Will my age, occupation, education, faith tradition be a hindrance?
No, we have people come to seminary from all ages, occupations and denominations.
If you are other than Christian you just need to understand that this is a Christian
institution and we teach from a Christian and biblical perspective. If you do not
have an undergraduate degree you may be eligible to enter ourcertificate programwhich would then qualify you for a degree.
We have a rolling application deadline. We suggest you apply at least one month before
the start of the term in which you’d like to take classes, but we acceptapplicationsall the way up to the beginning of the semester. Some financial awards have a deadline.
Upon acceptance, a student has one year to enroll before needing to reapply.
Can I complete my degree online?
Our accrediting body, theAssociation of Theological Schools, does not allow students to complete an entire degree online. You need to complete
1/3 of the coursework for any degree in residency on campus. However, we do offerhybrid courses, which meet residency requirements and only require that a student spend one week
per semester on campus.Online-only coursesare also available.
I do not have a college degree. Can I be accepted?
Yes, if you are at least 35 and have at least 5 years of ministry experience you can
enter ourcertificate programand apply those credits to a degree. Ministry experience is broadly defined as church
involvement and leadership positions. It does not need to be a paid position. If the
person does not meet the requirement they will need to have a conversation with an
admissions counselor. We do make exceptions but we need more information.
What kind of financial aid and scholarships do you offer?
If the student studies full-time (9+ hours per semester) and is Mennonite they qualify
for the Mennonite student grant- $750 per semester
All students taking more than 5 credits qualify for the Church Matching Grant
Students who demonstrate a strong sense of call, leadership skills and academic ability
may qualify for other larger awards. These awards are determined by application materials
and conversation with admissions staff.
Our accrediting agency allows 10 years to finish a theological degree. We follow this
I am not a Mennonite. Can I still attend?
We have a variety of denominations represented in the seminary.MennoniteandUnited Methodistare the largest denominations, but there is a wide variety of others. Professors are
intentional about incorporating other denominations traditions into class discussion.
I have been educated in Mennonite schools since first grade. Why should I consider
a Mennonite Seminary?
Seminary provides you with a deeper understanding of theological, historical and contextual
issues of Anabaptism. Each level of education takes you deeper into the subject. Just
because you studied science in high school doesn’t mean you’re ready to be a doctor.
Your understandings of the subject matter grow and are stretched as you go into them
further. Because Mennonites are a small denomination it is unlikely that you will
get to study them at any depth at a non-Mennonite school.
You will be exposed to other denominations atEMS. Nearly half our student population is other than Mennonite. Professors are intentional
about getting other denominations to describe their traditions, practices etc. in
You will build a network of Mennonite Church leaders atEMS. If you intend to take a leadership position in a church organization you will likely
meet future colleagues atEMS, since many of our students are preparing for leadership in MCUSA.
How do graduates find jobs?
Most pastoral positions are managed by a governing body within the denomination, not
by seminaries. We do our best to help you navigate your own governing body, with the
understanding that we know Mennonite and United Methodist systems much better than
other denominations. We can provide references and we try to provide support in your
workplace after graduation.
What housing options are available?
There are many opportunities for various kinds of housing in the city of Harrisonburg.
Parkview, the area aroundEMU, has a number of houses with apartments for rent. Often these are advertised on theEMUE-Classifieds
There are a limited number ofEMUapartments available to seminary students. EMU-owned options are:(Note: the below housing options also describe housing for undergrad students, the
credit hour limit does not apply to incoming seminary students)