Master of Divinity Admissions
The masters degree programs (Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Theological Studies) are open to qualified students of all Christian traditions. Every student must have earned the degree of Bachelor of Arts or its equivalent, based upon four years of work beyond secondary education in a college or university approved by one of the regional accrediting bodies. Exemption from this requirement must be fully justified and documented. Applicants who have achieved an average grade of B or better (3.0 on a 4-point scale) in appropriate baccalaureate or pre-M.Div. subjects receive priority in admission.

Students from institutions of collegiate standing outside of the U.S.A. in which a bachelor's degree is not granted may be admitted if they present satisfactory evidence of having completed work comparable to that required for a B.A. degree in American institutions and of having adequate financial support.

Preparation for undertaking M.Div. work should include experience with critical thinking, writing, and study of the humanities and social sciences. Applications that show gaps or weakness in these areas may be placed on hold by the Admissions Committee until the applicant takes courses that demonstrate or improve the ability to do graduate work in theology. Or an applicant may be admitted with the proviso that certain approved introductory courses in the history of world civilizations, philosophy, or English composition are to be taken before embarking on the first year of the seminary program. When such a stipulation is made, the courses must be completed at an accredited college or university with a grade of no less than B (3.0).


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San Francisco Theological Seminary
105 Seminary Rd
San Anselmo CA, 94960
Phone: 415.451.2800