- Preparing to Apply / General Info
- Application Process
- Financial Aid
- For International Students
PREPARING TO APPLY / GENERAL INFO
Q. I have no prior ministerial experience, and I did not major in Theology or Religion. Can I still apply?
Yes, you may still apply. A number of our students did not major in Theology or Religion or have any prior ministerial experience. They simply have a strong sense of calling to the ministry and to be equipped to serve the Lord better.
Q. What is the difference between Track 1 and Track 2 MDiv students?
Generally speaking, Track 1 students are students who majored in Theology or Religion in college, and through their studies, have completed the prerequisite courses for the MDiv program. Track 2 students are those who did not major in Theology or Religion.
Q. How long is the program?
Track 1 students are required to complete 92 credits. Generally, this can be done in 3 years.
Track 2 students are required to complete 107 credits. Generally, this can be done in 3.5 years.
Q. When can I start the MDiv Program?
We accept students for the Summer and Fall semesters only. Students cannot begin in the Spring.
Track 1 students may begin in either the Summer or Fall semesters.
Track 2 students may begin in either semester, but it is recommended that they begin in the Summer semester.
Q. Are there any distance learning options?
The MDiv at Andrews University is an on-campus program, and you will be required to complete most of your classes in-residency. A maximum of five classes in your program can be taken through the Seminary Distance Learning Center.
Q. Can my spouse study at the Seminary too? I heard there was a Spouse Discount.
Academically qualified spouses of full-time on-campus seminary students may request a discount on tuition of Seminary master's-level courses taken to fulfill the requirements of a Seminary master's degree. The individual requesting the discount must be accepted into a Seminary master's program and must apply for the discount each semester in which his/her spouse is enrolled fulltime in the Seminary. The discounted fee is $120 per credit hour and applies for up to 9 credits per semester.
Also, Seminary students and spouses of Seminary students may request to informally audit any 500- or 600-level Seminary courses (except Seminars and Biblical Languages) regardless of academic qualifications and without charge, subject to written permission from the instructor, Seminary Dean, and available space.
Q. Who do I contact if I want to visit the campus as a prospective graduate student?
You can contact Student Visits via phone or email to schedule a visit. You can also schedule a visit online at their website.
Q. Do you have on-campus housing for graduate students?
Yes. To learn more about on-campus housing, visit the housing website, or contact the staff at (269) 471-6979, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. How do I apply?
You can apply online at http://www.andrews.edu/grad/.
Q.How much is the application fee?
The online application fee is $30. Late applications receive a fee of $70.
Q. Do you offer waivers for the application fee?
We do not offer application fee waivers. Everyone must pay this amount.
Q. When is the application deadline?
Given that applying and obtaining pertinent documents for admission can be a long endeavor, the student must start the application process 2–3 months before the dates provided below. All documents required for acceptance must be in the Office of Graduate Enrollment by the following dates:
Summer Enrollment (May Start Date)
- Start Application Process by - January 15
- Complete Applicaiton Process by - March 15
- Start Application Process by - November 15
- Complete Applicaiton Process by - January 15
Fall Enrollment (August Start Date)
- Start Application Process by - May 15
- Complete Applicaiton Process by - July 15
- Start Application Process by - March 15
Complete Applicaiton Process by - May 15
After these dates, there will be a late application fee for domestic students. International students are REQUIRED to complete their application by the final dates listed above.
Q. Do all of my application materials have to arrive by the deadline?
Yes. You should have all of your application materials in by the deadline if you want your application to be considered for the selected term.
Q. I missed the application deadline! Can I still apply?
While it is possible (with a late fee) if you are a domestic student, we cannot guarantee that your application will be reviewed or completed on time if you submit it late. International students must get all application materials in by the final deadline or they cannot be considered.
Q. If I have problems or questions about the online application, admission process, or documents needed, who should I contact?
Office of Graduate Enrollment
Q. Can I check my application status online? If so, how?
Yes, you can check the status of your application through preVue. When you apply, you should receive a welcome email with instructions for setting up a preVue account. Through preVue, you can check the status of your application.
If you have further questions, you can contact the Office of Graduate Enrollment at (269) 471-6321, or email@example.com.
Q. Do I have to take the GRE?
Not for the MDiv. For a list of application requirements, go here.
Q. Where should my transcript(s) be sent to?
Mail to:Graduate Enrollment
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0620
(269) 471-6246 (Fax)
Only official transcripts will be accepted. If you submit an unofficial transcript, we will still need your official transcript before your application is considered complete.
Q. Who should I ask to write my letters of recommendation?
Your recommendations should be from the following sources:
- A college religion department (if you are a theology or religion graduate of an SDA college within the past five years).
- A local church board where you are either a member or where you have been actively engaged in some form of ministry for at least one year. This recommendation should be signed by the pastor, or, in his absence, a church elder.
- 3. A person not included in the previous categories (preferably a church leader, pastor, administrator, or teacher).
Q. What is the Financial Statement component of the application?
The Financial Statement helps us to see how you intend to finance your studies here. It is also meant to help you anticipate the costs you will incur as a student. You can access the form here. When you have completed it, you can mail or fax it to the following:
Berrien Springs, MI 49104-0620
(269) 471-6246 (Fax)
Q. I only have a few more credits until I am done with my bachelor’s degree. Can I start the MDiv program and dually enroll in undergraduate classes at Andrews to finish my bachelor’s?
If you are already an Andrews University student, yes, you may dually enroll in the undergraduate program and the MDiv Program as you finish your bachelor’s degree. If you are completing your undergraduate studies elsewhere, you will need to complete your bachelor’s degree before starting the MDiv program here.
Q. When will I find out if I have been accepted?
After you apply, your application cannot be processed until we receive all requested documents, such as your recommendations, college transcripts, financial budget, etc. Once we have ALL of these documents in hand, graduate admissions will send your admission package to the Seminary for evaluation and processing. It takes 2-3 weeks for this final step.
You can check your application status online through your preVue account. For further questions about preVue, contact the Office of Graduate Enrollment at (269) 471-6321, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. How much does the MDiv Program cost?
Tuition fees for 2015-2016 are as follows:
Fall: $2921.00 (+ 348 General fee) for up to 16 credits
Spring: $2921.00 (+ 348 General fee) for up to 16 credits
Summer: $2197.00 (+ 120 General fee) for up to 12 credits
Please keep in mind that this does not include the cost of other school fees, books, food, lodging, and other expenses you may incur while studying here.
Q. Are there any scholarships available?
The MDiv Program is already heavily subsidized by the North American Division, so there are no additional scholarships available through the Seminary. You may wish to research external scholarship opportunities, however. You can also contact Student Financial Services to learn about other financial aid options. They can be reached at (269) 471-3334, or email@example.com.
Q. Who do I talk to about getting loans and about other financial aid issues?
You should contact Student Financial Services. They can be reached at (269) 471-3334, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. Is there someone on campus who can answer my questions about international students?
The office of International Students Services would be an excellent resource for you. They can be reached at (269) 471-6395, or email@example.com.
Q. Do international students submit the same application that non-international students do?
Yes, the application is the same. However, if you are an international student, you will need to review the additional information we have on this website for international students.
See application deadlines under the heading: “When is the application deadline?”
Q. How many credits do international students have to take each semester?
International students need to take at least 9 credits each semester in order to have a valid visa.
Q. Do I have to take the TOEFL or MELAB English proficiency test?
Class work at Andrews University is in English. Applicants whose mother tongue is other than English must submit scores of a standardized English proficiency exam.
Q. Can I take the English test when I arrive at Andrews?
You will need to take the TOEFL or MELAB before you come to Andrews. Our courses require a high level of English language ability. We want to ensure that you will be able to fully engage with the subject matter without being unduly hindered by language difficulties.
Q. Do I need a visa and an I-20 if I am only coming in the summer?
All international students need an I-20 and a visa to be able to study in the US.
Q. How can I connect with other students from my country/region?
Click Here is a list of international student clubs on campus.