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Application Information and Materials

Application for fall 2015 admission is now open. 

Please note: The information below is for students interested in applying to the Divinity School (M.T.S. and M.Div. programs).  Students interested in the M.A. or Ph.D. programs must apply through the Graduate Department of Religion .

Follow the links below to begin the application process:

Apply to Master of Divinity Program

Apply to Master of Theological Studies Program

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants to the M.T.S. and M.Div. degree programs at the Divinity School must hold the baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and must have maintained an academic average of 2.9 or better. Typically students with prior graduate-level, first theological degrees (such as a prior M.T.S. degree) are not considered for admission to the M.Div. and M.T.S. programs.

How are applications evaluated?

Applications are reviewed by the Admission Committee, which is comprised of members of the faculty and administration. The Admissions Committee collectively determines the status of admit, decline or wait list. Applicants are notified as soon as a decision is made. Students who are denied admission may be allowed to reapply after two years, as stated in our catalog.

When are the application deadlines?

January 15
Preferred submission date for fall-term applicants. To be considered for full-tuition scholarships, your application must be complete by this date.

April 1
Final submission date for fall-term applicants. Applications received after April 1 will be considered until June 1 if space permits.

Do you admit transfer students?

Prospective transfer students should complete the regular degree application, as well as submit a letter stating the reasons for transferring and provide a letter of honorable dismissal from the president or dean of the theological school from which transfer is being made.  A maximum of 12 semester hours from other approved theological schools or 6 hours of other graduate study that is coherent with the student's program may be transferred to the M.T.S. program.  A maximum of 27 semester hours from other approved theological schools or 12 hours of other graduate study that is coherent with the student's program may be transferred to the M.Div. program.  For a complete list of transfer guidelines and requirements, please refer to the Divinity Catalog .

Do you allow advanced standing?

Admitted students are given the opportunity to submit prior coursework for consideration for advanced standing prior to the beginning of their first academic year.  Typically, advanced standing does not reduce total credit hour requirements but allows students with significant academic work in a particular field to place out of introductory-level courses. For questions regarding advanced standing, please email divinity-admissions@vanderbilt.edu .

Do you admit International Students?

International students are eligible for admission to either degree program as well as financial aid.  Applicants whose native language is not English must present the results of the TOEFL or IELTS exam on their application.  The minimum acceptable scores for consideration by the admissions committee are as follows: internet-based test is 95; computer-based test is 250, and paper-based test is 600.  Vanderbilt University's TOEFL school code is 1871.  The minimum acceptable score for the IELTS is 7.0.    For detailed information about applying as an international student, please refer to the Divinity Catalog .


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