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JST Renewal Program

JST Renewal Program: Application Checklist


number one Create an online application for admission to your desired program. 

Click here to access the online application portal. If this is your first time applying to JST, please create a new user account so that you can log in. After you log into the application portal, please be sure to select "Jesuit School of Theology" as the application form you wish to access.

number two Résumé or Curriculum Vitae.

Applicants are required to upload a résumé or curriculum vitae into the application portal. Your résumé should include educational background as well as professional development and/or formation, professional experience, experience in ministry or in a related field of service to others, and languages (if applicable). Please include dates of attendance for education, job titles, and the years for employment and ministerial experience. 

number three Statement of Purpose

Please submit a 750 word autobiographical statement describing your personal development and formation, spiritual growth, and ministerial experience. Explain why you would see the Renewal program as beneficial for you and your future ministry. You may submit this through the online application portal.

number four Unofficial Transcripts. 

Renewal Program applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of transcripts documenting either: 1) an undergraduate or graduate degree in theology; or 2) the most recent degree they have earned, in theology or in any other field of study. Students who have not completed a degree (undergraduate or graduate) in theology should list any coursework that they have completed in theology or ministry. Transcripts must: 1) list all of the courses you took as a student; 2) list the grade the student received for each course; and 3) indicate whether an academic degree has been awarded. All transcripts must be in English or accompanied by an English translation provided directly from the school or a certified transcript evaluation service.


Renewal students who are admitted will be required to provide official transcripts verifying the authenticity of all unofficial transcripts submitted in the application process. Instructions for submitting official transcripts will be provided after applicants receive an admission decision. Any discrepancy between the uploaded transcript and the official transcript, or failure to submit official transcripts, may result in any of the following: 1) an applicant's admission offer may be withdrawn; 2) a registration hold may be placed on a matriculated student's account; 3) a matriculated student may be withdrawn from their program.

number five Letters of Recommendation.

Applicants will need to submit one letter of recommendation. Priests and vowed religious will be required to submit a second letter of recommendation from their bishop or religious superior indicating support for their application to the program. Applicants will submit the name and contact information for their recommender(s) who will be sent an email with instructions and a link to the recommendation form where they will be prompted to upload a letter of recommendation.

Letters must be from persons who know you well. The letters will give an opinion of your academic and personal suitability for the Renewal program.

number six International Applicants: Language Proficiency Exam. 

International applicants are required to demonstrate a high degree of English language proficiency. To do so, applicants must submit results from either the Duolingo English Test or the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Duolingo English Test - When prompted to identify which institution you would like your score sent to please select “Santa Clara University Graduate Programs.”

TOEFL - When prompted to identify which institution you would like your score sent to please use Santa Clara University’s institutional code: 4851.

International applicants may apply to have their language proficiency requirement waived if they meet one of the standards provided by Santa Clara University. Applicants will be prompted to apply for the waiver in the online application portal.