Applicants to the Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Arts in Ministry (M.A.M.), Master of Sacred Music (M.S.M.), Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) and the Master of Theology (Th.M.) programs must submit three types of documents in order to be considered for admission.
1) A completed application form, including required essays for the specific degree you are seeking, and the personal assessment. A $50 non-refundable application fee must accompany the application. Application fee waived through March 1, 2016. This form may be submitted either online or with our printable application.
2) Official transcripts from all colleges or universities previously attended indicating degree(s) earned. Official transcripts must arrive in a sealed envelope to the address noted on the application form. Neither student copies nor faxed transcripts are acceptable.
3) Four letters of recommendation with attached reference forms from persons listed on the application. These should include: your pastor or a minister who knows you best, two professors or two professional employment colleagues, and a lay leader in your church or community context.
The application, together with transcripts, references and, for M.S.M. applicants, an audition tape, should be submitted to Perkins Office of Admissions and Financial Aid by the appropriate deadline.
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.
Applicants for the M.S.M. degree program must have completed a Bachelor of Music or Bachelor of Music Education degree, or their equivalent, from an accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Applicants are expected to bring to the program performance capabilities in organ, voice, or conducting which must be demonstrated by a personal audition (for organists) or an audition tape (for choral conductors).
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.