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Seminary Admissions

Master’s Degree Applicants

North Park Theological Seminary offers four master’s degrees: master of divinity, master of arts in Christian formation, master of arts in Christian ministry, and master of arts in theological studies. Dual-master’s degree programs that pair theological education with business or nonprofit training are also available. Each program is designed to equip women and men for effective leadership and engagement in a wide array of Christian ministries.


The prerequisite for entrance to a master’s degree or graduate certificate program at North Park Theological Seminary is a bachelor’s degree (or its academic equivalent) from an accredited college or university.

To Apply:

  1. Complete the master’s degree application. The priority deadline apply for fall semester or to take courses in the summer is March 31; the priority deadline to begin studies in spring semester is October 15.
  2. Give the recommendation forms to your references. Each application requires three recommendations: pastor, church committee, and faculty/colleague. The reference forms should be emailed or mailed by the person completing the form directly to North Park Theological Seminary.
    *Please note that the Church Committee recommendation should consist of at least 2 people who are not the individuals filling out your Pastoral or Faculty/Colleague references.Write your essays and include them with your application. Each application requires two essays, and the instructions are included on the application form.
  3. Submit a non-refundable $25 application fee. This can be a check included with your application, or you may pay by credit card over the phone.
  4. Request official academic transcripts from each undergraduate, graduate, and professional institution you have attended. Schools should send sealed transcripts directly to North Park:
    North Park Theological Seminary Admissions
    3225 W Foster Ave, Box 14
    Chicago IL 60625

    If you have attended another seminary in the past five years without completing a degree, you will also need a letter of good standing from the dean of that institution.

  5. If you have a previously attended a seminary and wish to transfer graduate credit toward your master’s degree, read our transfer policy and process.
  6. Sign the application and submit it electronically or by mail to the Seminary Admissions Office, along with your essays and application fee:
    Mail: North Park Theological Seminary Admissions
    3225 W Foster Ave, Box 14
    Chicago IL 60625

Important: International students and students whose first language is not English have special requirements and may have an earlier application due date. Learn more.