The Admissions process at The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology is intentionally designed to:

  • Provide a robust experience of The Seattle School’s mission, ethos, curriculum and community
  • Invite the applicant to engage her/his own story and vocational direction
  • Discern the applicant’s personal, vocational and theological resonance with the mission and ethos of The Seattle School
  • Assess whether the applicant is vocationally, academically and relationally positioned to succeed as a graduate student at The Seattle School

Candidates are selected based on their aptitude for rigorous academic work, vocational direction, life experience, emotional and relational intelligence, and resonance with the mission and ethos of The Seattle School. Decisions are made in community by the Admissions Review Committee.

The Seattle School seeks to set a table for discourse in the intersections of theology, psychology, culture, and spirituality. That means we embrace in our life and work a commitment to racial, ethnic, and gender diversity and an inclusive welcome to communions represented in the global church. Our admissions philosophy is to receive applications without discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, gender, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual identity, sexual orientation, military status, or denomination.

If you are exploring the possibility of studying at The Seattle School and want to start with just a course or two, you are welcome to apply to become a non-degree seeking student.

Degree Application Documents

Admissions reviews are dependent upon complete applications. Application materials required for admission to The Seattle School degree programs include the following:

  1. Online Application for Admission
  2. $75 non-refundable application fee
  3. Photograph
  4. Curriculum vitae including a summary of your academic and vocational background, as well as personal experience, training, qualifications, honors, affiliations, and other noteworthy information.
  5. Two narrative essays demonstrating vocational calling, awareness of personal narrative, understanding and resonance with the mission and ethos of The Seattle School, and preparedness for graduate study.
    Application essays are used for assessment and placement. Applicants may be required to attend the Writing Workshop and/or accepted under provisional admission if application essays are deemed unsatisfactory.
  6. Two recommendation from individuals who are able to speak to the applicant’s readiness for graduate level study, specifically the applicant’s maturity and integrity; emotional and social awareness; capacity for self-reflection, theological engagement; and intellectual curiosity.
  7. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts (if applicable) from all postsecondary schools, institutes, universities, and seminaries
  8. Official Miller Analogies Test or Graduate Record Examination score*
    *The test score requirement is waived if the applicant has previously completed graduate-level coursework with a grade of a B or higher and/or if their undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher
  9. Participation in an on-site group interview

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Previous Degree Requirements for Admission

The Seattle School does not require specific undergraduate degree(s) (e.g. Psychology, Theology, Biblical Studies) or prerequisite coursework or to be eligible for admission. However, applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree or its full equivalent from a college or university accredited by a U.S. accreditation association holding membership in the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), in the Association of Universities and Colleges in Canada, or from an institution which maintains similar academic requirements and standards. General admission requirements include a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).

Although these prerequisite courses are not required for admission, undergraduate studies in the liberal arts and sciences are helpful. The Seattle School recommends that applicants complete 40 term hours in the following areas:

  • 6 credits: English (Composition and Literature)
  • 2 credits: Philosophy
  • 8 credits: Psychology (Growth and Development, Abnormal Psychology, Theories of Personality)
  • 4 credits: History (Western Civilization)
  • 2 credits: Speech
  • 4 credits: Natural Science
  • 4 credits: Social Science
  • 4 credits: Foreign Language
  • 7 credits: Additional Liberal Arts and Sciences

Provisional Admission

An applicant may be accepted on a provisional basis if her/his cumulative grade point average is below the 3.0 general admission requirement. The applicant will be required to take a graduate entrance exam (e.g. GRE or MAT) and must exhibit the ability for greater academic achievement. An entrance exam may be required in other extenuating circumstances at the discretion of the Admissions Review Committee.

Entrance Exam Requirement for Applicants with a GPA Below 3.0

The Seattle School understands that a test score cannot evaluate an individual’s character, emotional awareness of depth of spirit, but considers them—in relationship with other application materials—as a tool for assessing readiness for graduate level study.

Miller Analogies Test (MAT) measures the test takers verbal comprehension, analytical thinking, and the ability to connect ideas through a series of analogies. The median score for the MAT is 400, with a standard deviation of 25. The Seattle School is looking for MAT scores falling between 375 and 425. Scores must be less than 2 years old. You must request that The Psychological Corporation send your original test scores to The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. The Seattle School’s reporting code for the MAT is 2499. For a testing center in your area, visit MAT online or call 1-800-622-3231.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) measures verbal reasoning, quantitative reasoning, critical thinking, and analytical writing skills. The GRE verbal and quantitative sections are each scored on a range from 130 to 170, for a highest total of 340. The essays are scored on a scale of 0-6. The Seattle School is looking for verbal and quantitative scores ranging from 150-160 respectively and essays scoring 4 or higher. Scores must be less than 2 years old. You must request that The Educational Testing Service send your original test scores to The Seattle School of Theology & Psychology. The Seattle School’s reporting code for the GRE is 4895. For a testing center in your area, visit GRE online or call 1-800-GRE-CALL.

Applicants granted provisional acceptance will be admitted with an academic warning which requires enrollment in one section of the Writing Workshop and a minimum of a 3.0 GPA after the completion of the first semester of study at The Seattle School.

Applicants from Non-Accredited Institutions

Applicants with a degree from a non-accredited institution may be granted provisional acceptance with full admission based on satisfactory work in residence. A copy of the institution’s catalog, providing context about the program of instruction, faculty credentials, and learning resources must be submitted at the time of the application. Pre-requisite coursework or additional information may be required at the discretion of the Admissions Review Committee to establish equivalency of the degree.

Transfer Students

The Seattle School accepts transfer credits from other graduate-level programs. Students may transfer a maximum of 15 semester credit hours toward their degree program at The Seattle School. To be considered for transfer credits, please submit an official transcript for any graduate-level coursework that you have completed. Transcripts will be reviewed by the Registrar, who will determine eligibility.

Requirements for Transferring Credits:

  • Transfer credits must have been completed at an accredited, graduate-level institution.
  • For transfer credit to be granted, the class content must be an 80% match for the parallel course at The Seattle School.
  • The official transcript must indicate a grade of B (3.0 or higher) for coursework to count for graduate level transfer credit.
  • Any previously earned graduate-level coursework must be submitted to the Registrar within the student’s first two trimesters of study at The Seattle School to be considered for transfer credit.

The Registrar makes final decisions regarding transfer credit, with input from appropriate faculty as needed. There are some exceptions to the requirements outlined above. The Registrar’s office is committed to assisting students with transfer credits so that their graduate coursework is not repetitive if at all possible.

To begin the process of transferring credits, submit your official transcript(s) for any relevant graduate-level coursework to the Admissions Team. The Director of Enrollment Management will offer an initial assessment. If you decide to apply to your specific program, our Registrar will review your transcript during your file review. You can set up a time to speak with her at that point about which courses are eligible for either full or partial transfer credit.

Reapplying to The Seattle School

Seattle School students who are in a withdrawn status or have been on a leave of absence for more than three semesters; accepted applicants whose yearlong deferment has expired; or applicants who withdrew their application mid-process (less than 2 years ago) are eligible to reapply for admission.

Admissions reviews are dependent upon complete applications. Application materials required for readmission to The Seattle School degree programs include the following:

  1. Online Application for Admission
  2. Restatement of Purpose Essay
  3. Official transcripts from any postsecondary coursework completed post-enrollment at The Seattle School (if applicable).
  4. $50 non-refundable application fee
  5. Photograph
  6. An individual interview with a member of the Admissions Review Committee

International Students

Applicants from outside the United States (including anyone who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States) are encouraged to apply at least six months prior to enrollment. International student applicants are responsible for pursuing and securing the appropriate student visa status through the US government.

In addition to the degree program admissions requirements, international student applicants must submit the following admissions materials:

  1. Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test results or a test score for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or an acceptable score on the Millers Analogy Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) to satisfy English language proficiency standards.
    *This requirement may be waived if the applicant received education in the United States or Canada, or in an English-speaking institution.
  2. English language transcripts from all post-secondary education institutions
  3. Completed International Student Evidence of Financial Support form and all required financial documents
  4. US Student Visa requirements

Evidence of Financial Support Form

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Individuals interested in participating in a graduate course at The Seattle School may apply for non-degree seeking status at The Seattle School. Non-degree students have the same rights and responsibilities as a degree-seeking student and may take up to 12 graduate hours either for credit or audit, but is not eligible to receive Title IV student financial assistance. There would be an official record and transcript of these courses which could be transferred into a degree program at The Seattle School or another graduate-level institution at a later date. Some courses are not available for non-degree enrollment. The Registrar reserves the right to limit non-degree enrollment in any course.

Application materials required for admission as a non-degree student include the following:

  1. Non-Degree Application
  2. Undergraduate and graduate transcripts (unofficial or photocopied transcripts are acceptable for non-degree applicants only)
  3. $50 nonrefundable application fee
  4. An individual interview with a member of the Admissions Review Committee

Apply to Be a Non-Degree Student

Enrichment Students

Enrichment courses provide the opportunity to experience The Seattle School culture and community, without applying as a student. Individuals interested in attending a course at The Seattle School without receiving graduate credit, may apply for enrichment status. Enrichment students are permitted to attend lectures but are not granted the same rights and access as a degree-seeking students. Credit cannot be granted after the fact; your decision to receive or not receive credit is final for each course. Some courses are not available for enrichment enrollment. The Registrar reserves the right to limit enrichment enrollment in any course. Enrichment students do not have the privilege of inviting guests.

Admissions materials required for application as an enrichment student include the following:

  1. Enrichment Application
  2. $50 application fee
  3. An individual interview with a member of the Admissions Review Committee
  4. Full payment for enrichment tuition.
    • Make checks payable to The Seattle School. If full payment for enrichment tuition is not received prior to the first class session attendance will be denied. Enrollment in enrichment classes follows the same refund schedule held by degree-seeking students.

Apply to Be an Enrichment Student