Admission Requirements

AdmissionRequirements

Students mark the beginning of their journey at Drew Theological School by signing the Matriculation Book, a tradition dating back to 1867.

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

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  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, or from an equivalent overseas institution.
  2. 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. Transcripts for all academic study beyond secondary school showing high academic performance.
  4. 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. Although not required, applicants may request interviews with an admissions representative.

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

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  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or an approved international institution.
  2. 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. 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.
  5. Statement of purpose by the applicant explaining the reasons and goals for pursuing the M.A. in Ministry degree.

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Master of Arts (M.A.)

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  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 Graduate Record Examination (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.

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

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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Transcripts for all academic study beyond secondary school showing high academic performance.
  4. 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. Although not required, applicants may request interviews with an admissions representative.

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Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)

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  1. 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 two-year Masters plus additional theological education will be considered.
  2. At least three years of full-time professional experience beyond their first theological degree.
  3. Engaged in a recognized ministerial position at the time of application.
  4. Writing sample in the form of a personal statement.
  5. E-mail capacity is required of all admitted students.
  6. Interview with a faculty member for applicants to the Pastoral Care & Counseling program.

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Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

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  1. 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.
  2. To present a competitive application, a student should have a grade point average of 3.3 or better overall. Previous course work and grade point average is determined by official transcripts from all previous college and postbaccalaureate study.
  3. Graduate Record Examination (GRE) 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.
  4. 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.
  5. An academic writing sample, ordinarily an academic paper or essay.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. Students cannot be enrolled simultaneously in more than one school of the university, or in more than one program.

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Nondegree

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The Theological School offers various opportunities for individuals to enroll in courses without matriculating in a degree program: Unclassified: Students may enroll in up to (9) credits on campus without matriculating. Visitor: Students matriculating at another seminary may enroll in up to (9) credits for transfer. 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.

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