On the MAT exam, the Ph.D. admissions committee tends to look for a score of between 410 and 425. It is rare to see a score above 425.
On the GRE, the Ph.D. admissions committee tends to look for a score between 160 and 170 on each of the two sections of the test. However, the committee has seen many good candidates with scores between 155 and 160.
If I scored below what you look for, can I still apply?
Yes! The Ph.D. admissions committee looks at each applicant's application as a whole and takes into account that some people do not show their strengths on standardized tests. Those who score slightly below the abovementioned scores are still encouraged to apply.
Do I have to have an M.A. to apply?
Although it would increase your competiveness, an M.A. is not required to apply to the Ph.D. in Religious Education program. An applicant for the Ph.D. program must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited educational institution. An applicant's academic record should indicate a capacity for graduate work of high quality. Admission to the Ph.D. program is selective and offered only to those students who have demonstrated the intellectual ability, preparation, and motivation for a vocation as a scholar or pastoral leader.
Is an interview required?
At its discretion, the Doctoral Studies Committee may interview select applicants for the program in person.
When will applicants know of the committee's decision?
Every effort will be made to notify applicants by March 1 of each year. Students admitted into the program receive provisional matriculation.
How many credits will I receive from my M.A. that will be applied to this program?
The Doctoral Studies Committee reviews students for permanent matriculation after they have taken twelve credits beyond their master's degree. The committee makes this determination based on students' performance in the program and their promise for completing a doctoral dissertation. It is at that this time a full evaluation of credits is also made.