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Below are the recommended timelines to prepare for testing and to request delivery of transcripts and letters of recommendation. These timelines allow for application review by the Admissions Committee, as well as consideration for financial aid. We operate on a rolling admissions calendar, allowing us to review applications as they are completed. If you are not sure you can complete the process in time for the beginning of a term, please contact .

  • Inquire online about various degree programs.
  • Request information about the degree programs that interests you.
  • Speak with an Admissions Counselor.
  • Take TOEFEL or alternate English proficiency exam (International applicants).
  • Meet with Admissions Counselor, visit campus, attend a class or information session.
  • Connect with Degree Program Director.
  • Register for the GRE or Miller Analogies Test.
  • Solicit letters of recommendation.
  • Request official undergraduate and graduate transcript.
  • Complete the online application.
  • Submit application fee.
  • Write personal essay and theological reflection.
  • Apply for financial aid and scholarship opportunities.

The admissions process

The Admissions Committee thoroughly reviews every application to understand the strengths, skills and unique potential of prospective students. A sound academic record, including undergraduate history and test scores, is important. In addition to your academics, the committee carefully considers your personal statement and letters of recommendation looking for evidence of writing skills, service to the community, and commitment to the special mission of The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity and the program goals to which you are applying. All information submitted as part of the application process will be examined. It is the intention of the committee to ensure that The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity is a good fit for you and that you are prepared to be successful in pursuing a graduate degree with us.

To be granted admission, applicants must meet the requirements of the degree program for which they are applying and complete the application process.

Students must complete their application files prior to any consideration for scholarship and financial aid opportunities.


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It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the Graduate Admissions Office of the University of St. Thomas has received all documents needed to complete the application for admission.


An application is considered complete when the Graduate Admissions Office has received:

  • Completed online application including your personal essay/theological reflection
  • All letters of recommendation (Applicants within 5 years of last date of enrollment are required to provide letters of recommendation by academic references.)
  • An official transcript, sent directly from the academic institution, showing an earned Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  • Official transcripts, sent directly from each academic institution, including all previous undergraduate and graduate work
  • All additional application requirements for the program to which you are applying
  • All application materials submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office shall be retained by the University

All application materials listed above should be sent directly to:

University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
Graduate Admissions
1000 LaSalle Ave
TMH 201 Box 5
Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403, USA


Once the application is complete, an interview with The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity Recruitment and Admissions Coordinator will be arranged. From this interview, additional materials may be requested.


For more information about the application process, please contact:

School of Divinity Recruitment and Admissions Counselor at .

1. International students are encouraged and welcome to apply to a degree program of The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity. When a prospective international graduate student completes their application to The School of Divinity, a decision will be made by the Admissions Committee. The student will then need to submit the documents listed in the University of St. Thomas International Admissions Graduate Application Checklist


2. Complete all requirements as listed in the Application Requirements.


3. View additional application requirements for each program: Master of Arts in Theology or Master of Arts in Pastoral Leadership.


4. English Language Proficiency:

  • TOEFL (must submit official score report) 
    Test of English as a Foreign Language-minimum score of 550 Paper Based TOEFL (PBT),  213 for the computer-based test or a total score of 80 for the internet based test (iBT) with a minimum score of 20 for both the writing and speaking sections of the test. The St. Thomas TOEFL code is 6110. Test scores must be current within two years.
  • MELAB (must submit official score report)
    (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery-minimum score 80). Test scores must be current within two years and must be accompanied by an official letter from the testing coordinator. 
  • IELTS (must submit official score report) 
    Minimum score 6.5.  Test scores must be current within two years.

Important Dates: Please schedule your TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB test date before November 1 if you are applying to a spring term.  Please schedule your TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB test date before May 1 if you are applying to a fall term.

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