Degree Seeking Application Process & Admissions Requirements

Degree Seeking Application Process & Admissions Requirements

These are steps for anyone interested in applying to a degree program at Denver Seminary. This includes the Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, Master of Theology, Certificate, and Doctor of Ministry programs. Here’s what we’ll need from you:

1. Biographical Questionnaire

The biographical questionnaire only needs to be completed once and contains all the information for us to start an application for you. Once you hit submit, the admissions team will start compiling your application documents and an admissions counselor will stay in touch about your admissions process. You will choose your desired campus, program, and start term in this step. If you’re unsure which program you want to do, that’s not a problem! Pick the closest one and make sure your admissions counselor is aware you’re still trying to decide. You can change your program details at any time.

2. Writing Portion 

This is an opportunity for us to get to know you! You’ll respond to a few prompts about your story and your interest in Denver Seminary. Your essays will also display your writing ability so make sure your submission is concisely written and edited for grammatical errors.

3. References and Transcripts

You will need to submit one pastoral reference (a Christian leader in your life who has known you over one year and isn’t related to you) and two general references (anyone else in your life who has known you over one year and is not related to you). Please note: Master of Theology (ThM) applicants must submit two academic references in lieu of the general references. 

  • Master’s level applicants: You will need to submit transcripts from any institution where you’ve completed an undergraduate degree or higher. Undergraduate transcripts need to be “official”, meaning they have come to us directly from the institution. Master’s and doctorate transcripts may be sent to us directly by you or your institution. If you’re still in undergrad, we can use “partial transcripts” as placeholders during your application process with the understanding that you’ll send us the final, official versions after you graduate. 
  • Master of Theology (ThM) and Doctor of Ministry applicants: You will need to submit transcripts from the institution where you completed your previous master’s degree. These transcripts need to be “official,” meaning they have been sent to us directly from the institution either electronically or by mail. We do not need undergraduate transcripts.
4. Supplemental Documents
  • Doctor of Ministry: Submit a resume of your educational and professional experience.
  • Master of Theology (ThM): Submit an academic writing sample (included in Step 2).

Admissions Requirements


1. Appropriate previous education
  • Master’s Level Programs: Baccalaureate degree or currently finishing one from an accredited institution.
  • Master of Theology: Master of Divinity or its equivalent from an accredited institution.
  • Doctor of Ministry: Master’s degree from an accredited institution. 

(Don’t meet this requirement? Email to see if you qualify for our Undergraduate Degree Exemption process. UDE candidates may not apply for the Master of Arts in Counseling, Theology, Apologetics & Ethics, New Testament, or Old Testament. UDE candidates may not be less than 35 years old.)

2. Cumulative GPA that meets your desired program requirements:
  • The Master of Arts in Counseling, Theology, Apologetics & Ethics, New Testament, and Old Testament and the Master of Theology require a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • All other programs require a 2.5 cumulative GPA. 

(Don’t meet this requirement? Email to talk through your options for supplementing your GPA.)

3. Completion of the admissions application by the start of your desired start term.

4. Submission of $45 non-refundable application fee.

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