FAQ

  • Who can I speak with about applying to a graduate degree program?
    Please contact our Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at 585-271-3657 (ext. 2), or email admissions@stbernards.edu to have him walk you through the process!
  • What degree or educational prerequisites are needed to apply to St. Bernard’s graduate programs?
    All applicants to St. Bernard’s graduate degree programs must hold a four-year baccalaureate degree (or the U.S. equivalent) granted by an accredited college or university. Students without a baccalaureate degree are welcome to explore our Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Studies.
  • What are St. Bernard’s graduates doing in the world?
    Our rich Catholic tradition and approach to education as formation prepare students for work, ministry, and service. Many graduates work as catechetical leaders and lay ecclesial ministers in parishes; some share their gifts and their expertise as teachers; many work as leaders in non-profit initiatives and social ministries; and others simply allow their formation to impact their relationship with God, their family, their children, and their relationships within society as a whole. Since the programs at St. Bernard’s provide formation for the whole person, the education we offer bears great fruit throughout the lives of our graduates.
  • Are there any application deadlines for the graduate program?
    Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, which means students can be admitted in any of the 3 academic semesters. These 3 semesters, each approximately 15 weeks in length are as follows: Fall (August–December); Spring (January–May) and Summer (May–August).
  • What is the application fee?
    The application fee is $75. You can pay the fee by check, bank draft, money order, or traveler’s check. Kindly make your documents payable to St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry.
  • How does distance learning/online education work?
    As a student taking advantage of distance learning/online education, you have the opportunity to complete your degree from the comfort of your home. Each of our courses is available for you to take via live video-conferencing or through online engagement at your own pace. Learn more about our four-fold approach to distance learning here.
  • Can I request to take a tour of campus?
    Absolutely! We have campuses in Rochester, NY and Albany, NY. To schedule a tour of our main campus in Rochester, please contact admissions@stbernards.edu, or call 585-271-3657 (ext. 2). To schedule a tour of our Albany campus, please contact Anne.Borghetti@rcda.org, or call 518-453-6760.
  • How are admission decisions made?
    Decisions for admission into graduate programs are made by the Admissions Committee. All applicants will be notified of their admission decision as soon as possible. All credentials are considered in the application decision: your transcripts, your personal statement, and your letters of recommendation, for example.
  • When can I expect an admission decision and how will I be notified?
    The Director of Admissions & Financial Aid will contact you to acknowledge receipt of your application, and will inform you of your admission decision after the Admissions Committee holds its regular meeting.
  • When can I start classes at St. Bernard’s?
    First time students may enroll in classes at the beginning of any of our three semesters.
  • Can I Audit a course?
    Yes! Students typically audit courses for personal enrichment, especially if a graduate program is not right for you at the moment. Auditors do not receive credit or a grade for the course. The total cost to audit is $355.00 ($340.00 auditing fee + $15.00 technology fee). You can audit a course by heading to our registration page here: https://www.stbernards.edu/academics/register/
  • Can I take classes at St. Bernard’s without being officially admitted to a degree program?
    Yes, a student who has demonstrated the ability to undertake graduate-level work may enroll as a non-matriculated student.
  • Do you accept transfer credit?
    Yes, transfer credit is gladly accepted. Please consult our Student Handbook for more information, or contact our Academic Dean at 585-271-3657 (ext. 4).

Finances/Student Billing Account

How much money do I need to pay at the time of Registration?

Students are required to pay the registration fee plus 25% of the total course tuition at the time of registration. Courses need to be paid in full by the end of the semester. If this is not possible, you can set up an extended payment schedule.

What if I need to drop a course?

Should St. Bernard’s cancel a course, the School will refund all tuition and fees. Should the student withdraw from a course, and the course continues, s/he is responsible for the registration fees and tuition for the duration of his/her attendance in the course, per schedules below. For courses which meet on a bi-weekly basis, a single class session represents approximately 1.5 sessions of a weekly class (proportionally). Hence, there are 2 distinct refund schedules appropriate to the varying course formats. St. Bernard’s charges tuition until the date of official withdrawal. If the student has paid in full for the course, refund will be prorated as indicated below:

Refund Schedule for Weekly Courses:

Prior to first class

100% tuition refund

after 1 class session

90% tuition refund

after 2 class sessions

80% tuition refund

after 3 class sessions

60% tuition refund

after 4 class sessions

40% tuition refund

after 5 class sessions

no refund

Refund Schedule for Bi-Weekly Courses:

Prior to first class

100% tuition refund

after 1 class session

90% tuition refund

after 2 class sessions

70% tuition refund

after 3 class sessions

30% tuition refund

after 4 class sessions

no refund

Discontinuance of attendance or notice to the Professor does not constitute withdrawal. The student must make application for withdrawal or for a change in class schedule by submitting a Graduate Course Change Form.

When does my bill need to be paid?

Unless one is on a payment plan, all previous bills need to be paid before registering for the following semester. St. Bernard’s will not grant a degree, nor release grades to students, nor grant credit for coursework completed, nor issue transcripts, unless all charges for a given semester are paid in full.

Are tuition payment plans available?

Yes, St. Bernard’s does have a payment plan. Students may arrange with our Controller a payment plan with a fixed number and duration of installments.

How do I notify St. Bernard’s of aid I am receiving from my parish/sponsoring organization?

Please contact our Controller with information regarding any additional aid you are receiving. Students are requested to inform St. Bernard’s on a yearly basis regarding additional aid they receive outside of Diocesan and St. Bernard’s Tuition Assistance. Students who are receiving parish support need to complete a Tuition Assistance Application yearly.

More questions?

You can learn more information by contacting our Controller or by clicking Scholarships & Financial Aid.