Admissions policies conform in every respect to The Program of Priestly Formation (#34-67).A candidate seeking admission to St. Thomas Aquinas University requires the sponsorship of his respective diocesan Bishop or Religious Superior who can acquaint him with the necessary steps to be taken for admission to the seminary and acquaint him with the Vocation Director of the diocese. For admission directly into the graduate-level program, at St. Thomas Aquinas a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent, from an accredited institution. In addition, the completion of 30 credits of philosophy and 12 credits in religious studies is required (The Program of Priestly Formation (#186-187). If these credits were not part of the applicant’s Bachelor’s program, normally, he will be placed in the Pre -Theology program to complete these credits before entering First Year Theology. Some canidates need to enter the B.A. Completion Degree Program. This program is only open to seminarians.
All applicants go through an extensive screening process including medical and psychological assessments and interviews with the Admissions Committee.All documents submitted in the application process become the property of St. Thomas Aquinas University, and the right to retain these is reserved. The Seminary also reserves the right to require students to sign a waiver regarding information sought for purposes of admission. Confidentiality of the psychological test results is assured.Candidates must provide to the Seminary official transcripts of all college work, and must take one of the following tests: GRE or MAT.
The specific required documents for admissions are as follows:
A. A carefully completed application booklet.
B. A letter of sponsorship from a (Arch) diocese or religious community.
C. Official transcripts from all colleges and theologates attended. One set of official transcripts should be requested by the applicant to be sent to the vocation office and one to be sent directly to the seminary registrar.
D. Three letters of recommendation including at least one from a priest.
E. TOEFL minimum score of 550, paper based; 215, computer based; 80, internet based; for students whose native language is not English.
F. A detailed autobiography (not to exceed 10 pages) describing:
Chronological history of your life;
Relationships with your family members and other people in your life;
Social life;Faith experience;
Reason you are applying to St. Patrick's Seminary.
G. An up to date professional psychological assessment.
H. Physical Examination Form in this application booklet completed by the applicant and physician including health report, HIV testing and record of immunizations.
I. English written evaluations from seminaries or religious communities previously attended and if applicable, a document stating reasons for leaving.
J. Certificates of Baptism, Confirmation and any Ministries received or candidacy.
K. If applicable, Marriage Annulment documents or Death Certificate of Former Spouse.
L. If Applicable, for those returning to the Catholic and Orthodox Church after having been a member of another denomination or religion, documentation verifying re-entry into the Catholic and Orthodox Church.
M. A copy of Live Scan Form or equivalent Criminal Background Check Form.
M. A recent photograph of yourself.
All documents submitted in the application process become the property of St. Thomas Aquinas University, and the right to retain these is reserved. The Seminary also reserves the right to require students to sign a waiver regarding information sought for purposes of admission. Confidentiality of the psychological test results is assured.