We look forward to welcoming you into Meadville Lombard’s Master of Divinity degree program. In order to apply, prospective students must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.*

Application Requirements

  • A completed admissions application form (click the button above to start the full application)
  • A resume or CV
  • Two personal essays and two short answer questions (see the application for details)
  • Official transcripts of all post-high school, degree-granting academic work (We accept unofficial transcript added directly to the application. We require official transcripts before you begin your program.)
  • Two letters of reference from:
    • At least one from your minister, or recognized religious or organizational leader
    • A layperson who can speak to your professional, congregational, and/or community work
    • An academic or career professional who can attest to your ability to satisfactorily complete graduate-level work
  • A non-refundable application fee

An on-campus interview is not required; however, a member of the admissions committee may request one.

Meadville Lombard 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 via email as soon as possible. 


*Note: Accredited institutions are those recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or holding membership in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada. Prospective students may alternately hold a documented, educational equivalent of a bachelor’s degree from courses taken at an accredited institution. Exceptions to this policy may be allowed, depending on circumstances. Contact the Admissions Office with questions or to discuss your situation.