Graduate Application and Admissions

Thank you for your interest in applying to one of the Catholic Studies Graduate Programs. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Vincent Ruiz-Ponce at (651) 962-5713.

Application Deadlines:

  • 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.

Master of Arts Scholarship Deadline:

  • Application Deadline: March 1, to begin courses the following fall term

To apply for the Mission and Culture Two-Course Study please contact Vincent Ruiz-Ponce at (651) 962-5713.

The application for on-ground and online students is the same. 

Required materials for all degree seeking students:

  • A completed Application for Admission
    • Select “College of Arts and Sciences” – “Master of Arts” – “Catholic Studies” in the application
  • An official copy of the applicant's transcript
    • A transcript is needed in order to verify 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.
  • A personal statement
    • The personal statement should describe the applicant's interest in Catholic Studies, and his or her reasons for pursuing study in this area. The statement should be 500 words or less.
  • An academic writing sample
    • Approximately 10-12 pages, the writing sample should demonstrate skills in critical thinking, logical development, and writing style. 
    • Two shorter pieces may be submitted, if a longer writing sample is not available.
  • Three confidential letters of recommendation 
    • Letters should come 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 several years.

Want to try out a class or two, but undecided about pursuing a graduate degree? Then it would be great to consider applying as a non-degree seeking student. There are fewer requirements for admission and should you decide to pursue a full degree, you can apply up to two courses toward that goal.

The application for on-ground and online students is the same. 

Required materials for all non-degree seeking students:

  • A completed Application for Admission
    • Select “College of Arts and Sciences” – “Non-Degree” – “Catholic Studies” in the application
  • An official copy of the applicant's transcript
    • A transcript is needed in order to verify 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.
  • A personal statement
    • The personal statement should describe the applicant's interest in Catholic Studies, and his or her reasons for pursuing study in this area. The statement should be 500 words or less.

Required materials for all Catholic school educators:

  • A completed Application for Admission
    • Select “College of Arts and Sciences” – “Non-Degree” – “Catholic Studies” in the application
  • An official copy of the applicant's transcript
    • A transcript is needed in order to verify 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.
  • A personal statement
    • The personal statement should describe the applicant's interest in Catholic Studies, the Mission and Culture Two-Course Study, and his or her reasons for pursuing study in this area. The statement should be 500 words or less.

Two-Course Study students who later elect to pursue a Mission and Culture 6 Course Certificate or MA degree in Catholic studies may apply up to two non-degree courses to the requirements for that certificate or degree.

Students interested in the joint degree program must apply to the University of St. Thomas School of Law and Catholic Studies programs separately and meet all admissions requirements in both. Students typically enroll in the School of Law before applying for the Master of Arts degree in Catholic studies.

A separate application packet is required in addition to the Master of Arts degree in Catholic studies application. Nonresidents of the United States are encouraged to plan well in advance of their desired starting semester.

Consult the Office of International Admissions website for more information, or contact Vincent at vincentrp@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.