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Application Information and Materials

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 .
  • If you previously applied to the Divinity School and wish to re-apply for Fall 2014, you will not be able to use your existing account to start a new application for that term or any later term, since we are using a new application system for Fall 2014.


Please follow the links below to begin the application process.

Apply to Master of Divinity Program

Apply to Master of Theological Studies Program


General Information and Process

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 are not considered for admission to the M.Div. and M.T.S. programs.

Applications are reviewed by the Admission Committee, which 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.


Admission 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 May 1 if space permits.


Transfer Students and Advanced Standing

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 .

Admitted students are given the opportunity to submit prior coursework for advanced standing prior to the beginning of their first academic year.  For questions regarding advanced standing, please email .


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


Non-degree Students

Students who do not intend to enroll in a degree program may register for a limited number of courses and receive academic credit if admitted as non-degree students. Non-degree student applications are available via the regular online application.  Applications and supporting documents must be completed and on file in the Office of Admissions by May 1 for the fall semester and by November 1 for the spring semester.  Non-degree students are not eligible for financial aid.

The checklist for non-degree student application may be found here.