How to Apply
A Bachelor's degree (in any subject) from an accredited college or university is required of all applicants. Although it is helpful if one has some background in philosophy or theology, it is not required.
Application requirements by program:
Academic Writing Sample: This is required of all MA applicants and should be a research paper, preferably on a philosophical or theological topic. Not to exceed 20 pages in most cases, the paper should demonstrate the ability of the applicant to formulate a clear hypothesis (thesis), correctly use bibliographical materials and footnotes (both primary and secondary sources), and draw relevant conclusions. It should be an example of the applicant's best work as it is weighed heavily by the Admissions Committee. A graded copy is not required, but be sure to proofread it for spelling and grammatical errors. In consultation with the MTS Faculty Coordinator, MTS applicants must submit a sample of professional work which demonstrates a capacity for sound project planning.
Official Transcripts: These must be sealed copies, stamped by the Registrar, showing the award of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited institution; applicants not yet finished with their undergraduate program must have a final copy sent after graduation. Transcripts should be sent directly to the DSPT Admissions Office from the issuing institution, but sealed and stamped copies may be accepted directly from the applicant. Unofficial or unsealed copies are not acceptable.
DSPT ordinarily requires a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 3.0 for MA applicants and 2.3 for MDiv applicants. Those who do not meet these minimum standards are still encouraged to apply and may attach a separate sheet to their application, explaining why their GPA is below the expected standard.
Official GRE Scores: An official score report from the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is required of all MA applicants and must be ordered directly from the Educational Testing Association (ETS). Register for a test in your area. Our GRE code number is 0585.
Letters of Recommendation: The number of letters required varies by program, as noted on the chart above. Whenever possible, letters should be written by academic faculty familiar with the applicant's academic work, except for the MTS program which requires professional recommendations.
Official TOEFL or IELTS Scores: In place of the GRE, international applicants whose native language is not English must submit an official score report from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). International applicants whose primary language of instruction at the college level was English may take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) instead. Our TOEFL code number is 4724.