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.

Apply Online

  • 2017-2018 Admissions Application 

    This online application includes your personal statement, curriculum vitae/resume of employment and other relevant experience (required for Doctor of Ministry; optional and encouraged for all other programs), and $50 application fee (non-refundable)

  • 2017-2018 Financial Aid Application (Domestic and International)

    US citizens and eligible non-citizens:

    • Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). School code is G01256. Complete the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

    International applicants:

    • Bank statements (translated into English) from the past three months
  • Online Reference Form 

    (Email this link to your 3 references)

  • 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. (Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies 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.) A Master of Divinity, or equivalent, plus three years of post-masters ministry experi­ence is required for admission into the Doctor of Ministry program. A theological master’s degree is required for admission to the Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies program. Please have transcripts sent to admissions@psr.edu or Pacific School of Religion Office of Admissions, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)-Academic Module 

    for applicants from countries where English is not the primary language and/or applicants whose first language is not English. Please send test results to admissions@psr.edu or Pacific School of Religion Office of Admissions, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709.


Download an Application

Complete and mail this 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 (510/849-8931) periodically to find out the status of your application.


Is all my application data secure?

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.

For more details on federal aid and scholarships, visit our Financial Aid page.

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.

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 Status application (for students moving from Provisional status)

International students are encouraged to apply for fall admission. Candidates whose applications are complete by the priority deadlines (Fall Admission Priority Deadline: February 1; Spring Admission Priority Deadline: October 1) receive priority consideration for housing, financial aid, and scholarships.

Apply Online

  • 2017-2018 Admissions Application 

    This online application includes your personal statement, curriculum vitae/resume of employment and other relevant experience (required for Doctor of Ministry; optional and encouraged for all other programs), and $50 application fee (non-refundable)

  • 2017-2018 Financial Aid Application (Domestic and International)

     

    • Bank statements (translated into English) from the past three months are required
  • Online Reference Form 

    (Email this link to your 3 references)

  • 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. (Master of Divinity and Master of Theological Studies 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.) A Master of Divinity, or equivalent, plus three years of post-masters ministry experi­ence is required for admission into the Doctor of Ministry program. A theological master’s degree is required for admission to the Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies program. Please have transcripts sent to admissions@psr.edu or Pacific School of Religion Office of Admissions, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS)-Academic Module 

    for applicants from countries where English is not the primary language and/or applicants whose first language is not English. Please send test results to admissions@psr.edu or Pacific School of Religion Office of Admissions, 1798 Scenic Ave., Berkeley, CA 94709.


Download an Application

Complete and mail this 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 (510/849-8931) periodically to find out the status of your application.


Is all my application data secure?

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.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

Your Gender

Your Address

Your Phone Number

Your Home Church/Faith Community

Your Denomination

Your Previous Degree

Your College/University

Are you seeking to transfer from this current institution?
YesNo

Anticipated start date at PSR?

Program of interest:

How did you hear about PSR?
PSR WebsiteMy Pastor/congregationMy Current SchoolFriend/AcquaintancePSR AlumPSR Current StudentPSR Faculty or StaffFacebook/TwitterOther

Please let us know who spoke to you about PSR

Special Areas of Interest:
Flexible learning options at PSRBadè Museum of Biblical Archaeology at PSRCenter for Lesbian & Gay Studies in Religion & Ministry (CLGS) at PSRChaplaincy Preparation InformationArts and ReligionBuddhist StudiesIslamic StudiesJewish StudiesOrthodox Christian StudiesTheology and the Natural SciencesWomen and Religion

Would you like to receive:
A PSR viewbookAn application

Would you like us to contact you about a visit to campus?
YesNo

Additional comments or questions

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.

Download Applications

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

Applications for Current Students

Download Reference Form

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.

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

What date(s) would you like to visit campus? (required)

Would you prefer a morning or an afternoon visit?

Will you need housing? (required)

Please note that housing will be provided on an as-available basis. Housing availability in the summer is limited.

If you do need housing, for how many people?

For which nights would you like to reserve housing?

If you stay on campus, you are our guest for the first night; additional nights may be arranged and billed to you.

Do you have any accessibility needs?

Would you like to meet with an Admissions Counselor?

Would you like a tour of PSR and the nearby GTU campus?

Please list any areas of professional, ministerial, or academic interests you may have:

What certificate and/or degree program(s) are of interest to you?:
Master of Divinity (MDiv)Master of Arts in Social Transformation (MAST)Graduate Theological Union Common Master of Arts (MA)Master of Theological Studies (MTS)Joint Master of Divinity/Master of Arts (MDiv/MA)Doctor of Ministry (DMin)Certificate of Theological Studies (CTS)Certificate of Sexuality and Religion (CSR)Certificate of Spirituality and Social Change (CSSC)Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS)

If you would like to sit in on a class, which one?

Is there a particular PSR faculty member with whom you'd like to meet?

Please be aware the faculty availability may be limited in the summer.

If you are transferring from another seminary, which one?

Please include name and location.

If possible, would you like to connect with someone from your faith tradition/denomination?

What is/are your faith tradition(s) and/or denomination(s), if any?

If you are planning to visit another GTU school during your visit, which one(s)?:
American Baptist Seminary of the WestChurch Divinity School of the PacificDominican School of Philosophy and TheologyJesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara UniversityPacific Lutheran Theological SeminarySan Francisco Theological SeminaryStarr King School for the Ministry

You will be our guest for your meals during your stay. Which meals will you eat on campus?:
BreakfastLunchDinner
Please note that PSR's d'Autremont Dining Hall will be closed during the summer and this option will not be available during summer visits.

If you visit on a Tuesday, would you like to join in PSR community Worship at 11 am in the Chapel?:

Please note that PSR community worship will not meet during the summer and this option will not be available during summer visits.

Is there anything else we should know while planning your visit?:

Contact Admissions at 510/849-8931