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Master of Theology


You can apply by completing the online application form and uploading the required documents. The application deadline for non-EU students is 1 April 2019 and for EU students 15 June 2019 for the academic year 2019-2020, starting in September 2019.

The online application system will be open on 1 November 2018. 

Please make sure that you fill in all required fields and upload the required documents before submitting your application!

Application documents

The following documents should be uploaded during the online application:

  1. a copy of your passport ID page
  2. a picture of yourself (passport picture) - maximum size:150 KB
  3. a copy of your degree certificate(s) - in English or a certified English translation 
  4. a copy of your academic transcript(s) of records - in English or a certified English translation 
  5. an up-to-date curriculum vitae
  6. an English version of your thesis or final project (of most recent study programme) - max. 3 pages! 
  7. a motivation letter: describe how the study programme could add to your work and life experience. What will be the added value? How will the programme benefit your career? Please clarify your motivation - max. 500-600 words
  8. two reference letters - including personal data, the academic background and the address of the author of the letter, and the name and personal data of the applicant as well as the field of specialisation; please refer to the candidates intellectual strengths and academic capacities (please be as specific as possible) and the added value of the programme for the professional future of the candidate and/or the organisation 
  9. an English language proficiency test - the following tests are accepted: TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, Cambridge ESOL*
  10. a proof of sufficient level of Greek (for NT studies) or Hebrew(for OT studies) 

After finalising your application you will receive by e-mail a text with questions you need to answer. This assignment should be sent to admissions@pthu.nl.  

Admissions Requirements

Admission to the international Master of Theology programme requires:

1.   An accredited Bachelor’s degree in Theology or a related field of study of a recognised academic institution comparable to a Dutch research-based Bachelor's degree**

2.   A good command of English*, to be demonstrated by:

  • a TOEFL score of 575 (Paper Based Test), 232 (Computer Based Test) or 90 (Internet Based Test);
  • an IELTS score of 6,5;
  • a TOEIC score of 720;
  • a Cambridge ESOL CAE 58-66.

3.   Having completed at least 6 ECTS of course load in biblical studies, systematic theology and practical theology at a research-based bachelor's level. One ECTS is to be compared with a study load of 28 study hours.

4.   When applying  for OT or NT studies: a proven bachelor's level of Hebrew or Greek. For Hebrew this means a study load of at least 15 ECTS, for Greek a study load of at least 20 ECTS (15 ECTS normal Greek studies and 5 ECTS NT Greek).

*You are exempted from taking an English language test if you: 

- are a native speaker and a citizen of any country where English is the only official language, and completed secondary education in a country where English is the only official language;

- have completed your bachelor education in any one of the following countries: Canada, USA, UK, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia.

** The comparability of the degree is verified by consulting distinctive independent sources. 

For questions related to the application procedure, please contact:

Albert Nijboer, MA, International Officer
Drs. Albert Nijboer
Phone: +31 (0)88 3371 669
Address: Protestant Theological University, P.O. Box 7161, 1007 MC Amsterdam, The Netherlands