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Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries

Admissions

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To apply to the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries you will need to complete an online application and submit specific materials directly to the Program.

Prerequisites

  • A recommended 3.0 cumulative grade point average (GPA)
  • A Bachelor's degree from an accredited university

To Apply

As a non-degree seeking student, please complete the following checklist:
  • Apply Online
  • One official transcript from undergraduate degree-granting institution
  • One letter of recommendation to be mailed by the evaluator (please use our format found here) (pdf)
  • $50 application fee
    One time fee, whether beginning as a degree or a non-degree seeking student
    Make check payable to Santa Clara University
As a degree seeking student, please complete the following checklist:
  • Apply Online
  • Two official transcripts from undergraduate degree-granting institution, (evaluated if international study–from any non-USA school)

    Non-U.S. Transcript Evaluation: Transcript evaluations are required for all international transcripts. Please note, transcript evaluations must include the degree equivalency and U.S. GPA equivalency. We recommend the basic course-by-course evaluation report. You will want to use World Education Services, Inc. (WES) to evaluate your transcripts. Please have the evaluation service send the evaluated transcripts to: Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara University with the address listed below.

  • English Proficiency Exam: TOEFL (score of 90 or above) or IELTS (score of 6.5 or above) are required for international students who completed their post-secondary education in a language other than English. TOEFL or IELTS may be waived if your Bachelor's (and Master's, if applicable) were completed at institutions in which English is the primary language of instruction. However, all applicants may be asked to provide further evidence of English proficiency as needed.

  • Two letters of recommendation to be mailed by the evaluators (please use our format found here) (pdf)

  • $50 application fee
    One time fee, whether beginning as a degree or a non-degree seeking student
    Make check payable to Santa Clara University

To receive more information: Please email the program office.

Admission documents are to be mailed to:
The Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Kenna Hall, 323
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0337

The program has a rolling admissions process. Early application submission is highly encouraged. Applications must be submitted and all supporting documentation received by the deadline date. Applications received after the deadline date will be considered for the following quarter admission.

2016-2017 Academic Year Application Deadlines:

 Fall 2017  July 1, 2017
 Winter 2017  October 1, 2016
 Spring 2017  February 14, 2017

 

The Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries welcomes applicants from around the world; however, international applicants are not eligible to receive financial aid.

International Applicant Requirements
  1. English Proficiency Exam: TOEFL (score of 90 or above) or IELTS (score of 6.5 or above) are required for international students who completed their post-secondary education in a language other than English. TOEFL or IELTS may be waived if your Bachelor's (and Master's, if applicable) were completed at institutions in which English is the primary language of instruction. However, all applicants may be asked to provide further evidence of English proficiency as needed.
  2. International Education Evaluation: Transcript evaluations are required for all international transcripts. Please note, transcript evaluations must include the degree equivalency and U.S. GPA equivalency. We recommend the course-by-course evaluation report. We would like you to use World Education Services, Inc. (WES) to evaluate your transcripts. Please ask the evaluation service provider to send the report directly to the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara University. The address is Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries, Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Kenna Hall 323, Santa Clara, CA 95053-0335.
  3. Proof of Funds: United States visa regulations require proof that sufficient funds are available to finance your travel, living expenses, and program study. Please refer to the International Student Services website for an up-to-date estimate of the cost associated with a full year of academic study in the GPPM.

Note: International applicants are not eligible for financial aid.

After the receipt of the official acceptance letter, the student should contact the International Student Services office for the I-20 documentation to apply for a F-1 student visa.

Tuition

  • Tuition is $545 per quarter unit as of Fall 2016
  • Each class is 4 units
  • 60 units are required to complete your M.A. from the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries
  • Substantial scholarship assistance available

Fees

  • $50 one-time application fee
  • $25 registration fee each quarter

The Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries offers generous financial aid. To see requirements as well as find an application please visit our financial aid page.