Prerequisites

Before applying, make sure you meet the prerequisites. Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics, Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care, Master of Theological Studies, and Non-Degree or Certificate programs all must meet the following prerequisites:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a college or university accredited by an agency acceptable to Iliff
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Non-discrimination Policy: Iliff School of Theology (Iliff) endorses and complies with all state and federal nondiscrimination laws and regulations in the administration of its admission, educational and financial aid policies. Iliff does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or age in its programs and activities.

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Application deadlines:

Priority deadline for Summer & Fall quarters: January 31
Fall quarter: July 31
Winter quarter: November 15
Summer quarter: April 30

Transcripts, references, resume & financial plan

Master of Divinity

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application system to expedite the review of your application. Please request official transcripts from every college or university from which you have received credit. Transcripts should be sent directly from the college or university to the Admissions Office: admissions@iliff.edu or 2323 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, CO 80210

References

Three (3) letters of recommendation are requested by the applicant and submitted by the recommendation provider via the online application system. Applicants may submit an optional fourth reference. The letters should address your abilities for graduate study in religion, theology, or ministry. Letters should be solicited from college or university professors who have taught you and are well acquainted with your academic qualifications. If an applicant has been out of college for more than 5 years and is unable to secure academic references, other professional references may be substituted for an academic reference. Applications to the Master of Divinity Program should include a letter that speaks to your ministerial abilities.

  1. Religious leader or field of interest reference
  2. Academic or Professional reference
  3. Academic or Professional reference
  4. Personal/Character reference (optional)

Resume

The résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV) is uploaded and submitted electronically through the online application system. The Admissions Committee is interested in each applicant’s educational and professional history. The résumé provides you with an opportunity to expand on your professional and extracurricular background. In addition to educational and professional experiences, you may utilize your résumé to list academic awards, fellowships or scholarships, volunteer work, publications authored or co-authored, research, and any other pertinent experience.

Financial Plan

Applicants are asked to describe their plans for financing their theological education. This includes explaining denominational relationships, current financial resources, current indebtedness, plans to apply for scholarships, willingness to take out student loans, and any other information that is useful. Admission decisions are not determined from this question. Rather it informs the Admissions Office that the applicant has thoughtfully considered the costs of education and has a financial plan.

Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application system to expedite the review of your application. Please request official transcripts from every college or university from which you have received credit. Transcripts should be sent directly from the college or university to the Admissions Office: admissions@iliff.edu or 2323 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, CO 80210

References

Three (3) letters of recommendation are requested by the applicant and submitted by the recommendation provider via the online application system. Applicants may submit an optional fourth reference. The letters should address your abilities for graduate study in religion, theology, or ministry. Letters should be solicited from college or university professors who have taught you and are well acquainted with your academic qualifications. If an applicant has been out of college for more than 5 years and is unable to secure academic references, other professional references may be substituted for an academic reference.

  1. Community leader or Religious leader or field of interest reference
  2. Academic or Professional reference
  3. Academic or Professional reference
  4. Personal/Character reference (optional)

Resume

The résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV) is uploaded and submitted electronically through the online application system. The Admissions Committee is interested in each applicant’s educational and professional history. The résumé provides you with an opportunity to expand on your professional and extracurricular background. In addition to educational and professional experiences, you may utilize your résumé to list academic awards, fellowships or scholarships, volunteer work, publications authored or co-authored, research, and any other pertinent experience.

Financial Plan

Applicants are asked to describe their plans for financing their theological education. This includes explaining denominational relationships, current financial resources, current indebtedness, plans to apply for scholarships, willingness to take out student loans, and any other information that is useful. Admission decisions are not determined from this question. Rather it informs the Admissions Office that the applicant has thoughtfully considered the costs of education and has a financial plan.

Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application system to expedite the review of your application. Please request official transcripts from every college or university from which you have received credit. Transcripts should be sent directly from the college or university to the Admissions Office: admissions@iliff.edu or 2323 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, CO 80210

References

Three (3) letters of recommendation are requested by the applicant and submitted by the recommendation provider via the online application system. Applicants may submit an optional fourth reference. The letters should address your abilities for graduate study in religion, theology, or ministry. Letters should be solicited from college or university professors who have taught you and are well acquainted with your academic qualifications. If an applicant has been out of college for more than 5 years and is unable to secure academic references, other professional references may be substituted for an academic reference.

  1. Religious leader or field of interest reference
  2. Academic or Professional reference
  3. Academic or Professional reference
  4. Personal/Character reference (optional)

Résumé

The résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV) is uploaded and submitted electronically through the online application system. The Admissions Committee is interested in each applicant’s educational and professional history. The résumé provides you with an opportunity to expand on your professional and extracurricular background. In addition to educational and professional experiences, you may utilize your résumé to list academic awards, fellowships or scholarships, volunteer work, publications authored or co-authored, research, and any other pertinent experience.

Financial Plan

Applicants are asked to describe their plans for financing their theological education. This includes explaining denominational relationships, current financial resources, current indebtedness, plans to apply for scholarships, willingness to take out student loans, and any other information that is useful. Admission decisions are not determined from this question. Rather it informs the Admissions Office that the applicant has thoughtfully considered the costs of education and has a financial plan.

Master of Theological Studies

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application system to expedite the review of your application. Please request official transcripts from every college or university from which you have received credit. Transcripts should be sent directly from the college or university to the Admissions Office: admissions@iliff.edu or 2323 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, CO 80210

References

Three (3) letters of recommendation are requested by the applicant and submitted by the recommendation provider via the online application system. Applicants may submit an optional fourth reference. The letters should address your abilities for graduate study in religion, theology, or ministry. Letters should be solicited from college or university professors who have taught you and are well acquainted with your academic qualifications. If an applicant has been out of college for more than 5 years and is unable to secure academic references, other professional references may be substituted for an academic reference.

  1. Academic or Community Leader or Religious leader reference
  2. Academic or Professional reference
  3. Academic or Professional reference
  4. Personal/Character reference (optional)

Résumé

The résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV) is uploaded and submitted electronically through the online application system. The Admissions Committee is interested in each applicant’s educational and professional history. The résumé provides you with an opportunity to expand on your professional and extracurricular background. In addition to educational and professional experiences, you may utilize your résumé to list academic awards, fellowships or scholarships, volunteer work, publications authored or co-authored, research, and any other pertinent experience.

Financial Plan

Applicants are asked to describe their plans for financing their theological education. This includes explaining denominational relationships, current financial resources, current indebtedness, plans to apply for scholarships, willingness to take out student loans, and any other information that is useful. Admission decisions are not determined from this question. Rather it informs the Admissions Office that the applicant has thoughtfully considered the costs of education and has a financial plan.

Non-Degree or Certificate

Transcripts

Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded to the online application system to expedite the review of your application. Non-Degree and Certificate students may submit the Bachelor degree transcript only. If a Non-Degree or Certificate student is currently registered at another theological school, a transcript from that school is also required. Transcripts should be sent directly from the college or university to the Admissions Office: admissions@iliff.edu or 2323 E. Iliff Ave., Denver, CO 80210

References

The contact information for two (2) references is required for non-degree or certificate applications. Letters of references are not required for non-degree students. By entering reference information applicant authorizes the Iliff School of Theology to contact references at the institution’s discretion.

Résumé

The résumé or Curriculum Vitae (CV) is uploaded and submitted electronically through the online application system. The Admissions Committee is interested in each applicant’s educational and professional history. The résumé provides you with an opportunity to expand on your professional and extracurricular background. In addition to educational and professional experiences, you may utilize your résumé to list academic awards, fellowships or scholarships, volunteer work, publications authored or co-authored, research, and any other pertinent experience.

Financial Plan

Applicants are asked to describe their plans for financing their theological education. This includes explaining denominational relationships, current financial resources, current indebtedness, plans to apply for scholarships, willingness to take out student loans, and any other information that is useful. Admission decisions are not determined from this question. Rather it informs the Admissions Office that the applicant has thoughtfully considered the costs of education and has a financial plan.

Application Essay

Master of Divinity
The Admissions Essay is uploaded and submitted electronically through the online application system. The admissions essay is an important aspect in the evaluation of your application. Answer the following questions by composing an essay of 4-5 pages (1100-1300 words). Please format your essay with 12 pt font, double spaced, 1 inch margins, and type your name at the top.

  1. What are your academic, professional, and personal reasons for wanting to study at a theological school such as Iliff and why have you chosen to do so at this time?
  2. Iliff’s central mission is to educate and develop leaders with courageous theological imaginations through its commitment to social justice, inclusiveness, and religious diversity. Which aspect of the Iliff mission statement do you most connect with and why? What type of ministry or community service do you wish to pursue?
  3. One of the characteristics of successful leadership in ministry settings and in the community is meaningful engagement with difference and diversity. Think back on an experience you had working with others who you feel are significantly different from you, describe the situation. How did you act, and what would you do differently now? In what ways were you encountering difference and struggling with it?

 

Master of Arts in Social Justice and Ethics
The Admissions Essay is uploaded and submitted electronically through the online application system. The admissions essay is an important aspect in the evaluation of your application. Answer the following questions by composing an essay of 4-5 pages (1100-1300 words). Please format your essay with 12 pt font, double spaced, 1 inch margins, and type your name at the top.

  1. What are your academic, professional, and personal reasons for wanting to study at a theological school such as Iliff and why have you chosen to do so at this time?
  2. One form of motivation used in community organizing is testimonio, or personal testimonial narratives. Tell us one story that serves as an example to explain your motivation for participating in social change. What is your personal connection to social change efforts? (This is meant to be a reflective writing about your core values and life experiences, not a summary of your activities or accomplishments).
  3. One of the characteristics of successful social change agent is meaningful engagement with difference and diversity. Think back on an experience you had working with others who you feel are significantly different from you, describe the situation. How did you act, and what would you do differently now? In what ways were you encountering difference and struggling with it?
Master of Arts in Pastoral and Spiritual Care
The Admissions Essay is uploaded and submitted electronically through the online application system. The admissions essay is an important aspect in the evaluation of your application. Answer the following questions by composing an essay of 4-5 pages (1100-1300 words). Please format your essay with 12 pt font, double spaced, 1 inch margins, and type your name at the top.

  1. What are your academic, professional, and personal reasons for wanting to study at a theological school such as Iliff and why have you chosen to do so at this time?
  2. Tell us one story of a time in which you were the person who provided pastoral or spiritual care to someone in need. How did you become involved? Was there anything you would do differently now? What difference did you make in the situation?
  3. One of the characteristics of meaningful pastoral care is meaningful engagement with difference and diversity. Think back on an experience you had working with others who you feel are significantly different from you, describe the situation. How did you act, and what would you do differently now? In what ways were you encountering difference and struggling with it?
Master of Theological Studies
The admissions essay is an important aspect in the evaluation of your application. Answer the following questions by composing an essay of 4-5 pages (1100-1300 words). Please format your essay with 12 pt font, double spaced, 1 inch margins, and type your name at the top.

  1. What are your academic, professional, and personal reasons for wanting to study at a theological school such as Iliff?
  2. Reflect on a theological book or scholarly article that has recently interested you, highlighting its connection to your own personal and professional development and its relationship to interdisciplinary study at Iliff.
Non-Degree or Certificate
Please provide a brief statement (1 page) expressing your reasons for wanting to study at Iliff as a Non-Degree or Certificate Student.

Application Completion

You may inquire about the status of your application at any time by contacting your admissions representative or emailing admissions@iliff.edu. When your application is complete, you will receive an admissions decision within 30 days. If admitted, a $300 enrollment deposit is required to secure your place in the incoming class.

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