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Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.)

Application Checklist

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

  2. Résumé or curriculum vitae.  Applicants for the STL 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 STL program are asked to submit a 750-word personal statement explaining why you are applying to JST for the STL 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 STL 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 this through the online application.

  4. For International Students: Proficiency in English.  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 transcript of your MDiv or equivalent degree work and any further work in theology.  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.  This can be mailed from the institution of study directly to the Office of Admissions of JST.

  6. Two letters of recommendation.  When applying online, these forms can 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. Each recommender should then mail their completed form and letter directly to The Office of Admissions of JST.

    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. Writing sample.  Applicants for the STL program are required to submit a representative writing sample, e.g., a research paper or thesis chapter.  You may submit this research paper through the online application.

  8. Philosophy and Latin language requirement documentation.  A prerequisite for the STL program is 24 semester hours of philosophy and a suitable knowledge of the Latin language.  Applicants for the STL program should provide an official transcript of all completed philosophy and Latin language requirements.  An official transcript should list all of the courses you took in these subject areas and the grade you received for each course.  This can 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
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    Questions may be addressed to:
    Laura Nieto
    Admissions and Scholarship Aid Specialist 
    Phone: 510-549-5033