Admissions Process

We want to demystify the admissions process for you. 

Submit your Application

Complete our application, including your $25 application fee, and submit it securely on our website. Detailed instructions can be found in the links below:

Choose your program:

Master of Divinity MDiv

Master of Divinity / Master of Science in Social Work (Dual Degree with UT, Austin)

Master of Arts (Theological Studies) MATS

Master of Arts in Ministry Practice MAMP

Doctor of Ministry DMin


Master of Arts in Youth Ministry MAYM - Applications for this program are initiated through the Center for Youth Ministry Training. To apply, visit for more information. 


Request a Background Check

Request a complete background check through Castlebranch. Our code is au33.

Send your Transcripts

We need official transcripts from all colleges and universities you have attended, including online courses, undergraduate, and graduate level.

Write and submit three essays


Autobiographical essay – tell us your story!

In an autobiographical essay (3-5 pages, double-spaced), reflect on your spiritual journey and/or call to ministry. Address your personal, educational, and religious background, your work history, your gifts and abilities for ministry and service, and your current vocational goals.

Analytical essay – Show off your writing by tackling a theological topic/concern!

i. In an analytical essay (4-5 pages, double-spaced), craft a cogent argument on a specific topic of theological interest or concern. This essay should demonstrate your capacity to think critically, write coherently, reflect theologically, and engage scholarly sources.

Complete a third essay, specific to the program to which you are applying!

MDiv Applicants - The MDiv degree is designed to nurture leaders who will give strong, loving, and imaginative leadership to worshiping, learning, and serving communities. In a brief essay (1-2 pages, double-spaced), reflect on your hopes and concerns for the church and your call to ministry. 

MDiv/MSSW Applicants - The dual degree (MDiv/MSSW) is designed for students who have a particular interest in non-traditional ministries, including agency-based social service, social justice advocacy, policy-oriented ministries, and clinical counseling, as well as more traditional ministry roles such as pastor or chaplain. In a brief essay (1-2 pages, double-spaced


Complete Interview with Admissions Officer

We’ll contact you to set this up after you have sent in everything in 1 – 5 above

Submit Merit Application by Feb 1st (if applicable)

If you wish to apply for one of the Seminary’s generous merit awards, you may do so by completing this application. February 1 is the deadline for the upcoming fall. Merit awards are only given once per calendar year.