Each year, the Divinity School welcomes international students to our community. International students comprise 24% of the University community, and come from over 100 countries.
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.
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.
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.
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) in addition to scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The Office of International Affairs (OIA) publishes more information on English language requirements.
October 2019 Update to English Language Proficiency Waiver Policy
The English language requirement may be waived in the following circumstance only. Contact your admissions department for more information:
- 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 Kingdom
- 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, or
- English medium universities in Canada or South Africa*
- *NOTE: This applies only 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 in other countries (for example, India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Singapore, etc.) are not exempt from the English language requirement.
Waivers only apply to those who have studied full time in one of the countries listed on the waiver list above. Employment in an English-speaking country does not make you eligible for a waiver.
Check the TOEFL and IELTS sites for more information.
NOTE: The above listed circumstances are the ONLY circumstances that qualify from a waiver. Students who studied English (or at other English-medium schools) in countries not specified above, students who studied less than 1 full-time year in one of the countries specified above, and/or students that have worked in the U.S. or other English-speaking countries are NOT eligible for a waiver See FAQs below for more information. If you have additional questions beyond the FAQs, contact your Admissions Office for more information.