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Welcome to Andover Newton!


Whether you are a citizen of Canada, China, Germany, India, Ivory Coast, South Korea, Myanmar, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, Zambia, or any other nation, we encourage you to consider applying to Andover Newton Theological School.

Andover Newton, America's oldest graduate seminary, has a long tradition of welcoming international students to our campus. Our commitment to enhancing the diversity of our student body is firmly embedded in the school's strategy and the warm community of students eager to meet you. And, for two centuries, our international graduates have returned to their home countries to teach, pastor, found schools and churches, and much more.

We want you to be a part of this history!


Our residential campus in Newton Centre is located just outside Boston, Massachusetts, the largest city in New England. Boston is particularly attractive to students coming to the US for the first time. We have a growing multinational fellowship on campus, including international students who attend neighboring schools, who practice many religions and faiths.

We have five dormitories on campus offering a variety of living styles. Our location provides easy access to Boston’s rich resources, including libraries, museums, lectures, cafes, social events, concert halls, sports and recreation of every variety, theatres, parks, and a large and varied international population drawn to the area’s famous universities and colleges.

Our unique curriculum places a heavy emphasis on dialog around differences in an increasingly diverse, multicultural, and interfaith world. Our approach to teaching emphasizes practical pastoral training and active engagement in your own education. Our faculty, most of whose members are also ordained ministers, rank with the best and most respected in the world.

Your experiences and thoughts on life and theology will be valued in the classroom. Your classmates will share their perspectives with you without expecting you to change your beliefs.

As you explore the information on our web site please keep in mind that we are always eager to hear from you by email, telephone or letter. Just let us know how we can help.

We look forward to learning more about you!

With warm regards,


Dr. Nancy Nienhuis
Dean of Students



Newton Centre is one of fourteen “villages” that make up the City of Newton, Massachusetts. Newton Centre’s business district, with many small restaurants, cafes, banks, and shops, and a “T” station (subway), is a five-minute walk from the Andover Newton campus, about 5.9 miles from Harvard Square and 7.8 miles from downtown Boston.

Called the “Garden City” for its lavishly landscaped homes, the City of Newton is a small city of about 84,000 people and a commuting suburb of Boston. Newton has one of the lowest crime rates in the United States. Based on statistics reported to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Newton was the nation's safest city during 1999, 2004 and 2005.

The village of Newton Centre is easily accessible to all parts of Boston and Cambridge and to Boston’s Logan International Airport and other transportation hubs. Intercity train and bus lines link Boston directly with other major North American cities, including New York City, Philadelphia, PA, Washington, DC, and Montréal, Quebec.

From the top of the “Hill”- as we like to call the location of Andover Newton campus, you are able to see Boston’s downtown buildings. Boston is one of the world's leading intellectual centers, drawing students, professors, researchers, scientists and technological innovators from around the world.

Boston's famous schools and universities, including MIT, Harvard, Boston University, Boston College, and Wellesley College, are only a few miles away. Libraries and other facilities at Harvard and Boston College and at theological schools in the area are available to Andover Newton students and are easy to reach with public transporation.

The Andover Newton campus itself is a wonderful, and a very quiet place, within a short drive from major highways.

Climate and Landscape in New England

With its beautiful scenery, picturesque cities and towns, and many lakes, rivers, beaches, forests, parks, ski centers, and easily climbed mountains, New England is an important resort area that attracts many vacationers from other parts of the country. Shaped by the Ice Ages, New England has a long, rugged coast along the Atlantic Ocean, with both sandy and rocky shorelines, green rolling hills in the west, and low, granite-topped mountains in the north.

Mark Twain once said: “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute” and he meant New England’s weather! The weather in New England is famously changeable. There are four seasons in the northeast region of the United States: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall.

Massachusetts has a humid, continental long summer climate, with warm summers and cold winters. Spring is the season flowers begin to bloom and the temperature is milder. During the winter, Boston area temperatures can range from mild to cold, with snow or rain and weather often below freezing (32F)*. Summers can be hot and humid, with temperatures above 80F.

Fall in New England brings on crisp, clear weather and the famous bright and colorful foliage, a popular attraction for tourists from around the nation and even the world.

Academic Degrees and Requirements

Degree Programs. Andover Newton considers applications from international students for the Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degrees. Church bodies generally prefer that candidates prepare for ordination in their home country. Therefore, we do not ordinarily accept international students (except from Canada) for the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree, unless the candidate’s church provides strong support for study in the United States and/or home country lacks adequate theological education. Please contact the Admissions Office before applying for the M.Div.

Academic Prerequisites. In order to be considered for admission to the D.Min. degrees, applicants must have completed six or seven years of post-secondary academic study (equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor’s degree and a Master of Divinity). The M.A. degree programs require four years of post-secondary study (equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor’s degree).

International Students

Here is some general information for prospective international students:

Application Policies and Procedures For International Candidates (PDF)

International Application Form (PDF)

Recommendation Form (PDF)

Transcript Request Form (PDF)

Immunization Information (Important, please read)

Institutional Endorsement Form (PDF)

International Student Scholarship Application Form (PDF)

Financial Guarantee Form (PDF)

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