Admission to the Christendom Graduate School is open to all properly qualified persons who desire to develop their knowledge of authentic Catholic teaching in explicit communion with the Holy See and with the principles of renewal in ecclesiastical studies given to the Church by the Second Vatican Council. A prior education in theology is not required, although students are expected to know the teachings of the Catholic Faith as presented in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Students without prior formal theological education are required to complete the prerequisite course (THEO 590 Sacred Doctrine: Mission & Principles) at the beginning of their studies. The application process is the same for on-campus and distance students.

Applicants for admission to the Christendom Graduate School must present evidence of ability to do graduate work in theology. A baccalaureate degree (B.A. or B.S) or equivalent in any field is required for the Master of Arts Program and the Advanced Apostolic Catechetical Certification. Applicants should send the following materials to the Admissions Office, Christendom Graduate School, 134 Christendom Dr, Front Royal, VA. There is no application deadline.

  • Completed Application Form (pdf) or Apply Online

  • A statement of purpose (approx. 150 words) explaining the reasons for enrolling in the course.

  • At least two (2) letters of recommendation, preferably one from a pastor or priest who knows the applicant, and another from a former professor or from a supervisor with whom the applicant has worked.

  • Official transcripts of all post-secondary academic work performed at other institutions. Transcripts should be mailed to the address below or sent via secure internet courier to

  • $65.00 application fee (made payable to Christendom Educational Corporation).

Certificate and casual (non-degree-seeking) students do not have to apply for admission to the graduate school. They are asked to fill out and submit the application/information form so that we have their information on file, but they do not need to submit letters of recommendation nor the application fee. However, if they wish to receive graduate credit for their courses for transfer to another institution, they must submit evidence of a bachelor’s degree (in the form of an official transcript). A student may register for courses as a casual student while completing the application for admission to the MA program, and all credits earned as a casual student apply towards the degree. Audit students are welcome at Christendom on a space-available basis; once they complete the information/application form, they may simply register for courses.

Christendom College does not discriminate on the basis of age, sex, race, handicap, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, and other school-administered programs.

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