How to Apply • What to Submit • What Happens Next
Applicants to our combined MA in Theology/Certificate in Pastoral Ministry Program plus Campus Ministry Internship Program are required to complete two separate applications:
- admission to the Combined MA in Theology/Certificate in Pastoral Ministry Program;
- admission to the Villanova Campus Ministry Graduate Internship Program (CMI).
Review Program Information
We invite you to look around our web-site to find out as much as possible about us and our students, our program, and Villanova's and our department's services for our students. It is important to us that you consider Villanova a good fit for your academic journey. Feel free to contact us and request additional information about our program.
Of course, we heartily invite you to contact our program director for program specific information or members of our Graduate Theology Student Committee. And you are most welcome to visit us in person if you live nearby or plan on stopping by in Philadelphia. If you cannot visit in person, you can find detailed information on Villanova's campus and community, as well as the surrounding Philadelphia-area by taking a virtual tour.
Review Your Academic Qualification
All applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by one of the regional accrediting agencies. In addition, we ordinarily require
(1) eighteen credits in Theology, Religion, or the equivalent; or evidence of 5 years working experience in the fields of Theology or Religion (e.g., ministry, teaching, administration, education); and
(2) a 3.0 (or higher) GPA.
Also, all applicants must have a personal interview with the Coordinator of the Campus Ministry Graduate Internship Program (CMI).
Contact the Director of Graduate Admissions and CMI Coordinator
In our department, the Director of Graduate Admissons guides all applicants through the program admission process. We recommend that you contact the director in person, by email or telephone to discuss your unique situation, qualifications, and goals.
Because the program is jointly administered with Villanova's Center for Pastoral Ministry Education and Internship, we encourage you to also contact the Campus Ministry Internship Coordinator to inquire about the Certificate and discuss your situation, qualifications, and goals.
Apply for Admission
Please complete the online application before you submit additional application materials. We need a completed application to accurately record and match your supplemental material. Thus, without completed online application we will not be able to keep you informed about the status of your application material.
Submit Your Application Material
|Application Fee (non-refundable)||$50|
|Letters of Recommendation||2|
|GRE (or equivalent)||yes|
|Statement of Objectives (500-700 words)*||yes|
|Evidence of 5 years working experience in the fields of Theology or Religion (e.g., ministry, teaching, administration, education).||if applicable|
|*Note: Please upload the statement in the online application.|
We do not require that you submit all application materials together. However, we consider applications only when all materials have been received. All application materials that cannot be submitted online must be sent to (mail, email or fax)
Office of Graduate Studies
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Fax: (610) 519-7096
Email Documents to: ASGradSchool@villanova.edu
The items listed above are all we need to review your application. Please do not send unnecessary supporting documents. If you would like us to know about relevant experience or activities, feel free to include that information in your personal statement.
What Happens Next?
Upon receiving all your application material, our Graduate Program Committee reviews your application.
First, we will review your application and submit a recommendation concerning acceptance and matriculation status to the Office of Graduate Studies. We aim to notify you of our acceptance decision by email and regular mail within one week of receiving your complete application.
Second, once admitted to our MA in Theology the program you become a candidate for the Internship Program, and your application will be reviewed by the CMI Coordinator.
Third, if you are a candidate for the Internship program and accept the offer to join us here at Villanova, your program admission code will be changed internally to Combined MA in Theology and Certificate in Pastoral Ministry Program.
Caveat: We admit a limited number of applicants to the CMI program (usually four). In the case that we are unable to accommodate all applicants, we will create a waitlist.
Enroll in Your Classes
As soon as the Office of Graduate Studies admits you to the program you are free to enroll in your classes.