How to Apply

Step 1 | Review applicant requirements

Regular admission: Earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale.

Special Admission: Limited number of students: Earned 60 credits at undergraduate level from a regionally accredited institution and 30 years or older are eligible to pursue the M.Div. degree or professional M.A. degrees. Learn more.

Non-Degree & Audit Admission: application requirements can be found here.

Step 2 | Apply online

Begin your free application online (you can save your place and return later to finish).

Step 3 | Request letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendation are required for academic and ministerial readiness for seminary (must be filled out by two different people, none of whom are family members). Please ensure that you have completed the top portion of each form before distributing. Remind your contacts to attach their written letter of recommendation to the completed form before submitting to the Seminary.

Step 4 | Submit transcripts

Request official transcripts from every college or university you have attended and sent to:

                Admissions Department
                Northeastern Seminary
                2265 Westside Drive
                Rochester, NY 14624-1997

Step 5 | Write autobiographical statement

Review the autobiographical statement guidelines and use this Grammar Guide for Seminary Students as you prepare your essay for submission.

NOTE: Students applying under the special admission category will also submit a 2,000- to 2,500-word essay (approximately 10 pages double-spaced) on a theological topic that has been mutually agreed upon after consultation with the admissions liaison. Download the guidelines for special admission.

Next Steps:

Once the admissions office has received all the components of your completed application, your file will be submitted to the faculty admissions committee for review. The early application deadline for a fall start is June 15, and for a spring start is November 15. Being accepted and deposited by these dates makes you eligible for both the early application scholarship and any academic scholarship you may qualify to receive. All applications are due in full by July 15 (fall) and December 15 (spring). All applications are due in full by July 15 (fall) and December 15 (spring).

You will be notified once you are accepted into Northeastern Seminary, at which time you will need to submit the following items to secure your enrollment with the incoming class of students:

  • $350.00 matriculation deposit (applied directly toward your tuition)
  • A completed Federal Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at You will need the Northeastern Seminary school code, G34194, in order to complete your FAFSA

If you have any questions, please contact the admissions office at 585.594.6802 or