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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.
M.Div., M.A.M., and M.T.S. Applicants
Applicants for the above degree programs must have completed an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree or equivalent from an accredited college or university with a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in a well-balanced, pre-theological curriculum. Other considerations include seriousness of purpose, potential for growth in the preparation for the profession of ministry (M.Div. and M.A.M only), emotional stability, and likelihood of satisfactory performance in the degree program.
A cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) is required for admission to the Master of Sacred Music program. The concentration in Liturgical Musicology requires a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 3.5 for admittance and that the student maintain at least a 3.5 for all graduate work. Although one application is made through Perkins School of Theology, successful applicants for the M.S.M. program are accepted by both the Division of Music in the School of the Arts and the School of Theology.
•Choral Conducting: Submit a 20 minute video link(s) and writing sample
•Composition and Arranging: Submit links to recordings, PDF of scores, and goal statement
•Keyboards: Register for an audition on campus or submit a recorded audition
•Organ: Register for an audition on campus or submit a recorded audition
• Music Education: Submit a 20 minute video link(s), writing sample and schedule interview with email@example.com
•Worship Arts: Register and submit a writing sample
•Liturgical Musicology: Register and submit a writing sample
Further instructions for application materials for each concentration may be found by clicking here. From this link you may select “Audition Requirements” and “Academic Concentration Requirement.”
Applicants for the Th.M. degree program must have successfully completed an Association of Theological Schools - accredited degree at the master's level requiring at least 2 years of full-time study or the equivalent credential from an institution outside the U.S. and Canada. Academic ability, as shown by a minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in a previous master's-level program, is required.
Other Academic Degree Applicants (non-degree programs)
Applicants must have a B.A. or equivalent degree and who wish to take courses for credit but who do not wish to enter a degree program may seek admission to Perkins as non-degree student. Application, official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate academic work, two letters of reference and an explanation of the proposed plan of study indicating the courses desired is required.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
We suggest you 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 or any other document must be received by Graduate Application Processing electronically at firstname.lastname@example.org or if sent through physical mail, Graduate Application Processing, P.O. Box 518, Dallas, Texas, 75275-0518. 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:
- Create an account by following the link above 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 to activate your account along with a temporary PIN to 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 Application" option when you have fully completed the application. The $50 fee is currently waived.
To fill out the application you will need to complete these sections:
Personal Information: Contact, demographic, and citizenship information. Fill in information regarding your 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 (/PerkinslAdmissionslapplylonline/Annual/Conference) before proceeding.
Admission Information: Degree program, start term, location.
Academic History: Fill in information regarding your academic background. List all colleges and universities you have attended, including SMU if you are a current student.
Resume History: A resume can be attached.
Test Scores: SMU Perkins does not require the GRE for any degree. International applicants may need to supply TOEFL score if English is not the official language of your home country.
Recommendations: You will need to provide an email address to the following 3 recommender categories:
- A Pastor, chaplain, ordained minister, campus minister, or clergy person who knows you best. If you do not have a clergy reference, please contact Stephen Bagby, Director of Recruitment and Admissions at email@example.com or 214-768-2139.
- A Professor from your college or university career who is 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 lay person or non-clergy person who is from your church or campus ministry.
International applicants will also need an institutional official recommendation.
SMU will email each of these individuals and direct them to the online recommendation form. If a recommender wants to attach an additional recommendation letter, he/she can do so when filling out the recommendation form.
Essays: M.Div., M.A.M., M.S.M., M.T.S. and Th.M. Applicants
Following the instructions, guidelines and goals and questions given, choose one of the two essay topics.
Essay Topic Choice #1: Essay Based on Reading
Please read this chapter from Servant of All: Status, Ambition, and the Way of Jesus by Dr. Craig Hill and then address the following in your essay:
- Describe and evaluate "The Example of Jesus," in Servant of All: Status, Ambition, and the Way of Jesus.
- How does this chapter inform and/or challenge your personal experience or accomplishments?
- How do these examples from your background impact your own view of service/leadership?
- How do you see yourself fitting into and contributing to the culture of Perkins, based on your previous responses?
Essay Topic Choice #2: Please answer the following questions
- What critical theological question/topic do you hope to examine while at Perkins School of Theology that has arisen out of your experience?
- How do you plan to answer your question/explore your topic at Perkins?
Certification Questions and Signature
Review: You will be able to review which components are complete or outstanding.