How to Apply +



How to Apply +

Application instructions


Applications will be reviewed as they are received throughout the year. It is recommended that applicants submit all required materials at least one month prior to the requested term of enrollment.

Application form

Complete all sections of the online application form.

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 (2–3 pages) that demonstrates written communication skills and clarifies personal goals, academic background and purpose in pursuing a graduate degree in theology.

Personal statements should be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address at the bottom of this page or via e-mail to Please type your full name at the top of your statement and include "MAT Personal Statement" in the subject line.

Theological knowledge statement

In addition to the personal statement, please respond to the following questions:

  • In recent years, have you audited or taken for credit any courses in theology or religious studies? Attended seminars or workshops? Been involved in study groups?
  • List some of the theological books and periodicals you have read within recent years.
  • Do you have any other pertinent information that would help the Admission Committee better grasp the extent of your theological knowledge?

Theological knowledge statements should be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address at the bottom of this page or via e-mail to Please type your full name at the top of your statement and include "MAT Theological Knowledge Statement" in the subject line.


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

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

Recommendation forms

Three MAT recommendation forms must be completed by professional and/or academic references who can attest to the applicant's ability to satisfactorily pursue graduate studies in theology; personal references are not acceptable. Forms must be sent directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address listed at the bottom of this page.

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

MAT 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.

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.

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

Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit an International Student Supplement, in addition to the MAT program application. There is no additional application fee.

Submitting materials

Submit all items listed below to:

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

Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.

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