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Admission Requirements & Procedures

Admission (prerequisites):

  1. There are three possible ways to meet the academic admission requirement:
    a. Hold the Master of Divinity degree;
    b. Meet the requirements for 
    MDiv-equivalent education;
    c. Some individuals may qualify to submit an 
    admission portfolio (available only to those with a ministry-related graduate degree and a BTh-type undergraduate degree usually from outside the North American educational system). We will provide an individual analysis of your previous degrees during the application process to determine if the portfolio option is an acceptable alternative.

  2. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 for graduate work.

  3. Demonstrate high professional and personal potential for the gospel ministry.

  4. Have an equivalent of at least three years of experience in ministry subsequent to the first graduate theological degree.

  5. Supply satisfactory recommendations from your conference president, a pastoral colleague, and a local elder (a total of three recommendations from specific individuals is required). 

  6. Proof of English Proficiency (if applicable)

  7. Submit your application using the online application forms

  8. Applicants from faiths other than Seventh-day Adventists are welcomed to apply to the program.


You should apply at least 6 months before you expect to begin course work. If you live outside North America you should begin the application process 12 months before you anticipate the intensive in your first module. No applications will be considered if begun less than 45 days prior to the first intensive.

To Apply:

  1. Contact the DMin office if you have any questions about admission requirements, the cohort schedule, or for information about concentrations.

  2. Complete the online application form. Contact Andrews University Graduate Enrollment Services at 1-800-253-2874, 1-269-471-6321, or if you have any questions or need assistance with the application process. 

  3. For financial information, contact the Student Financial Services office at or simply call 1-800-253-2874, ext. 3334. You must have financial clearance to register for academic credits.


We have an important admissions policy we want you to read:

Admission to the Seventh-day Adventist Theological Seminary is granted irrespective of race, color, national or ethnic origin, gender, or disability. The Seminary is owned and financed by the Seventh-day Adventist Church. It is a community of committed Christians who collectively confess the Christian faith and seek to experience its meaning in worship and practical life. Most of its students are members of the Seventh-day Adventist Church; however, no declaration of confessional allegiance is required for admission. Students who meet academic requirements, whose lifestyle and character are in harmony with the purposes of the Seminary, and who express willingness to cooperate with general university policies may be admitted. Admission to the university, however, is a privilege rather than a right and may be withheld or withdrawn by the university at its discretion.

Students are expected to maintain the religious, social, and cultural atmosphere of the Seminary and to order their lives in harmony with its mission and purposes. The seminary community endeavors to maintain an atmosphere of mutual support and acceptance that is congenial to personal adjustment and social development. In the course of their preparation for the ministry, students are called upon to participate in the lives and worship of the surrounding churches. Because of this role, students are expected to be sensitive to the values of others and exemplary in appearance and actions.

We look forward to seeing you soon at Andrews or one of our teaching sites!


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