Princeton Theological Seminary welcomes applications from international students. Prospective doctoral-level international applicants should follow the guidelines for PhD Studies. All masters-level international applicants must fulfill the requirements listed below in order to be considered for admission.
All application materials for masters-level students must be received by the Office of Admissions & Financial Aid by February 1. Applications and supporting documents received after February 1 will not be considered for the upcoming academic year.
Princeton Theological Seminary requires that applicants for whom English is not a primary language take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Such applicants should register for the TOEFL at the earliest opportunity, as scoring and processing take considerable time and the results must be received by February 1. Princeton Theological Seminary's TOEFL code is 2671.
Each applicant must present an ecclesiastical endorsement in as specific terms as possible, identifying the areas of leadership to which the scholar will return upon completion of study at Princeton. Both the applicant and the representative of the endorsing church are asked to indicate why the proposed program of study is desired for the applicant's vocational goals.
Duration of Study
Princeton Theological Seminary welcomes international applicants who are in, or are preparing for, positions of significant responsibility in their churches and denominations.
Annually, a limited number of scholarships are given to ThM, MA(TS) and MA students with advanced standing (MDiv candidates are not considered for the international scholars program) coming to study at Princeton Seminary from outside the United States. Every international applicant is considered for a merit-based scholarship award.
There are two tiers of international scholarships. The first is the Princeton International Fellowship, which covers full tuition, comprehensive fee, single student health insurance premium, single room and board, and a small amount of money for incidental expenses.
The second is the Trustee International Scholarship, which covers full tuition, comprehensive fee, single student health insurance premium, and a small amount of money for incidental expenses.
As a rule, these awards are offered by the Admissions Committee to prospective students who do not currently reside in or have not previously studied in the United States. The committee also considers the applicant’s academic qualifications and the leadership positions to which they will return in their home country (as outlined in the ecclesiastical endorsement presented with the admissions materials).
Learn more about the International Scholars Program (pdf)
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