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Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Admissions to Howard University School of Divinity

Q. Does the School of Divinity offer online classes?

A. The School of Divinity does not offer online classes. All classes are held on campus.

Q. I do not have a degree; does the School of Divinity have a Continuing Education Program?
A. The School of Divinity does not have a Continuing Education Program. To be eligible for admission, individuals must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university.

Q. Can I audit a class at the School of Divinity without being enrolled at Howard University?
A. The School of Divinity does not offer Audit registration. Individuals who meet the general requirements for admission as a Regular Degree student, but elect to pursue course work as a non-degree student, may apply as a Non-Degree/Unclassified Student.

Q. I don’t have a computer or access to the internet. Does the School of Divinity offer correspondence courses?
A. The School of Divinity does not offer correspondence courses.

Q. Does the School of Divinity have an undergraduate program?
A. The School of Divinity only offers graduate programs.

Q. I am an undergraduate student at Howard University; can I take a class in religion at the School of Divinity?
A. Upper-level undergraduate students (juniors, seniors) are eligible to register for lower-level graduate courses at the School of Divinity.

Q. Does the School of Divinity accept transfer credit?
A. The School of Divinity accepts transfer credit accredited theological schools or another accredited graduate institution. The accrediting agency must be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Please contact the School of Divinity Admissions staff for specific information on our Transfer Policy.

Q. When are classes offered?
A. Classes are offered Monday – Thursday. There are a limited number of classes offered on Saturday. Classes are offered during the day, afternoon, and evening, with the majority of the classes offered in the evening.

Q. Where are classes held?
A. Classes are held on the Howard University East Campus in the Benjamin E. Mays Hall located at 1400 Shepherd Street NE, Washington, DC 20017.

Q. What is the tuition cost of the degree programs?
A. Tuition and fees for the School of Divinity can be found at Tuition and Graduate Student Fees.

Q. Do I need to submit a TOEFL score?
A. All applications from countries where English is not the official language must score satisfactorily on the TOEFL or IELTS exam. The minimum TOEFL score required for admission is 550 (written TOEFL), 213 (computer-based TOEFL), or 79 (internet-based TOEFL). TOEFL's website is http://www.toefl.org/. Students who take the IELTS must receive a score of 6.5 for admission. IELTS’ website is http://www.ielts.org/. Please consult the School of Divinity website (www.divinity.howard.edu) Prospective Student/Admissions Requirements for more information on international student admissions.

Q. How long is the Master of Divinity Degree Program?
A. The Master of Divinity Program Degree Program requires 81 credit hours. Full-time students can complete the program in three years. Students must complete the degree within seven (7) chronological years.

Q. How long is the Master of Arts (Religious Studies) Degree Program?
A. The Master of Arts (Religious Studies) Degree Program requires 48 credit hours. Full-time students can complete the program in two years. Students must complete the degree within five (5) chronological years.

Q. What is required to apply for the Doctor of Ministry Degree Program?
A. Applicants must hold a Master of Divinity or equivalent degree from a seminary accredited by the Association of Theological Schools, and must have completed 3 years of ministry experience prior to entering the D.Min. program. Admission is based on academic achievement as well as the Divinity School ability to meet the applicant's goals. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better from the Master of Divinity or equivalent degree.

Q: What is the length of the Doctor of Ministry Degree Program?
A. The Doctor of Ministry Degree Program requires 36 credit hours of course work and to defend, by oral examination, the Doctor of Ministry project. Full-time students taking 9 credit hours per semester can complete the program in two years. Students must complete the degree within seven (7) chronological years.

Q. How do I choose and complete a final Doctor of Ministry project?
A. Doctor of Ministry students are encouraged to select courses for their electives that will enhance, supplement, and strengthen their area of specialization and research related to the Doctor of Ministry project. Each project proposal will be carefully reviewed, discussed, and clarified (in group sessions and individually), so that the most appropriate and efficient methods and mechanisms might be full identified and secured for its successful completion. Candidates are required to maintain close contact and regular communication with their project advisors.

Q. How many hours are considered full-time?
A. To be considered a full-time student, you must register for a minimum of 9 credit hours. The average full-time semester course load is 12-15 credit hours.








updated: February 19, 2013

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