Admissions Requirements2020-02-28T09:53:07-08:00

Admissions Requirements

Degree-specific requirements can be found on each of the degree pages.

General Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, preferably in a liberal arts area
  • A 2.75 GPA (Exceptions: a 3.00 GPA is required for international students, and all students applying for the Doctor of Ministry, Master of Arts in Couples and Family Therapy, & Post-Master’s Certificate in Pastoral Leadership)
  • If GPA falls below the required minimum, then the Miller Analogy Test (MAT) is required
  • Two years of experience in some form of education, ministry, or service as a professional or volunteer

Please note: admission is selective, and candidates are evaluated on their individual merits.

Application Deadlines

Priority Application Deadlines for Terms of Entry Summer Fall Winter Spring
Doctor of Ministry March 1
Master of Divinity March 1 June 1
MA in Pastoral Studies March 1 June 1 November 1 February 1
MA in Transforming Spirituality March 1 June 1
MA in Couples & Family Therapy January 15, April 15 January 15, April 15
MA in Transformational Leadership March 1 June 1 November 1 February 1
International Student Deadlines January 1 April 1 October 1 January 1

Time Limit

All work toward a degree from Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry must be completed within six years. This limit includes transfer credit.


We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about our degree programs, scholarships, the application process and more. Please feel free to reach out to Carolyn M. Dougherty, MAPC, Assistant Director of Admissions and Student Services at or 206.296.5333. We look forward to hearing from you!