Admission and Deadlines

The items listed in the admission requirements checklist are all we need to review your application. Please do not send unnecessary supporting documents. If you would like us to know about relevant experience or activities, feel free to include that information in your personal statement.

  • You are not required to submit all application materials together. However, we consider applications only when all materials have been received.
  • We review and approve applications on a rolling basis and admit applicants to the fall, spring, or summer semester. To insure a timely review, consider submitting your application well ahead of the posted deadlines.
  • We attempt to notify you of our acceptance decision by email within one week of receiving your complete application.

What's Needed

MA

MA/CERT PastMin & Off-Campus Practicum

MA/CERT PastMin & On Campus Internship

CERT PastMin

all CERT THL

Online Application

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

Application Fee
(non-refundable)

$50

$50

$50

$50

$50

Resume

optional

optional

optional

optional

optional

Writing Sample*

optional

optional

optional

optional

optional

Letters of
Recommendation

3

4**

6***

2

2

Interview

no

yes

yes

yes

no

Transcripts

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

UG Major in Theology

no

no

no

no

no

3.0 GPA

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

GRE
(or equivalent)

yes

yes

yes

no

no

Statement of
Objectives

yes

yes

yes

yes

yes

*    With the exception of those applying to the MA/Cert PastMin & On-Campus Internship program, all applicants who wish to be considered for aid from the department must submit a writing sample.
**   If you apply to the combined program, MA/Cert PastMin & Off-Campus Practicum, you need to submit 4 letters of recommendation (3 addressing academic aptitude; 1 addressing ministerial aptitude). All letters must be submitted directly to the departmental director of graduate admissions.
***  If you apply to the combined program, MA/Cert PastMin & On-Campus Practicum (CMI - Campus Ministry Internship), you need to submit 6 letters of recommendation (3 addressing academic aptitude; 3 addressing ministerial aptitude). All letters must be submitted directly to the departmental director of graduate admissions.

Semester MA MA/CERT PastMin MA/CERT & CMI CERT PastMin all CERT
Fall 1Aug 1Aug 1Mar 1Aug 1Aug
Spring 1Dec 1Dec n/a 1Dec 1Dec
Summer 1May 1May n/a 1May 1May
Assistantships 1Mar 1Mar n/a n/a n/a
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Deadlines

We review and approve applications on a rolling basis and admit applicants to the fall, spring, or summer semesters. To insure a timely review, consider submitting your application well ahead of the posted deadlines. 

For priority consideration, individuals applying for an assistantship or a scholarship should submit credentials by March 1 to be considered for the following fall semester. We consider late applications on a space-available basis.

Matriculation

  • If you fulfill all admission requirements, we will admit you as a matriculated student.
  • If not, the admission's committee may recommend that you be admitted non-matriculated and retain this status until you have successfully completed several graduate courses. At that time, we will re-evaluate your matriculation status.
  • Please note that only matriculated students are eligible for VU assistantships and governmental loans.

Low GPA?

We will also welcome your application if you have a lower GPA or majored in other fields (Education, the Humanities, the Social Sciences, the Sciences, Law, etc.).

We may require that you earn no less than a “B” grade in each of the first 3 courses before continuing with the program.