If you need additional time to submit your application, please contact admissions@sksm.edu to arrange a submission date based on your circumstances.

How to apply

Welcome!  We are excited about your interest in our professional and scholastic degree programs. Congratulations on getting to this place in your spiritual discernment process. You may apply to the MDiv or MASC programs using the appropriate steps provided below.​ Learn more about our Certificates here.

We encourage early applications to allow time for admission committee review, financial aid, scholarship applications, and other planning. We use a rolling admissions process, with deadlines at the first of each month with a priority deadline and a final deadline. If applying for a scholarship, your application has priority consideration based on the earliest application received. Scholarship applications can be submitted after admissions application is completed.

Application Steps

Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) & Masters of Arts in Social Change (MASC)

Application Deadlines: Fall 2024

Priority: *March 1, 2024

Final: June 1, 2024

*Applications received before March 1 will receive priority consideration for scholarships for the 2024-2025 Academic Year.

1. Apply

Please complete the online application. The application fee of $65.00 is required with your submission. The application includes three sections:

  • Personal Information: Complete the personal Information section as completely as possible. Questions marked with an asterisk (*) are required.
  • References: Input complete contact information for three references, including a religious community leader, an educator/adviser, and a personal reference.
  • Essay Uploads: Complete your Personal Essay Statements and an Autobiographical Statement and attach them to the space provided on your application. Please attach them in PDF format. We encourage you to review the questions asked in the Personal Essay.
2. Request Official Transcripts

From all institutions of higher education attended. We can admit a small percentage of students without a Bachelor’s Degree.

  • Please send official electronic transcripts to the following email address:
  • Please send official transcripts by regular mail to:

Starr King School for the Ministry
Attn: Admissions
414 13th St. Suite 700
Oakland, CA 94612

3. Applicant Interview

Once your application is complete the Admissions Office will schedule an Applicant Interview with you. The meeting is typically an hour. e can arrange a Zoom or Skype meeting with you. During the meeting, we will have the opportunity to get to know each other, discuss your motivations for applying to your program, and your commitment to Starr King’s Core Values.

4. Apply for Financial Aid

Financial Aid is awarded to those who qualify and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at www.fafsa.gov. The SKSM federal school code is G04080. To find out more about financial aid, please click here.

5. Submit Deposit and Intent to Start

Submit $200 non-refundable deposit and intent to start

  • Please complete the intent to start via SurveyMonkey link that will be provided to you.
  • Please send check or money order to:

Starr King School for the Ministry
Attn: Admissions
414 13th St. Suite 700
Oakland, CA 94612

If you have questions or need technical support completing the application please contact us at or call us at 510-902-3994.

You will receive an email within 3 business days confirming that your submission is complete. If you do not receive this confirmation, please contact us at .

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 will be notified by email when your application process is complete.

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

Admittance to the M.Div. and MASC programs may be for the Fall or Spring semesters. You must attend New Student Orientation online before you begin your degree program. Please see the Academic Calendar for Orientation dates.

Stay Connected!

There are several ways to stay in touch and engaged with Starr King:

  1. Join the Starr King email list! Use the form in the teal box below.
  2. If you are on Facebook, like and follow our Starr King Facebook Page for real-time updates and opportunities;
  3. The next time you are watching your favorite video, subscribe to our YouTube Channel for direct access to our latest viewable media;
  4. Right here at sksm.edu, visit our News & Events page for exciting developments in a variety of formats.

Feel free to email with any questions.

Start your Application

If you have questions or need technical support completing the application please contact us at admissions@sksm.edu or call us at 510-902-3994.