Graduate Application

Apply online to a graduate program and view admission criteria and application requirements.
Adult undergraduates students at commencement

Ready to apply to our graduate studies program?

Admission Criteria

Northwestern considers all of the following in the admission process for students applying to enter our graduate studies program:

  1. Evidence of a new birth in Jesus Christ
  2. Willingness to abide by the conduct expectations as outlined in the Declaration of Christian Community
  3. Likelihood of academic success at Northwestern
  4. Bachelor's degree from a regionally, nationally, professionally, or specialized accredited institution as listed in the Higher Education Directory
  5. Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.8 (on a 4.00 scale) from all earned Bachelor's degrees, baccalaureate work, and previous graduate work
    If GPA is below 2.8, an Academic Performance Essay will be required.
  6. Submission of application and required essay
  7. Submission of official Bachelor degree(s) transcripts, baccalaureate transcripts, and graduate transcripts at which the applicant previously registered, whether or not transferable credits were earned.
  8. Ability to demonstrate English language proficiency:

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a minimum score of 530 on the paper-based test, or 197 on the computer-based TOEFL, or 72 on the web-based TOEFL. Applicants may also complete the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6. The TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived for students who are from a recognized English-speaking country, or for those who have successfully complete an English writing course with a grade of “C-” or better and have earned a minimum of 12 credits from an accredited U.S. college/university.

Application Checklist

Your application will be considered complete when Northwestern has received the following:

  • Application submitted (online application or PDF application)
  • Application fee of $50 (check or money order payable to University of Northwestern)
    We will waive your $50 application fee if you attend an Information Session or schedule a personal or phone appointment with an admission counselor.
  • Your application must include a 500-word essay that tells us about your daily walk with Christ and describes your personal and professional goals. Your essay will be evaluated for content and academic quality
  • Send your essay by mail, fax, or email and include your name and email in the header of the essay document
  • Request official transcripts be sent to us from Bachelor's degree and graduate coursework institution(s)
  • Demonstration of English Proficiency (for those students whose native language is not English)

Completed application and items listed above should be mailed or faxed to:
University of Northwestern – St. Paul
Graduate Admissions 
3003 Snelling Avenue North 
St. Paul, MN 55113-1598 
Fax:  651-628-3269

When will I be notified of my acceptance status?

Once your file is complete and has been reviewed by the admissions committee, you will be notified of your admission status within 1–2 weeks. Contact your admission counselor if you have any questions about the application process. Additional essays, references, or interviews may be requested.

Want to earn a Master of Arts in Theological Studies degree?

Check out our partnership with Wooddale Church to see if you qualify for a discount.

Applying for financial aid?

We have financial aid in the form of student loans. Follow these steps to apply for financial aid.


Graduate Admissions Phone:  651-631-5200
Toll Free:  888-362-8715
Fax:  651-628-3269

  • Carl Bliss on graduation

    Graduate Admissions

    Read More
  • Two men discussing

    Graduate Scholarships

    New and returning graduate students who are pursuing a Master of Divinity are encouraged to apply for the The Donald B. Krause Scholarship. Other information about private scholarships can also be...

    Read More
  • Adult student in classroom

    Graduate Re-enrollment

    Are you interested in returning to the graduate studies program at Northwestern to complete your degree? Have you been out of the program for more than two consecutive semesters? If so, contact the...

    Read More
  • Graduate students in lecture

    Graduate Discounts and Grants

    Are you a graduate student? Graduate studies do not qualify for grants, but there are still several discounts that you may be eligible for to apply toward your tuition costs.

    Read More
Northwestern shield logo
Become a Student
Location marker icon
Visit us on Campus
Schedule a Visit
Ask Questions & Connect
Contact Us