Below are the requirements to be admitted into each program.


Master Degree Requirements

Application packet includes:

  • Master degree program application
  • $45 Application fee (non-refundable)
  • 3 Reference forms (1 clergy, 1 lay, 1 academic or professional)
  • Official transcript/s from all colleges, universities, and graduate schools ever attended
  • Personal Essay: three to five typed, double-spaced pages including: (1) brief biography, (2) a narrative of your spiritual journey, (3) why is a seminary education at MTS important to you and (4) what do you hope this degree at MTS will do to help you contribute to the betterment of the church and broader society?

For admission to the Master of Divinity (MDiv) or Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM), the applicant must have a bachelor’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of at least a 2.50 on a 4.0 scale. This degree must be from a college/university accredited by a regional accrediting association. No particular major is required for admission.

Doctor of Ministry Requirements

Application packet includes:

  • Doctor of Ministry degree program application
  • $60 Application fee (non-refundable)
  • 3 Recommendation forms
  • Official transcript/s from all colleges, universities, and graduate schools ever attended
  • Reflection Paper: five to eight typed, double-spaced pages including: (1) brief biography, (2) a statement of your theology of ministry, and (3) an assessment of your practice of ministry.

For admission to the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) program, the applicant must have a Master of Divinity degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or must meet the requirements of Master of Divinity equivalency (see Academic Catalog). Final decisions on MDiv equivalency are made by the Associate Dean of Doctoral Studies.

Netters Certificate Requirements

Application packet includes:

  • Netters Certificate program application
  • $15 Application fee (non-refundable)
  • 1 Reference form

The Netters Certificate in Congregational Ministry is for persons who are active in congregational life but not interested in pursuing a master’s-level degree. This program is for associate ministers, Sunday School teachers, committee chairpersons, and others who serve the church. No degree is required for this program.

Non-Degree Requirements

Application packet includes:

  • Non-Degree application
  • $15 Application fee (non-refundable)

Non-degree seeking students take MTS master’s level courses for graduate credit but without committing to a degree program. These students must still go through the MTS application process and pay regular tuition.

Auditor Requirements

Application packet includes:

  • Auditor application
  • $15 Application fee (non-refundable)

Members of the community (and current students, too) are welcome to audit any master’s level course on the course schedule. Auditors do not earn academic credit. Auditors attend the scheduled classes and learn alongside other students, but are not responsible for assignments.

Important Admission and Financial Aid dates 

NOTICE: If you intend to apply for scholarships as an incoming student you MUST meet the early application deadline.


August 14, 2020
MTS Fall 2020 Admission deadline for Masters & Certificate programs
August 15, 2020
Virtual New Student Orientation
August 24, 2020
First day of Fall 2020 Classes

October 1, 2020
2021-2022 FAFSA Opens

MTS School Code G10529

November 30, 2020
Spring 2021 Scholarship Application deadline & Spring 2021 Early Admission deadline
January 15, 2021
MTS Spring 2021 Admission deadline
January 16, 2021
Spring 2021 New Student Orientation
January 25, 2021
First Day of Spring 2021 Classes
April 30, 2021
Fall 2021 Admission deadline for DMin program
May 31, 2021
Fall 2021 Scholarship Application deadline & Fall 2021 Early Admission deadline for Masters & Certificate programs
August 13, 2021
MTS Fall 2021 Admission deadline for Masters & Certificate programs
August 14, 2020
MTS Fall 2021 New Student Orientation

We appreciate your interest in Memphis Theological Seminary. The MTS admissions staff is committed to supporting you in your theological journey. We are here to help you while you are discerning your call, considering degree and certificate options, and supporting you as you do ministry in the real world. At MTS we are committed to educating and sustaining men and women for ordained and lay ministry in the church and the world through shaping and inspiring lives devoted to scholarship, piety, and justice. Please don’t hesitate to ask how we can assist you along in your journey.

Rev. Fekecia Gunn

(901) 334-5887

Rev. Walter Henry

(901) 334-5833

Rev. Dr. Felecia LaVant

(901) 334-5804

Luke Waters

(901) 334-5841