students admitted into the Ph.D. in the Graduate Division of Religion receive a full tuition scholarship. Drew offers merit-based scholarships for all Masters level degree programs as well. The $670/credit figure does not take into account any merit-based scholarship that you receive from Drew. Drew does not offer any merit-based scholarships for the Doctor of Ministry degree. A detailed breakdown of tuition and fees can be found here.
CSGS (non-Ph.D.) tuition is $1236/credit for all programs except Teacher Education. Tuition for Teacher Education programs is $800/credit. Students admitted to the Ph.D. in History and Culture receive a full tuition scholarship.
How long will it take to complete my degree?
Full-time students can complete the Master of Divinity program in 3 years. The Theological School’s Master of Arts in Religion and Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry will take 2 years and the Masters of Sacred Theology is a one year program. Ph.D. students in the Graduate Division of Religion are expected to complete their studies between 5 and 7 years.
Time frames are based upon Full-Time status. Master of Arts in Teaching will take 1 year. Master of Education will take approximately 18+ months. Master of Letters and Master of Medical Humanities will take 2 – 5 years. Master of Arts in History & Culture will take 2 years; History & Culture PhD will take 5-7 years. Master of Data Analytics and Master of Finance will take 1 year to complete. Please refer to specific programs for exact information.
How do I apply for scholarships through Drew University?
Prospective students applying to graduate programs at Drew do not need to submit a separate application for merit-based scholarships. The student will be considered for all institutional scholarships based on their application to either Drew Theological School or the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.
Will I be able to arrange my classes around my work schedule?
The Theological School recently implemented a curriculum transformation that focused on making our curriculum more flexible for students managing work, family, and life commitments outside of their educational pursuits. This can take the form of online classes, hybrid formats, or series of flexible intensive formats.
Caspersen School of Graduate Studies offers a flexible schedule with working professionals in mind. Most classes take place after 4:00pm and some programs offer course in hybrid formats.
Is housing available for me (and my family)?
Yes. All inquiries about student housing should be directed to the Housing office. Once a student accepts their offer of admission they can reserve campus housing for the upcoming semester.
Am I eligible for health insurance through Drew University?
Yes. After a student accepts their offer of admission to Drew University they are automatically registered for Drew’s student health plan. If a student already has health insurance they must complete a Drew health insurance waiver in the first three weeks of the semester.
Is there a minimum GRE or GPA?
The Theological School does not have a minimum GPA (for any degree program) or a minimum GRE score (for Ph.D. applicants). That said, applicants are evaluated on the merit of their overall file and a lower GPA or GRE could impact admission or their qualification for merit-based scholarships.
CSGS have an expectation of a 3.0 minimum GPA. CSGS does not have a minimum GRE score. That said, applicants are evaluated on the merit of their overall file and a low GPA or GRE could impact admission or their qualification for merit-based scholarships. For programs that accept the GMAT (MS in Data Analytics and the MS in Finance) the minimum score is 500.
What are the application deadlines?
Theological School masters applicants for the Spring semester should submit all of their materials by December 1st. International students should submit all materials by October 1st. Ph.D. applicants should submit all of their materials by December 15th for the upcoming Fall semester. Masters students applying for the Fall semester should turn in their materials by June 1st (April 1st for international students).
Although CSGS reads most program applications(except History & Culture Ph.D.) on a rolling admission basis, the preferred deadlines are as follows:
Fall – June 1 (Priority deadline – April 1)
Spring – December 1 (Priority deadline – November 1)
To be considered for the preferred deadlines, applications must be complete with all required materials.
History & Culture Ph.D applicants must submit all materials by February 1st for Fall 2020.
MAT Summer deadline is February 1st.
Do I need to submit my application and supplemental materials at the same time? What is the mailing address for my supplemental items?
No. Applicants can submit their application form before their supplemental items are sent to our office. As soon as the Graduate Admissions office receives all of the applicant’s supplemental items the file will be sent over for faculty review.
The mailing address to submit supplemental items is:
Office of Graduate Admissions
36 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ 07940
How do I submit my supplemental items?
Once an applicant has submitted their application form they will be taken to a page where they can upload supplemental items such as their letters of recommendation and personal statement. Official transcripts should be requested from the institution themselves and they should be mailed in a sealed envelope to Drew University directly from the school. If applicants have any problems when it comes to uploading their supplemental items, email the Graduate Admissions office at email@example.com.
Can I visit campus?
Yes! Scheduling a visit is the best way for prospective students to meet an admissions counselor, connect with current faculty and students, or sit in on a class. We recommend a campus visit for anyone who is discerning graduate education at Drew University.
Do you accept transfer graduate credit?
The Theological School does accept transfer credit. Transfer credit evaluations will occur after a student is offered admission through Soren Hessler in the Graduate Academic Services office.
CSGS may accept up to six (6) transfer credits with the exception of the Master Letters program. Transfer credit evaluations will occur after a student is offered admission through Soren Hessler in the Graduate Academic Services office.
Can I defer my application or my acceptance?
Students can defer their admission to Drew University up to two semesters by requesting a defer of admission form from firstname.lastname@example.org. Once a student has deferred their admission a full year they will be asked to reapply for admission to either the Theological School or the Caspersen School of Graduate Studies.
Do you offer a graduate assistantship program?
Some doctoral programs at Drew offer graduate assistantships over the course of your degree program. Reach out to program faculty in order to learn more about these opportunities.
May I take graduate classes as a non-degree student?
Yes. Students interested in taking classes as a non-degree student should submit a non-degree application form for their respective school. Once your application is submitted an admissions counselor will follow up with you regarding next steps.
I’ve been admitted. What are my next steps?
Once you are admitted into a degree program at Drew the next step is to pay your $300 enrollment deposit! Once the deposit is paid you will hear from the Director of Graduate Academic Services with information regarding registration, orientation, and your academic advisor. If you have any questions before beginning class you can reach out to an admissions counselor at email@example.com or 973-408-3111.