Admissions Process

Applicants may seek admission to the program either online or offline, as either degree-seeking or non-degree students.

Online Admission

The University of St. Thomas now supports online applications for graduate students.  Click the button below to get started.

Catholic Studies-Apply Now

Traditional Admission

Many students continue to prefer the traditional, paper-and-mail registration system. 

To receive application materials:

Contact the Catholic Studies Graduate Office.  You may also download the application and letter of recommendation forms and return all application materials to: 

Catholic Studies Graduate Office
Mail 55-S
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Degree-seeking admission

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

  • A completed application form.

  • 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 letters of recommendation 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).

  • A nonrefundable application fee of US $50 to be included with the application form. Checks should be made payable to the University of St. Thomas.

Degree-seeking admissions deadlines are: March 1 (for summer and fall) and November 1 (for spring). Admissions decisions are normally mailed to applicants within three weeks of those deadlines.

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

Non-degree application deadlines are: May 15 (summer), August 15 (fall), and January 15 (spring).

Admission for International Applicants.

Nonresidents of the United States are encouraged to plan well in advance of the application deadlines. 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 as a private institution 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.