Graduate Admissions

Fall Enrollment Deadline: August 1

Spring Enrollment Deadline: December 1

Summer Enrollment Deadline: May 1

Students may sometimes be admitted to the program on a rolling basis.

Catholic Studies Scholar Application Deadline: March 1, for following academic year.

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The application for on-ground and online students is the same. For online students, the application deadline for fall 2018 enrollment is Aug. 1, 2018. Admissions decisions for on-ground students are made on a rolling basis.

Seeking a degree?

Choose “degree-seeking” in the application and include the following required materials:

  • 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 (BA or BS) 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.

Want to try out a class or two, but undecided about pursuing a graduate degree?

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 an MA in Catholic studies 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.

To apply as a non-degree student, choose “non-degree-seeking” in the application and include the following materials:

  • 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 (BA or BS) 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.
  • A letter of recommendation, preferably from a former professor (encouraged but not required).

Catholic school educators applying to the Mission and Culture Two-Course Study should apply using the MA in Catholic studies application for admission and selecting “non-degree status” in the application. The following materials are needed to apply for the Two-Course Study:  

  • A completed Application for Admission.
  • An official copy of the applicant's transcript(s) verifying the completion of a Bachelor's Degree (BA or BS) 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.
  • One letter of recommendation from their principal or president.
  • A typed personal essay of not more than 700 words describing the applicant's interest in Catholic Studies and the Mission and Culture Two-Course Study and his or her reasons and goals for pursuing graduate study in this area.

Application deadline is Aug. 1, 2018, for fall 2018 admission. Applicants will be notified by Aug. 10, 2018, concerning admission and scholarship awards.

Two-Course Study students who later elect to pursue an MA degree in Catholic studies may apply up to two non-degree courses to the requirements for that degree.

Students must apply for the St. Thomas J.D. and CSMA programs separately and meet all admissions requirements in both law and Catholic studies. Students typically enroll in the School of Law before applying for the Master of Arts degree in Catholic studies.

J.D./CSMA Students should select “degree-seeking” in the application, and include the following required materials:

  • 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 (BA or BS) 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).

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. Consult the Office of International Admissions website for more information, or contact gradcath@stthomas.edu with any questions.

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.