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M.A. in Ministry Leadership Admission Requirements

Applying to the Wheaton College Graduate School

Learn more about the admission requirements and application deadlines for the M.A. in Ministry Leadership at the Wheaton College Graduate School.

International Applicants

The formal application deadline for all international applicants is January 1st.

United States (Citizen, Permanent Resident, National) Applicants

The M.A. in Ministry Leadership program will continue to review completed applications after June 15th on a rolling basis. Please note that decisions after the June 15th date are dependent upon registration availability. We encourage following the deadlines below to enhance your application experience.

Early Action Application: Apply by November 15th to receive an admissions decision by December 6th

Priority Application: Apply by January 15th to receive an admissions decision by February 5th

Regular Application: Apply by March 15th to receive an admissions decision by April 6th

Final Application (decisions after this date dependent upon availability)Apply by June 15th to receive an admissions decision by July 6th.

The M.A. in Ministry Leadership program reviews completed Spring Semester applications on a rolling basis.

Requirements for All Applicants

  • Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university with minimum GPA of 2.75 
  • Resume; please highlight work and ministry experience.
  • Official transcripts from all schools that ever granted you college credit, even just one credit.
  • Admission application
  • Three recommendations forms, not letters 
    • Academic
    • Pastor (or other Christian leader)
    • Professional
      • Option if you do not have an employer: Someone with whom you have had a supervisor-employee relationship, e.g., in a ministry, internship, or missions-trip context.
    • Letters accepted as supplements to Recommendation Forms.
  • Essays
  • Signed  Statement of FaithCommunity Covenant, and Statement of Veracity.
  • Application Fee US $30, non-refundable.  

Additional Requirements for International Students

International students, and permanent residents of the US whose native language is not English, are required to take either the TOEFL iBT Test,  IELTS Academic Test or Duolingo English test with the minimal scores indicated below:

TOEFL iBT Test: 80 with at least 18 in each category

IELTS Academic Test: 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each category

Duolingo English Test: 105

Applicants who wish to waive their English proficiency test, please refer to the English proficiency page for details.

An International Transcript Verification Report is needed for students who completed degrees outside of the United States.

M.A. in Ministry Leadership

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