Application

Welcome!  We are excited about your interest in our professional and scholastic degree programs. Congratulations on getting to this place in your discernment process. You may apply with our Electronic Application or using the paper documents below.

Traditional Application Steps (M.Div. & M.A.S.C.)

  1. Contact the Admissions and Recruitment Office at admissions@sksm.edu to schedule an Admissions Counseling Appointment or Campus Visit.
  2. Submit theApplication Form (Admissions Forms (Word), Admissions Form (pdf)), a Cover Letter that introduces yourself and your interested in Starr King School for the Ministry, and mail them to the school with the $65 Application Fee (Payable to SKSM). This opens your application file with the Admissions Office.
  3. Complete the10 Application Essays (Application Questions) and an Autobiographical Statement and email them to the school.
  4. RequestOfficial Transcripts to be mailed from all institutions of higher education you attended. Please have transcripts mailed to:Admissions Director
    Starr King School for the Ministry
    2441 Le Conte Ave.
    Berkeley, CA 94709
  5. Request three Letters of Recommendation (Recommendation Request Letter) from 1) Religious/Community Leader, 2) Educator/Advisor, and 3) Personal Reference and have them sent with the accompanying form to the school.

Once the Admissions and Recruitment Office has all of these materials, your application will be considered complete and it will be considered by the Admissions and Scholarship Committee. You can either scan your completed admissions application forms and email to the Admissions and Recruitment Director at admissions@sksm.edu, or mail them to the address below.

Admissions and Recruitment Director
Starr King School for the Ministry
2441 Le Conte Ave.
Berkeley, CA
94709-1209

Starr King is authorized under federal law to enroll non-immigrant students.

Admittance to the M.Div. and M.A.S.C. programs may be for the Fall or Spring semesters. You must attend orientation in Berkeley before you begin your degree program. Please see the Academic Calendar for Orientation dates.

Application Deadlines

Spring 2015 Admission Application Priority Deadlines:

  • September 1, 2014
  • October 1, 2014
  • November 1, 2014

Spring 2015 Admission Application Final Deadline:

  • December 1, 2014

Fall 2015 Admission Application Priority Deadlines:

  • March 1, 2015
  • April 1, 2015
  • May 1, 2015
Additional Application Resources

Application Steps (M.A.)

Master of Arts:
Graduate Theological Union (GTU)

This degree program is conferred by the Graduate Theological Union.  It is also known as the Common M.A. because it is offered in cooperation with the nine member schools of the GTU.  You are required to affiliate with a member school, such as Starr King, or a participating academic center or institute. The primary academic base for your M.A. is your chosen school of affiliation.

The Common M.A. provides

  • an opportunity to explore and enrich assumptions about theological and ethical issues inherent in life and work
  • an academic structure for personal, sustained inquiry into theological questions
  • a high level of competence in a specific area of study preparing you for doctoral studies
Application requirements include:
  • meet an application deadline: Feb. 15 for Fall enrollment or Sept. 30 for Spring enrollment
  • non-refundable $65 application fee.
  • a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • an academic statement of purpose
  • three academic letters of recommendation
  • academic transcripts
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores taken no more than five years before applying

Admission to the M.A. program is by joint approval of the GTU admissions committee and the Starr King M.A. Admissions Committee.

To apply to the GTU Common Master of Arts program, contactgtuadm@gtu.edu. Starr King admits Common M.A. students for the Fall and Spring semesters.  M.A. students are expected to participate in the next available Starr King orientation.

See SKSM transfer policies.

See Applying to Starr King Degree Programs on this page below for application procedures.

We recognize that you may still be deciding whether, when and where to attend seminary.  We know it takes time to work out the details in your heart and mind.  No worries. We welcome your inquiries throughout your discernment process.

Contact us to schedule a tour, class visit, and meeting with a student faculty member or an alum.

For the fastest response, email admissions@sksm.edu to get the conversation started.

Stay Connected!

Before you make contact or after we’ve begun to engage, there are several ways that we recommend to stay in touch with Starr King:

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As always, feel free to email admissions@sksm.edu as frequently as necessary with your questions.