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Application Process

We’re thrilled that you’ve decided to apply to Perkins School of Theology. Before you start your application, keep in mind that:

  • You must complete each section of the application.
  • The sections do not have to be completed in order. You can save your application and come back later to add or change information.
  • Once you’ve submitted your application, you can no longer make changes.
  • Your application must include a resumè, writing samples, transcripts and recommendations.

Review the applications steps before you get started to be sure you’ll have all the information and documents you need to complete the online forms. You may also want to look at our degrees at a glance before you begin. If you are an international student, be sure to learn about some requirements and considerations that may affect you.

Applications are reviewed throughout the year, but we encourage you to apply early to ensure your materials are received in a timely manner and to have the best opportunity to win one of our merit-based scholarships. (Learn more about financial aid options.) 

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Admission Requirements by Degree

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. 

Applied Concentrations

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

Academic Concentrations

Music Education: Submit a 20 minute video link(s), writing sample and schedule interview with sarahallen@smu.edu

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.

(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.

Questions? Contact Christina Rhodes, Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management, at 214-768-3411 or csrhodes@smu.edu.

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Maxwell Urbina (Master of Divinity, Student 2018-2019)

“My Perkins classmates are not only members of the United Methodist Church. They’re Pentecostal, Episcopal, Lutheran, Church of God, Catholic — and I learn from all these traditions. I think God sent me to this university to open my mind and my eyes and my theology. Not to change my doctrines or my beliefs, but to understand more when I meet someone who’s not in my faith, to understand that we are still children of God, all worshiping the same God, but from different perspectives.” 

—Maxwell Urbina (Master of Divinity, Student 2018-2019)