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2017 Fall Priority Admissions & Scholarship Deadline is January 15, 2017.*

2017 Fall Final Application Deadline is June 1, 2017.

2018 Spring Admissions & Scholarship Deadline is October 1, 2017.

2018 Spring Final Application Deadline is November 15, 2017.


*While admission is rolling, scholarships are limited. However, there may be remaining funding after the priority deadline some years. In this event, eligible applicants who submit their full application after the priority deadline are offered scholarships on a first come basis.


Masters applicants for admission to the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University are required to have a regionally accredited bachelor's degree with a liberal arts core or proof of an equivalent degree from a foreign university. Doctoral applicants are required to have a regionally accredited M.Div. or equivalent. Admission will be based on your total application (GPA, personal information you supply including resume, essays, letters of recommendation, interview, test scores, and background check). Ultimate approval of admission is given by the Dean. 

For individuals who do not currently possess a bachelor's degree, but who want to obtain a graduate theological education, Mercer offers pre-theology education through the College of Liberal Arts in Macon and through Penfield College in Atlanta. For more information about these programs, contact Mercer's Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Application Process

We are glad you are interested in applying to McAfee. Below are the requirements for applying. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask. 

  1. Biographical Information
  2. Resume - (Including Church Positions and Service, Secular Occupations, Community Involvement, Academic Honors, and Research, Civic, or Leadership Awards)
  3. Official Transcripts from all higher educational institutions previously attended
  4. Background check* - Background check to be filed online at Castle Branch, or call 1-888-666-7788 for more information. Please allow up to 2 weeks for us to receive the report. The package cost is $33.50, which must be ordered and purchased directly online by the applicant. The admissions office will supply the appropriate step-by-step directions on how to complete the background check. Please download instructions to order your background check and have it sent to the McAfee School of Theology at Mercer University.
  5. $50.00 application fee
  6. Four Typed Essays - (Questions are in the application)
  7. Three Letters of Recommendation (one from each of the following:)
    1. Pastor
    2. Church Leader
    3. Professor / Supervisor
  8. Letter of Support from local ministry (for Online M.A. applicants only)*
  9. Career Assessment & Declaration of Specialization (for D.Min. applicants only)
  10. Official MAT (preferred) or GRE Scores within the last 5 years (for D.Min. applicants only)
  11. Admissions Interviews - the interviews are the most important part of the application process. Application, essays, and background check must be submitted prior to the interview. We will be in touch with you about setting up a time and place. 

*The Online M.A.C.M. is a cohort based distance learning program that requires students to secure a ministry context where they can complete their field hours. Admission is competitive and limited to working professionals who are unable to complete a theological studies program in residence.

*In order to fulfill contracts with our seminary partners, McAfee School of Theology now requires that all McAfee applications undergo a criminal background check. Admission into McAfee is pending receipt of a background check report from Applicants are responsible for ordering and purchasing their own background check directly online. 

  • Each applicant must authorize McAfee School of Theology to obtain a background check in order to satisfy the admission requirements.
  • The only exclusion to the background check will be special exceptions made for International Students who are in the process of obtaining, or have obtained the F-1 visa. This exception is monitored by the Admissions Office, which has the right to administer the exemption as necessary. 
  • Failure to undergo the background check will result in exclusion from admission consideration. If criminal behavior is detected in the background check, the student may not be admitted to McAfee School of Theology. Students may appeal the decision and will have he opportunity to present information to dispute the background check. 

Nondiscrimination Policy

Mercer University is committed to providing equal educational programs or activities, and equal employment opportunities to all qualified students, employees, and applicants without discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, age, or religion, as a matter of University policy and as required by applicable state and federal laws, including Title IX. Inquiries concerning this policy may be directed to the Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, Human Resources Office, 1501 Mercer University Drive, Macon, Georgia 31207, phone 478-301-2788 or contact, or in cases of Title IX concerns, these concerns may be referred to the Office of Civil Rights.