M.Div. Admissions Requirements

A baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university is a prerequisite for admission to the Master of Divinity degree program at BTSR. In addition to the major field of study, applicants are expected to have a broad background with at least half their hours in liberal arts, including courses such as English, history, social sciences, natural sciences, languages, fine arts, religion and philosophy.

The applicant must submit the following:

  1. A completed Master of Divinity Application for Admission form online.
  2. An official transcript or transcripts. For non-seminary work, transcripts should be sent from all schools where more than six hours of study were completed with a G.P.A. of a 2.25. For seminary work, transcripts of all study should be sent.
  3. The names and contact information for two reference: a minister and a personal reference. References must be someone who has known the applicant for at least two years.
  4. Writing sample or answer one of our three writing prompts. The Writing Sample should be at the level of an undergraduate senior research project, thesis or final paper in an academic setting. It must be written within five years of your application submission date.Writing prompts:
    1.  Of the people who have been instrumental in your faith pilgrimage, which individual best embodies Jesus’ teachings, in your opinion, and why? In what ways does the named individual not live up to Jesus’ teachings.
    2. Michael Bloomberg, Mayor of New York City, did not include clergy of any faith group in the tenth anniversary 9-11 memorial event held at ‘Ground Zero’ (September 11, 2011). Do you agree with this decision? Defend your position.
    3. Writing on Tony Campolo’s “Red Letter Christians” blog, Christian Piatt on September 19,2011 discusses postmodernism and the current dissatisfaction with the institutional church among younger people in his blog titled, “Is Postmodern Christianity Dead?””Postmodernism,” he says, “is essentially a response to modernism, a more dualistic, absolute, objective way of seeing the world that emerged from the Enlightenment. Whereas a modernist sees most truth as either/or, a postmodernist is more comfortable with the both/and perspective, allowing multiple truths to exist in tension. It recognizes the significance of subjective reality on our understanding of truth, and as such, challenges more rigid doctrines, dogmas or policies that value uniformity of thought over pluralistic coexistence.It’s not hard to see why this way of thinking, which was originally used in a religious context as a philosophical critique of Catholic teaching and theology, would appeal to many of today’s Christians. Many of us have, ourselves, had negative experiences when our understanding of God butts up against a seemingly immovable doctrine of the Church. The result has been, for this and other reasons, a mass exodus of younger people from organized religion.”Is Piatt’s analysis correct, in your view? What do you consider to be the implications for the Church in the coming decades?
  5.  Personal Interview with Admissions office personnel.
  6. A $35 application fee.