ESR provides a path to a spiritual and academic journey for good.

Choosing a graduate seminary education is as much the product of inward leadings and individual and corporate discernment, as it is researching schools and programs. ESR’s admissions office can help you answer a multitude of questions about seminary education, our programs, paying for school, and how they fit into your vision of ministry. Questions like:

  • Which program will best prepare you for vocational, volunteer or lay ministry?
  • What does it mean to balance spiritual formation and intellectual rigor?
  • Is it possible or practical to pursue educational goals given my career, financial, or family circumstances?

In addition to your vocational calling, we examine these questions through a uniquely Quaker perspective on education, religion, family and community life. We invite you to talk with us about your interests, plans, goals and challenges. We hope that together we can discern a future for you that includes Earlham School of Religion.

Already admitted?

Congratulations and welcome to ESR! We look forward to having you with us as part of our community.

Please contact Phill Hooks, director of graduate admissions, at [email protected], 765-983-1698.

Visit our campus

The best way to know whether ESR is right for you is to see it—and experience it—for yourself. Come explore our beautiful campus and get a feel for our remarkable community.

Cost & financial aid

ESR students have the opportunity to take advantage of merit-based and need-based financial aid to help meet their expenses. We encourage you to explore these options and work with the ESR business manager to fit these into a plan that will allow you to complete your education without incurring excessive debt.


Earlham School of Religion adopts the federally mandated anti-discrimination statement, requiring that no discrimination shall occur, regarding admissions or access to, or treatment or employment in, any program or activity in the School on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

Moreover, the School moves beyond this minimal statement and affirms its commitment to equality of opportunity for all individuals who desire the type of theological education offered within the context of the School’s mission statement – including on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression. Furthermore, since ESR is committed to maintaining its Quaker identity, it will actively seek candidates who are Quaker and ecumenical students who are in congruence with Quaker testimonies.

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Connect with us

To learn more about ESR, discuss your graduate study interests, or schedule a visit, contact Director of Graduate Admissions, Phil Hooks, at 765.983.1698


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