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Admission Requirements

ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA


Master of Divinity
To be eligible, individuals must have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university, and a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 or higher.

Master of Arts (Religious Studies)
To be eligible, individuals must have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited college or university, and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.

Doctor of Ministry
To be eligible, individuals must hold a baccalaureate degree and a Master of Divinity degree from an accredited college or university or their formal equivalents, as determined by the Doctor of Ministry Committee, and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Additionally, individuals must be involved in some recognized form of ministry for three (3) years after completion of the Master of Divinity degree.

Master of Divinity/Master of Business Administration
Applicants must meet the admissions requirements for the Master of Divinity and the Master of Business Administration degree for the respective schools. Due to the sequential nature of the dual degree program, applicants will only be admitted in the fall semester, and must be full-time students.

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ADMISSIONS CATEGORIES

Regular Degree Studen
t:
A student who fully meets the requirements for a graduate program in the School of Divinity will be accepted as a regular degree student.

Provisional Student:
A student who does not meet the requirements for regular degree student, but, who, on other grounds, the degree committee concludes, is capable of completing a graduate program, may be accepted on a provisional basis. A provisional student will take a maximum of nine credit hours of course work per semester and will be allowed a maximum of one year to qualify as a regular degree student. A student who fails to achieve regular degree status after one year will not be allowed to continue in a graduate program at Howard University.

Non-Degree Student:
A student who meets all the requirements for admission to regular status but elects to pursue course work only will be accepted as a non-degree student. A completed application package must be submitted in order to be considered as a non-degree student.

* NOTE: Non-degree/unclassified students are NOT eligible to receive financial aid.

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FORMS

Admission Application Code Sheet
Howard University School of Divinity Application
Howard University School of Divinity Recommendation Form
Statement of Financial Resources Form - (International Student Applicants Only)

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PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINES -NEW STUDENTS

Fall Semester: March 1

Spring Semester: November 1

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ADMISSIONS PROCEDURES FOR NEW STUDENTS

The completed and signed application form

Non-refundable application fee of $45.00 (Certified Check or Money Order Only) --The University does not waive application fees.

An official transcript of all formal studies to date -- Transcript must be in a sealed envelope from the institution and signed across the envelope flap.

An indication of all non-academic continuing education experiences (i.e. certificates, transcripts)

Autobiographical statement, 500-750 words

Statement of interest -An essay, 500-750 words, stating your purpose in pursuing a degree in the area selected

Three letters of recommendation - Each letter must be in a sealed envelope with the recommender's signature across the envelope flap. Applicant may submit the letter on behalf of the recommender, but the aforementioned rules apply.

• A letter of recommendation from a church official or other personally knowledgeable individual
• A letter of recommendation from a college professor, administrator or other qualified person whom the applicant believes is best able to attest to his/her ability to benefit from matriculation in the School of Divinity
• A third letter from one able to attest to the applicant's professional commitment

Doctor of Ministry Applicants

In addition to the above requirements, Doctor of Ministry applicants must submit a Theory of Ministry Paper as part of the admissions process in addition to the requirements. The Theory of Ministry Paper should be a 5-6 page documented narrative of your theological journey. It should begin with the circumstances surrounding your “Call” to Christian Ministry. How did it come and which Scripture did the event(s) bring to mind? Then, relate how you nurtured that “Call.” Who were the significant influences, male and female ministers, teachers, etc.? Describe your plans for formal training and indicate which textbooks and academic readings/assignments were helpful in your theological studies. Provide a bibliography.

At the discretion of the appropriate committee, an interview with the applicant may be required.

Requirements for Master of Divinity students who wish to enroll in the MBA portion of the MDiv/MBA Program:
• Must declare that intention by submitting a full application to the MBA Program at the time of initial MDiv application and no later than the end of the fall semester of the second year of enrollment in the MDiv Program.
• Submit current scores for the Graduate Management Administration Test (GMAT) with a minimum score of 480.
• Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0, and if already admitted at HUSD, a minimum GPA of 3.0.
• Show successful completion of calculus or applied calculus.

Requirements for Master of Business Administration student who wish to enroll in the MDiv portion of the MDiv/MBA Program:
• Must declare that intention by submitting a full application to the MDiv Program at the time of initial MDiv application and no later than the end of the first fall semester in the MBA Program.
• Be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 as a current MBA student.
• Have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75, and if already admitted at HUSB, a minimum GPA of 3.0.

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PRIORITY APPLICATION DEADLINES – FORMER STUDENTS RETURNING (FSR)

Fall Semester: May 1

Spring Semester: November 1

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READMISSION PROCEDURE FOR FORMER STUDENTS RETURNING (FSR)

No application fee is required for a FSR seeking readmission. A FSR must submit the following information:

• The completed and signed application form
• Official transcript from Howard University
• Official transcript from all formal studies completed since matriculation at Howard
• An essay, not to exceed 150 words, stating your plan for completing your degree. The statement should include information relevant to past challenges (academic, financial, etc.) that impacted your previous matriculation and your plan to address these challenges to ensure completion of the degree program.

The Admissions Office and the Degree Program Committee will reevaluate the student's former records and the aforementioned statement to determine readmission.

Former Students Returning absent from the University for two or more years must also submit a health evaluation form and receive a medical clearance from the University Student Health Center before they can complete the registration process.


Students readmitted to the University must be cleared by the Registrar's Office, Student Accounts, Student Loans, and Special Student Services.

Those with outstanding accounts must make satisfactory financial arrangements with the University before registration is permitted.

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ADDITIONAL ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

U.S. Four-year Baccalaureate Equivalency:
Graduate program applicants must have the equivalent of the U.S. four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. You must submit official certificates, university transcripts, and/or mark sheets. If the documents are not in English, they must be accompanied by official translations. Course syllabi or catalogs may also be required. All documents must bear the same name that appears on the admissions application unless an official document is submitted indicating a change of name.

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language):

All applications from countries where English is not the official language must score satisfactorily on the TOEFL. Graduate program applicants must have the equivalent of a U.S. baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.

Certificate of Eligibility (I-20):

International applicants requesting an I-20 Form must submit the following:

    1. Statement of Financial Resources Form: The first column must be completed, using the figures shown for Graduate Divinity. It must be signed by you and your sponsor. If you are self-sponsored, you should sign on both lines. The form does not require a signature or stamp by a bank official.

    2. Sponsor’s letter stating the sponsor’s name, your name, relationship to the sponsor and the sponsor’s intent to be responsible for your expenses:
    If you are self-sponsored, you should submit a letter stating that you are sponsoring yourself.

    3. Recent monthly bank statement: If the statement is in a foreign currency, the US dollar equivalence and conversion rate must be stated. The balance must match or exceed the total completed in the right column on the Statement of Financial Resources form. A letter written by a bank is not acceptable.

    4. Residential address in your country of origin:
    P.O. Box or commercial addresses are not acceptable.


The I-20 will be issued after the student is admitted to the University, paid the required enrollment fee, and submitted the above required documents.

Regulations of the Immigration and Naturalization Service require that all people on F-1 (student) visas pursue a full course of study at all times. This means that graduate students must be enrolled in no less than 9 credit hours at all times. For additional information contact the Office of International Student Services at (202) 806-4124.

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For Information OR Application Submission

Mailing Address:
Howard University School of Divinity
Attn: Recruitment & Admissions
1400 Shepherd Street NE Washington, DC 20017

Telephone/Fax:
Phone 202-806-0500
Fax 202-806-0711

Email:
Serena K. Parks, Admissions & Retention Coordinator: skparks@howard.edu
Claretta McDaniel, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs: c_mcdaniel@howard.edu





updated: July 22, 2014

 
 
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