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The Master of Divinity program at Meadville Lombard is designed to integrate seamlessly with meeting the requirements to become a fully credentialed minister within the Unitarian Universalist Association.  MLTS helps students arrange the required internships, and many of the assignments in the three Signature Courses are directly related to meeting these requirements.   

  • As soon as possible after being accepted by the school, students should contact the UUA Ministerial Credentialing Office. The entire process is described in this UUA webpage.
  • The next step is to attain Aspirant Status, which will require some paperwork. You will need to interview with a UU minister and obtain the sponsorship of a congregation. You will also have to sign a Criminal Offense Disclosure Form.  
  • Before the end of the summer between the first and second year, complete a basic unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. This is a 10-week full time program in a hospital or other setting.  It is offered at sites all over the country. 
  • Before you begin your second year Signature Course—Congregational Studies—, you will need to meet the requirements for Candidate Status, which are:
    • Successfully completing one year of theological school
    • Completing a career assessment and sending the report to the UUA. This is a comprehensive personal, emotional and psychological evaluation.  
  • In your third year Signature Course—Leadership Studies—, you, your Teaching Pastor and lay intern committee will complete a final evaluation which will be submitted to the Ministerial Fellowship Committee, the credentialing body.   

Please contact the Director of Contextual Ministry if you have any questions.