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Admission Requirements for Master of Pastoral Studies

The MTS, MPS and Certificate in Pastoral Ministry programs are open to all applicants who have earned a bachelor’s degree, in any field, with a grade point average of at least 2.5 on the 4.0 scale. Required pre-requisite hours in theology or religion (6 hours) for the MTS or MPS may be completed after acceptance to the program. Please see “conditional admission” under Admission Standards for details about satisfying pre-requisite hours.

Required Documentation

Required documents to be considered for admission include:

  • Official copies of transcripts from all previously attended colleges/universities
  • Documentation from any completed workshops, institutes, ministry formation programs, etc., that you would like to be considered in lieu of pre-requisite course work hours, if your previous transcript(s) do not show 6 credit hours of work in theology, ministry, spirituality or religion.

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Admission Standards

Students may achieve full standing through initial admission at one of three levels: unconditional, conditional or provisional. Unconditional status gives full standing upon entering the program, while conditional status and provisional status require the fulfillment of specific documentation and/or performance criteria.

Unconditional Admission

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Six hours of undergraduate theology, religious studies or an unquestioned equivalency.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Conditional Admission

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • An undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Approval by the chair of theology.

Students admitted on a conditional basis must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or higher and/or the equivalent of six hours undergraduate theology before completion of their fifth graduate course. The undergraduate prerequisite may be fulfilled either by completing additional courses (audit, undergraduate or graduate) or by supplying documentation of course equivalencies, such as courses or workshops in a ministry formation program or catechetical institute.

Provisional Admission

Provisional status is granted to all students who have not yet completed their required documentation. Students may not register for more than six credit hours in provisional status. In addition to new degree-seeking students, non-degree and transient students as well as graduating seniors in good standing who have not yet completed their undergraduate degree are eligible to take up to, but not more than, six hours of graduate course work on this basis. In all cases, students are expected to submit required documentation within the semester.

Orientation Seminar

A non-credit introduction to theological studies, this seminar is required of all new students in the MTS/CTS programs. It consists of the following components: personal interview with Theology Chair or Extension Site Director, Orientation Lunch, Peer Mentor Lunch.

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