Masters Admissions Requirements
Students applying to one of Northeastern Seminary's Master's programs must meet the following admissions qualifications to be eligible.
- Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
- GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.
In certain cases, and as space permits, a student currently enrolled in an accredited college or university and within six credits of completing the baccalaureate degree may be accepted as a provisional regular student. The student must complete the baccalaureate degree within one semester of starting Seminary since this classification is temporary and cannot be renewed.
As openings permit, a limited number of students who do not hold baccalaureate degrees from regionally accredited colleges or universities may be admitted to pursue the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree or professional M.A. degrees (M.A. in Theology and Social Justice, M.A. in Transformational Leadership, M.A. in Spiritual Formation or M.A. in Ministry Practice) in the Seminary. Applicants for this status must meet the following requirements:
- Demonstrate exceptional merit and academic readiness for graduate-level education
- Have significant ministerial leadership
- Ideally (but not required): 30 years of age or older and have already completed 60 credits at an undergraduate level of study or its educational equivalent
Individuals seeking special admission must fulfill all the standard admissions steps including an additional writing requirement. Applicants will need to demonstrate academic writing through one of the following two options below.
- Submit a writing sample of 2,000-2,500 words on a theological topic that has been mutually agreed upon by the applicant and the Office of Admissions.
- Submit a paper from past academic work on any subject matter. The paper should be 2,000-2,500 words and should demonstrate the student's ability to critically engage in the topic presented.
Papers should ideally be submitted in a written research format. The writing sample should include reference to outside sources which are cited in the bibliography. Students may use a past paper as their writing sample.
The submitted writing sample will be a critical part of the admissions process to demonstrate a student's readiness for graduate-level work.
What if I don’t have a paper to submit?
Many students no longer have past paper samples to submit. A helpful way to become familiar with seminary education and write a paper is to take a class (audit or for-credit). You do not need to be accepted as a student to take a Seminary class. Once the Seminary class is complete, you can use a paper from the class to submit as part of your admissions file. Any class that is taken for credit will transfer into your eventual program as long as the class aligns with the program requirements.
What else would help strengthen my admissions file?
It is highly recommended that you submit a ministry or professional resume. This may be submitted as part of your admissions file.
What if I don’t have the necessary 60 credits?
You have two options:
- You may take additional credits at any accredited college of university to help reach the necessary 60 credits. It is important to note that to be eligible for federal loans, a student needs at least 72 completed undergraduate credits.
- You may take existing Seminary classes as a non-matriculated student to demonstrate readiness for graduate-level theological education. If you take four seminary-level classes at Northeastern (not Field Education) and receive a B or higher, you will not be penalized in the admissions process for lack of an associate degree or 60 credits. You will be required to apply to the Seminary following your classes. This will include the standard admissions steps along with a writing sample from your classes. Whether you want to pursue a Certificate program or Master's program, you will need to the Seminary following four classes (twelve credits). None of these four classes are eligible for federal financial aid. If you are accepted into Northeastern Seminary following the four classes, all classes will be transferable into your Master’s program.
A person who holds an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and wishes to pursue studies for credit—but not a degree—may be admitted on a space-available basis by completing an application for individual courses. Students who are in good standing and currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program may take classes at Northeastern as non-matriculated students. All non-matriculated students will be limited to accumulating up to twelve credits.
A person who meets the admissions requirements for Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry, or United Theological Seminary will, under the terms of the cross-registration program, be considered as admitted to Northeastern Seminary for enrollment.
A person who qualifies for regular admission may audit one or more courses. This privilege requires the approval of the vice president and dean's office and the instructors.