Master of Arts in Peace and Social Transformation Admissions

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The Master of Arts in Peace and Social Transformation (34 graduate semester hours) at Community of Christ Seminary aims to develop personal and moral integrity for students, which is essential in the public work of peace and justice.


Program Admission for the Master of Arts in Peace and Social Transformation

Graceland University Community of Christ Seminary has a rolling admissions process; students may apply at any time during the year. International student must submit TOEFL scores and the WES or CGFNS audit as part of their application packet, which is typically due by May 30 of the year in which the potential student will begin the MAPST program. New MAPST cohorts begin in the fall term each year.


  1. Applicant must have earned a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale, or the equivalent from a non-U.S. institution. Students with a GPA below 3.0 will need to demonstrate the ability to do work at the graduate level. Applicants who have not earned a baccalaureate degree from a recognized and U.S. regionally accredited institution or its educational equivalent will be considered individually.
  2. Applicant must complete the application form.
  3. Applicant should provide, on the application form: name and email of three persons, each of whom will be asked to provide a reference attesting to the applicant’s promise for graduate study. Applicant will receive three DocuSign forms, via email to sign. Then, the DocuSign forms will be sent to each reference to complete.
  4. Applicant must provide official transcripts of all course work. International students are responsible to submit a professional audit of their undergraduate transcript and GPA (Grade Point Average) equivalency by CGFNS or World Education Service (WES). The student (or sponsoring organization, e.g. the church) is responsible for the cost of this audit.
  5. Please make sure that all materials (official Transcripts) are emailed to the Seminary Administrative Support Specialist. You may also mail it to: Graceland University, Independence Campus Attn: Seminary Admissions, 1401 West Truman Road, Independence, MO 64050
  6. International students must have proficiency in both spoken and written English. To be considered for admission, students whose first language is not English must submit a TOEFL score of 550 or higher on the written exam or a 80 or higher on the online exam. Exceptions will be granted on a case by case basis (for example, someone whose first language is not English but whose undergraduate degree is from an English speaking institution, etc.)
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Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applications are due by May 31 to be considered for the fall cohort. If the fall cohort is full, applicants may be admitted to enroll for the following year.

As of April 20, 2022, Graceland no longer requires an application fee.

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Transfer Credits

Students may request the transfer of a maximum of 9 semester hours of credit for the MAPST, provided that the courses transferred approximate courses offered by Community of Christ Seminary, were taken at a regionally accredited institution or its non-US equivalent, and that the student earned at least a “B” in those courses. The request must be accompanied by an official transcript from the institution where the credit was earned.

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Degree Requirements
  1. The MAPST (Master of Arts in Peace and Social Transformation) is a 34 semester-hour graduate degree. Students must satisfactorily complete all 10 courses of the curriculum with a cumulative 3.0 GPA.
  2. Students must attend focus sessions in person when a course includes a focus session. Focus sessions are scheduled during the fourth week of both January and May of each year.
  3. A maximum of nine semester hours with a grade of “C” will apply toward the MAPST degree. Students who earn a “C” in more than the maximum allowed number of hours will be required to repeat excess courses in which a “C” was earned. Students must repeat any course in which they earn a grade lower than a “C.”
  4. Students will normally successfully complete requirements for the MAPST degree in two years of part-time study; students are allowed up to four years to complete the program.
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