The Association of Theological Schools accredits EDS and requires that applicants to the Doctor of Ministry have a Master of Divinity degree or the equivalent as well as at least three years of ministerial experience since receiving the MDiv degree. Although many DMin applicants are ordained (either in the Episcopal Church or other denominations), that is not a requirement. All doctoral applicants must present a strong project proposal and show connection among that proposal, our faculty, and our curriculum.

Application Requirements

  • Completed online application, including personal essay and program proposal.  
  • Three letters of recommendations [PDF]
    • EDS strongly suggests that applicant submit at least one academic reference and one pastoral reference.
    • Letters must come directly from the recommender; references sent by the applicant will not be accepted.
    • Recommendations sent by e-mail also will not be accepted.
    • Every letter must contain contact information for the recommender.
    • Professional recommendations should be on letterhead.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions where academic credit was earned or attempted, issued by the institution directly to EDS.
    • We do not currently accept e-transcripts.
    • Applicants must provide translations of any transcripts that are not in English.
    • EDS may request equivalency evaluations of non-U.S. transcripts. Evaluations will be done at the applicant’s expense.
  • Resume or CV
  • TOEFL or IELTS (Academic Test) scores for applicants with undergraduate degrees from outside the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia / New Zealand
    • Scores must come directly from the testing agency.
    • We require a minimum score of 94 on the TOEFL or 7.0 on the IELTS.
  • One interview, once the application file is completed.
    • The interview may be conducted either on-campus or via Skype.
  • $75 application fee
  • Completed background check
    • The application fee includes the cost of the background check