University of Dubuque

Applying for Admission

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Master's Degrees and College/Seminary Dual Degrees application

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Non-degree CLP/ Classes for Laity


The seminary is looking for women and men who show strong potential
for service to the church. We seek people that are serious about the
development of their personal faith and who show evidence of academic
talent, strong communication skills, and potential for leadership.

The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary is a graduate professional school. All students applying to degree programs must have graduated from colleges or universities accredited by an agency recognized by the Commission  of Recognition of Post Secondary Accreditation or holding membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada. 
We offer a Master of Divinity   (MDIV) degree (distance or residential), a Master of Arts in Missional Christianity (MAMC), and two dual degree programs to earn a bachelor's
degree plus the MDIV (3/3) or the MAMC (3/2).

Information for Degree Applicants

Residential students may be accepted into the Master of Divinity or
Master of Arts in Missional Christianity degree programs for the fall
or spring semester. Distance M.Div. students always matriculate in August. 

 A residential student may be accepted under the following categories of entry:

  • as a full- or part-time student in the degree program,
  • as a transfer student, or
  • as an unclassified student.

 Applicants for the MDIV and MAMC Programs must:

  • provide a completed application form;
  • compose and attach two essays, each 500 to 750 words in length, according to the directions. Essay One is regarding Christian Identity and Service and Essay Two concerns your areas of theological interest;
  • provide three letters of recommendation from the following persons:
    • a pastor
    • a professor (or, if out of school for over 5 years, a person who can comment on applicant's ability to complete master's level work)
    • a friend or colleague;
  • contact the Admissions Office to make arrangements for required faculty interview;
  • have an official transcript sent from each college, university or seminary attended; and if currently enrolled as a student, provide a letter of academic standing;
  • submit a $30 nonrefundable application fee;
  • complete a background check;
  • upon acceptance, submit a non­refundable enrollment fee.

2014-2015 International Applicants
For information about International academic programs, click here

As an institution of the church, not merely in existence for a student's private interest, membership in the seminary community is by invitation.

All applications for degree programs are reviewed by the admissions committee of the faculty without prejudicial regard to race, ethnic origin, sex, marital status, physical handicap or age. All admissions decisions are confidential.

Applications are to be submitted by April 15 for admission for the following academic year. Given the realities of housing and financial aid for fall semester admission, applications completed after April 15 are considered on a space-available basis. The admissions committee reserves the right to postpone action on any applicant.

The admissions committee will require an interview with the candidate before making a decision on admission. The committee may also require a letter from the appropriate denominational body having responsibility for the candidate's preparation for ministry before making a decision.

We encourage a broad baccalaureate preparation: studies in world history, philosophy, languages and literature, the natural sciences, the social sciences, music, and other fine arts, and religion are recommended.

Priority in the awarding of financial aid is given on the basis of the date of acceptance, and priority in assigning campus housing is given on the basis of early confirmation of enrollment. If an applicant intends to use The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary housing, an additional housing deposit of $100 is required. These deposits are nonrefundable for students who do not enroll.