Ordinarily, applicants for the M.A.C.P. degree will be required to:
- hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
- be employed in a congregation or in a profession and be committed to lay ministry, or to their professional service as a lay vocation
- have earned a grade average of at least B- (2.75 on 4.0 scale) in their bachelor’s program
- submit two letters of reference from people capable of assessing their intellectual and academic ability, two letters of reference (one from an ecclesial official or supervisor and one from a lay person or colleague) that address the applicant’s performance in his or her current position of ministry or professional service, and one letter of reference from someone not related to the applicant commenting generally on his or her character
- submit two essays, each a single page in length, the first of which describes your sense of vocation in ministry and the second of which reflects on a theological book, issue or idea that has recently engaged your attention
- if a non-native speaker, earn a cumulative score of 108 on the TOEFL iBT with a minimum of 27 scored in each subtest, or a 610 on the TOEFL PBT with a minimum score of 6 on the TWE. The TOEFL iBT is the preferred English proficiency test. The TOEFL requirement may be waived for international students who have completed an undergraduate degree at an accredited college or university in the United States.