APPLY TO BECOME A PASTORAL COUNSELOR
One who listens, heals
The Doctor of Ministry degree offers you the unique opportunity to explore the in-depth relationship between spirituality and psychology and its application to pastoral ministry. You will engage with clergy of all faiths in a stimulating setting to recharge both professional and personally.
We invite you to learn more about the Doctor of Ministry degree in the Interfaith Clinical Education for Pastoral Ministry program.
START YOUR APPLICATION
As part of your application process to becoming a Pastoral Counselor through the Doctor of Ministry program at HUC-JIR, we require that 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 Ministry@huc.edu to set a date and time.
If you’ve applied in the past, or are familiar with our application process from years past, you may be interested to know that we’ve changed our process, and we continue to maintain our high admissions standards.
Here are the steps you should take:
First, begin Part 1 of your application for admission. We’ll ask you a few, simple questions about yourself and your educational background.
Then, after you’ve submitted Part 1 of your application, we’ll confirm its receipt and email you instructions on how to start Part 2. Part 2 of the application asks program-specific questions.
All application materials, including Part 2 of your application, letters of references, transcripts and test results, must be received in order to be considered for admission.
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.
In addition to the online Part 1 and 2 of your application, HUC-JIR requires a number of supporting application documents that should be emailed or sent to the National Office of Admissions and Recruitment on the Los Angeles campus. Do not send documents to any other campus or department of HUC-JIR, as this will delay or prevent us from receiving your complete application by the deadline.
Please provide us with one copy of an official transcript from:
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 class.)
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 the schools mail the transcripts directly to: National Office of Admissions and Recruitment, Hebrew Union College — Jewish Institute of Religion, 3077 University Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007. Please request transcripts with sufficient time to allow them to arrive by the application deadline.
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.
LETTERS OF REFERENCE
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.
You must have 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.
Of the remaining two references, HUC-JIR encourages you to submit a Personal reference and a Professional reference from a supervisor of your work, paid or volunteer.
Please use the Reference Letter Request Form to submit the names and contact information of your references. HUC-JIR will not accept more than three 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.
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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Use this checklist as a guide to completing your HUC-JIR Admissions Application.
To be completed online:
Additional items (to be sent directly to HUC-JIR Office of Admissions and Recruitment):
- Transcript(s) — undergraduate and graduate school (if applicable)
National Office of Admissions and Recruitment
Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion
3077 University Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90007
WHAT WE LOOK FOR
We are looking for highly qualified applicants for all of our programs. HUC-JIR’s student body is diverse and there is no “correct path” to becoming a strong candidate. Each applicant is viewed as a unique individual. For example, a degree in Jewish studies is not required but it is important to have some background with liberal arts classes where reading and writing are emphasized.
You must be able to meet the following requirements by June of the summer you intend to enroll.
A B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited college or university; plus ordination or investiture from an accredited seminary or theological school or one of the following: MA or M.Div.; MSW; or Ph.D.
An academic record reflecting a 3.0 grade point average or above on a four-point scale.
Access to a clinical site to engage in pastoral counseling.
BECOMING A NEW STUDENT
In preparation for you pending enrollment as a new student, we highly suggest that you visit our For New Students page that outlines the post-interview/post-acceptance next steps of the admissions process. Key to your preparation will be completing the required Medical Forms and Financial Aid documentation.
START YOUR APPLICATION
Part 1 of the Application