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Entrance Requirements

There are two distinctive requirements for entry into this program. One of them is academic, the other is ministerial. The academic requirement for entry into this program is an M.Div. degree or its equivalent (i.e., three years of full time graduate theological education across the spectrum of theological disciplines, which is approximately 72 credits). The ministerial requirement is typically five years of full time ministerial experience, at least half of which are ordinarily completed after the M.Div. degree. These are distinctive requirements, so graduate theological work does not suffice for ministerial experience, and ministerial experience cannot be substituted for the prerequisite graduate theological work.

A GRE (Graduate Record Exam) is not required, but a B average (3.0 out of 4.0) in previous academic work is presumed. English proficiency is required for entrance into this program.

All applicants to degree and certificate programs at CTU are to demonstrate English language proficiency.

The English Language proficiency requirement can be met by:


- undergraduate or graduate studies from an institution in which English was the instructional language.

- the TOEFL exam with an internet total score of 79 (213 computer, 550 paper), with a 20 minimum in four sections of reading, listening, speaking and writing; or International English Language Testing (IELTS) results with a minimum score of 6.5, with a minimum score of 6 in the reading, writing, listening, and speaking subsections, or

Applicants who are unable to demonstrate English proficiency may be admitted conditionally pending:

- assessment through CTU’s English for Theological Education Program and

- adherence to an individual learning plan developed through the assessment.

If you have questions about demonstrating English language proficiency, or need more information, please contact:

Edward Foley, OFM Cap
Director, Ecumenical Doctor of Ministry Program
Duns Scotus Professor of Spirituality
Professor of Liturgy and Music