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Admissions for Masters Degree, Basic Graduate Theological Studies (B.G.T.S.), Non-Degree Graduate Student Status, or Visiting Student Status:
All students admitted to United are asked to provide evidence of a growing faith, potential for exercising creative ministry in a professional capacity and personal maturity, and ability to relate well to others.
All applicants must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree (with a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale) from a regionally accredited institution.
Background Checks: United Theological Seminary requires criminal background checks on all degree- and non-degree-seeking applicants.
The following application deadlines apply to all Masters’ students:
Masters’ applicants should submit their application one month prior to the semester for which they are applying unless other arrangements have been made with the Admissions Office.
Applying to United Theological Seminary is quick and easy with the online application. If you prefer to mail your application, please contact the admissions office to obtain the necessary forms.
The following items are required to complete the application:
Completed Application for Admission, including essays
$75 Application Fee
International Students have additional requirements.
The following items should be sent from the original source:
4 Reference letters (For MDiv, Pre-Doctoral, BGTS, CTS Students, 1 academic/employer, 2 church and 1 lay person)
3 Reference letters (For MACM and MTS Students, 2 academic/employer and 1 lay person)
Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended must be issued to United Theological Seminary NOT the student. Faxed copies are not accepted at any time.
Recommendations may be requested and submitted online as part of the application process. If you prefer to request recommendations via mail, please contact the admissions office to obtain the necessary forms.
Essay Question 1 (For all Masters Students)
Write one essay addressing the issues below. This essay should be two pages in length (typewritten, double-spaced)
What are your professional goals?
Why do you wish to enter this seminary and why at this time in your life?
To what do you feel called and what gifts do you bring to this vocation? What affirmations from the people around you have you received regarding this calling?
Essay Question 2 (For MDiv, Pre-Doctoral, BGTS and CTS Students)
This essay should be one page in length, following the same instructions given above.
What do you see to be the most important issue the church will face in the next 10 years?
Typically new students begin courses in the BC-12 module. Applications and all supporting documents must be received one month prior to the module start date. See the course information for module start and end dates.
Prospective students seeking Student Pastor appointments in United Methodist churches and all International Students must submit application materials by January 15 before the Fall Semester in which they intend to enroll.
Application materials are valid for one year from the time of submission. After that period, a new application will be required to be considered for admission.