AM2 Application Instructions



AM2 Application Instructions

All students applying for graduate studies in education at St. Catherine University must have the following:

  • A completed baccalaureate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).
  • Undergraduate cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or better on a 4.0 scale. If the applicant’s GPA is less than 3.0, an explanatory statement should be included with the application. Additional information, such as Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, also may be required.

Eligibility: State of residence

Enroll​ment in the AM2​ program is open to students residing in the United States and other countries. At this time, however, individuals residing in Wisconsin are not eligible for admission.


The application deadlines for the AM2 program are May 1 (Summer) and January 1 (Spring).

We strongly urge applicants to submit all required materials at least 2-4 weeks in advance of the deadline; this allows enough time for the Admission Committee to complete the review process and notify accepted students so they can make travel arrangements for the required on-campus orientation.

Submit all materials to:

St. Catherine University
Graduate Admission, Mail 4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Application form

All sections of the application form must be completed.

Application fee

Submit a $35 non-refundable application fee. Make check or money order payable to St. Catherine University. This fee is waived for students who previously:

  • Enrolled at the University (completed at least one course at either the undergraduate or graduate level)
  • Attended a graduate information session within the past five years
  • Completed an individual appointment with graduate faculty/staff within the past five years

If one or more of the above statements applies to you:

  • If submitting a paper application: do not include payment with your application form.
  • If submitting an online application: choose the waiver option when asked for a form of payment.

Please note that your application fee will not be refunded if you submit the payment but are eligible for a fee waiver.

Personal statement

Prepare a personal essay that demonstrates written communication skills and clarifies your purpose in pursuing this graduate Montessori program. Please address the following in your essay:

  • Reflect on your experiences in Montessori education
  • Identify your goals for personal and professional growth
  • Describe past experiences that have prepared you for the rigor of a writing-intensive, master’s level program
  • Describe how you envision this degree will help you in your profession


Submit a current, typed résumé highlighting professional and volunteer experiences.

You may send your résumé via e-mail to Please include “AM2 Résumé” in the subject line.


Two recommendation forms must be completed by individuals who can attest to the intellectual ability, professional competence and leadership ability of the applicant. Only professional or academic references will be considered; personal references are not acceptable.

These are confidential recommendations and must be sent directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address listed above. Original documents must be sent to our office. Applicants who wish to view a copy of the completed recommendations are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their references.

To access this form as an interactive pdf, please use Internet Explorer or Google Chrome:

Download the recommendation form.

Academic transcripts

Official transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended, even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned. An official transcript is also required from the institution where applicants completed their Montessori training.

Paper transcripts must be mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the registrar of each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University. Transcripts that do not meet these criteria will be considered unofficial and will not be used to complete the applicant’s file. Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to St. Catherine (; electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.

GRE scores

Applicants who do not meet the academic performance requirement (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) may be asked to submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). This requirement is waived for students who have completed a graduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Montessori credential or Montessori Diploma

In addition to official transcripts, a copy of any Montessori credential or Montessori Diploma already held must be submitted with the application. The credential must demonstrate that the applicant holds a valid Montessori credential or Montessori Diploma for Early Childhood (ages 2.5–6), Elementary I (ages 6–9) or Elementary II (ages 6–12).

This must be a full Montessori credential or Montessori Diploma, not a provisional, temporary or associate credential. The credential must be granted by the American Montessori Society, Association Montessori Internationale or another program accredited by the Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education (MACTE).

If the applicant earned academic credit from this Montessori credential or Montessori Diploma training, the credit must not have been applied toward any other degree or program other than her or his original Montessori credential or Montessori Diploma.

TOEFL / IELTS scores

Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States.

Credential evaluation

Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit an official evaluation from World Education Services as well as original transcripts and official translations of all documents not in English. All costs related to document translation and evaluation are the applicant’s responsibility.

International applicants

Please read instructions for international applicants.

Selection process

Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applications with the items listed above and received by St. Catherine University will be considered by the Admission Committee. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.