Your application for admission will be reviewed upon receipt of the following items:
- Completed and signed application form.
- A non-refundable application fee.
- Masters programs - $35.00 - Pay Online
- Doctoral Programs - $50.00 - Pay Online
- Auditor or Special Student - $25.00 - Pay Online
Please make checks payable to Northern Seminary
- If English is not your native language, and you have not completed a degree in which the courses were taught in English, submit TOEFL scores with your application.
- An official transcript from each academic institution you have attended beyond high school mailed from the Institution directly to Northern's Admissions Office.
Master's and Diploma Programs
- Letter of reference from your pastor using the form enclosed in the application packet.
- An autobiographical statement of 400 words or more using the instructions on the second page of the application packet as a guide. Your statement must be typewritten and include, though need not be limited to, the following:
- Christian experience, including Christian conversion and spiritual pilgrimage.
- Your understanding of your Christian responsibility and the vocational role to which you have been called.
- Christian work/ministry you have already done which parallels or validates your decision to apply to seminary.
- Why you have decided to apply to seminary.
- Why you have decided to apply specifically to Northern.
- Recommendation from three persons who know you well enough to write about you and your qualifications. You are responsible for securing these references using the instructions on the second page of the application packet as a guide.
- A typed, three to four page, single-spaced, self evaluation of your ministry in which you answer the following questions. ( Download Form)
- What arrangements will you make with the congregation/institution to schedule the time for advanced study?
- Describe your relationship with other staff members, the pastoral relations committee, board members and other responsible persons in the congregation or organization.
- What formal or informal learning experiences have contributed significantly to your personal and professional growth in the last five years? In the last ten years?
- What are your long-range goals for ministry?
- Identify the main strengths and weaknesses you bring to ministry.
- Discuss the field in which you might make an innovative contribution to the profession of ministry and your readiness to make that contribution. What do you hope to learn in your DMin studies and/or what ministerial skills do you wish to improve or develop? How do you expect to relate these insights and skills to your current or future ministries?
- How effective are you in the management of time? Explain why you believe you have the discipline to complete this graduate program.
- An Academic Essay (Download Form)
a. Must be five pages, typed, double spaced. Develop an academic paper through which you identify and defend how you would form a biblical, theological, and ecclesial approach to one of the following topics. Identify, utilize, and properly cite a minimum of three scholarly academic references.
b. Topic Options
1. The Church and the Problem of Secularism
2. Women in Ministry.
3. The Mission of the Church in a Post-Christian Culture.
c. Your work will be evaluated for quality of writing, the demonstration of academic writing style, a presentation of a clear thesis statement, competency in regard to theological and biblical method, quality and appropriate use of academic references, and proper punctuation and grammar.