Application Procedure | Helpful Hints

Helpful Hints for the Application Process

References/Pastoral Endorsement

You do not have to wait until your application is complete or almost complete before sending requests for your references and pastoral endorsement. In fact, we recommend doing this as soon into the application process as possible to avoid any delays in them being completed prior to the deadline.

Be sure to contact your recommenders before sending the requests so that they are aware and prepared. This will also help to let you know in advance if someone will not be able to complete the request by the deadline, which will give you time to choose an alternate.

At least one of your references should be academic. If you have been out of school for quite a while and will be unable to get an academic reference, please contact the Admissions Office.

Please note that we cannot accept references or a pastoral endorsement from a family member. Additionally, you cannot use one person to serve as a reference and the pastoral endorsement.


Transcripts are required from every college, university and seminary where you have received academic credit. Original transcripts must be sent directly from the school(s).

Transcripts can be mailed to:

Princeton Theological Seminary
Attn: Office of Admissions and Financial Aid
64 Mercer Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

Or transcripts can be sent using an official electronic transcript service and emailed to: sherry.garrahan@ptsem.edu and patricia.korsak@ptsem.edu

*Please Note: We cannot accept scanned and emailed transcripts.


(Not applicable for ThM or international applicants)

Interviews are recommended for MDiv, MACEF and MA(TS) candidates and are required for MDiv/MACEF (dual-degree) applicants. Applicants can schedule an interview after they submit their admissions application using our on-line system. This can be done via the link provided in your admissions application. If you need assistance with this, please contact the Office of Admissions at admissions@ptsem.edu or by calling 609.497.7805. Interviews can be conducted in-person or via Skype using our system.

Background Check

All domestic applicants are required to order a background check from CastleBranch. Princeton Theological Seminary’s code is PR51. If you use our link to CastleBranch, you will automatically be logged in with our code. We recommend that you do not wait to order the background check, especially if it is close to the deadline, as it may take a minimum of three days for it to be complete. Your background check will not be considered complete until we receive the results.

Background checks that are complete before the application is submitted will be kept on file and then added to your application materials.

Please note that we do not require international background checks for those who have lived outside the U.S.

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Kathleen M. O’Connor, Class of 1984

“Informal time in discussion groups with faculty and students discussing feminist theological literature altered my views, excited my spirit, and greatly influenced my teaching.”