Holy Cross is committed to diversity and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds. Qualified first-year and transfer students are admitted in September and January on a rolling admissions basis. Admission is based on each candidate’s academic record, application, personal essay, recommendations, admission interview, and test scores.
Please read all of the information below and download the appropriate bundle of supplemental required application forms. Then click on the button below to begin the online application.
All of the following are taken into consideration in judging qualifications for admission.
In addition the above requirements, the following types of applicants must meet the requirements described below:
Seminarian status is only awarded after the completion of the first year of studies, once a prospective seminarian has demonstrated evidence of a life in Christ with high moral judgment, sound character and growth in spiritual maturity appropriate to the priestly conscious and pastoral spirit.
More specific criteria for seminarian status are described in the Student Handbook and other directives of the School.
The completion of a Holy Cross degree does not in itself constitute a guarantee for ordination.
Must also complete:
Once application materials are submitted to Holy Cross, they become the permanent record of Holy Cross and may not be returned to the applicant.
|Early Action||December 1|
|Priority Deadline||February 1|
|Regular Deadline||March 1|
|Enrollment Deposit Deadline||May 1|
|Regular Deadline||November 1|
|Enrollment Deposit Deadline|| January 1
Holy Cross has a rolling admissions policy. Please contact us
even if you have missed a deadline. We are happy to work with you.
Students wishing to transfer to the School of Theology from regionally accredited theological schools and graduate seminaries must normally have a minimum 2.00 grade point average in their previous academic work. Students transferring credit for a course must have earned at least a "C" in the course from an accredited institution whose catalogue is reviewed for the course description. Those courses that are accepted correspond to courses offered by the School, or are related to them. However, in order to earn a Holy Cross School of Theology degree, there is a two-year residency requirement for the Master of Divinity degree, and a one-and-one-half year residency requirement for the Master of Theological Studies degrees.
Exchange students are those who are officially registered with other accredited graduate theological schools and seminaries and take one or more courses at Holy Cross, whether for credit or audit. Grades for the courses taken are transmitted to the school in which the student is officially registered. Financial obligations are determined by the protocol between these schools and Holy Cross.
The School of Theology accepts a limited number of qualified students as degree candidates on a part-time basis. Tuition is determined on a credit hour rate. Such part-time students must fulfill all admission requirements. In order to receive Federal financial aid, part-time students must be registered for a minimum of six (6) credits.