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Application Process

Group photo of interns during the Clinical Pastoral Education Internship at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota


Each year, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admits four individuals to the Clinical Pastoral Education Resident Program. Applications are accepted beginning Sept. 1 with a March 31 deadline for the program start date in September. Acceptance to the program is on a hybrid rolling admission and early applications are encouraged.

Admission requirements


To be eligible to apply for the Clinical Pastoral Education Residency Program

  • A college degree coupled with some theological education from a CHEA or an ATS accredited institution is preferred. Current seminary students, as well as local pastors, are urged to apply. Members in a religious order may also be considered
  • One unit of CPE is required prior to a year-long residency
  • Show motivation for clinical pastoral education training and the health care ministry
  • Demonstrate the potential for advanced training
  • Have clearly defined educational objectives for the experience

In order to establish a cohort that reflects both the organization Mayo Clinic seeks to be and the patients we serve, Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences Clinical Pastoral Education especially encourages applications from students who belong to any of the following groups: 

  • First-generation college graduates
  • Black or African-American
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Native Hawaiian or U. S. Pacific Islander
  • All faith traditions
  • All gender orientations

Non-U.S. citizen applicants

Admission to Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences is open to U.S. workers in the four categories below. Therefore, visa sponsorship is not available.

  1. U.S. citizens
  2. U.S. nationals
  3. Lawful permanent residents
  4. Asylees and refugees

Applicants whose primary language is not English must submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based test (TOEFL iBT). Scores from the speaking portion of the exam are given particular consideration in admission decisions. Learn more about the exam and register online at the Educational Testing Service.

The Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences code for the TOEFL iBT is 5784.

Educational transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be translated (if they are not already in English) and evaluated for U.S. equivalence by an accredited credential evaluation service company prior to submission. Please refer to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of qualified companies. The applicant pays for the examination and credential-evaluation services.

For more information, see the complete Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences admissions policy information.

How to apply

Disability accommodations

Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences values diversity and welcomes applicants with disabilities. If you are anticipating or experiencing disability related barriers in accessing this application, please contact Disability Compliance Advisors at

Application timeline

Application window Program start date Apply
Sept. 1-March 31 Sept. 3, 2024 Online application

Application instructions

Complete the following steps to apply:

  1. Create an account to begin the online Application for Admission
    • Select - Mayo Clinic School of Health Sciences
    • Select - Clinical Pastoral Education Residency
  2. Complete each section of the application and submit
  3. After submission, view the required Supplemental Items and Documents
    • Upload each required item in the Supplemental Items section

Additional required items

  • CV/resume
  • Applicants will need to complete items 1-11 in the ACPE application and a signed Use of Clinical Materials Consent Form which will be uploaded as one document to your CPE application. Upload your completed ACPE application with all responses (1-11) as one document. If you have difficulty uploading documents, after the online application is submitted, applicants may email the ACPE application documents to
  • Self-evaluation and supervisor's evaluation from completed internship. Upload in the Supplemental Items section. 

Interview process 

The selection committee carefully reviews each application and the accompanying documentation. Individuals considered for an appointment are interviewed.