Master of Divinity Requirements

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The Master of Divinity degree program is a rigorous post-baccalaureate degree designed to prepare students for a wide range of Christian ministry. This program, required by many denominations for ordination, is offered at the New Brunswick campus through day and evening classes and at the St. John's campus through evening classes.

Education for ministry is not a matter of simply accumulating certain knowledge and skills. It is the beginning of a process of personal transformation whereby the student appropriates the knowledge and skills pertinent to ministry in a way that shapes the student's self-understanding and life within the church and the world. Both acquisition of the diverse knowledge and skills, and the integration of these fields of knowledge and skill, with the actual experience and practice of ministry are essential to a theological education. >

Admissions Requirements
The application deadline for a term is two months before the first day of classes. Applications received after the deadline will be considered for admission in the following semester. The applicant must:
  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with an academic record indicating scholarly ability, including an undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate work pursued to date are required; *
  • Complete Application Form
  • Three letters of recommendation, one of which must be a recommendation from the applicant's pastor;
  • Complete a statement of purpose that provides a sense of who you are and why you are interested in the program;

    Under exceptional circumstances, a student without a baccalaureate degree may be admitted to the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) program as a non-traditional student. The total number of students in this program must meet all of the requirements and shall not exceed 15% of the total population of the master's level student body.
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    For the additional requirements for international students, click here

    For information on the transfer of credits, click here

    Application Fees
  • $50.00 non-refundable application fee, a
  • $25.00 non-refundable background check fee, and submit a completed background check release form; for more information click here
  • Once admitted, pay a $250.00 admissions deposit at least 30 days prior to the beginning of the new term to indicate acceptance of admission.**

    The M.Div. degree requires the completion of ninety-six (96) credit hours, in the respective disciplines, with a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher, and the successful completion of six (6) units of Field Education.

    A student can only transfer a limited number of credits from all sources for credit toward the M.Div. program. Under no circumstances can a student transfer in more than 64 credits from all sources, including ATS seminaries, CPE and other graduate programs. The last 32 credits for the M.Div. degree must be taken at NBTS. The Dean of the Seminary in consultation with the Faculty, where appropriate, will decide the granting of transfer credit for an individual student.


    Students are welcome to enroll for the Master of Divinity program at the New York campus. Students, especially those who have been granted substantial advanced standing/transfer credit or those who wish to be full-time, may find it necessary to take one or more courses at the New Brunswick campus in order to fulfill their concentration requirements within three years.


    *In exceptional cases, a student with a lower GPA, but with noteworthy qualifications, may be admitted provisionally. Official transcript(s) of all undergraduate and graduate work pursued to date are required. Applicants completing undergraduate study are accepted on the basis of a partial transcript, but a transcript showing a baccalaureate degree must be provided prior to matriculation.
    **This deposit is applied to the student's first-term tuition. New students are required to complete their registration two weeks before the first day of classes for the term. Registration after that date will be subject to a $100.00 late fee.

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