Admissions Requirements

Completing the Application Form

Please complete the application form, answering essay questions on separate pages (typed). These essay questions will not only provide the Admissions Committee with important information about you as a prospective student but will also demonstrate your writing ability. Enclose the appropriate application fee and a recent photograph.

As an alternative to the printed application, you can apply online. You will request an RTS ID that will permit you to manage your application process online (see the link to the online application to request your RTS ID). With your RTS ID, you can stop at any point during the process and save what you’ve entered so that you can come back to the application later. You will be able to upload your picture, pay the application fee, fill out the essays and addendums, and even send your references electronically.

To access the online application, click here.


Reformed Theological Seminary requires references from a former professor, your pastor, and a friend. Please give the appropriate reference form and a return envelope to those from whom you are requesting references.  References should be mailed directly to the Admissions office by the persons completing the forms.

Academic Transcripts

Please request an official transcript from each college or university (even if posted on subsequent transcripts). You should specifically request that the transcripts be sent directly to the Admissions office. Remember you must make this request.

Additional Requirements

The Admissions Committee will examine the credentials submitted to determine each applicant’s suitability for admission.  Admission may be granted on the basis of these credentials alone, or the committee may also require additional requirements.

For more information on these or other admissions requirements, please contact the Director of Admissions at RTS Washington.

Return All Application Forms To:

Reformed Theological Seminary, Washington, D.C.
Admissions Office
8227 Old Courthouse Road, Suite 300
Vienna, VA 22182

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International Students

In addition, if you are an applicant for whom English is a second language you must meet additional TOEFL requirements.

All international students must establish English language proficiency. All applicants whose first language is not English, must demonstrate English proficiency by taking the “Test of English as a Foreign Language” (TOEFL). Though there are three different forms of the TOEFL exam, internet-based (iBT) TOEFL exam results are the only form accepted by Reformed Theological Seminary. To be considered for full admittance to the MDiv, MA, MABS, MATS, MAR, applicants must have a minimum score of 84 with scores no lower than 21 on each of the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing).  To be considered for full admittance to the DMin, MAC, and MAMFT, applicants must have a minimum score of 100 with scores no lower than 25 on each of the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing).

For more information or to register for TOEFL, please visit:

The institutional code for Reformed Theological Seminary is 1646.

If you put this number in the appropriate place on the test registration form, your score report will be mailed to us.

Application Timeline

Applications are received by the Admissions office throughout the year.  However, entry into programs of the seminary normally occurs in July (Summer Greek), August (Fall Semester), January (Winter Term), February (Spring Semester), and June (Summer Term).

An Application for Financial Aid may be requested and submitted following receipt of a letter of admission.  Contact the Admissions office regarding the financial aid application deadline for the semester in which you wish to enroll.