We are pleased that you are interested in admission to the McAfee School of Theology. The following instructions and materials on this page should simplify the process for you.
The Doctor of Ministry Committee of the faculty grants admission to the Doctor of Ministry degree program. Decisions are based on the total profile of the applicant, including an analysis of the applicant’s writing ability, as seen in the admission essays; quality of recommendations; grade point averages of academic work; standardized test scores; and the nature and extent of the applicant’s ministry experience. No single area of deficiency will disqualify an applicant from admission.
Successful applicants will complete and submit the following application materials to the Doctor of Ministry Office:
Official transcripts from all higher education institutions previously attended. A grade point average of 3.25 from all master’s degree study
in theology is preferred. Applicants must have completed a Master of Divinity degree (or a master’s degree in theology with a 74 hour M.Div. equivalence) from a school fully accredited by a regional accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (or a recognized international accrediting organization). Applicants are expected to have served in full-time ministry for at least three years following receipt of the masters degree.
A description of roles and responsibilities in active ministry in which the applicant can complete meaningful research integrating biblical, theological, and pastoral insights into the practice of specific ministry. Most applicants must have been engaged in active ministry for at least three years following receipt of an acceptable master’s degree in theology (a limited number of highly qualified applications with ministry experience completed prior to completion of the degree may be accepted).
A Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examination (GRE) completed in the previous five years. A score on the MAT above the fiftieth (50th) percentile is preferred, but not required. If English is a second language, a score of at least 215 (new scale) on the TOEFL is required.
Three reference documents, located in the application materials, completed by selected leaders in which assessment is made of the applicant’s ministerial practice.
Brief, written personal essays describing your call to ministry, previous educational experiences, goals for D.Min. study, theological self- reflection and a general area of research interest for a Project Thesis.
An on-site or telephone interview arranged by the D.Min. office with a faculty member or the Associate Dean.
McAfee accepts applications from all denominations provided they fall within the above guidelines. McAfee does not discriminate according to gender, age, ethnic origin, or race. Candidates with special needs should comply with Mercer University’s policy on special needs.
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