Application Instructions

1. Application Part 1

  • A few simple questions about your contact information and educational background.
  • Please start your application a few weeks ahead of the deadline:

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2. Preliminary Consultation

As part of your application process to becoming a Pastoral Counselor through the Doctor of Ministry program at HUC-JIR, we encourage you to speak with a professional in the Department of Admissions and Recruitment and/or the Director of the program. This informal, preliminary consultation is a way for us to get to know you better, for you to ask your questions and be sure now is the right time for you to apply to HUC-JIR. Simply email to set a date and time.

3. Recommendation Letters

  • Good references come from individuals who know you well enough to give the Admissions Committee input on your candidacy and reflect on specific experiences you have had that will make you a strong candidate.

  • Please use the Reference Letter Request Form to submit the names and contact information of your references. HUC-JIR will not accept more than four letters of reference. The individuals you list as references will receive an email from HUC Admissions informing them that you have requested they write a letter of reference on your behalf. It is recommended that you are in touch with your chosen references prior to filling out this online form to alert them that they will receive this emailed request.

References for Applying to the Doctor of Ministry Program

  • One Academic Reference: College professors or instructors with whom you have engaged in serious academic study should write the academic references. If you have been out of college more than five years you may obtain academic references from adult or informal education instructors.
  • One Professional Reference: from a supervisor of your work, paid or volunteer.
  • One Personal Reference: Please use the second Professional reference field for this person’s information.

Confidentiality of References

The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, provides students the right to inspect their records. This includes letters of recommendation submitted in the application process. HUC-JIR carefully reviews all letters of reference. However, we find that letters written in confidence are most useful in assessing a candidate’s qualifications and promise. By using the Reference Letter Request Form, you are automatically waiving your right. Please contact with any questions or concerns.

Reminders regarding references:

Please allow each reference enough time (at least one month) to complete his or her letter of reference. If you wish to substitute, delete, or add references after you have submitted their names in the online Reference Letter Request Form, you must report this in writing to the National Office of Admissions by emailing

4. Transcripts

  • Please request transcripts 60 days before the application deadline. Transcripts need to be received in order to schedule an interview.

  • Please provide us with one copy of an official transcript from all of the following:

    • The college from which you graduated as well as any other colleges you attended. (This includes any school at which you took a college-level course for transfer credit.)
    • Any graduate schools where you have been enrolled, as well as schools where you have taken graduate-level classes.
    • Any “Year Abroad” programs or other foreign study. (If grades from international programs are recorded on your college transcript you do not need to submit a separate transcript.)

Have your schools mail the transcripts directly to:

Office of Admissions and Recruitment
Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion
3077 University Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90007.

  • For international applicants: year-by-year records from colleges and universities attended are required. The record must indicate the number of hours per week devoted to each course, grades received for each course, and degrees awarded, with dates the degrees were conferred. This information must be provided in English. If this information is not available in English, it is the applicant’s responsibility to have it professionally translated and certified before it is sent to HUC-JIR. If grades are not determined on a 4.0 scale system please include guidelines in English from the school that explain the grading system.

5. Part 2 of the Application

  • We will send you access to Part 2 after your Preliminary Interview and Part 1 of the application is complete.
  • More in depth and program-specific questions.
  • The application deadline is “rolling”. All application materials, including Part 2 of your application, letters of references, transcripts and test results, must be received 10 days prior to a potential admissions interview.

Personal Statement and Admissions Essays

As you fill out Part 2 of your online application, you will be prompted to submit your Admissions Essay which help us get to know you as an individual and a student. Please write a two-three page essay which helps us understand your personal theology and how it relates to your wish to pursue more clinical training. Your essay, resume and picture should be consolidated into one document that you will be asked to upload.  This document cannot exceed 25MB.


A standard C.V. or resume.


A simple portrait to help us recognize you when you visit and maintain our campus security.