Applied Pastoral Theology – Admissions Requirements

Applied Pastoral Theology Admissions Requirements

Welcome! We’re glad you’ve made the choice to go forward and apply for our M.A. in Applied Pastoral Theology – a comprehensive, holistic master’s program helping you develop your spiritual and pastoral care to serve people of all faiths and backgrounds. Please review the admissions requirements carefully. If you have any questions, we’re happy to help: or 503.699.6268.

Application Deadline

The M.A. in Applied Pastoral Theology accepts new applicants each fall. It’s best to submit your completed application by the end of August for full consideration.

Applied Pastoral Theology: 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. If you maintain a GPA below 3.0, you will also need to take and submit your Millers Analogies Test scores.

Donna Davis – Associate Director of Admissions

“Marylhurst’s Applied Pastoral Theology master’s is a wonderful, inclusive program featuring content suitable for all faiths and backgrounds. One of the most rewarding aspects of this program are the small, discussion-style classes. I’ve heard from current students that they enjoy the welcoming, open environment where they freely explore ideas. Making the decision to pursue a master’s degree is a big decision. I’m here to help you navigate the admissions and application process. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me if you have questions.”


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Application Process

Here are the items you will need to submit to formally apply for the M.A. in Applied Pastoral Theology program. 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.
  • Within the online application, you will also be directed to submit:
    • Resume
    • Official transcript from regionally accredited institution where you earned a degree (additional transcripts may be requested as proof of program pre-requisites)  
    • Recommendations
    • Statement of intent
    • Miller Analogies Test scores are required only if you maintain a GPA below 3.0

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 be received by Marylhurst University in the original unopened envelope or through approved electronic means from the originating institution. 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

The Statement of Intent should be two-to-three pages in 12pt. font with your name in the top, right-hand corner of each page. Please address the following questions:

  • Why would you like to pursue a Master of Arts in Applied Pastoral Theology at Marylhurst University?
  • What value will it have in your call to be a professional care provider?
  • How will you balance personal, professional, spiritual and academic commitments during your graduate studies program?

To submit your statement of intent, you can upload it inside the online application portal, or email it to or FAX it to 503.699.6320.

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?

Miller Analogies Test (MAT)
If you have maintained a GPA lower than 3.0, Marylhurst asks that you complete the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and earn a minimum score of 398. 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. For general information and test locations, visit

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

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