Masters Degrees

MasterofArts
MasterofArtsinSocialTransformation
MasterofDivinity
MasterofDivinityMasterofArts
MasterofTheologicalStudies

Graduate Certificates

CertificateinTheologicalStudies
CertificateofAdvancedProfessionalStudies
CertificateofSpecialStudies
CertificateofSpiritualityandSocialChange
CertificateofSexualityandReligion

Theological Education for Leadership Certificates

CertificateofGenderSexualityandtheBible
Certificate of Theological Education for Leadership
UnitedMethodistChurchCertifiedLayMinisterProgram

Doctoral Degrees

Doctor of Ministry
GraduateTheologicalUnionDoctoralDegrees

The Admissions Committee assesses applications in terms of the seminary’s ability to meet the applicant’s expressed academic and professional needs, the applicant’s commitment to strengthening the work of religious communities in the world, the likelihood that the candidate will succeed in the program, and the candidate’s potential contribution to the PSR community.

PSR Admissions Checklist

Priority Deadlines

Applications for all programs, except the GTU Common MA, are accepted throughout the year, but candidates whose applications are complete (with all necessary transcripts, test scores, and letters of reference) by the priority deadlines receive priority consideration for housing, financial aid and scholarships. The GTU does not have rolling admission and will not consider MA applications submitted after the deadlines.

  • Fall Admission Priority Deadline: February 1
  • Spring Admission Priority Deadline: October 1

Once your application is complete, the review process takes two to six weeks. Applications submitted less than six weeks prior to the beginning of the semester may not be processed in time and may be considered for the following semester.

Provisional Status

Students who do not meet the minimum GPA or previous degree requirements may be admitted to the MTS, MDiv, or MAST programs with provisional status at the discretion of the Admissions.

Taking a Class at PSR

Enrolling in a degree or certificate program is not the only way to take a class at PSR. The public is welcome to explore these options for attending courses at PSR.

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The application information on this page is for all PSR graduate academic programs except the GTU Common Master of Arts. Application instructions and requirements are subject to change.

Applications are accepted throughout the year. Once your application is complete, the review process takes two to six weeks. Applications submitted less than six weeks prior to the beginning of the semester may not be processed in time and may be considered for the follow­ing semester.

PRIORITY DEADLINES

  • Summer or Fall admission: February 1
  • January or Spring admission: October 1

International students are encouraged to apply for fall admission. Candidates whose applications are complete (see application checklist below) by the priority deadlines receive priority consideration for housing, financial aid, and scholarships.

 

Application Checklist

All application materials, including transcripts and reference letters, must be submitted in English. Applications are not considered com­plete, and will not be reviewed, until the following are submitted:

  • Admissions application
  • Application fee of $50 USD (non-refundable) payable to Pacific School of Religion.
  • Personal statement addressing application questions specific to your program.
  • Sealed, official transcripts from every academic institution attended for all classes taken for academic credit, whether a degree was completed or not, including colleges, universities, seminaries, and professional schools. Sealed transcripts may be submitted with your application or sent directly to PSR from the school. An accredited baccalaureate degree is required for admission to all masters and certificate programs. (MDiv and MTS applicants who have not completed a baccalaureate degree or who do not have a mini­mum GPA of 3.0 may be admitted with provisional status.) An Mdiv, or equivalent, plus three years of post-masters ministry experi­ence is required for admission into the Dmin program. A theological masters is required for admission to the CAPS program.
  • Three typed letters of reference and completed reference forms (blank forms are enclosed). Sealed reference letters and forms, with a signature across the seal, may be submitted with your application or sent directly to PSR from the referrer.
  • Curriculum vitae or resume of employment and other relevant experience (required for Dmin; optional and encouraged for all other programs).
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)-Academic Module is required for international students from countries where English is not the primary language and/or applicants whose first language is not English.

 

Complete and mail your application to the PSR Admissions Office (1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709). We will confirm receipt of your application via e-mail. Contact the Admissions Office periodically to find out the status of your application. Online applications for admission and financial aid applications are available at https://psr.edu/apply-now.

Click here to begin your application for Intersession and Spring 2017.

Click here to begin your application for Summer and Fall 2017.


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The information you enter is encrypted and secure when you save it and when you send it. Although general data collected on the system may be used in statistical studies and reports designed to assist institutions with planning, any information bearing your personal identification is disclosed only to the department to which you send it.

Confidentiality

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 gives enrolled students access to information contained in their applications for admission. You may, however, waive your right to see your reference letters. This assures your referees complete confidentiality. This waiver is strictly voluntary and you have the opportunity to state your choice on the recommendation form. A copy of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (the Buckley Amendment) is available in the Admissions Office. The admissions process is confidential and reasons are not given for refusal to admit an applicant.

FINANCIAL AID CHECKLIST

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US citizens and eligible non-citizens:

International Applicants:

We strongly recommend submitting these by the February 1 priority deadline for fall semester admission and by October 1 for spring semester. Financial aid may be limited for students submitting applications after these priority deadlines. For more information, contact the PSR Office of Recruitment, Admissions, and Financial Aid at 510/849-8931 or financialaid@psr.edu. (Note: Continuing students must apply for financial aid every year. The application deadline for continuing students is February 15.)

Send all completed forms to:
Pacific School of Religion- Office of Recruitment, Admissions, and Financial Aid
1798 Scenic Avenue
Berkeley, California 94709
Phone: 510/849-8931
Fax: 510/845-8948
Email: financialaid@psr.edu

Provisional status may be offered for up to 18 months to applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirements but who otherwise meet admission criteria and standards. The minimum academic requirements for regular admission are a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university; a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale; and, when applicable, TOEFL test scores that meet minimum acceptable scores. (Cumulative GPA is calculated from all higher education coursework.)

Provisional status may also be offered to applicants whose files contain insufficient information for the committee to determine if they meet the minimum academic requirements and who otherwise meet admission criteria and standards.

Provisional status provides a student with the opportunity to demonstrate successful participation in the academic life of the institution.

Provisional status is for the Master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Arts in Social Transformation (MAST), or Master of Theological Studies (MTS) programs only. Admission without a bachelor’s degree to any of our other programs will be decided by the Admissions Committee on a case-by-case basis.

Admissions Information

  • Applicants complete and submit the standard program application with the same required supporting materials.
  • Provisional status is offered by the Admissions Committee based upon its review of the application file.
  • Applicants who do not possess a bachelor’s degree must have a minimum of two years’ worth of undergraduate coursework in order to be admitted to any program.

Policy for Provisional Student Status

Full student application (for students moving from Provisional status)

International students are encouraged to apply for fall admission.

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These program applications and reference forms are available in PDF format to print out and mail to the PSR Admissions Office. You can also apply online using our secure form.

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This application is for all PSR graduate academic programs except the GTU Common Master of Arts. Application instructions and requirements are subject to change.

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For information about the Theological Education for Leadership program or to apply contact Program Coordinator Rev. Janice Sommerville at 510/849-8284 or jsommerville@psr.edu.

Applications for the GTU Common Master of Arts program must be made through the Graduate Theological Union Admissions Office. Visit the GTU website or contact the GTU Admissions Office at 800/826-4488.

Confidentiality

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 gives enrolled students access to information contained in their applications for admission. You may, however, waive your right to see your reference letters. This assures your referees complete confidentiality. This waiver is strictly voluntary and you have the opportunity to state your choice on the recommendation form. A copy of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (the Buckley Amendment) is available in the Admissions Office. The admissions process is confidential and reasons are not given for refusal to admit an applicant.

Contact Admissions at 510/849-8931