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Application Checklist

  1. Completed & signed application for admission.  You may complete this application online (click here to access to the online application).

  2. Statement of purpose.  Applicants for the non-degree program are asked to submit a 300-word, brief description of your academic and/or ministerial background, indicating why you wish to study at the Jesuit School of Theology and any particular areas of interest you may have.

  3. Résumé or curriculum vitae.  Applicants for the Non-Degree 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.

  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  JST’s institutional code number for TOEFL is 4390.  Official scores should be sent directly from ETS to the Office of Admissions of JST.

  5. Official transcripts. Applicants for the non-degree program who plan to take classes for either audit or credit must submit official transcripts of the most recently completed academic degree program. 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

    Note: The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is not required for admission into the Non-Degree program.  The GRE is required if students eventually want to apply to a degree program.
  6. One letter of recommendation. If you choose to apply online, this form can also be completed online by your recommender; you will need to provide his/her 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.  Your recommender should then mail their completed form and letter directly to the Office of Admissions of JST.

    Note: This letter would preferably be from a person 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.

    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