Admission to the MDiv, MAFM, and MA (Religion) Programs
General Requirements for Admission
Applicants for admission to master’s degrees at Logsdon Seminary must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university (with accreditation recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or holding membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada or the educational equivalent at a US or international university). The degree must contain a minimum of 42 advanced semester hours (courses designed for juniors and seniors). Students presenting degrees with less than 42 advanced hours must satisfy all other entrance requirements and complete sufficient undergraduate upper level hours before they are admitted.
Each student must submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly from the student’s college, university, or seminary to Logsdon Seminary.
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION TO THE MDIV OR MAFM PROGRAMS
Admission to Logsdon Seminary is based upon a total evaluation of the following elements.
- Prior Academic Performance. Consideration is given to a student’s grade point average (GPA) in all undergraduate coursework, GPA in major field, GPA in previous graduate study, adequacy of the liberal arts component of the undergraduate degree, and dates of completion of previous academic work.
- Application. A student will complete the online application indicating previous experience and current aptitude for graduate theological study in preparation for ministry.
- Personal Statement. A student will write a reflective essay on his/her call to ministry.
- Letters of Recommendation. Three letters of recommendation are required reflecting evidence of a student’s character, commitment, and readiness for a graduate, professional program of study in ministry preparation.
- Personal Interview. A student will have an interview with a seminary representative.
- Church Endorsement. A student applying to the MDiv or MAFM degree is required to have the Church Endorsement Form completed by a church where he/she has been a member.
If students satisfy the above requisites, and complete the required supplemental items listed on the apply now page, they may be granted full admission into the program.
SPECIFIC REQUIREMENT FOR ADMISSION TO THE MA (REL) PROGRAM
Admission to the MA (Rel) is based upon a total evaluation of the following elements, along with prerequisite requirements.
- Prior Academic Performance (see above).
- Application. A student will complete an application form indicating previous experience and current aptitude for graduate theological study in preparation for ministry.
- Personal Statement. A student will provide a written statement of the goals that she/he has for the MA (Rel) program of study.
- Writing Sample. A student will provide a sample (minimum of ten pages) of formal theological writing that demonstrates research and writing ability.
- Letters of Recommendation. Three letters of recommendation are required reflecting evidence of a student’s readiness for graduate study in religion. One letter must be from an academic, such as a former professor.
- Personal Interview. A student will have an interview with the program director or another seminary representative.
In addition to prerequisites discussed above under the MA (Rel) degree description, applicants will also demonstrate the following three items in their academic achievement:
- A GPA of 3.0 in all upper-level (junior and senior) coursework OR an overall undergraduate GPA of 2.70
- A GPA of 3.0 in all undergraduate coursework in religion (which must include a minimum of 18 upper-level hours in religion)
- A competitive score on the GRE or MAT.
If students satisfy the above requisites, and complete the required supplemental items listed on the apply now page, they may be granted full admission into the program. Tentative admission may be granted to applicants who satisfy any two of the three academic standards listed above based on approval from the program director. Students granted tentative admission must maintain a 3.00 GPA during their first 12 hours of graduate work to be eligible to receive full admission and continue their education.