When all documents supporting the application have been received, the application file will be given to the admissions committee for review.

In addition to the information required of all students, international students must submit the following with their application materials:

  • If the applicant's native language is not English, certification of English proficiency must be demonstrated by scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), regardless of whether or not the applicant attended another U.S. institution or participated in an ESL program. The TOEFL is administered through the Educational Testing Service (E.T.S.) in Princeton, New Jersey. For test score reporting purposes Duke's Educational Testing Service (E.T.S.) code number is 5156. The Divinity School receives your official TOEFL scores electronically from the E.T.S. You must take the TOEFL in time for official scores to reach us by the application deadline. The score must not be more than two years old by the application deadline for the degree to which the applicant is applying. Personal copies are not acceptable, nor are "attested" or notarized copies. For M.Div., M.T.S., M.A.C.S., D.Min., Th.D.,  and special student applicants, the Divinity School requires a cumulative score of 93 on the TOEFL internet-based test (iBT) with a minimum of 23 scored in each subtest. M.Div., M.T.S., M.A.C.S., M.A.C.P., D.Min, Th.D., and special student applicants who do not have access to the TOEFL iBT may submit scores from the TOEFL paper-based test (PBT). The TOEFL PBT score must be at least 580 with a minimum score of 5 on the Test of Written English (TWE). The TOEFL iBT is the preferred English proficiency test. For Th.M. applicants, the Divinity School requires a cumulative score of 108 on the TOEFL iBT with a minimum of 27 scored in each subtest. Th.M. applicants who do not have access to the TOEFL iBT may submit scores from the TOEFL PBT. The TOEFL PBT score must be at least 610 with a minimum score of 6 on the TWE. The TOEFL iBT is the preferred English proficiency test. Exceptions may apply in active international partnerships with Duke Divinity School and will be determined at the discretion of the Director of Admissions and the Associate Dean for Academic Formation. In addition to the TOEFL, an international student may be required to complete an interview with the Director of Admissions, the Associate Dean for Academic Formation, and/or a faculty member.
  • A statement of endorsement must be sent from an official (bishop, general secretary, etc.) of the student's ecclesiastical body, affirming that ecclesiastical body's support for the student's pursuit of theological studies in the United States and welcoming the student into active ministry under its jurisdiction following the student's study in this country.

Following the review of the application file by the committee, the admissions office will inform the applicant by letter either of acceptance or rejection for a degree program in the Divinity School.

Following acceptance, all entering international students must submit the full amount of the first years tuition to the Divinity School Financial Aid Office by no later than June 1.

Duke Visa Services will not be notified to begin the visa application process until the Divinity School receives the full tuition deposit. These funds will then be deposited in the students university bursar account.

If the international student does not enroll, the full amount of these funds deposited in the students bursar account will be refunded to the student or his/her funding source.

International Application Information

International Application Checklist (pdf)