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Personal Information

Application for*
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Note: For the Master of Divinity program, non-U.S. citizens have an earlier application deadline in order to allow time for I-20 processing. The deadline for non-U.S. citizens for this program is April 1st for the Fall semester, and October 1st for the Spring Semester.

Start Term*
Start Term*
Start Term*

Note: All application materials must be received by the Office by March 1st for the Fall Semester, or October 1st for the Spring Semester.

Please specify the program you're interested in*
Type of Enrollment*
Type of Enrollment*
Type of Enrollment*
Type of Enrollment*

Note: Anyone applying for transfer from another seminary must follow the application procedure for the appropriate degree and must also submit a statement of explanation and purpose for the proposed transfer and a letter of honorable dismissal written by the academic dean or registrar of the seminary from which transfer is sought.

Honorific
Applicant Name*
Previous Names (if applicable)

Current Address

Street Address*
Town/City*
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Is this also your permanent address?*
Please enter your permenent address below:

Permanent Address

Street Address
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Zip Code/Postal Code
Country

Other Information

Home Phone*
Work Phone
Cell Phone
E-mail Address*
Gender*
Date of Birth* (mm/dd/yyyy)
Place of Birth* (City/Village/Town)
Social Security Number*
Denominational Affiliation*
Denominational Affiliation*
Denominational Affiliation*
Local Church
Local Church
Local Church
Annual Conference (For United Methodists)
Annual Conference (For United Methodists)
Annual Conference (For United Methodists)
Ordained by
Years of full time ministry
Will you seek financial aid?*
(This question is only used for processing applications,
and is not considered in the admission process.)
Will you need campus housing?*
Will you need campus housing?*
Will you need campus housing?*
Will you need campus housing?*
Citizenship*

For International Students Only

It is the policy of Drew University that all international students are brought into the U.S.A. under the F1 or J1 program.
We strongly urge you to choose your visa carefully, because it is extremely difficult to change once your choice is made.


Note: For the Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies programs, non-U.S. citizens have earlier application deadline in order to allow time for I-20 processing. The deadline for non-U.S. citizens for these programs is April 1st for the Fall semester, and October 1st for the Spring Semester.

Country of birth
Of what country are you a citizen?
Of what country are you a permanent resident?
(if different than the country of citizenship)
If you already have a visa, what type of visa?
Visa number
What was the last position held in your home country before coming to the U.S.A.?
(e.g.: civil servant, student, factory worker, teacher, etc.)
Date and place of birth and relationship of everyone who is coming to the United States with you
What is your first language or language of instruction,
if other than English?
Number of years of formal study of English
TOEFL test date
TOEFL score
TWE test date
TWE score

Optional Items

(The following items are optional. This information is used only for purposes of statistical analysis and is not considered in the admission process.)

Are you Hispanic or Latino/a?
Ethnicity
  Please Specify:

Education

Degrees Received*
(Please specify Degree/ Year Completed/School or Seminary City/State. Also note: Drew requires a Bachelor's degree to enroll in the MDiv or MTS program. Applicant must hold at least the MDiv degree to enroll in the DMIN and STM programs.)
Majors and Minors*
(Please use this space to describe your Major and Minor fields of study. Also be sure to list areas of excellence and honors received. Please specify whether each major or minor is from undergraduate or post-graduate study.)
Academic Honors
Briefly describe any academic honors or other scholastic distinctions you have won
Academic Honors
Briefly describe any academic honors or other scholastic distinctions you have won
Name as it Appears on Transcripts*

Language Preparation

See catalog or degree brochure for specific language requirements for each program. The M.A. program (not the M.A. in Ministry) requires demonstrated competence in one foreign language as a prerequisite for graduation, meaning that the student may study this language while completing the program. How many years of study (if any) have you devoted to the following languages? Please indicate level: high school, college, or previous graduate work.
Hebrew
Greek
Latin
German
Russian
Others

Personal Activities

Employment History
(Where employed and dates of employment)
Church Positions Held
(Voluntary or paid)
Church Positions Held
(Voluntary or paid)
Church Positions Held
(Voluntary or paid)
Civic Interests, Hobbies, and Extracurricular Activities
Subjects of Special Interest
Recent Reading of Special Interest
Recent Reading of Special Interest
Recent Reading of Special Interest
Objectives in theological study?
(Parish ministry, teaching, chaplaincy, Elder's Orders, Deacon's Orders, non-traditional ministry etc...)
Objectives in theological study?
(Parish ministry, teaching, chaplaincy, Elder's Orders, Deacon's Orders, non-traditional ministry etc...)
Objectives in theological study?
(Parish ministry, teaching, chaplaincy, Elder's Orders, Deacon's Orders, non-traditional ministry etc...)
What other schools have you applied to?
Why do you consider Drew Theological School to be a good match for your theological education?*
What influenced you to apply to Drew?*
(Please indicate any Drew University Alumni/ae, faculty or students who have influenced you.)
How did you first hear about Drew?
--Which graduate directory did you see us in?
--Which publication did you see us in?
--Please specify:
Have you ever applied to Drew Theological School or Drew University before?*
--If yes, when?
Have you been refused admission or dismissed by a seminary?*
--If yes, please explain.
Although cross-cultural studies (i.e. travel to Africa, India, Korea, etc.) are open to all degree seeking students in the Theological School, it is a requirement for M.Div. students. Is there anything that would prevent you from taking part?
--If yes, please explain:
Are you pursuing ordination?*
Are you pursuing ordination?*
Are you pursuing ordination?*
--If so, what is your current status?

Conduct

(The following questions relate to the high ethical standards to which those in ministry are held. Failure to provide truthful answers to the following questions or failure to inform the Office of Theological Admissions of any subsequent changes in your answers may result in the revocation of admission into the Theological School.)
The Theological School reserves the right to conduct a criminal background check on all applicants. If the Theological School chooses to conduct a criminal background check, pursuant to applicable law, you will be provided with adequate notice and an opportunity to confirm or deny the accuracy of any information contained in a criminal background investigation record.
Have you ever been discharged by an employer for an incident involving moral turpitude, sexual misconduct, or indiscretion?*
--If "yes," please explain:
Have you ever been placed on academic or disciplinary probation or resigned or been suspended, expelled, or requested/advised to resign from any college, university, professional school or school of theology?*
--If "yes," please explain:
Have you ever been convicted of a crime involving moral turpitude, sexual misconduct, or indiscretion?*
--If "yes," please explain:
Are there any issues of importance concerning yourself not covered by the application that might assist in interpreting the supporting credentials of your application?*
--If "yes," please explain:
The Theological School reserves the right to conduct a criminal background check on all applicants. If the Theological School chooses to conduct a criminal background check, pursuant to applicable law, you will be provided with adequate notice and an opportunity to confirm or deny the accuracy of any information contained in a criminal background investigation record.

References

We ask that you provide the Office of Theological Admissions with four letters of recommendation.
(Please include name address and phone number for all references.)

Download the recommendation form.
Reference 1*
Religious Leader recommendation #1
Reference 2*
Religious Leader recommendation #2
Reference 3*
Personal Acquaintance recommendation
Reference 4*
Academic or Employer recommendation
We ask that you provide the Office of Theological Admissions with four letters of recommendation.
(Please include name address and phone number for all references.)

Download the recommendation form.
Reference 1*
Personal Acquaintance recommendation #1
Reference 2*
Personal Acquaintance recommendation #2
Reference 3*
Academic or Employer recommendation #1
Reference 4*
Academic or Employer recommendation #2
We ask that you provide the Office of Theological Admissions with four letters of recommendation.
(Please include name address and phone number for all references.)

Download the recommendation form.
Reference 1*
Religious Leader recommendation #1
Reference 2*
Religious Leader recommendation #2
Reference 3*
Personal Acquaintance recommendation
Reference 4*
Academic or Employer recommendation
We ask that you provide the Office of Theological Admissions with three letters of recommendation. Please include name, address, phone number and email address. Also include the recommender's relationship to you. Download the recommendation form.
We ask that you provide the Office of Theological Admissions with three letters of recommendation. Please include name, address, phone number and email address. Also include the recommender's relationship to you. Download the recommendation form.

Personal Statement

[Required]* E-mail a personal statement to our admissions office: theoadm@drew.edu.
Master of Divinity
Master of Divinity-Extended Track

(Maximum four pages, typed and double spaced, total. Please answer each question thoroughly.)
  1. Describe your background in the Christian faith, especially the influences that have led you to ministry.
  2. Indicate the type of ministry or vocation that you feel called to engage. In what ways will a seminary education at Drew assist you in this ministry?
  3. Consider the books you have read within the past two years. In what ways have these books shaped your Christian faith and prepared you for theological study at Drew Theological School?
  4. Describe an experience in leadership where you have been effective.
  5. In what ways have you resolved conflict or dealt with crisis in your life? State an example.

Personal Statement

[Required]* E-mail a personal statement to our admissions office: theoadm@drew.edu.

Master of Sacred Theology
(Maximum four pages, typed and double spaced, total. Please answer each question thoroughly.)

  1. Describe your academic interest in advanced theological studies. Identify the area of study on which you intend to concentrate, if admitted and why?
  2. Comment on your reasons for pursuing the Master of Sacred Theology degree.
  3. In what areas of theological academic preparation do you find yourself strongest and weakest? Explain.
  4. Consider the books you have read within the past two years. In what ways have these books shaped your Christian faith and prepared you for advanced theological study at Drew Theological School?

Personal Statement

[Required]* E-mail a personal statement to our admissions office: theoadm@drew.edu.

Doctor of Ministry
(Maximum four pages, typed and double spaced, total. Please answer each question thoroughly.)

List your ministerial assignments including the title, dates, and responsibilities. Include full-time and part-time positions, as well as whether the position is recognized as an assignment by your denomination. Please answer the following:

  1. Describe the experiences that have been most significant in your professional growth.
  2. Honestly evaluate the effectiveness of your ministry, including highlights such as meaningful events, changes in your understanding of ministry, primary sources of satisfaction and dissatisfaction, and perceived strengths and weaknesses.
  3. Select two areas of strength and briefly indicate why you believe you excel in these areas.
  4. Select two areas where improvement – desire or need for growth – would make you a more effective minister, and briefly relate these to your personal or professional goals.
  5. Briefly state some of the biblical and/or theological and/or cultural insights, concepts or convictions that are central to your understanding of the ministry (mission) of the church and the role of clergy.

Academic Writing Sample

[Required]* E-mail an academic writing sample to theoadm@drew.edu or mail it to our admissions office at Theological Admissions, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.

A sample of your academic writing in English, minimum of 5 double spaced pages. (Those who have not done previous academic work in English may submit their own English translation of a paper they have written. Applicants who have been out of school for more than 3 years may submit a sermon or an essay on a theological subject of their choice.)


Academic Writing Sample

[Required]* E-mail an academic writing sample to theoadm@drew.edu or mail it to our admissions office at Theological Admissions, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.

A sample of your academic writing in English, minimum of 5 double spaced pages. (Those who have not done previous academic work in English may submit their own English translation of a paper they have written. Applicants who have been out of school for more than 3 years may submit a sermon or an essay on a theological subject of their choice.)


Academic Writing Sample

[Required]* E-mail an academic writing sample to theoadm@drew.edu or mail it to our admissions office at Theological Admissions, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.

A sample of your academic writing in English, minimum of 5 double spaced pages. (Those who have not done previous academic work in English may submit their own English translation of a paper they have written. Applicants who have been out of school for more than 3 years may submit a sermon or an essay on a theological subject of their choice.)


Objectives in Graduate Study / Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose should be used to present an applicant's motivation and preparation for graduate study at Drew. It should include: a summary account of the applicant's prior academic preparation for graduate work in his/her chosen area; a clear statement of his/her specific research interests and goals within that area; and an explanation of why he/she wishes to pursue these research goals at Drew (e.g. specific program or faculty member[s]). The statement of purpose can be used to explain any details in the applicant's record of which the Admissions Committee might not be aware. The overall length should not exceed 5 printed, double-spaced pages.

All materials should be E-mailed to theoadm@drew.edu or mailed to our admissions office at Theological Admissions, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.


Objectives in Graduate Study / Statement of Purpose

The statement of purpose should be used to present an applicant's motivation and preparation for graduate study at Drew. It should include: a summary account of the applicant's prior academic preparation for graduate work in his/her chosen area; a clear statement of his/her specific research interests and goals within that area; and an explanation of why he/she wishes to pursue these research goals at Drew (e.g. specific program or faculty member[s]). The statement of purpose can be used to explain any details in the applicant's record of which the Admissions Committee might not be aware. The overall length should not exceed 5 printed, double-spaced pages.

All materials should be E-mailed to theoadm@drew.edu or mailed to our admissions office at Theological Admissions, Drew University, 36 Madison Avenue, Madison, NJ 07940.


More Information

Letters of Recommendation

Please remember to mail your letters of recommendation and completed recommendation forms after submitting this form. Any letter from a family member, spouse, or current Drew student will not be considered. Recommendation letters that lack the Recommendation Form or include an incomplete form are unofficial and do not count towards completion of the application.

University Policies

Materials submitted as part of the application process are not released for other purposes and cannot be returned to the applicant.

Drew does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation and age in the admission of students, in any of its programs, or activities and in its employment practices.

Questions concerning this policy, or complaints of discrimination, may be directed to George-Harold Jennings, Affirmative Action Officer, Drew University, Madison, NJ, 07490; Phone: (973) 408-3393.

(Information provided in compliance with Title IX, Section 504, and the Age Discrimination Act)

Affirmation

My submission of this application attests that all the information contained in my application is factually correct and honestly presented.

Official Transcripts

An official transcript from the last educational institution attended is required for this application. Copies, faxed documents, and transcripts that have been opened by applicant are not official.


Endorsement

In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, you may waive your right to inspect the recommendations submitted on your behalf. Should you decide not to waive the right, you will have access to the recommendations only if you enroll in the Theological School at Drew University.

By submitting my application, I attest that all the information contained in my application is factually correct and honestly presented.