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Admissions Checklist

Your application for admission will be reviewed upon receipt of the following items:

All Programs

    1. Completed and signed application form.
    2. A non-refundable application fee.

      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 PDF Iconapplication packet.
      • An autobiographical statement of 400 words or more using the instructions on the second page of the PDF Iconapplication packet as a guide. Your statement must be typewritten and include, though need not be limited to, the following:
      1. Christian experience, including Christian conversion and spiritual pilgrimage.
      2. Your understanding of your Christian responsibility and the vocational role to which you have been called.
      3. Christian work/ministry you have already done which parallels or validates your decision to apply to seminary.
      4. Why you have decided to apply to seminary.
      5. Why you have decided to apply specifically to Northern.

      Doctoral Programs

      • 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 PDF Iconapplication packet as a guide.
      • A typed, three to four page, single-spaced, self evaluation of your ministry in which you answer the following questions. ( PDF IconDownload Form)
      1. What arrangements will you make with the congregation/institution to schedule the time for advanced study?
      2. Describe your relationship with other staff members, the pastoral relations committee, board members and other responsible persons in the congregation or organization.
      3. 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?
      4. What are your long-range goals for ministry?
      5. Identify the main strengths and weaknesses you bring to ministry.
      6. 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?
      7. How effective are you in the management of time? Explain why you believe you have the discipline to complete this graduate program.

      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.

      Application for Admission
      Personal Information

      If admitted, will you be seeking on-campus housing?

      Registration Information

      When do you plan to begin studies?

      Have you applied to Northern in the past?

      Do you expect to be enrolled full or part-time?

      Do you plan to transfer credits into Northern?

      To which program are you seeking admission: Master's Programs:

      Diploma Programs:

      Doctor of Ministry Programs:

      Please write the name of the doctoral program in which you are interested.

      Other Programs:

      Educational Background

      Please list all institutions attended after high school including college, university, and seminary.

      Remember to have an official transcript sent directly to Northern by each institution.

      Health/Other Confidential Information
      Do you have any physical challenges or disabilities which might affect your pursuit of seminary studies?

      (If yes, please describe on a separate sheet of paper.)

      Many persons competent in ministry have experienced mental and/or nervous disorders. Have you experienced any of these?

      (If yes, please describe on a separate sheet of paper.)

      Are there any other facts regarding your health that are relevant to your pursuing studies at Northern Seminary?

      (If yes, please describe on a separate sheet of paper.)

      Have you ever been convicted of a felony?

      (If yes, please attach a written explanation.)

      Health Insurance Information

      Work Information

      Please list your last three work/ministry positions (or experiences). Begin with the most recent.

      Church Information

      Seminary Research Information

      This information is not used for admissions decisions.

      Gender:

      Marital Status:

      Of which ethnic group are you a member?

      Please select from the following:

      References (Master's Program 1- Doctoral Program 3)

      A recommendation should be from someone who knows you well enough to write about you and your qualifications.

      It is the applicant's responsibility to send the enclosed Recommendation for Admissions forms to the three persons listed below.

      Emergency Contact Information

      Please list two persons who may be contacted by Northern if you experience an emergency.

      Statement

      Please sign and submit this application along with the additional materials listed on the cover page. Once submitted, the application and all supporting documents become the property of Northern Seminary and may not be returned to you, nor may they be used for any other purpose.

      By signing below, I acknowledge that all statements on this application are true to the best of my knowledge. I understand that fraudulent statements may be grounds for denial of this application or dismissal from the Seminary at a later date.  I also acknowledge that I have read and understand the Northern Seminary Community Standards (http://www.seminary.edu/community-standards) as outlined in the Academic Catalog (http://www.seminary.edu/current-students/academic-catalog/).

      Computer Technology and Northern Seminary

      All Northern students are expected to have a level of technological proficiency, which enhances the educational experience.*

      Northern students must have:

      A) Easy and regular access to a personal or public computer with Internet access

      B) A personal email account that is active and regularly used**

      C) Access to word processing software, which is required for written academic paper assignments

      By signing this application you confirm that you understand and can meet the stated technology requirements.

      * Additional requirements exist for students participating in classes that are fully online.

      ** When you are admitted and register for classes you will be assigned a @student.seminary.edu email address. All official seminary communication is sent to you through this student email address which you will be required to use throughout your enrollment. You may have email to this address forwarded to an email address of your choosing.

      Updated Application for Admission
      ADMISSIONS CHECKLIST

      Your application for admission will be reviewed upon receipt of the following items:

      All Programs
      • Completed and signed application form.
      • A non-refundable application fee.

      a. Masters programs - $35.00

      b. Doctoral Programs - $50.00

      c. Auditor or Special Student - $25.00

      Please make checks payable to Northern Seminary

       

      • If English is nor 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
      • A recommendation from your pastor.
      • An autobiographical statement of 400 words or more. Your statement must be typewritten and include, though need not be limited to, the following:

      a. Christian experience, including Christian conversion and spiritual pilgrimage.

      b. Your understanding of your Christian responsibility and the vocational role to which you have been called.

      c. Christian work/ministry you have already done which parallels or validates your decision to apply to seminary.

      d. Why you have decided to apply to seminary.

      e. Why you have decided to apply specifically to Northern.

      Dorctoral Programs
      • 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 forms provided by Northern Seminary.
      • A typed, three to four page, single-spaced, self evaluation of your ministry in which you answer the following questions.

      a. What arrangements will you make with the congregation/institution to schedule the time for advanced study?

      b. Describe your relationship with other staff members, the pastoral relations committee, board members and other responsible persons in the congregation or organization.

      c. 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?

      d. What are your long-range goals for ministry?

      e. Identify the main strengths and weaknesses you bring to ministry.

      f.  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?

      g.  How effective are you in the management of time? Explain why you believe you have the discipline to complete this graduate program.