FAQ and Admissions Policies

Admissions Process

May I transfer credits to EDS?

To receive a degree from EDS, the majority of your credits must be earned at EDS. However, EDS will consider awarding transfer credit to students who have completed relevant course work at other accredited schools of theology with similar standards and programs.  Master of Divinity Students may apply to transfer up to 24 credits from another institution; Master of Arts may apply to transfer up to 12 credits. We do not accept transfer credits for certificate or Doctor of Ministry students. Students may petition the Degrees Committee for this transfer credit once they have been in residence at EDS for at least one year at full-time status. Certain program requirements may be modified for applicants who transfer to EDS from other theological schools.

Is my financial situation considered in the admissions process?

EDS maintains a need-blind application process. We do not consider an applicant’s financial circumstances in the admissions decision. However, we do not guarantee that the applicant’s entire financial need will be met with grants.

I already have unopened transcripts from my school. Do I need to order new ones?

If the transcript is unofficial, EDS will not accept it. If the transcript is official, with the seal and signature intact, you may send it for evaluation. If it does not meet admissions standards, we will ask you for a replacement.

How do I schedule my interviews?

The Admissions Office will reach out to schedule your interviews once your file is complete, including transcripts, recommendations, and test scores.

I cannot come to campus. May I interview by phone?

If you are unable to come to campus, we can conduct your interviews via Skype.

I cannot afford the application fee. May I apply to waive it?

If you are an EDS graduate or if the application fee would present a financial hardship, you may apply for a fee reduction or waiver. Our criteria for financial hardship are based on the poverty guidelines from the United States Department of Health and Human Services.

Please e-mail the form to admissions@eds.edu. Financial hardship fee waivers/reductions are only granted once; should you need to re-apply to EDS in the future, you will owe the full fee.

I do not have an undergraduate degree. May I apply for the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts degree?

You may apply, but the Admissions Committee encourages applicants without degrees to apply for the certificate program. Although the same overall admissions standards apply, certificate programs do not require a degree.

I was admitted to EDS but will be unable to enroll this year. May I request a deferral?

Applicants may request a one-time, one-year deferral; requests need to be submitted in writing to the Admissions Committee. If the deferral is granted, the applicant must pay the enrollment deposit within one month to secure his or her place in the next class. If the applicant does not enroll for the term to which admission was deferred, he or she must re-apply and re-pay the application fee. All deferral requests must be received at least two week prior to matriculation and the start of term.

I previously applied to EDS and was not admitted. Now I would like to apply again. What do I need to do?

Please see our Reapplication Guidelines.

I am applying to the MDiv distributive learning option. I know my program starts in June, but I want to take classes in the January term. May I do this?

With approval of their academic advisor or the Academic Dean, accepted applicants may take up to two classes at EDS prior to matriculation into their program. However, eligibility for EDS financial aid begins with matriculation into the program.

International Applicants

My transcripts are from outside the United States and I cannot get an official copy. May I send an unofficial copy?

We require official transcripts from all schools where an applicant earned or attempted academic credit. We do not accept unofficial transcripts. To ensure that we receive them by the deadline, we recommend that applicants submit all transcripts requests well in advance of the application deadline.

I am a dual citizen of my home country and of the United States. Am I eligible to apply for the International Scholar program?

The goal of the International Scholar program is for recipients to use their EDS education to further their ministry in their home country. Therefore, citizens of the United States, including dual citizens, are ineligible for the program.

What is the minimum score requirement on the TOEFL and IELTs?

Our minimum TOEFL score is 94. Our minimum IELTS score is 7.0. If your exam scores do not meet this threshold, you will need to re-take it before we can consider your application.

How do I apply to waive the TOEFL or IELTS exam?

International applicants who possess a four-year, undergraduate degree from the U.S., U.K., Canada, or Australia/New Zealand may apply to waive the TOEFL or IELTS requirement. Please upload this form with your application.

My undergraduate institution was not in the U.S., U.K., Canada, or Australia/ New Zealand but my classes were taught in English. Do I still need to take the TOEFL or IELTS?

Yes, you need to take the exam. TOEFL or IELTS waiver applications are only available for applicants with four-year undergraduate degrees from the U.S., U.K., Canada, or Australia/New Zealand.

My undergraduate degree is from my home country, but I have a graduate degree from the U.K. Do I still need to take the TOEFL or IELTS?

Yes, you need to take the exam. Waivers are based on the location of the undergraduate degree. A graduate degree from one of the waiver regions does not qualify for a waiver application.

How do I send you my TOEFL or IELTS scores?

Our ETS institution code for the TOEFL is 3370. On IELTS, search for Episcopal Divinity School. Results must be sent directly from the testing service.

Which IELTS test do I take?

EDS only accepts the Academic IELTS test.

If I am awarded an International Scholarship, may I bring my family to Cambridge with me?

The International Scholar program is for the student only. EDS does not offer housing, meals, visas, or other support for family members.

Online Application

How do I get technical support for the application?

Please e-mail techservices@eds.edu and our IT staff will respond within 48 business hours. The Admissions Office does not provide technical support for the application.

I am having trouble with the payment screen. What do I do?

Make sure to disable pop-up blockers before you start the online application.

May I email you my attachments instead of submitting them through the application?

All materials, except transcripts, recommendations, and test scores, must be submitted via the online application. EDS does not accept any applicant materials sent by e-mail, fax, or regular mail.

Do I have to complete the online application all at once?

You may work on it in multiple sessions, but make sure to hit “Save” at the bottom of the screen. Once you have submitted the application, you will be unable to make changes.

How do I sign the .pdf forms?

For the waiver forms, if you have digital signature capability set up on your computer, you will be able to sign the document electronically by typing your name in the signature box. If you do not have this capability, you will need to print the document, sign it and scan it in. Please print and sign the recommendation forms in your actual handwriting before passing them along to the recommender.

Can I save the .pdf forms after I have typed in them?

Using the “’Save” function will not work, but you may be able to save the document by selecting “Print” and then selecting “.pdf” as your printer.

Where do I upload my attachments?

After you submit the first page of the application, you will be taken to a payment screen. After your payment is submitted, you will reach a final screen where you will upload your attachments. Please make sure that all of your files (essays, test waiver requests, and resume/CV) are ready to upload at that time – once you hit “submit,” you will not be able to upload any additional documents. EDS does not accept any applicant materials sent by e-mail, fax, or regular mail.