Admissions and Application Process
Application Process for All Graduate Degrees
  1. Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in ministry, chaplaincy, social work or equivalent for master’s programs and a graduate degree from an academic or professional institution for all doctoral programs.

  2. Official academic transcripts or educational records (undergraduate for master’s applicants and graduate for doctoral applicants) are to be sent directly from the granting institution to the Office of the Registrar upon formal application.

  3. Applications are accepted and processed throughout the year. Evaluation of applications takes approximately two weeks.

  4. A ministry statement is required of all applicants. This statement should express the applicant's own personal commitment to the program chosen and why the applicant feels it would serve his/her professional needs. Ministry experience should be listed as part of this statement. This is the core component of the application.

  5. Two letters of recommendation are required for all degree programs. These letters may be from a professional colleague, former professor, lay member of the parish, or ministry professional.

  6. A non-refundable application fee of $75.00 must accompany the application.


Completed Application Includes:

_____ Application

_____ Ministry Statement

_____ 2 Letters of Recommendation

_____ Highest Degree Transcript / Diploma

_____ Application Fee

Undergraduate Portfolio

As part of the undergraduate application process, prospective students are required to develop an Undergraduate Portfolio. The portfolio serves as verification of post-high school, professional level experience in a social service ministry or faith community. This experience can include paid employment or volunteer activities. Applicants to UTS are required to be involved in ministry at the time of enrollment (see Ministry Defined on pg. 4).


The Undergraduate Portfolio portion of the application process requires the applicant, to:

  • Reflect upon your professional and personal involvement in your own faith community

  • Consider and articulate the value of your activities in the wider context of religious and social service for the benefit of a local or global community


Applicants are asked to write descriptions and details of their previous activities in social service or in their faith community for assessment by the Admissions Committee. For each activity listed in this Portfolio, the applicant must include some form of documentation. This can include:

  • certificates of completion

  • transcripts

  • letters from administrators

  • letters from religious leaders

  • references

  • contact information for an individual who can verify participation


The Undergraduate Portfolio should consist of the following:

  • one or more pages of activity details

  • accompanying pages of documentation of each activity


The Undergraduate Portfolio consists of written descriptions of activities in social service or in your faith community and documents that verify your participation in each activity. Please complete the following:

  • Write descriptions of your experiences on a separate piece of paper.

  • Gather documents that verify each activity.


The Undergraduate Portfolio is an integral part of the application process, and it is to the benefit of the applicant to provide as much detailed information as possible. (Examples of Undergraduate Portfolio entries may be found on the Undergraduate Portfolio Requirement page on the website.)

Submit this Undergraduate Portfolio and other application materials when you apply to the UTS administration office

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