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Masters Admissions Requirements

Northeastern offers four master's degree programs:

  • Master of Divinity (M.Div.)
  • Master of Arts Theological Studies (M.A.)
  • Master of Arts in Theology and Social Justice (MATSJ)
  • Master of Arts in Transformational Leadership (MATL)
  • Dual degree that pairs Northeastern Seminary’s M.Div. or M.A. Theological Studies program with a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the Social Work program at Roberts Wesleyan College—a dual degree requires you to apply and be accepted into both schools.

Regular Admission: The student holds an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a 2.5 GPA or better on a 4.0 scale and is pursuing a graduate degree in the Seminary. In certain cases, and as space permits, a student currently enrolled in an accredited college or university and within six credits of completing the baccalaureate degree may be accepted as a provisional regular student. The student must complete the baccalaureate degree within one semester of starting Seminary, since this classification is temporary and cannot be renewed.

Special Admission: As openings may permit, a limited number of students who do not hold baccalaureate degrees from regionally accredited colleges or universities may be admitted to pursue the M.Div. degree or professional M.A. degrees (M.A. in Theology and Social Justice and M.A. in Transformational Leadership) in the Seminary. Applicants for this status must be of exceptional merit, they must be 30 years of age or older, and they must have already completed 60 credits at an undergraduate level of study or its educational equivalent. Applicants under the Special Admissions category will also submit an essay on a theological topic as further evidence of the student's readiness to do graduate level work.

Non-Matriculated: A person who holds an earned baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and wishes to pursue studies for credit—but not a degree—may be admitted on a space-available basis by completing an application for individual courses. Students who are in good standing and currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program may take classes at Northeastern as non-matriculated students. All non-matriculated students will be limited to accumulating up to twelve credits.

Cross-Registered: A person who meets the admissions requirements for Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, St. Bernard's School of Theology and Ministry, or United Theological Seminary will, under the terms of the cross-registration program, be considered as admitted to Northeastern Seminary for enrollment.

Audit: A person who qualifies for regular admission may audit one or more courses. This privilege requires the approval of the vice president and dean's office and the instructors.