The Master of Divinity program is recommended as the basic training for Adventist ministry by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists and the North American Division. It is a three-year professional program beginning in the summer or fall semester of each year. Students can complete the 92-credit program in seven semesters with summers free. However, the Seminary schedule is so arranged that MDiv students who have no deficiencies and who have adequate financial support may accelerate their studies by taking seven semesters in sequence, including summers, and complete the program in less than three years.


  • Christian Ministry
  • Church History
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Theology and Christian Philosophy
  • World Mission

Program length

  • Track 1: This 92-credit program is for students with a bachelor’s degree in religion or theology; it can typically be completed in 2.5 years.
  • Track 2: This 107-credit program is for students with a bachelor’s degree in an area other than religion or theology; it can typically be completed in 3 years.

Application Deadlines

The MDIV program only admits new students for Summer and Fall Semesters.

Prospective students must submit their applications by the dates listed below.

  • Fall (August - December): July 15
  • Summer (May-August): May 15

International Prospective Students are advised to complete and submit all the application requirements at least 3 months before the deadlines listed above to allow enough time for processing the immigration documents.

Please note that the admissions cycle for Fall 2013 is now closed.
We are no longer accepting new applications for Fall 2013 (August–December).

Eligibility requirements

  • Baccalaureate degree: A four-year degree from an accredited United States institution, or its equivalent from an institution outside the U.S.
  • Undergraduate GPA: Minimum 2.50. The entire student profile is considered during the admissions process; students who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements may also apply.
  • English proficiency: Students whose language of education is not English must submit one of the following tests and minimum scores:
    Test Score
    TOEFL iBT 85
    TOEFL ITP 565
    IELTS (Academic Version) 6.5
    MELAB 81
    PTE (Academic Version) 58
  • Church membership: Typically hold membership in the Seventh-day Adventist Church
  • Personal qualifications: Represent high moral integrity with a character, lifestyle,and spiritual commitment reflective of the beliefs and practices of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, and show promise of usefulness for ministry through personal maturity and adequate experience in the Church. (Persons of other faiths who are willing to live in harmony with these standards are welcome to apply.)


Students who enter the Master of Divinity program must fulfill the following prerequisites, all of which can be taken at the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary.

  • Old Testament Introduction and Survey: two courses, 6 credits
  • New Testament Introduction and Survey: two courses, 6 credits
  • Bible Doctrines/Theology: two courses, 6 credits
  • General Church History: two courses, 6 credits
  • History of the SDA Church: one course, 2–3 credits
  • Life and Ministry of Ellen G. White: one course, 2–3 credits
  • General or Introduction to Psychology: one course, 2–3 credits
  • Pastoral Ministries and Church Policy: one course, 2–3 credits
  • Homiletics/Biblical Preaching: one course, 2–3 credits
  • Personal Evangelism: one course, 2–3 credits
  • Biblical Greek (intermediate level proficiency)
  • Biblical Hebrew (intermediate level proficiency)

In addition to the above, courses in the following areas are strongly recommended:

  • Sociology
  • Christian ethics
  • Missions
  • Philosophy
  • Apologetics

Admission requirements

  • Official transcripts: From institutions where all post-secondary coursework was taken. Download Transcript Request PDF
  • Recommendations: Three recommendations are required; include someone from a religion department, a church board, and a general recommendation. (Students without a current contact in their school’s religion department may submit two general recommendations.) You are asked to provide names and email addresses on the online application, and then recommenders will receive an email with a direct link to the form.
  • Resume or professional history: Information about your employment, research, or special projects.
  • Personal history: Submit an autobiographical history and statement of purpose reflecting your family and religious development, sense of calling to ministry, experience in church work, and future goals in relationship to the MDiv program. (If married, the spouse of the applicant is also asked to complete a statement in regard to her or his feelings and relationship to the partner's aspirations for future ministry.)
  • Interview: Meet with a representative of the MDiv program if required, either by personal contact, telephone, or video.
  • Personality questionnaire: Complete and return the Sixteen Personality Factor Questionnaire as directed.

Additional requirements for international students

  • English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores.
  • Transcripts: Students have two options for submitting their transcripts.
    1. Having official transcript evaluations done through one of our approved credential evaluation agencies: WES, AACRAO or ECE. Evaluations must be sent directly from the organization us and must include:
      • At least the overall GPA
      • Degree title equivalent in the U.S.
      • Date the degree was conferred
      These are the guidelines you must follow if you use any of the approved credential evaluation agencies:
      • WES: Students who choose this organization must request the WES International Credential Advantage Package (WES ICAP) which includes verified copies of official transcripts. Students using WES ICAP will not need to submit additional copies of transcripts.
      • AACRAO: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcripts in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
      • ECE: Students who choose this organization must also send official transcript in both the original language and in English to the office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
    2. Sending transcripts directly from the university attended. Official, literal English translations of transcripts, along with the original-language documents, from institutions where English is not considered the official language.
  • Bachelor’s degree diploma: A copy of the literal English translation of the diploma, along with the original-language document may be sent by email. The copy of the Diploma is not needed if the transcripts come through an approved credential evaluation agency (WES, AACRAO, ECE) listing the graduation date. Also, a copy of the diploma is not needed if the transcripts list the graduation date and degree conferred.
  • Secondary Documents: A copy of these Secondary Documents may be required where applicable.
    • Baccalaureate for the French system
    • Abitur Diploma for the German system 
    • A-level results for the British system
  • Summary of Educational Experience: Complete the educational summary form and submit to the Office of Graduate Enrollment Management.
  • I-20 form: International students must obtain an I-20 form before applying for a visa. The requirements for obtaining an I-20 form are:
    • Academic acceptance
    • Payment of $3,000 advance deposit (not required for Mexico and Canada, $2000 for Summer 2013)
    • Submit the Estimated Budget Sheet showing evidence of financial resources for one academic year
    • A full semester payment in advance is required for citizens of Kenya and Ethiopia

The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.


To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.

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