Standard Student Application Form

Please be aware that it is not possible to save an application in progress.
We recommend drafting essay responses in a word processing program
and pasting them into the application when you are ready to submit.

Degree-seeking students may complete the standard application form.

Date of Requested Admission
Degree Programs
Select for M.Div. and M.A. only, not MA:TW
General Information
Full Name
Permanent Address
Present Address
Contact Information
Personal Information
If you belong to the Religious Society of Friends
Voluntary Information
The following information is requested on a voluntary basis. This information will be kept confidential. While supplying this information in no way affects your admission to ESR, this information helps ESR demonstrate compliance with State and Federal regulations concerning diversity and provides statistical information for the Board of Trustees
Race/Ethnic Group
Educational Background
List all college, university and graduate education received along with degree earned and date of graduation.

Please submit OFFICIAL transcripts from all of the above educational institutions.

List any other relevant educational programs attended or certification received.
Why did you choose that particular field?
Professional Background
You may also attach a resume in lieu of filling out the previous section.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: txt rtf pdf doc docx odt odp.
Financial Assistance
These shall be persons from whom you will solicit recommendations concerning their estimate of your ability, character, emotional stability, interests, and future promise as a leader. One of the references should be a professor well acquainted with your academic qualifications. If you have been out of an educational program context for more than five years, an additional non-academic reference may be used. However, this should come from someone who can evaluate your potential for disciplined graduate study. One of the references should be a person who is acquainted with your spiritual journey such as a pastor, elder or spiritual friend from your local congregation.
Reference One
Reference Two
Reference Three
Reference Letter Confidentiality
Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), which gives students the right to inspect and review their educational records, students may waive their right to see specific confidential statements and letters of recommendation. Please indicate your wishes below.

If you intend to apply for the Cooper Scholar Program, please review the information on the program and submit two additional appropriate references.

If you intend to apply for the Leadership and Service Program you will need to provide one additional letter of recommendation from either a Quaker College Leadership Program or a member organization of Service Programs That Change the World ( along with certification of completion.

If you intend to apply for the Quaker Professional Scholarship you will need to provide one additional letter of recommendation from your current Quaker employer and one essay regarding how you will apply your ESR education to your position.

Essay Questions
Please write a 250-750 word essay on each of the following questions. Either upload a document following the instructions below or enter your responses in the text fields provided. In the latter case still write out your responses in a document before copying and pasting them in order not to lose your content if something goes wrong.
Create a document with a text editor or word processor and answer the essay questions. Please write a 250-750 word essay on each of the following questions. 1. Describe how you have discerned a calling to ministry and to seminary, and what forms you think your ministry will take. 2. Tell us about your spiritual journey. What is your understanding of God and how God is at work in the world? 3. Tell us how you first heard about ESR, why you have chosen to apply, and how ESR can contribute to your ministerial formation. 4. How would you describe the church (broadly defined) and its ministry? How does this view relate to your faith tradition and your relationship with the religious and spiritual communities in your life? You may use the Word document provided here (Save the file and include your last name in the file name):
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: txt rtf pdf doc docx odt zip.
Files must be less than 2 MB.
Allowed file types: gif jpg jpeg png.

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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