International Applicants

EDS values a diverse, multicultural learning environment and welcomes applicants from all countries. International candidates should complete the online application, and must meet all application requirements. In addition, international candidates from non-English-speaking countries must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

International Scholars Program

Each year, we are pleased to welcome up to two International Scholars who receive significant financial assistance to complete a Master of Arts, which they will use their to improve their ministry in their home country.

The International Scholar program offers up to two applicants per year a full-tuition scholarship to the on-campus Master of Arts in Theological Studies program, along with dormitory room accommodations. In return, the International Scholars must maintain satisfactory academic progress, enroll in a full academic load, and meet other conditions set by EDS. Support is provided for the student only. View the 2016–2017 Cost of Attendance budget for MATS International Students. 

Application Process

In addition to completing the online application, and meeting all other application requirements, applicants for the International Scholar program must:

  • Complete the International Student Financial Guarantee form.
  • Submit one additional recommendation from a direct supervisor or bishop.
  • Write an additional essay that answers the following questions:
    • Why do you want a degree from EDS?
    • How will you contribute to your own education?
    • How will a MATS degree from EDS help your ministry in your home country?
    • How do you plan to promote EDS when you return home?

The additional essay must be uploaded with the rest of your application materials; EDS does not accept any applicant materials by regular mail, fax, or email.

All materials from international applicants seeking consideration for the International Scholar program must be received by March 15 of each year.


The Diocese of Massachusetts grants scholarships to eligible international students. For more information, please contact Valerie Paterson, financial aid manager, at


International applicants who possess an undergraduate degree from outside the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia/New Zealand must take the TOEFL or IELTS (EDS only accepts the Academic IELTS test). 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. The minimum acceptable TOEFL iBT score is 94; the minimum acceptable TOEFL PBT is 600; the 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.

International applicants with a four-year undergraduate degree from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia/New Zealand may request a waiver. The waiver form must be uploaded with the rest of your application materials.

Applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores for all undergraduate degrees earned outside of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia/New Zealand, even if classes were taught in English. Additionally, post-baccalaureate, graduate-level degrees earned in one of the listed English-speaking countries does not qualify for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver, if applicants’ undergraduate degree was awarded outside the qualifying countries.