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At Meadville Lombard Theological School we challenge our students to new ways of thinking about social, religious, spiritual and political issues while providing them with a supportive learning environment.
View Frequently Asked Questions or click on a degree program below to learn more.
Master of Divinity
Requirements for Applying for Master of Divinity
An admissions interview is not required; however, an applicant or a member of the Admissions Committee may request one.
Meadville Lombard Theological School uses a rolling admissions model. All applications are reviewed in chronological order according to the date they were completed.
The deadline for submitting a compete application is June 1.
Individuals who submit an application after June 1 may be considered for entrance in the following academic year, although they may begin taking courses immediately after matriculating into a degree program.
Individuals who plan to apply for federal and institutional financial aid are strongly encouraged to submit a complete admissions application by March 15 of the same year in which they are applying to enter. Please go to Financial Aid page for more information.
Master of Arts in Leadership Studies
Requirements for Applying for Master of Arts in Leadership Studies
For the MALS degree program, Meadville Lombard Theological School utilizes a rolling admissions model. All applications are reviewed in chronological order according to the date they were completed and applicants are notified of their acceptance status within two to four weeks of the completion of the application.
Master of Arts
Requirements for Applying for Master of Arts
An on-campus interview is not required; however, an applicant or a member of the admissions committee may request one.
For the MARS degree program, Meadville Lombard Theological School utilizes a rolling admissions model. All applications are reviewed in chronological order according to the date they were completed and applicants are notified of their acceptance status within two to four weeks of the completion of the application.
Student at Large
Click here to apply for student at large status, required for all students taking courses at Meadville Lombard, but who are not enrolled in a degree program.
Meadville Lombard Theological School celebrates the distinctive contributions international students offer to the Meadville Lombard community and welcome your application to our programs.
International students applying to master’s level programs are eligible to receive Merit-Based Scholarships, provided the standard requirements are met. (See Scholarships and Aid)
Transcripts written in a language other than English must be accompanied by a notarized translation.
In addition to the general admissions application materials (as defined within each degree program application), international students who are non-native English speakers may be required to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination score. Scores must be at or above 550 paper, 217 computer, or 81 on the internet-based exams. The exam must be completed no more than two years prior to application. The TOEFL requirement may be waived if the applicant has completed another degree, in English, in the United States. Contact the Senior Director of Student Services if this applies to you.
I-20 forms are not issued until after an international student is admitted. If admitted, the admissions letter packet will include the Meadville Lombard Theological School International Student I-20 Application and an estimate of the cost of attendance for the appropriate degree program. The form will explain the financial documentation requirements for the issuance of the I-20 by the seminary.
For more information regarding application as an international student, please contact Valencia Penn-Hargrove, Director of Student Records at firstname.lastname@example.org or 312.212.0672
“I admire how Meadville Lombard has responded so effectively to the changing environment of theological and ministry training by providing innovative programs to support students living and learning in their own context aided by Meadville Lombard. Professionally, I hope there can be connections between ICUU and Meadville in nurturing such students as they become part of our holy community of ministry made sacred by training, commitment and calling.”
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