Step by Step

To join us at the theological school, please follow these steps:

  1. Learn about our Areas of Study
    We offer the Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.), the Master of Arts (M.A.), the Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.Min.), the Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.), the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.), and the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), as well as several non-degree programs.
  2. Visit Drew
    Our beautiful campus is waiting to welcome you. Schedule a visit, or come to an open house.
  3. Review the Admission Requirements & Apply
    Our diverse areas of study have different entry requirements. Learn about those for your program below, then apply or request more information.
  4. Learn about Financial Aid
    Grants and scholarships are waiting to help you finance your education. Learn more about them.

Degree Program Information

PhD

Doctor of Philosophy


The Graduate Division of Religion welcomes applications from all qualified students. In order to apply for the Ph.D., download and complete the printed application in hard copy (at right), or use the request more information form to have the application sent to you. Evaluation of an applicant’s qualifications for admission is based upon:

Previous course work and grade point average, 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, 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.

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.

Students cannot be enrolled simultaneously in more than one school of the University, or in more than one program.

In order to be considered for admission to Ph.D. programs in the Graduate Division of Religion, applicants must have a Master’s degree or the equivalent.

Request the Printed Application

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

  • Calling (973) 408-3311
  • Sending a fax to (973) 408-3592
  • Sending an e-mail to gdradm@drew.edu

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

Graduate Division of Religion
Office of Admissions and Placement
Drew University
36 Madison Avenue
Madison, NJ, 07940

DMin

Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

The Drew D.Min., the highest professional degree offered by a seminary, is designed to move pastors to the next level of competence in the practice of ministry and contribute to the field of Christian ministry.

The program relies on the disciplines of academic research and leadership of a lay-ministerial team, and is taught in regional seminars, near the site of the student’s ministry. It stresses the development of pastoral leadership, congregational studies, community development, counseling skills, and lay participation in the doctoral project in either the parish ministry or comparable ministry settings. Learn more…

Admission Requirements:

  1. Applicants must have completed the M.Div. or its equivalent (defined as 84 credits of graduate theological education), with a cumulative grade point average of 3.2 (on a 4.0 scale) in previous degree programs. Applicants with a 2-year Masters plus additional theological education will be considered.
  2. Applicants must have at least three years of full-time professional experience beyond their first theological degree.
  3. Applicants must be engaged in a recognized ministerial position at the time of application.
  4. A writing sample, in the form of a personal statement, must be submitted for review.
  5. E-mail capacity is required of all admitted students.
  6. Interview with a faculty member for applicants to the Pastoral Care & Counseling program.

Curriculum: Four required regional seminars, three elective summer courses, and a thesis (for a total of 30 credits) are required for graduation.

Divinity

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Kyle, Master of DivinityThe Master of Divinity (M.Div.) emphasizes foundational principles necessary in the practice of ministry. It is awarded at the satisfactory completion of 84 credits — 51 required and 33 elective. Students are encouraged to use elective credits to shape the curriculum to their own professional goals. Learn more…

Admissions Requirements for the Master of Divinity Program

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or from an equivalent overseas institution;
  2. A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) in a previous degree program. This capacity may also be indicated by “B” work in a selected group of courses pertinent to theological study.  Applicants whose credentials fall outside these criteria are welcome to speak with an admissions representative about their individual circumstances;
  3. Three letters of reference from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant’s intellectual competence and promise as well as personal character and potential for ministry;
  4. Although not required, applicants may request interviews with an admissions representative.

Length of Program: The M.Div. program may be completed in three years of full-time study.

MA Academic

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Lindsey, Master of ArtsThe Master of Arts program is a 44-credit, two-year master’s degree designed for students who wish to acquire

a background for teaching at the secondary level, to attain a foundation for further studies in religion at the doctoral level, or to explore religious

disciplines for personal interests. Students will generally choose to attain a broad knowledge of various theological disciplines or to develop a focused knowledge in a specific discipline. Learn more…

Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or an approved international institution.
  2. A cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in a previous degree program. This capacity may also be indicated by “B” work in a selected group of courses pertinent to theological study. Applicants whose credentials fall outside these criteria are welcome to speak with an admissions representative about their individual circumstances. Although not required, applicants may request interviews with an admissions representative.
  3. The student may choose to submit GRE scores to further indicate academic capabilities.
  4. Transcripts for all academic study beyond secondary school showing high academic performance.
  5. An academic writing sample demonstrating the applicant’s ability to do graduate level research and composition.
  6. Three letters of reference from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant’s intellectual competence and promise.
  7. The completed application form must be accompanied by a statement of purpose, composed by the applicant and explaining the reasons and goals for pursuing the M.A. degree.

Curriculum:

The Master of Arts program shall consist of 44 academic credits. Further requirements for the M.A. include proficiency in one foreign language, determined by examination. Each student will work out an appropriate course of study in consultation with the academic advisor, which will culminate in an extended paper or thesis.

Length of Program: The program is designed to be completed in two years or four semesters.

MA Ministry

Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.)

The Master of Arts in Ministry program is a 45-credit, two-year professional master’s degree for students preparing for leadership in congregations, non-profit agencies, and other organizations. It may also be used by those who are preparing for ordination as Deacons in the United Methodist Church. Within the program, students may choose to focus on a specific area of specialization including but not limited to social justice ministries, church music, ecological ministries, camp and retreat ministries, Christian education, and pastoral care. Learn more…

Admission Requirements:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or an approved international institution.
  2. Claire, Master of Arts in MinistryA cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or above (on a 4.0 scale) in a previous degree program. This capacity may also be indicated by “B” work in a selected group of courses pertinent to theological study. Applicants whose credentials fall outside these criteria are welcome to speak with an admissions representative about their individual circumstances. Although not required, applicants may request interviews with an admissions representative.
  3. Transcripts for all academic study beyond secondary school showing high academic performance.
  4. An academic writing sample demonstrating the applicant’s ability to do graduate level research and composition.
  5. Three letters of reference from persons qualified to evaluate the applicant’s intellectual competence and promise as well as personal character and potential for ministry.
  6. The completed application form must be accompanied by a statement of purpose by the applicant explaining the reasons and goals for pursuing the M.A. in Ministry degree.

Curriculum:

Each student in the M.A. in Ministry program must complete 45 credits of course work from the following classifications: Religious Heritage, Cultural Context, Personal and Spiritual Formation, and Field Education. In consultation with an academic advisor, students may elect to choose a particular specialization, with 12 credits of course work applying specifically to an area of specialization.

Length of Program: The program is designed to be completed in two years or four semesters.

Sacred Theology

Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.)

The Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) is a one-year, 18 credit program for those who have completed their basic theological education with the M.Div. or its equivalent and wish to pursue further study in a particular field. Learn more…

S.T.M. Admission Requirements:

Applicants must hold the M.Div. (or first graduate theological degree providing equivalent theological background, or its educational equivalent) from an accredited theological school and must have maintained at least a 3.0 (B) grade point average. Additional academic work beyond the M.Div. may also satisfy the 3.0 grade point average requirement. Applicants whose credentials fall outside these criteria are welcome to speak with an admissions representative about their individual circumstances. Although not required, applicants may request interviews with an admissions representative.

Curriculum:

Each student is expected to develop a coherent program of study and to write a study plan to be discussed with the director of the S.T.M. program prior to registration and approved by the student’s adviser at the time of registration.

Length of Program:

The program may be completed in one year or two semesters.

 

Accreditation

Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved:

MDiv, MA in Ministry, MA, DMin, STM, PhD

Approved for a Comprehensive Distance Education Program

The Commission contact information is:

The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275
USA
Telephone: 412-788-6505
Fax: 412-788-6510
Website: www.ats.edu

Non-Degree Programs

The Theological School offers several opportunities for individuals to enroll in courses without matriculating in a degree program. Non-degree students may apply to one of the following:

  • Theological Unclassified: Students may enroll in up to (9) credits on campus without matriculating.
  • Theological Visitor: Students matriculating at another seminary may enroll in up to (9) credits for transfer
  • Theological Online: Students may enroll in up to (9) credits online.
  • Certification: Students may enroll in one of our certification programs.
  • Community Fellow: Students may audit courses for no credit.

The application and transcripts from all colleges and universities attended should be sent via traditional mail to this mailing address:

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