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Doctorate in Sacred Theology (S.T.D.)

Application Checklist

  1. Completed & signed application for admission. Click here to access the online application.

  2. Résumé or curriculum vitae. Applicants for the STD program are required to submit a résumé or curriculum vitae to provide information about relevant job experience and education. Your résumé should include educational background, relevant experiences, including jobs, internships, community service, activities, languages (if applicable), and research projects. Writing a résumé for a graduate school application follows the same principles as writing a résumé for a job. Please include dates of attendance for education, job titles, and years of employment. You may submit your résumé or curriculum vitae with your application on the online portal.

  3. Statement of purpose. Applicants to the STD program are asked to submit a 750-word personal statement explaining why you are applying to JST for the STD degree. Please indicate your area of concentration for the degree and address the following questions:

    • How does your prior academic and/or ministry work prepare you for the STD program?
    • What are your plans after you earn your degree and why will a degree from JST specifically help you toward achieving these aspirations?

    You may submit the statement of purpose through the online application.

  4. For International Students: Proficiency in English.

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we have temporarily approved the use of the Duolingo English test in addition to the TOEFL proficiency exam. The Duolingo test must be taken no later than May 15, 2020 to be considered for the Fall 2020 semester. When identifying which institution you would like your score sent to, please select “Santa Clara University Graduate Programs.”

    A high degree of proficiency in English is required for admission. International students must demonstrate their ability to speak and write English. The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required unless the applicant’s native language is English. For information about the TOEFL, contact: Educational Testing Service (ETS) Corporate Headquarters, 660 Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541, USA, Phone 1-609-921-9000, or visit the TOEFL web site at SCU’s institutional code number for TOEFL is 4851. Official scores should be sent directly from ETS to the Office of Admissions of JST.

  5. Official transcripts of your STL or SSL work. 

    Official transcripts for all post-secondary academic work. Transcripts must arrive directly from the school at which you completed the coursework/degree. An official transcript should list all of the courses you took as a student and the grade you received for each course. We accept official transcripts by postal service or electronically. If arriving by mail, official transcripts must be sent from the institution of study directly to the JST Office of Admissions using the address listed below. Additionally, they must arrive in a sealed envelope and bear the authorizing signature and the official seal of the issuing institution. Electronic submission of official transcripts is preferred. We accept official e-transcripts delivered securely by your institution or their service partner through: Parchment, Credential Solutions (eScriptSafe), or National Student Clearing House. Official electronic transcripts should be sent to:

    Additionally, transcripts from schools outside the U.S. must be in English or, if in the native language, accompanied by English translations.

    Official transcripts can be sent directly from the issuing institution to:

    Jesuit School of Theology
    ATTN: Transcripts
    1735 Le Roy Avenue
    Berkeley, CA 94709

  6. Two letters of recommendation. These forms can also be completed online by your recommenders; you will need to provide their name and email address within your online application. 

    Note: Please be sure to let your recommender know that he or she has to complete the form and write a letter to accompany the form.

    Note: Letters must address your academic qualifications for graduate level study. Preferably these letters would be from persons who recently taught you. If you have been out of school for an extended period of time, a recommendation from an employer, a professional colleague, or a church or community leader will be acceptable. The second letter should directly address your ministerial qualifications for admission to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University.

    For vowed religious: Please submit a letter of support from your religious superior indicating congregational support.

  7. Research paper. Applicants for the STD program are required to submit a major research paper from their STL or SSL program that demonstrates their capacities for research and writing.  You may submit this research paper through the online application.

  8. Modern Language Proficiency Documentation. Applicants for the STD program must show evidence of proficiency in one modern language suitable for theological research, other than their native tongue. Candidates who intend to specialize in Biblical Studies are required to demonstrate proficiency in one biblical language upon application. Please submit official transcripts documenting your language proficiency. These should be mailed from the institution of study directly to the Office of Admissions of JST.

    Our mailing address is:
    Admissions Office 
    Jesuit School of Theology 
    1735 LeRoy Avenue 
    Berkeley, CA 94709

    Questions may be addressed to:
    JST Admissions Office 
    Phone: 510-549-5041