The mission of Erskine Seminary is “to educate persons for service in the Christian Church.” To that end, the Admissions Office of Erskine Seminary seeks to recruit qualified students called by God and their church to serve effectively in a variety of Church ministries and services locally and globally.
The following are required of master’s-level applicants seeking admission to Erskine Theological Seminary:
- Completion of an application form for the program for which you seek admission.
- Submission of a $35.00 nonrefundable application fee.
- Submission of official college transcripts from an accredited institution reflecting an acceptable grade point average.
- Submission of three letters of recommendation evaluating your character and potential to engage in ministry. The three recommendations need to be completed on your behalf by your home church’s ordained minister or an ordained minister from one of the churches in which you have recently worked; by a college professor or a supervisor; and by a layperson from your church.
- Submission of a two-page essay stating why you would like to pursue a seminary education.
Admission Procedures for the Th.M. and D.Min. Programs:
Complete steps 1-4 above. Submit a 600 word statement reviewing your achievements, strengths, and weaknesses in ministry, and explaining how the program will contribute to your competence in ministry and service to the church. Advanced degree students must submit an example of their academic writing from a previous Master’s program (at least 10 pages, double spaced, with footnotes and bibliography formatted properly).
Once all of the application materials have been received, the following take place:
- Erskine’s writing instructor evaluates the quality of the essay submitted and makes a recommendation to the Post-Graduate Committee about your fitness for writing extended essays leading to a Th.M. thesis or D.Min. dissertation.
- The Director of Post-Graduate Studies reviews the application file and makes a recommendation to the Post-Graduate Committee.
- The Post-Graduate Committee receives the recommendations from the writing instructor and the program director, and makes the decision whether or not to admit you. (The Committee may deem that an interview is necessary before it makes its decision.) The Committee may decide to admit you fully (at which point you may register for regular Th.M. or D.Min. courses), to deny admission, or to admit you on a provisional basis. If you are admitted provisionally, the Committee will stipulate what conditions you must meet before you may be fully accepted. These conditions may include taking an advanced writing seminar to improve your writing ability and/or completing stipulated master’s-level courses to remedy deficiencies in your master’s program or to demonstrate sufficient aptitude to go on to Th.M. or D.Min. courses.
- The admissions office notifies you of the Committee’s decision.
For admission to advanced degree programs you must ordinarily have at least three years of full time ministerial experience after completion of the Master of Divinity program. If you have less than three years of experience you will need to provide additional information about your ministry experience and qualifications to pursue an advanced degree