International Applicants

EDS values a diverse, multicultural learning environment and welcomes applicants from all countries. International candidates should complete the online application, and must meet all application requirements. In addition, international candidates from non-English-speaking countries must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores.

International Scholars Program

Each year, we are pleased to welcome up to two International Scholars who receive significant financial assistance to complete a Master of Arts, which they will use their to improve their ministry in their home country.

The International Scholar program offers up to two applicants per year a full-tuition scholarship to the on-campus Master of Arts in Theological Studies program, along with on-campus accommodations and a meal plan. In return, the International Scholars must maintain satisfactory academic progress, enroll in a full academic load, and meet other conditions set by EDS. Support is provided for the student only.

In addition to completing the online application, and meeting all other application requirements, applicants for the International Scholar program must

  • Submit one additional recommendation from a direct supervisor or bishop.
  • Write an additional essay that answers the following questions:
    • Why do you want a degree from EDS?
    • How will you contribute to your own education?
    • How will a M.A.T.S. degree from EDS help your ministry in your home country?
    • How do you plan to promote EDS when you return home?

The additional essay must be uploaded with the rest of your application materials; EDS does not accept any applicant materials by regular mail, fax, or email.

All materials for from international applicants seeking consideration for the International Scholar program beginning in September 2013 must be received by March 15, 2013.

Massachusetts Scholarship for African Students in America

The MSASA grant provides funds to an ordained or lay man or woman from Africa for two consecutive years of post-graduate theological education in the master of arts degree program at EDS.

Grant recipients have come from Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Studying at EDS—and through it, the Boston Theological Institute—students have been able to choose courses in their specific areas of interest and pursue them ecumenically. Men and women have taken interest in feminist studies and in God's mission throughout the world, and have contributed to Anglican, global, and ecumenical studies.

The MSASA Committee provides hospitality for students, inviting them to homes and to MSASA Committee and Wider Mission meetings. The Committee continually seeks ways for students to connect with both the parish and diocese.

To learn more, or to request an application for the MSASA grant, please contact the Episcopal Divinity School Office of Admissions at 866-433-7669, or email


International applicants who possess an undergraduate degree from outside the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia/New Zealand must take the TOEFL or IELTS (EDS only accepts the Academic IELTS test). Our ETS institution code for the TOEFL is 3370. On IELTS, search for Episcopal Divinity School. Results must be sent directly from the testing service. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score is 94; the minimum IELTS score is 7.0. If your exam scores do not meet this threshold, you will need to re-take it before we can consider your application.

International applicants with a four-year undergraduate degree from the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia/New Zealand may request a waiver. The waiver form must be uploaded with the rest of your application materials.

Applicants must submit TOEFL or IELTS scores for all undergraduate degrees earned outside of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia/New Zealand, even if classes were taught in English. Additionally, post-baccalaureate, graduate-level degrees earned in one of the listed English-speaking countries does not qualify for a TOEFL/IELTS waiver, if applicants' undergraduate degree was awarded outside the qualifying countries.