Masters Degrees

MasterofArtsMasterofArtsinSocialTransformationMasterofDivinityMasterofDivinityMasterofArtsMasterofTheologicalStudies

Graduate Certificates

CertificateinTheologicalStudiesCertificateofAdvancedProfessionalStudiesCertificateofSpecialStudiesCertificateofSpiritualityandSocialChangeCertificateofSexualityandReligion

Theological Education for Leadership Certificates

CertificateofGenderSexualityandtheBibleCertificate of Theological Education for Leadership
UnitedMethodistChurchCertifiedLayMinisterProgram

Doctoral Degrees

Doctor of MinistryGraduateTheologicalUnionDoctoralDegrees

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.

Download Application Checklist

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 http://www.psr.edu/apply-now.

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Or learn more here:

Complete a PSR application online with our secure form at CollegeNET. Our on-line application also allows your references to easily complete their referrals on line.

If you need technical assistance with your online application, please contact the CollegeNET help desk at 503/290-5693 or help@collegenet.com.

Before You Apply Online

  • Create Your Account
    • Graduate Application
      • for Master of Arts in Social Transformation (MAST), master of Divinity (MDiv), Master of Theological Studies (MTS), Doctor of Ministry (DMin), Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS), Certificate of Sexuality and Religion (CSR), Certificate of Special Studies (CSS), Certificate of Spirituality and SOcial Change (CSSC), Certificate of Swedenborgian Theology (CST), Certificate of Theological Studies (CST)
    • Special Student Application
      • Special Student status allows you to take one or two courses per semester for academic credit without being enrolled in a degree or certificate program.
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After You Apply Online

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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.


Q&A: Getting Started With CollegeNET

Before you can submit an application for the first time, you’ll need to sign up for an account with CollegeNET, the application hosting service affiliated with the school. Once you have a CollegeNET account, you’ll be able to log in any time and see your Activity Log, a personalized status page showing any applications you’ve started (so that you can continue your work on an in-progress application), as well as showing those applications you’ve already submitted.

How do I create my CollegeNET ApplyWeb account?

  1. Go here
  2. Enter your account information exactly as instructed.
  3. Click the submit button at the bottom of the page.
Note: Be sure to keep a record of your username and password, as you will need it to access applications in progress, or to check your application status.

Is this account the same as my collegenet.com scholarship account?

No, if you have an account at www.collegenet.com for the scholarship system, you’ll still need a separate CollegeNET ApplyWeb account to submit college applications.

How do I access a new application?

In most cases, you can access an application directly by going to the school’s own website and following the link to submit an application.

How do I access an application I already started?

Once you’ve begun an application, you can either return to the school’s website and follow the submit an application link to continue your work on your application in progress, or you can come directly to the CollegeNET site and access any in-progress applications from your Activity Log.

How do I fill out an application?

Once you have a CollegeNET account, you can begin filling out a school application. You can either complete the application and submit it in one sitting, or save your work and continue it at a later time. When filling out your application:

  • To save what you have done so far without exiting, click the Save button.
  • To save and exit, click the Finish Session or Save and Exit button.
  • To access an application in progress and continue your work on it, either go to your Activity Logand select the application, or access the application directly from the school’s website.

How do I submit an application?

Check your work carefully. When you are satisfied with it and are ready to send it to us, click the send button at the bottom of the last page. This saves your answers in their final form and takes you to the payment page where you pay your application fee online (or apply for a fee waiver, if that option is available).

Note: Your application is not fully submitted until you pay your application fee and it has been authorized (see below), or until you have submitted a fee waiver request and it was granted.

How do I pay my application fee?

On the payment page, you can pay your application fee by debit/credit card or check (note that electronic checks must be from US bank accounts only). If you are paying by check, see theseinstructions.

Note: Once payment is authorized, your application is final, and you can no longer make changes to it.

How secure is my payment transaction?

Your debit/credit card information is encrypted during transmission from your browser to our server and during payment authorization. None of your debit/credit card information is stored in our database.

What are fee waivers?

A fee waiver means that the school will accept an application without payment. There are several different kinds of fee waivers, and all of them have the same end result: they allow you to complete your application and submit it without entering any payment information (such as a credit card number). In some cases, you will need to enter a waiver code into the form, and the application fee will then be changed to $0. In other cases, the waiver is automatic, and you won’t see any fee at all. Or, you can submit a fee waiver request with your application, and the school will review your request and let you know whether they accepted or denied it, and send a message letting you know either way. If your request was denied, you’ll need to submit payment before your application is officially submitted.

How do I submit my application if my fee has been waived?

If you have a waiver code, enter it on the form when asked. Or, if the fee was waived automatically by the school, you won’t even be asked for payment, and can simply submit your application. Finally, if you submit your form with a fee waiver request, the school will review your request and let you know whether they accepted or denied it, and you’ll receive a message letting you know either way. If your request was denied, you’ll need to submit payment before your application is officially submitted.

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.

How do I know if my application was received?

Check your Activity Log to print a copy of your form or to learn if we have received it. Your Activity Log is located here.

What is my CollegeNET Activity Log?

When you save or transmit application information, a note appears in your personal Activity Log. You can easily check your Activity Log at any time to see your application activity and to learn when we have acknowledged receipt of your form. Just log into your CollegeNET account and select Activity Log.

Is my account private?

Yes, the server stores all information you enter under the private username and password you establish.

How do I clear my session with CollegeNET?

Close your browser. This ends your secure connection and clears your password (unless you chose to save it).

How can I get more help?

Contact our help desk here.

Helpful Hints

You do not have to complete an application in one sitting. For example, you can start working on an application at your library’s computer facility, save your work, access the application at home on your personal computer, and continue working from there. Wherever you have access to the internet, you have access to the information you have saved.

When you complete more than one application, common information you provided on the first form is entered automatically in all subsequent ones. For example, if you have entered your name and address on an application and saved it, that information will be entered automatically on the next application you access (assuming, of course, that the next form also has name and address fields). If you change information on one form, it is also changed on any other unsubmitted ones.


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.

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.

FINANCIAL AID CHECKLIST

Check out our Financial Aid page

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.

Financial Aid Application for International Students

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