The Graduate Division of Religion welcomes applications from all qualified students. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must have a Master’s degree or the equivalent. Evaluation of an applicant’s qualifications for admission is based upon:

Previous Course Work & GPA

This is determined by official transcripts of all previous college and post-baccalaureate study. (These must be sent to the Graduate Division of Religion Admissions Office by institutions at which the work was completed. A final transcript must be furnished before a student is permitted to register for courses. Records submitted in application for admission are not returned.) To present a competitive application, a student should have a grade point average of 3.3 or better overall.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

This is required for all applicants who are U.S. or Canadian citizens. Scores no older than five years are accepted. To present a competitive application, a student should have a minimum score of 153 on the verbal section, a minimum score of 144 on the quantitative section, and a minimum score of 4 on the analytical writing section. For tests taken before August 2011, a student should have a minimum score of 500 on both the verbal and quantitative sections, and a minimum score of 4 on the analytical writing section.

A Personal Statement

describing the applicant’s personal and intellectual interests that have led him or her to the proposed field of study, and what directions those interests will take at Drew, preferably with reference to the specific faculty with whom he or she hopes to work.

An Academic Writing Sample

This is ordinarily an academic paper or essay.

Three Letters of Recommendation

These should be from academic professors or persons familiar with the student’s academic ability and with the academic rigors of a graduate degree. They should comment on the critical thinking and writing skills, the research ability, and the general suitability of the applicant for graduate study.

TOEFL & TWE Scores (International Applicant Only)

For students whose native language is not English, recent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and Test of Written English (TWE) scores must be submitted. The TOEFL score must be at least 585 (paper score) or 240 (computer score; iBT total score must be at least 94), and the TWE score must be at least 4. Scores no older than two years are accepted. In addition, Drew will administer further testing once a student has arrived on campus, as a diagnostic tool to determine if a student needs additional study in writing, in speaking English, or in study skills appropriate to the U.S. academic environment.

Request the Printed Application by Mail

You can request that a traditional, print version of the application for any of the above programs be sent to you by:

  • Calling (973) 408-3111
  • Sending a fax to (973) 408-3242
  • Sending an e-mail to

The print application should be sent via traditional mail to this mailing address:

Office of Theological Admissions
Wesley House
Drew University
36 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ, 07940