Step-by-Step Basic Application Process

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Basic Degree Application

Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Master of Arts in Christian Education (M.A.C.E.)

Master of Divinity/ Master of Arts in Christian Education (M.Div./M.A.C.E)


These steps can be completed in any order. Applications are not reviewed by our Faculty Admissions Committee until all steps are completed.

1. Complete online application. We recommend you complete an online application for admission. The application for 2017-2018 will be available Septemeber 1. Frequently asked questions about the online application system can be found here. If you have limited access to the Internet, you may download, print, and fill out a paper application.

2. Send application fee*
January 1 - no fee
February 1 - $45 fee
March 1 - $75 fee
*Charlotte and ECP applicants - $65 fee

3. Contact and inform three references. If you have completed the online application, your references will receive an email asking them to fill out an online evaluation form. We highly recommend that references be (a) an Academic or Supervisor (b) your Pastor or (c) a Personal. We do not accept family or current student references. You can also download a paper evaluation.

4. Request all transcripts. Official (signed and sealed) transcripts from ALL previously attended academic institutions are required. Institutions can email eScripts to admissions@upsem.edu.

5. Complete a background check. A background check is required of all applicants who are US Citizens, Resident Aliens, and International Applicants who have lived in the US for more than two years. To order your background check, go to the CastleBranch website, enter “ua37” into the Package Code field and click go. Review and agree to the Terms and Conditions of Use, then click continue to proceed to payment and confirmation.

6. Return your personal disclosure statement. Download a Personal Disclosure Statement and fax back to us at (800) 665-8679 or email to admissions@upsem.edu

7. Interview with a faculty member. Richmond and ECP applicants email Tanya Wineland to arrange your interview. Charlotte applicants email Lisa McLennan to arrange your interview.

8. Be in conversation with Admissions Director and/or Associate Director. Contact Mairi Renwick (Richmond and ECP applicants) or Lisa McLennan (Charlotte applicants).

Other details:

  • Mail all materials to:
    Union Presbyterian Seminary, Attn: Admissions
    3401 Brook Road, Richmond, VA 23227
  • Materials may be faxed to (800) 665-8679.
  • For questions about the application process, contact Tanya Wineland at twineland@upsem.edu or 804-278-4221.

Director of Admissions-Richmond          Associate Director of Admissions-Charlotte
Rev. Mairi Renwick                               Rev. Lisa McLennan
804-278-4222                                       980-636-1662