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Admissions Criteria

Admissions Criteria

Master of Divinity
Master of Divinity is the degree required by most denominations for ordination. The criteria for admission to Eden Theological Seminary’s M.Div. degree program reflects the expectation that most persons entering this degree program will eventually seek ordination.

Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies
The MAPS degree is intended to prepare people who wish to serve as lay, diaconal or specialized ministers in the church and, where applicable, to fulfill the requirements for denominationally recognized ministries (e.g., Commissioned Ministry in The United Church of Christ; Diaconal Ministry in the United Methodist Church).

The criteria for Admission to Eden Theological Seminary’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies degree program are similar to the criteria for the M.Div. Program.

Master of Arts in Theological Studies
The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) degree is an academic degree. It is appropriate for persons interested in broadening their understanding of the Christian tradition and/or those who may be considering Ph.D. work in some field of theology.

Dual Degree
The dual degree program is designed for students to earn both a Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies degree from Eden Theological Seminary and Master of Social Work degree from George Warren Brown School of Social Work at Washington University. The programs typically represent a four-year program of study for the M.Div. option and three-years for the MAPS option.

Applicants must meet the criteria for admissions to both institutions.

Doctor of Ministry
The Doctor of Ministry degree is intended for persons with an M.Div. degree or its equivalent who wish to pursue advanced study. Eden Theological Seminary’s D.Min. program is designed to enhance the leadership of the church through critical dialogue and reflection. The Seminary makes admission decisions for the D.Min. degree based on this criteria.

Credit Non-Degree
Students who wish to attend a particular class, or pursue a limited course of study without pursuing a degree, may qualify for credit non-degree status. Since graduate-level credit is being earned and given, the credit non-degree admission requirements and application process are virtually identical with the Masters programs, however, the application form is shorter, requiring only a statement of the reason for applying to the program and providing only one reference.

Non-Discrimination Policy
No student will be barred from admission on the basis of race, gender or sexual orientation, and all opportunities at Eden will be open to all who are qualified according to the purposes of the Seminary.

For more information, please contact:

    Office of Admissions
    Eden Theological Seminary
    475 East Lockwood Avenue
    Saint Louis, MO 63119

    Phone: 314-918-2501
    Fax: 314-918-2640
    Toll-Free: 877-627-5652
    e-mail: admissions@eden.edu