How to Apply
Statement of Non-Discrimination
Union Theological Seminary admits students regardless of race, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin or disability, to all the rights, privileges, and programs generally accorded to students at the Seminary. It does not discriminate on the basis of any of these distinctions in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, or other programs administered by the Seminary.
A student is eligible to apply for Union’s First Degree Programs, Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Divinity (M.Div.), Master of Divinity and Master of Science in Social Work (M.Div/M.S.S.W.), if they have a B.A. degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university, and a record of high achievement. Prior study in the field of religion is not required, but strong preparation in liberal arts studies is expected.
Applicants to Union’s Advanced Degree Programs, Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), must also have completed, or must be in the process of completing, the M.Div. or the M.A. degree (or its equivalent as determined at the time of application) with distinction in an accredited seminary or will have completed at least 2 years of distinguished graduate studies in religion and obtained a very thorough grounding in biblical, theological and historical subjects.
Students from the United States who do not have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent, or who come from an unaccredited institution, should write to the Associate Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid at the Seminary concerning eligibility for admission. All students from outside the United States should contact the Associate Dean of Admissions & Financial Aid in sufficient time to determine eligibility and to complete the application process.
General Application Procedures
Each degree program at Union has different application requirements. However, generally, a completed Application for Admissions includes the following items:
1. Online Application Form. (please contact the Office of Admissions if you need a hard-copy)
2. Personal Statement (this may be uploaded as a PDF or Word Document during the online application process):
Master of Arts Personal Statement
Master of Divinity Personal Statement
Master of Sacred Theology Personal Statement
Doctor of Philosophy Personal Statement
Non-Degree Personal Statement
3. Official copies of all transcripts from each undergraduate and graduate institution attended must be sent directly from the Registrar to the Office of Admissions, Union Theological Seminary.
If the institution does not provide an English translation, please obtain a notarized English translation.
Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded as a PDF document during the online application process. However, prior to official enrollment official transcripts must be sent directly from the degree-granting institution to the Seminary.
(this should be uploaded as a PDF or Word Document during the online application process)
Your résumé should include extracurricular and/or vocational activities, church or campus ministry activities in which you participated, jobs you have held starting with the most recent. Military experience, time rearing children and volunteer work should also be included when applicable.
5. Recommendation Letters.
Submit recommendations from faculty members, professional persons, members of the clergy, and Union alumni/ae who are familiar with your academic background, discernment process, and vocational aspirations. Preferably at least one of the recommendations will be written by a former professor.
Union provides recommenders with a recommendation form that indicates to the recommender the pertinent areas we consider when reviewing the recommendation. Please have each recommender use the recommendation form.
Ph.D. Recommendation Form
M.A. Recommendation Form
M.Div. Recommendation Form
S.T.M. Recommendation Form
Non-Degree Recommendation Form
There are three ways recommenders may submit recommendations.
- Email. Use the following addresses for each program. Have the recommender indicate in the subject line "Recommendation for Applicant [Applicant's full name as it appears on the application]"
- Fax. Send to 212-858-5788
- Post. Paper recommendation forms should be sealed and must bear recommender's signature across the envelope back flap. They should be mailed by application deadline to:
Office of Admissions
Union Theological Seminary
New York, NY 10027
For additional information about recommendations and more instructions please click here>>
5. $75 non-refundable application fee.
6. Test Scores.
Applicants to the Ph.D. program who reside in the U.S. or Canada at the time of application are required to submit official scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general test. Scores more than five years old are unacceptable.
International students and non-native English speakers may need to fulfill additional application requirements
Union will retain the credentials of non-matriculants and applicants not admitted for three years. After that period, all materials are destroyed.
Union's ETS school code is 2922.