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Frequently Asked Questions


We have collected a list of questions most frequently asked by students with their respective answers. If you have a question not answered on this page, please contact the department directly.

What are the requirements for entering the program?
What are the prerequisites?
Can I transfer from another school?
What is the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)?
What is the writing sample? What are the requirements?
Do I need references?
What religious traditions are represented in the program?
Are there any scholarships?
Does Marylhurst offer job placement after graduation?
How long does the program take to complete?
Where do MAAPT and M.Div. graduates work?
How many people are accepted to the program each year?
What credentials can I get?
What about salary?
If I take electives at Marylhurst before entering the program, can I apply these credits towards my degree later?

What are the requirements for entering the program?
A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college.

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What are the prerequisites?
The Master of Divinity and the Master of Applied Pastoral Theology do not require any prerequisites. Students have completed a bachelor's degree.

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Can I transfer from another school?
Yes, but you must transfer credit from a graduate school with regional accreditation.

MAAPT candidates may transfer a maximum of 12 credits earned within five years to admission after the credits are evaluated by the department chair. M.Div. candidates have their previous coursework evaluated by the department chair for possible credit transfer. Transferable credits must have B grade or better.

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What is the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)?
The Miller Analogies Test measures your logical and analytical skills by requiring the solution of problems stated as analogies. Your test result will be sent to Marylhurst within three weeks of completing the test. Practice books are available at Shoen Library.

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What is the writing sample? What are the requirements?
Applicants provide a brief autobiography and personal statement. Please review the application for instructions.

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Do I need references?
You must include three recommendations from academic, personal or professional sources. The recommendations should address your personal, professional and intellectual abilities of the applicant as well as describe unique strengths you will bring to the program..

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What religious traditions are represented in the program?
Both our MAAPT and M.Div. programs are built around the history, theology and literature of Judeo-Christian scriptures. We also study the world's wisdom traditions: Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, Confucian, Islam as well as indigenous religions.

Are there any scholarships?
Scholarships may not cover the cost of attendance, but financial aid is available and college work study opportunities are available. We suggest you speak with the Office of Financial Aid to discover all your options.

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Does Marylhurst offer job placement after graduation?
We do not place students after graduation. The Office of Career Services & Internships offers classes and workshops to help graduates find employment. In additions, when jobs are listed with the department, we inform our graduates.

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How long does the program take to complete?
A full-time MAAPT or M.Div. student can complete the program in three years. We recommend completing the program in three or four years, although slower progress is possible.

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Where do MAAPT and M.Div. graduates work?
MAAPT graduates work as spiritual directors, teachers, chaplains in hospital and hospice centers, and more. For more on this topic, consult our Career Paths for the Master of Arts in Applied Pastoral Theology.

M.Div. graduates work as pastors, counselors, chaplains, spiritual life facilators, educators and more. For more on this topic, consult our Career Paths for the Master of Divinity.

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How many people are accepted to the program each year?
We admit up to 20 students each year.

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What credentials can I get?
You may fulfill chaplain certification requirements through our Master of Divinity coursework. Our program prepares you for licensing with the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC), the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) and the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).

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What about salary?
You could expect to earn the same salary as any professional pastoral care provider who has a master's degree and similar credentials.

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If I take electives at Marylhurst before entering the program, can I apply these credits towards my degree later?
If you take an elective at the 500 level, it may apply towards your degree. Please ask the graduate department chair to evaluate these credits.

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