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Application Information for Master of Divinity and Masters in Community Leadership Programs

The information below provides instructions and details for how to apply to the Master of Divinity program or the Masters in Community Leadership program. Scroll down to start your application now!

All applicants must have a bachelors degree from an accredited institution with at least a 2.5 GPA.

Required Application Materials:

Application form – available online below. If you require a print application, please email

Non-refundable application fee – $40 for domestic applicants, $80 for international applicants. Payable online here, or by check or money order.

Personal statement – can be uploaded or typed in the online application. Applicants are required to answer the following questions (1000 words maximum):

  1. Briefly describe your spiritual journey, including your leadership experience and/or your capacities for leadership.
  2. What are your educational and/or your vocational goals? What do you hope to draw from or rely upon to reach those goals?
  3. What in particular about ABSW (curriculum, community, people, offerings, and/or values) influenced you to apply?
  4. Select what you understand to be one of today’s most critical issues and reflect on it in terms of your own theological perspective.


Three references – persons completing references must not be the spouse or other relative of the applicant. Online recommendation forms can be sent automatically through the online application. If you require a print letter of recommendation form, please email References must be from two academic references and one pastoral reference. Academic references are persons who can attest to your academic ability. If you have been out of school for five or more years, you may substitute two working colleagues for your academic references.

Official transcripts from all schools attended after high school.

Official TOEFL score – for all applicants whose native language is not English. ABSW’s school code is 4016.


Fill out this short form to start your masters-level application here:
(Your application will then open in a separate window, and you’ll get emails from us with instructions.)

For questions, contact the Admissions Office at or (510) 841-1905 ext 229.