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Admissions Process

Applicants may seek admission to the program online as either degree-seeking or non-degree students. Click the button below to get started.

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Application Requirements for Degree-seeking Admission

The following materials are required for admission to the program at degree-seeking status.

  • A completed Application for Admission‌.
  • A typed personal essay of not more than 700 words describing the applicant's interest in Catholic Studies and his or her reasons and goals for pursuing graduate study in this area.
  • An official copy of the applicant's transcript(s) verifying the completion of a Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from an accredited college or university. Applicants may have majored in any academic discipline but must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • An academic writing sample of approximately 10-12 pages demonstrating skills in critical thinking, logical development, and writing style.
  • Three confidential Letter of Recommendation forms‌ from individuals who can attest to the applicant's skills and experience. At least one of these letters must  be from a college or university professor (an exception may be made for applicants who have been out of college for a number of years).

Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and are normally mailed to applicants.

Requirements for Non-degree Admission

A limited number of places in graduate courses will be open on a space-available basis for students enrolled in the program at non-degree status. Up to two courses may be taken at this status, both of which must be at the 500 level, and both of which may be applied, at a later point, toward the graduate degree. After completing one or two courses at non-degree status, students may apply for degree status at regular admissions deadlines if all admission criteria for degree-seeking status are fulfilled. For more information, contact the Catholic Studies Graduate Office.

Applicants for entrance to the program at non-degree status must provide the following:

  • A completed Application for Admission‌.
  • A typed personal essay of not more than 700 words describing the applicant's interest in Catholic Studies and his or her reasons and goals for pursuing graduate study in this area.
  • An official copy of the applicant's transcript(s) verifying the completion of a Bachelor's Degree (B.A. or B.S.) from an accredited college or university. Applicants may have majored in any academic discipline but must have an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

We strongly suggest, but do not require, that applicants also submit at least one letter of recommendation, preferably from a former professor.

Non-degree applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

International Applicants

Nonresidents of the United States are encouraged to plan well in advance of their desired starting semester. A separate application packet is required in addition to the Master of Arts degree in Catholic Studies application. This may be obtained from the Catholic Studies Graduate Office. Consult the Office of International Admissions website for more information.

The University of St. Thomas is registered with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to sections 136A.61 to 136A.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.  The University of St. Thomas admits students of any race, color, and national or ethnic origin.