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Admission Requirements for the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and the Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) programs, applicants must hold a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.
Applicants who are considering ordination should inquire about diocesan policies regarding the timing of seminary application in relation to admission to postulancy.
Although participation in the ordination process is not a requirement for admission to CDSP, part of processing an application for the M.Div., or M.T.S. normally includes contacting the applicant’s bishop.
Transfer Credit: Students transferring into the M.Div. or M.T.S. programs from other accredited institutions of higher learning may be given appropriate credit for work done, as determined by the faculty. A written request for transfer credit should accompany the admission application. Such credit is decided on an individual basis. Students transferring credit must complete a minimum of one full year’s work (eight three-unit courses) at CDSP in order to be eligible for a degree.
Special Status: Some students are admitted as special students, with the understanding that they are not candidates for a degree. The requirements for admission to the M.Div. or M.T.S. programs generally apply. In certain circumstances, a student may be admitted to special status without a B.A. or its equivalent. Special students must apply each year for continuation of that status, no later than May 1.
Limited Status: Persons who wish to take one course only and do not plan to pursue a degree program at CDSP may be admitted to limited status through a modified admissions procedure. Courses taken under limited status may not be applied to future degree work at CDSP. A special admission form for limited status is available from the Admissions Office. Applications for limited status will not be considered after June 30 for the Fall semester or November 1 for the Spring semester.
CDSP Admissions Office
2451 Ridge Road Berkeley, CA
Students may enroll in the M.Div. and M.A. programs concurrently. A separate admission process for each program is necessary, as is the completion of all requirements for each degree. Concurrent M.Div./M.A. programs can be completed in no less than four years.
For more information on requirements and to receive an application, contact the Graduate Theological Union (GTU).