Application Material Checklist

Application Material Checklist

The application for admissions is as easy as one, two, three! Here’s what’s required:

  1. Complete the online application via the Columbia Admissions Portal
  2. Submit all application materials via the Columbia Admissions Portal
  3. Pay your $50.00 application fee (non-refundable)

 

If you’re ready to apply, please review the application material checklist that relates to your degree program of choice. If you have questions or concerns, email admissions@ctsnet.edu or call us at +1 877-548-2817

 

 

Master 

of Divinity

Master of Arts 

(Theological Studies)

Master of Arts in 

Practical Theology

Dual Degree

(MDiv / MAPT)

Master of 

Theology (ThM)

Doctor of 

Ministry

Doctor of 

Educational Ministry

Resume / CV

 

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

Official Transcripts

 

X

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

Letters of Rec (3)

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

 

Academic 

Writing Sample

 

X

X

X

X

X

X

X

Program-Specific Materials

 

Autobiographical Statement

 

X

X

X

X

 

 

 

Plan of Study

 

 

X

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

Statement 

of Purpose

 

 

 

 

 

X

X

X

 

Concentration Declaration Statement

 

 

 

X

X

 

 

 

 

More detailed information about each application requirement is included below.

Resume / CV

Take a moment to update your resume / curriculum vitae. Please include all relevant experience – academic, professional. Church, community leadership, etc. Once you’ve done so, please upload the file in the Columbia Admissions Portal. Required of all applications

Official Transcripts

Applicants are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges, universities, seminaries, and graduate schools attended for at least one course whether or not a degree was granted. Official transcripts should be sent directly from the institution to Columbia Theological Seminary. Electronic transcripts are strongly encouraged. If an applicant is currently enrolled in a degree program, the applicant should send an official transcript that includes all work to-date. Such applicants will be admitted provisionally contingent upon receipt of the final transcript post-graduation.

Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation help us learn more about you through members of your community. Generally, recommendations fall under three categories: academic, vocational/pastoral, or professional. The following types of recommendations are strongly encouraged: Required for all applicants.

 

Master of Divinity

Master of Arts in Practical Theology

Dual Degree (MDiv / MAPT)

1 academic

1 vocational/pastoral

1 applicant’s choice

Master of Arts (Theological Studies)

Master of Theology (ThM)

2 academic

1 applicant’s choice (academic strongly encouraged)

Doctor of Ministry

Doctor of Educational Ministry

1 vocational/pastoral

1 academic

1 applicant’s choice

 

Academic Writing Sample

All applicants are required to submit a academic writing sample. This should be a recent sample of the applicant’s writing, written in the last seven (7) years, that clearly demonstrates the applicant’s ability to write and critically engage an argument. If a recent sample is not available, applicants may choose to submit an alternate writing sample. Click here to access the alternate writing sample prompt and guidelines. All writing samples must adhere to the following format: 4-7 pages, typed, double-spaced, 12-pt font (Times New Roman required), 8.5” x 11” paper, one-inch margins on all sides, saved as a PDF prior to uploading. Required for all applicants.

Autobiographical Statement

The autobiographical statement is a three-four page, typed, double-spaced autobiographical statement serves as your introduction to the admissions team. Applicants should carefully write their statement considering content, style, grammar, and organization. Ordinarily, applicants write about their personal life, sense of call/vocation, academic interests, and their reason for applying to Seminary / Columbia. You should seek to answer the questions why seminary, why Columbia, why now in this portion of your application. Additional questions can be emailed to admissions@ctsnet.edu. This item is required for all first-level master’s degree applications (MDiv, MA(TS), MAPT, Dual).

Plan of Study

This item is only required for MA(TS), ThM, DMin, and DEdMin applicants. The Plan of Study should be a one-two page, typed, double-spaced statement that clearly outlines your plan for achieving your research goals within the MA(TS) program. Plan of Study should include a student’s first, second, and third concentrations; courses they plan to take; and faculty with whom they hope to work.

Statement of Purpose

This item is only required for students applying to the ThM program and Columbia’s doctoral programs. The Statement of Purpose is a three-four page, typed, double-spaced ministerial/intellectual biography that clearly outlines the applicant’s academic interests and how they have developed. The statement should also include the applicant’s primary area(s) of interests and key problems, questions, theories, interlocutors, historical periods, congregational matters, and movements associated with your intended research. Applicants should also include information about their ministerial/academic trajectory and goals.

Concentration Declaration Statement

This item is only required for MAPT applicants. The Concentration Declaration Statement is a one-two page, typed, double-spaced that helps the admissions committee gain a better sense of your concentration of choice (i.e., Worship, Preaching and the Arts; Educational Ministries; or Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology), how the concentration fits into your sense of vocation, and how your selected concentration will help prepare you for your work and ministry.

 

Additional Requirements for International and Transfer Students

International Students | TOEFL Requirement
Persons whose first language is not English and/or English Language Learner (ELL) students are required to submit recent test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a total score of at least 90 (internet-based) or 600 (paper-based). For the internet-based test, the student must score 21 or higher in each of the four sub areas. TOEFL scores should be from tests taken in the last two years. TOEFL scores should be submitted by TOELF directly to Columbia (Institutional Code: 5118).

International Students | I-20s and Financial Certification
All international students are required to complete Columbia’s financial certification process upon admission and prior to applying for a Visa. The process will ensure the student has adequate financial resources to cover tuition, fees, travel, and living expenses for the first year of study in the United States. The I-20 will not be completed until the financial certification process has been completed, which must occur no later than June 30 of each academic year for fall enrollment. International students will automatically be billed for health insurance unless they can meet the insurance requirements outlined by the Seminary with an alternative provider.

Transfer Students | Letter of Good Standing
Students transferring from another seminary or graduate school are required to submit a letter of good standing that certifies the student will leave their current school in good academic, financial, etc. standing with the institution.

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