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
- 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.
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.
- 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.
- 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:
- Christian ethics
- Domestic and International prospective students who graduated from an educational institution in the U.S. must upload unofficial transcripts directly in the Graduate Application system during the application process. Official final transcripts will be required after admission decision.
- Domestic and International prospective students who graduated from an educational institution outside the U.S. must provide a WES International Credential Advantage Package (WES ICAP). An unofficial copy of the WES ICAP may be uploaded in the Graduate Application system during the application process. Official WES ICAP will be required after admission decision.
Prospective students applying to summer 2017 may submit unofficial copies of their transcripts in the Graduate Application system regardless of the type of program they are applying for.
- 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.
English proficiency: English proficiency: Students whose language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English proficiency by meeting the minimum scores. To learn more please visit our entrance exams page.
ENGLISH PROFICIENCY TEST MINIMUM SCORES REQUIRED Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) 85 Paper-based TOEFL (ITP) 565 IELTS (Academic) 6.5
The Office of Graduate Enrollment Management reserves the right to request additional documents at its own discretion.
Additional requirements for international students
In addition to fulfilling the regular admission requirements, International students with academic acceptance who are coming to Andrews University need to submit additional documents in order to process a student visa. For more information please visit the International Students page.
If you will be pursuing an Online program that requires you to come to campus for an orientation or class please contact the International Student Services for more specific information.
To learn more about tuition costs and scholarship opportunities please visit our financial section.
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