United States citizens or permanent residents (all others see International Student category below) holding a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and who hold personal and vocational objectives compatible with the mission of ESR may apply to the School for admission. The quality of previous undergraduate and graduate work, articulation of ministry objectives, letters of reference, and interviews with Admission Committee members are the chief criteria used in making admission decisions.
International Student Admission
International prospective students holding a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and who hold personal and vocational objectives compatible with the mission of ESR may apply to the School for admission. ESR defines “an international student” as someone who requires a visa to enter or stay in the U.S. and is therefore not eligible to receive financial aid from the U.S. government.
Applicants whose qualifications for admission are non-typical may be admitted “conditionally” under an agreement in which the student addresses lack of requirements. Conditional admission may be extended to persons who will complete a baccalaureate degree between the time application to ESR is made and the time of matriculation, persons whose undergraduate degree is from a non-accredited college, or anyone whose application shows a deficiency the Admissions Committee believes the applicant can address while working on the ESR degree. In considering such applications, the Committee gives special weight to membership within the Religious Society of Friends and persons committed to a vision of ministry consonant with that held by ESR.
Occasionally applicants who, because of their special circumstances, do not hold a baccalaureate degree may be admitted as a “special student.” Once admitted, these students will be reviewed annually. If the special student makes academic progress at ESR and satisfies the Admissions Committee’s stipulations in the student’s letter of admission, the School will admit the student formally into a regular degree program. ESR can admit only a small number of special students, and potential applicants without an undergraduate degree should plan, if at all possible, to complete that degree. This option is not available to students who apply to the M.A. program.
Students who transfer to ESR from other graduate schools may request that their transcripts be evaluated to determine what prior work may contribute to their pursuit of a degree at ESR. A formal request, along with an official copy of all transcripts to be evaluated, should be forwarded to the Dean, who will determine transferable credits and ESR courses still to be met. Three important requirements guide this evaluation: the course work must be of B- quality or higher to be eligible for transfer; ATS requirements stipulate that no more than 50% of courses contributing to another degree may be counted toward a second degree, and at least one year of work must be done at the institution granting the degree; and transferred courses must meet ESR curricular requirements. Course work over ten years old is not eligible for transfer.
Occasional Student Admission
Students holding a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and desiring to take up to two courses per Session for credit or audit without seeking a degree may apply to be Occasional Students. Occasional Students may belong to the residential, ESR Access or certificate programs.