Masters Admissions Requirements

Students applying to one of Northeastern Seminary's Master's programs must meet the following admissions qualifications to be eligible.


Regular Admission

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • GPA of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale.

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.

Additional Requirements

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 meet the following requirements:

  • Demonstrate exceptional merit
  • Be 30 years of age or older
  • 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.


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.


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.


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.

How to Apply


You may also pursue a dual degree that pairs Northeastern Seminary’s Master of Divinity or Theological Studies program with a Master of Social Work (MSW) from Roberts Wesleyan College. You must apply and be accepted into both schools.