Application Procedures

The Fall 2019 Application will be available in September


A student is eligible to apply for Union’s First Degree Programs, Master of Arts (M.A.), Master of Divinity (M.Div.), 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.

Applicants to Union’s new D.Min. Program in Supervisory Clinical Spiritual Care Education must have (1) completed the M.Div. at an ATS-accredited seminary or its equivalent from an institution of higher education that is accredited by a US agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or approved by a Canadian provincial quality assurance agency (or by a comparable international accrediting organization); and 2) be enrolled as a supervisory education student in an accredited Supervisory Clinical Pastoral Education Program at the time of application to the D.Min. program.

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:

Statement of Non-Discrimination

Union Theological Seminary admits students regardless of race, color, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin or ability, 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.

Ready to apply?

The Fall 2019 Application will be available in September

Questions? Contact the Admissions team at | phone number 212 280 1556