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, You've Chosen Saint Paul!

Congratulations! We are honored you have chosen Saint Paul as your seminary and theological college. Please review the Application Procedures below to get started. If you have any questions, please contact Admissions at admiss@spst.edu or (913) 725-8289.

We look forward to seeing you on one of our campuses. Welcome to Saint Paul, where theology meets life!

Application Procedures:

Complete Our Application Form for Admission

Complete our online application, or email our admissions office at admiss@spst.edu to request a printable, PDF version of the application. Applications are good for up to one year after submission.

Submit Academic Transcripts

Submit official academic transcripts from all colleges, theological colleges, or seminaries attended.

Please ask the Registrar of your previous school to send transcripts to Saint Paul via Parchment or to our mailing address:

Saint Paul School of Theology
Attn: Admissions
13720 Roe Ave., Building C
Leawood, KS  66224

For the Certificate program or Master's degrees, a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and a minimum grade point average of 2.8 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) are required.

For the Doctor of Ministry, a Master of Divinity degree (or Bachelor of Divinity (BD) equivalent professional ministry degree)  from a regionally & ATS accredited seminary and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) are required.

Send Letters of Recommendation

For the Certificate program or Master's degrees, three (3) letters of recommendation are required.

For the Doctor of Ministry, four (4) letters of recommendation are required.

Recommendation forms are included in the Saint Paul online application. Please fill them out when you apply online, or email our admissions office at admiss@spst.edu to request a printable, PDF version of the recommendation forms. Recommendations from family members are not acceptable.

Send a Personal Statement

You must submit a personal statement of approximately two to four typed pages, double-spaced. Your essay should demonstrate that your writing skills are appropriate for graduate work. For more information, see the Admissions form.

  • Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Ministry applicants: Applicants should describe their background in the Christian faith, especially the influences that have led to their interest in ministry. Applicants should indicate their ministry area of interest, areas with need for personal growth and development, a description of current status with their denomination in preparation for ordained ministry, as well as their plans following completion of study at Saint Paul School of Theology.

  • Master of Arts (Theological Studies) applicants: Applicants should describe their interest in advanced theological study, indicating which discipline, concentration, or competency would be their focus, and that relation to their personal goals. Applicants should include their plans following completion of study at Saint Paul School of Theology.


  • Doctor of Ministry applicants: Applicants should briefly narrate their background, positions in ministry, continuing education experiences, and future plans for ministry with the latter comprising no more than one page of the total four double-spaced typed pages. The applicant should state his or her purpose in pursuing the DMin degree and how the degree at Saint Paul will enhance his or her own ministry. The applicant should refer to the experiences and theological resources that inform his or her interests.

Submit a Theological Writing Sample (Doctor of Ministry Applicants Only)

Doctor of Ministry Applicants Only: Applicants must submit a theological writing sample of a situation ministry approximately two to four typed pages, double-spaced.

Two options for the theological writing sample:

  1. Applicants analyze a poignant ministerial situation from an explicitly defined theological perspective.  Use carefully selected biblical, historical, and theological sources to inform your thinking.  Make sure theological issues implicit in the situation are addressed and that constructive suggestions for ministry are offered.  This reflection should be related substantively to the applicant's primary interests in the DMin degree.  OR...

  2. Applicants submit a previously written work (e.g., an academic paper or a theological substantive sermon).  If the paper or sermon exceeds the page limit, indicate the four pages that you wish the committee to read.

Sign a Background Check Disclosure

A completed background check disclosure and authorization form is required.*

*Background checks will be conducted by a third party provider, Castlebranch.com, for all admitted students as a condition of enrollment. The cost of the background check is the responsibility of the applicant and paid directly to Castlebranch.com.

Send Your Application Fee with Application

A non-refundable application fee will be due when your seminary application is submitted.

Certificate and Masters Applications: $50.00
Doctor of Ministry Applications: $60.00