The Jesuit School welcomes the application of all qualified persons who wish to pursue the Master of Divinity program.
M.Div. Application Checklist
Completed & signed application for admission You may apply to JST-SCU online by completing our Application for Admission through CollegeNet or by downloading our application form, printing, completing, signing and returning it to JST-SCU with supporting documents.
Non-refundable application fee of $50.00 paid in U.S. dollars. (Domestic students only. The application fee is waived for international applicants.)
Essay Applicants for the M.Div. program are asked to submit a 750 word essay explaining reasons for applying to JST-SCU in terms of background (academic training and ministerial experience), future plans, and the appropriateness of ministerial studies at this time in life. M.Div. applicants who are also applying to the Master of Arts (M.A.) program at the Graduate Theological Union should mention this in the essay. Please note: a second essay is required for M.Div. Presidential Scholarship Applications.
Official transcripts for all post-secondary academic work.
Letters of Recommendation/Forms Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation. Each letter must accompany a completed recommendation form. The recommendation form is included in the M.Div. Application, or you may access a PDF of only the recommendation form here. Letters must address your academic qualifications for graduate level study. Preferably, these letters would be from persons who recently taught you. If you have been out of school for an extended period of time, one recommendation from an employer, a professional colleague, or a church or community leader will be acceptable. The second letter should directly address your ministerial qualifications for admission to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST-SCU).
Scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years. With the approval of the Admissions Committee, exceptions for the GRE can be made for those applicants who have done recent graduate-level study. For information about the GRE, please contact Educational Testing Service (ETS) Corporate Headquarters, Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541, USA. You may also call ETS Corporate Headquarters at (609) 921-9000 or visit the GRE website. The JST-SCU institutional code for the GRE is 4367. Official scores should be sent directly to JST-SCU Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management from Educational Testing Service.
Resume Applicants are required to submit a resume or curriculum vitae to provide information about relevant job experience and education. Your resume should include educational background, relevant experiences including jobs, internships, community service, activities, languages (if applicable), and research projects. Writing a resume for a graduate school application follows the same principles as writing a resume for a job. Please include dates of attendance for education, job titles, and years of employment.