Each year, the Divinity School welcomes international students. International students make up 24% of the University community, and come from over 100 countries.

Masters Applicants

International applicants to our Masters programs should hold a US bachelor’s degree or an equivalent international degree, comprising at least sixteen years of primary, secondary, and university education.

PhD Applicants

International applicants must hold a US master’s degree or an international equivalent in a field of inquiry related to their intended study in the Divinity School. The master’s degree should also include  coursework in the academic study of religion.

Test Scores

International applicants for all programs at the Divinity School must submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Testing System (IELTS). Applicants for the PhD program must also submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 

Certain students may be eligible for a waiter of TOEFL or IELTS test scores. Waiver requirements are listed below. There are no exceptions to the waiver policy.

The English language requirement may be waived in the following circumstances only:

The applicant is a native of or has studied in full-time status for at least one academic year within the last five years in one of the following countries:

  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • The Caribbean countries of Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago
  • Guyana
  • English medium universities in Canada or South Africa*

*Note: this only applies to English medium universities in Canada or South Africa. Study in English medium universities in other countries does not qualify for a waiver.

Waivers apply to students from the countries listed above only. Students who are natives of or who have studied in English-medium schools in other countries (for example India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc.) are not exempt from the English language requirement. Further, students who studied less than one year in one of the countries specified above are not exempt from the English language requirement. 

Waivers only apply to those who have studied on a full-time basis in one of the countries listed on the waiver list above. Employment in the US or any other English-speaking country does not make you eligible for a waiver. 

See the Office of International Affairs language requirement FAQs  for more information. 


Campus Resources 

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) is dedicated to enhancing a vibrant international community and to fostering cross-cultural experience.  OIA also supports admitted international students through the VISA process.

QUESTIONS? SEE OUR FAQ FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS.