Divinity (M.Div.) Admissions Requirements

Welcome! We’re glad you’ve made the choice to go forward and apply for our Master of Divinity program – a comprehensive, rigorous master’s program helping you become an effective spiritual leader to serve people of all faiths and backgrounds. Please review the admissions requirements carefully. If you have any questions, we’re happy to help: admissions@marylhurst.edu or 503.699.6268.

Application Deadline

The Master of Divinity program accepts new applicants each term. We request that you submit your completed application at least six weeks prior to the start of the term.

Master of Divinity: Admissions Requirements

Because you are applying to a master’s program at Marylhurst, we require that you hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a 3.0 cumulative G.P.A. You will also need to take and submit your Millers Analogies Test scores (no minimum score required).

admissions-staff-maruska-lynch-marylhurstMaruska Lynch – Graduate Admissions Counselor

“Making the decision to pursue your Master of Divinity is a big step, professionally and personally. Our divinity program is truly exceptional and the faculty and fellow students are known for their accepting and welcoming nature. I am here to help you navigate the application and admissions process. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out.”

Contact Information
503.699.6322
mlynch@marylhurst.edu

M.Div: Application Process

Here are the items you will need to submit to formally apply for the Master of Divinity program at Marylhurst. As you review the list, know that we’re here to help you if you have any questions about the required materials for admissions. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

  • Complete the online application
    Don’t worry about finishing the application in one session. You can save your work, log out and return to the application at a later time. Your information will be saved.
  • Pay the $50 nonrefundable fee
  • Within the online application, you will also be directed to submit:
    • Resume
    • Official transcripts for all colleges and universities attended
    • Brief autobiography
    • Recommendations
    • Statement of intent
    • Miller Analogies Test scores

Interview
As part of the application process, you will also be invited for an interview with program faculty. Interviews are scheduled once we receive your completed application.

Official Transcripts
Official transcripts must arrive at Marylhurst University in the original unopened envelope as issued by the originating institution with an institutional stamp or signature on the closed envelope flap. Sounds very legal, but it’s pretty straightforward: contact your previous institutions and request an official transcript to be sent directly to Marylhurst: 17600 Pacific HWY, PO Box 261, Marylhurst, OR 97036-0261. Official transcripts can also be sent via a secure delivery service such as National Student Clearinghouse, eSCRIP-SAFE, or Parchment. Directions on how to do this will also be available within the online admissions application.

Statement of Intent
This is a brief essay in which you introduce yourself and share information about your academic goals and experiences. This is not a formal academic or research paper, but it should be proofread for errors and grammar to ensure readability. This essay may be used as part of the scholarship consideration process at Marylhurst University. Please write a one-to-two page paper in 12pt. font. Make sure to include your name in the top, right-hand corner of each page. Please address the following questions:

  • Why have you chosen your course of study? If undecided, please comment on your area(s) of interest.
  • Why have you chosen Marylhurst University?
  • How does this degree fit into your past/current life experiences and future goals?

To submit the statement, you can upload it inside the online application portal, or email it to admissions@marylhurst.edu or FAX it to 503.699.6320.

Recommendations
We really simplified this process. All you will need are the names and contact information (email) for your recommenders. In the online application, you will be prompted to input their information. This sends your recommenders an email with directions on how to submit their recommendation letter. Easy, right?

Autobiography
We’re not looking for a novel, but we do want to know about your life, your experiences and a little more about your background. And by brief, we mean about two-to-three pages at the max. This is really your chance to let our faculty know who you are, your viewpoints and past experiences.

Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
This is a standardized test that many graduate schools require. Through a series of 100+ questions (computer-based), it assesses your logical and analytical reasoning. This test helps us better understand your potential success as a graduate student. No minimum score required.

  Are you applying as an international student?  Please review these additional requirements for graduate international student applicants.

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