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Master of Divinity Entrance Interview

This required milestone due October 30th (or March 30th for Intersession/Spring admits) can be filled out in consultation with your advisor. Upon completion, a copy of your Interview will be sent to you and your advisor at the emails you provide on this form. Please ensure you use the official school email addresses for both yourself and your advisor.

The purpose of the Entrance Interview is to 1) provide a self-assessment tool for incoming MDivs on how you measure yourself on the MDiv program learning outcomes at the start of your program 2) provide opportunities as needed for you to address some needs and concerns at the start of your program with your advisor.

A copy of your completed form will also be sent to the Assistant Dean and will be archived in the Office of Academic Affairs for a limited number of years separately from your official student file for the purpose of tracking milestone completion, institutional research, and providing data for accrediting bodies. Faculty advisors are expected to read your Interview and may follow up with you if they wish to consult with you further on any of the questions in this document. Responses from all students in aggregate form may be shared with faculty for the purposes of student advisement. If data is presented in aggregate form to other non-PSR third parties such as accreditors, all personal identifiers (such as your name and email) will be removed.

Please submit any further questions about this milestone to the Assistant Dean at

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Please select the answer(s) that best describe your response(s) to each of the following questions.
1. Are you (select one)
Are you seeking
2. Are you involved in a denominational process of discernment and/or approval?
4. For what form(s) of ministry or religious leadership are you preparing? (select as many that apply)
5. The Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree can be completed in three years of full-time study (at 27 credits per year). How long do you expect to be working toward your degree?
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7. The GTU Common MA is the only other degree that may be concurrently completed with the MDiv. Do you anticipate completing the MA concurrently in addition to the MDiv?
Do not forget to apply to the GTU if you wish to pursue this option and are not already in the MA/MDiv program. Applications for the next Fall are due Feb. 1st.
 7a. Do you anticipate completing a degree (either PSR or elsewhere?) after earning the MDiv? If so, what degree(s)?
7b. Do you anticipate completing a certificate concurrently in addition to the MDiv (either PSR or elsewhere?)
8. Please indicate how you would rate your own current ability/skills or knowledge in the following areas related to the PSR MDiv Learning Objectives by selecting a number 0--5, with 0 meaning "extremely weak" and 5 meaning "extremely strong":
Space Cell Extremely WEAK: 01234Extremely STRONG: 5Not sure what this means
Articulate an understanding of texts and traditions
Critically engage with those texts and traditions
Apply your understanding of texts and traditions to particular situations
Theologically ground ministerial and vocational arts, including preaching, worship leadership, pastoral care, and community organizing
Communicate the theological/ philosophical/ aesthetic traditions of your own religious community(ies)
Engage in new theological discourses
Articulate the relationship of the text to its context of origin and use
Understand a spectrum of approaches to interpreting sacred texts for the contemporary context
Recognize all knowledge as contextual
Articulate the importance of your own context
Demonstrate an awareness of another’s context, especially across differences with respect to race, sexuality, gender, ethnicity, class, culture, nationality, and religious affiliation, etc.
Ability to imagine the translation from one context to another
Avoid inappropriate boundary crossing and misappropriation
Articulate the connection between your spiritual practice(s) and the development of a leadership style
Demonstrate a personal integrity and character based on spiritual values
Practice a spirituality that engages the wider society
Develop a spiritual-rootedness to sustain your work in the world
Effectively link spirituality and leadership in a community of accountability
Engage life and work with cultural humility and respect for cross-cultural differences
Form partnerships with other organizations and individuals
Work with people of different backgrounds, cultures, and experiences
Incorporate insights from non-academic contexts in your work
Integrate the various intellectual disciplines, fields, topics, and themes of theological education in the practices of ministry and public leadership in a variety of contexts
Articulate a theologically grounded position on social justice issues
Organize community efforts toward achieving social change
Develop a definition of social transformation in critical, constructive, theological and historical modes.
9. Which of the above items are the most important to you as you begin your study at PSR? Please drag and drop THREE outcomes from the left to the right. Order the items from the following list. First select an item with the spacebar to show a menu of possible ranking positions. Next, click a ranking position to order it in the ranked list. Note the menu will display more ordering options as you add items to the ranked list.
13. Who do you expect to be providing your pastoral care/spiritual direction while you are at PSR?
15. How would you assess or gauge your own current awareness, knowledge, and skills in the following areas:
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Gender/Gender Identities
Class/Social Economics
Faith/Religious Traditions