Admission to the Doctoral Program

We are delighted that you are interested in the Ph.D. program in practical theology, and look forward to reviewing your application. The information below details admission requirements. The first step in the process is to complete a simple online graduate admissions information form found on the St. Thomas University website. Please click here.

All materials named below should be sent directly to the Office of Admissions of St. Thomas University. It is particularly important that the Office of Admissions directly receive original, official copies of GRE scores and transcripts of all courses or programs of study pursued within higher education, whether undergraduate or graduate. Questions about the process may be directed both to Bryan Froehle, the program director  ( or to the Office of Admissions of St. Thomas University.


Masters’ Degree
.  Applicants must have a master’s degree in theology before proceeding to a doctorate in theology.  A master’s degree in an allied field may be accepted if the applicant has successfully completed 15 graduate credits in theology.
GRE Scores. Applicants may schedule an examination specifically for their application or submit test results from within the past five years of the date of the application. Applicants must have these results sent directly to the St. Thomas University Office of Admissions.
TOEFL. All graduate international students whose native language is not English, including transferring students from U.S. institutions, are required to submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL. Applicants holding an undergraduate or graduate degree from an academic institution within the United States are not required to take the TOEFL examination. Applicants who have completed a course of study in the English language outside of the United States are ordinarily also not required to take the TOEFL.
Recommendations. There must be a minimum of three such letters and they must give evidence of scholarly potential as well as personal skills for the candidate to be both a self-motivated and peer learner.
Statement of Purpose. This is a 3-5 page articulation of the applicant’s academic and professional interests. It should include a clear discussion of why the applicant is seeking a Ph.D. in practical theology  as well as why St. Thomas University and this program in particular is the best place for them to study.
Writing Sample. The writing sample should be in theology or an allied field and be no less than twenty pages. As such, it may includes multiple papers or a single paper, as long as it is twenty of more pages total. The writing sample will ideally reflect an area of the applicant’s interest, particularly within the field of practical theology.
Resume or Curriculum Vitae. Applicants are urged to submit an academic-style curriculum vitae following a generally accepted format of their choosing. Such formats ordinarily include a listing of a person’s educational history, experience, and honors or awards. Other material, including any publications or papers that have been presented before scholarly associations, if applicable, is helpful to include as well, but by no means expected. A traditional resume is acceptable in lieu of a formal curriculum vitae.
Application Fee. This is set by the Office of Admission of St. Thomas University. The graduate admissions officer should be contacted with any questions regarding this fee.
Personal Interview. This is the single most important part of the process, but does not occur until after all other required material has been submitted.

Deadlines: The deadline for everything other than the personal interview is January 31. Interviews are ordinarily scheduled for mid or late February, and generally take place over the phone or via Internet-based video connection. Applicants who do not submit materials in full by the deadline of January 31 may still be considered if they complete their submissions by March 31. Incomplete files are not considered after that date. Interviews are scheduled in mid or late April for those who complete their files by March 31. For fullest possible consideration, applicants are strongly encouraged to have their file complete by January 31.