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Application Instructions

APPLICATION CHECKLIST

MDiv

MTS

ThM

STB

STL

STD

Non-degree

Completed & signed Application for Admission.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae

 

Statement of purpose/MDIV essay (see below).

Official scores of the Graduate Record Exam taken within the last five years (see below).

     

 

Official transcripts of all academic work done beyond the secondary school level.

 

 

 

 

Official transcript of your MDiv or equivalent degree work and any further work in theology.

 

 

 

 

 

Official transcript of your STL or SSL work.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Official certification of a bachelor’s degree or any graduate theological degree if you plan to audit classes.  Submit an official transcript if you will take classes for credit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 Letters of recommendation (see below).

 

1 Additiona Letter of recommendation if religious. (see below).

 

1 Letter of recommendation (see below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

A writing sample that demonstrates your capacities in research writing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A major research paper from your STL or SSL that demonstrates your capacities in research and writing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Philosophy and Latin language requirement documentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Modern language proficiency documentation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUR PROGRAMS

MDiv – Master of Divinity

MTS – Master of Theological Studies

ThM – Master of Theology

STB – Bachelor of Sacred Theology

STL – Licentiate in Sacred Theology

STD – Doctor of Sacred Theology

Special Student – Non-degree seeking status

Online MTS – Online Master of Theological Studies

MDiv/MA – Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Theology

STL/ThM – Licentiate in Sacred Theology/Master of Theology

RESUME/CURRICULUM VITAE

  • All degree program applicants are required to submit a resume or curriculum vitae to provide information about relevant job experience and education. Your resume should include educational background and relevant experiences, including jobs, internships, community service, activities, languages (if applicable), and research projects. Writing a resume for a graduate school application follows the same principles as writing a resume for a job. Please include dates of attendance for education, job titles and years of employment.

MASTER OF DIVINITY AND BACHELOR OF SACRED THEOLOGY ESSAY

  • Applicants for the Master of Divinity (MDiv) and the Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB) programs are asked to submit a 750 word essay explaining reasons for applying to the Jesuit School of Theology (JST). This essay should address how prior ministerial experience has prepared the applicant for their program of study, why in particular is JST the place to form the applicant for ministerial work, and what the applicant’s plans are for ministry after the completion of their program of study.
  • MDiv applicants who are also applying to the Master of Arts program of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU Common MA) should mention this in the essay.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE FOR THE MASTER OF THEOLOGICAL STUDIES, LICENTIATE IN SACRED THEOLOGY, AND DOCTOR OF SACRED THEOLOGY

  • Applicants for the Master of Theological Studies (MTS), Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL), and the Doctor of Sacred Theology (STD) are asked to submit a 750 word personal statement explaining why you are applying to JST. This statement should address how prior academic and/or ministerial work has prepared the applicant for their program of study and what the applicant’s plans are after they earn their degree and why a degree from JST will specifically help them achieve these aspirations.

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE FOR NON-DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS

  • 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 JST and any particular areas of interest you may have.

GRADUATE RECORD EXAM

  • Applicants who take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) must provide acceptable scores to be considered for admission. If the applicant has already completed a master’s level degree, they do not need to submit GRE scores.  Official scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the Office of Admissions of JST.
  • The JST’s institutional code for the GRE is 4367.
  • For information about the GRE, contact: Educational Testing Service (ETS) Corporate Headquarters, 660 Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541, USA, Phone: 1-609-921-9000, Website: www.gre.org.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY

  • 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.
  • Applicants who take the Educational Testing Service’s Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) must provide acceptable scores to be considered for admission. Official scores should be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to the Office of Admissions of JST.
  • The JST’s institutional code number for the TOEFL is 4390.
  • For information about the TOEFL, contact: Educational Testing Service (ETS) Corporate Headquarters, 660 Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541, USA, Phone: 1-609-921-9000, Website: www.toefl.org.

LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION

  • Letters of recommendation 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, one recommendation from an employer, a professional colleague, or a church or community leader will be acceptable.
  • For those students applying to the Master of Divinity (MDiv) program, the second letter should address your ministerial qualifications for admission to JST.
  • Vowed religious should provide an additional letter showing support from their congregation or superior.

WRITING SAMPLE FOR THE LICENTIATE IN SACRED THEOLOGY

  • Applicants for the Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) are asked to submit a representative writing sample, e.g., a research paper or thesis chapter, of at least 1000 words.

RESEARCH PAPER FOR THE DOCTOR OF SACRED THEOLOGY

  • Applicants for the Doctor of Sacred Theology (STD) are asked to submit a major research paper of at least 20 pages that demonstrates their capacities for research and writing.

PHILOSOPHY AND LATIN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENT DOCUMENTATION FOR THE Bachelor of Sacred Theology and LICENTIATE IN SACRED THEOLOGY

  • Applicants for the Bachelor of Sacred Theology (STB) and Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) are asked to submit official transcripts of all completed philosophy and Latin requirements.
  • A prerequisite for the STB and STL programs is 24 semester (or 32 quarter) hours of philosophy.
  • A "suitable knowledge of the Latin language" is required. This is understood to be a working reading knowledge sufficient to use ecclesiastical documents in Latin. This requirement can be met either by course work, generally two semesters, or by an examination.

MODERN LANGUAGE PROFICENCY DOCUMENTATION FOR THE DOCTOR OF SACRED THEOLOGY

  • Applicants for the Doctor of Sacred Theology (STD) are asked to show evidence of proficiency in one modern language suitable for theological research other than their native tongue.
  • Applicants for the STD program who intend to specialize in Biblical Studies are required to demonstrate proficiency in one biblical language upon application.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • The priority deadline for application to all degree programs is March 1st for Fall Semester and October 1st for Spring Semester.
  • After the priority deadline applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

APPLICANTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES

FINANCIAL AID

  • To apply for a scholarship from JST, students must complete the JST-SCU Scholarship Application (SA). Only students who have applied and been admitted to JST are considered for financial assistance.  Priority deadlines for financial aid applications are March 1st for the Fall Semester and October 1st for the Spring Semester.
  • JST also participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program, which offers low-cost loans to degree or certificate students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens. To apply, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form online at www.fafsa.ed.gov, as well as the GTU Financial Aid application, which is available at www.gtu.edu.  The JST-SCU FAFSA School code is G10333.  For more information, please contact the GTU Consortial Financial Aid Office.
  • Please see JST's Finance Your Education page for more details.