New! Application Checklist
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.
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.
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. 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 are available at www.psr.edu/apply-now.
FINANCIAL AID CHECKLIST
Send the following to: Graduate Theological Union Consortial Financial Aid Office, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley, CA 94709
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.
- Domestic Student Financial Aid Application
- International Student Financial Aid Application
All financial aid applications are available from the PSR Admissions Office or the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) Consortial Financial Aid Office, which administers student financial aid for PSR. Applications are also available online at www.gtu.edu/admissions/financial-aid. Visit www.psr.edu/financial-aid for financial aid eligibility and additional information.
All materials submitted in conjunction with applications are the property of Pacific School of Religion and are not returnable to the applicant. They may not be borrowed or sent outside of Pacific School of Religion. For your future use, please keep extra copies of all materials you send to us. Materials submitted for admission by the applicant become part of the successful candidate’s permanent file at PSR, with the exception of the letters of reference, which are destroyed once admissions decisions are made. All other application materials are kept on file for one year, after which they are purged.
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.