MDIV/MAMD Application

Thank you for your interest in applying to the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. All of our Master's level applications are completed through GradCAS. Please read all of the following guidelines and instructions. Applications are due June 21, 2021 for the Fall 2021 semester.

If you have any questions during the application process, please reach out first to our Seminary Admission Office at 563.589.3115, or

Apply Here for Fall 2021

GradCAS: Add Program
Once you create your account, it's time to add the program(s) you are applying for. Search for University of Dubuque to view all available programs from the University of Dubuque and the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.

Application Fee

Please note that the $30 application fee is nonrefundable.

Background Check

Like many other theological institutions, the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary requires criminal history checks, including driving records, before an applicant's admission file will be considered complete and ready for review.  This policy has been adopted to address the safety and well-being both of our Seminary community and of the churches, agencies, and other institutions that our students and alumni/ae serve.

Our checks will include these steps: verification of social security numbers; searches of state data bases for criminal histories, motor vehicle violations and sexual offender lists; and searches of county or other local jurisdictional criminal records of places of residence. The Seminary Admissions Committee may consider the impact of any offenses disclosed in these checks as possible grounds for denial of admission or matriculation.

In addition, we take seriously what applicants say about themselves.  As a crucial part of the admissions and matriculation process, applicants provide several kinds of information about their personal and academic backgrounds.  Either failure to make written disclosure of information which the admissions form requires or misrepresentation in the information supplied constitutes a prima facie basis for denial of matriculation.  Where omissions or misrepresentations come to light after matriculation at the Seminary, the student is subject to dismissal.

The care we bring to our admissions and matriculation process recognizes that personal integrity and spiritual maturity are essential to good ministry.  Yet we recognize also that no one is without sin, and that in the mystery of redemption even serious misdeeds have sometimes been a part of what leads a person to seminary.  Moreover, we know people come to the attention of criminal justice systems for a variety of reasons - including not only the commission of crimes but also mistaken allegations, civil disobedience, and such systemic injustices as racism.   Accordingly, no charge or past offense automatically disqualifies an applicant from matriculation.  All records will be evaluated in context, and, prior to matriculation.

Background Check Instructions:

Use the following code: UB94
Contact UDTS Admissions at 563.589.3115 or with any questions. 

Standardized Tests
Standardized Tests are not required for admission into any of our Master's level programs, unless you are an International student. If you are an International student, please submit your TOEFL scores through GradCAS.

GPA Entries
Your GPA can be found on your transcript. You may select "I don't have a GPA to add" if you cannot remember your GPA but have submitted your Official Transcript.

Documents Section
Upload two, 500-word essays in the "Program Materials" section of your GradCAS application.

  • Essay One: Tell us about your journey in faith and your experiences in Christian service.
  • Essay Two: Tell us about a book related to your faith journey. (While the Bible is of course relevant to one's faith journey, we would prefer essays on other texts)

Recommendations Section
Request three letters of recommendation through GradCAS. References may not be related to you by blood or marriage.

  1. Pastor
  2. Professor
  3. Friend or Colleague

References should speak about you in terms of the following:

  • Your commitment to Christ and gifts for service in the church.
  • Your leadership ability, maturity, and facility in interpersonal and group relationships.
  • Your academic ability and intellectual enthusiasm, curiosity, and perceptiveness.

References do not need to create an account; when the evaluation request is received, references can select "continue without account" directly below the "Create Account" button.

Please upload letters as PDF or Word Documents. 


Official transcripts are required for admission to our Master's degree programs. Please follow the directions on GradCAS, making sure to select "I ordered my transcript" once you have done so.

  • Transcripts must be sent to GradCAS from all US and English-speaking Canadian institutions you listed in the Colleges Attended section of your application. GradCAS cannot process your application without receiving all of your transcripts.
  • Transcripts must be original. Transcripts that are photocopied, faxed, on file at a career center or Interfolio, etc. are not accepted.
  • Transcripts must be addressed to GradCAS. Transcripts addressed to you, a program, school, or any address other than GradCAS are not accepted. 
How to Send US or English-Canadian Transcripts
    1. Enter your colleges or universities in the Colleges Attended section before requesting any transcripts. 
    2. Click Order under each school listed.
    3. Select if you are ordering an electronic transcript (recommended) or submitting a transcript via mail. You only need to submit one transcript from each school regardless of the number of programs you're applying to.
    4. If ordering an electronic transcript, select the electronic transcript vendor and follow the prompts. Review Sending Transcripts Electronically below for more guidance.
    5. If submitting a transcript via mail, click Download Transcript ID Form and print the form. Review Sending Transcripts by Mail below for more guidance.
    6. Click I Ordered My Transcript once you either requested an electronic transcript or downloaded the Transcript ID form. Or, click I Will Do This Later to return to Colleges Attended.
    7. Follow up with your school(s) to ensure that your transcripts were mailed, and obtain the date they sent them. Be aware that processing times vary by school and may take longer towards the end of a semester. Some schools may not send your transcript until the semester is over. 
    8. Monitor the Check Status page to ensure your transcript is received. On average, it takes up to seven business days for your transcript to post to your application from the date we receive it. If your transcript is not posted after this timeframe, contact customer service. 

    Sending Transcripts by Mail 

    1. Contact the registrar at each institution you attended and request one transcript be sent to GradCAS.
    2. Provide the registrar with the following items:
      • GradCAS Transcript ID Form. Ask the registrar to attach it to your official transcripts. This form is not required, but strongly recommended as it helps ensure your official transcripts are properly matched to your application. If you cannot use this form, make sure the registrar prints "GradCAS" and your full GradCAS ID number on the transcript before mailing it. 
      • Any school-specific forms required by the registrar.
      • Any transcript fees required by the registrar.
      • All information needed by the registrar to properly identify you in the school's database.
      • Any name changes.
      • Your GradCAS ID number.

    Your registrar should mail your paper transcripts to the following address:

    GradCAS Transcript Processing Center
    PO Box 9217
    Watertown, MA 02471

    Admission Deposit

    The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary requires a $100 admission deposit to confirm enrollment from admitted applicants planning to be degree-seeking students. The admission deposit is deposited into their student account, and applied to the first semester charges. The admission deposit is not refundable, and will be forfeited in the event the student does not attend the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary.