Admissions

At St. Bernard’s, you’ll find a community of students, faculty, and scholars dedicated to pursuing truth, goodness, and beauty, and continuing to build the Church within contemporary society.

St. Bernard’s offers many avenues to join our community of faith and learning.

If you are ready for a complete course of study in theology or philosophy, either for personal formation or professional development, St. Bernard’s offers four graduate degrees:


These degrees are the best that St. Bernard’s offers: they provide a course of study that is intended to inform and form you in the faith through a shared exploration of knowledge and skills related to the pursuit of holiness and ministerial excellence.

If you are interested in studying a specific area of theology or ministry with fewer course requirements than a graduate degree program, our Graduate Certificate Programs may be for you. In addition to serving your personal formational goals, our graduate certificates can assist you in building up your credentials for ecclesial ministry.

If you would like to take a first step towards theological study but do not wish to enroll in a graduate degree program, we encourage you to take a course at St. Bernard’s to discern further. You might consider auditing a course where you can sit in on lectures and participate in enriching discussions without completing the assignments. We welcome those from all walks of life into our classrooms!

To receive more information about any of the above offerings, please contact the Office of Admissions below:

Admission Checklist for a Graduate Degree Program

  • Online Application (completed and signed)
  • Personal statement/Essay (included in online application)
  • $75 Admissions Application Fee
  • Resume/CV
  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work (mailed directly from originating institution to St. Bernard’s Director of Admissions & Financial Aid)
  • Two Letters of Reference
  • Completed and signed Immunization Form (includes proof of immunization against Measles, Rubella, Mumps, and Meningococcal Vaccination Response Form)
  • Criminal Background Check

Matriculating - or enrolling in one of the above graduate degree programs - in graduate degree programs is open to students who have graduated with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5. Our graduate certificate programs are open to those students who have no bachelor's degree, but wish to deepen their knowledge of the Faith. Those who do not hold a bachelor’s degree but are interested in a program at St. Bernard’s are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions to learn more about the options available at St. Bernard’s.


All students can learn more about costs by clicking Tuition & Fees. Students who intend to enroll at St. Bernard’s as a matriculated or non-matriculated student can learn more about financial aid opportunities by clicking Scholarships & Financial Aid.