Perkins School of Theology has partnered with CollegeNET to facilitate the online application process. You will be directed to CollegeNET to complete your application.
Prior to starting the online application, we strongly recommend that all applicants review and refer to the admission requirements as the online application is being completed.
Please read the instructions, and when you are ready to begin, follow the link at the bottom of the page to start your online application.
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Before you Begin:
Before you begin your application online, you may want to gather the forms and information you will need. Please note that while most of the application can be submitted online, your application will need several supporting documents in addition to the online form before the application is considered complete.
Please note: In order for your application to be considered fully complete for review by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid, all fields in the application must be completed and all additional documentation, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, must be received by the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission.
It is recommended that you read all of the instructions on this page before you begin the application.
To get started you will need to:
Prepare your email to receive your online application user ID and password by adding firstname.lastname@example.org to your address book or “safe email list." You will receive an email from "ApplyWeb On-Line Applications" when you create your account.
- Create an account by following the link below to begin the online application.
Be sure your web browser is set to accept cookies.
- Check your email for a message verifying that you have created your account along with additional security instructions.
Once you have created your account, instructions will be sent to your email along with your log in so you can begin the application process. When you have logged into your account, you can begin to complete the application. The entire application does not have to be completed at one time. You may log into your account as many times as you need to complete the application; just be sure to save your session by logging out in accordance with the instructions within the application.
IMPORTANT: Only select the "Submit and Pay" option when you have fully completed the application. Once you submit your payment, the application will be sent AS IS. If you submit the fee before the application is complete, you will need to contact the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid to complete the remainder of the application process offline.
To fill out the application you will need:
Biographical Information - demographic, contact, and citizenship information.
Transcript Information - Fill in information regarding all colleges and universities that you have attended. You will also need to separately request official transcripts from the Registrar of each institution you have attended to be sent directly to Perkins Office of Admissions and Financial Aid. Your application will not be considered complete until all transcripts are received.
Background Information - Fill in information regarding your academic background, denomination and community involvement. Applicants who are members of United Methodist Churches will need to be prepared to provide the name of their Annual Conference. If you are United Methodist and do not know this information, locate your conference online before proceeding.
Letters of Recommendation - Include the names of those who will be sending letters of recommendation on your behalf.
You will need recommendations from the following:
- Pastor, chaplain, ordained minister, campus minister or clergyperson who knows you best.
- Two (2) Professors from your college or university career best acquainted with you and your academic work. (Applicants who have been out of school for five years or more may substitute employment references.)
- A person in lay leadership in the church or campus ministry.
Letters of recommendation should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid with the accompanying form. Your application will not be considered complete until all four letters of recommendation and accompanying forms have been received.
Letter of Recommendation Form
Essay Section - The essays are an important part of the application process and applicant evaluation. Please consider your responses carefully. You may complete the essay in a .doc format, then copy and paste your essay into the appropriate section. There are three essays in this section:
A. Theological reflection essay - 250 words - For all degree applicants:
Please answer the essay question in relation to "An Invitation to Theological Study" by Charles Wood:
Article By Charles Wood
B. Personal Statement Essay - 500 words - For all applicants:
The personal statement essays are specific to the degree program you are seeking.
C. Personal Assessment Essay - 250 Words - For all applicants:
Describe any personal accomplishments, experiences or aspect of your background - including family educational background, socioeconomic history, personal hardship experiences and/or ethnic background - which you believe will contribute a distinctive perspective that can add to the diversity of the SMU/Perkins educational environment. Explain how your accomplishments, experiences or background have affected your viewpoints and how your perspective will enhance the learning atmosphere at Perkins School of Theology. Specifically, what perspective will you bring to Perkins' academic community, including the classroom, that you believe might otherwise be missing or underrepresented?
D. Additional Information - This section requests additional information regarding your housing needs, financial situation, and additional information if desired. You will also be given the opportunity to upload a current resume in .doc, .docx or .pdf format.
Are you ready to begin the online application to Perkins?