Santa Clara University

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley

Apply to the Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) Program

JST-SCU welcomes the application of all qualified persons who wish to pursue the S.T.D. degree program.  Preference will be given to applicants from Africa, Asia, and Latin America; applications of persons from other regions of the world are welcome and will be given serious consideration.

S.T.D. Application Checklist

  1. Completed & Signed Application for Admission.You may apply to JST-SCU online by completing our Application for Admission through CollegeNet or by downloading our application form, printing, completing, signing and returning it to JST-SCU with supporting documents.
  2. Non-Refundable Application Fee of $50.00 paid in U.S. dollars. (Domestic students only; fee waived for international applicants.)
  3. Statement of Purpose. Submit a personal statement explaining why you are applying to the JST-SCU for the S.T.D. degree program.  In two pages, describe your background (prior academic training and degrees received, ministerial experience, and current work) as well as future career goals. Please indicate your area of concentration for the degree.
  4. Official Transcripts. Please supply official transcripts for the completed S.T.L. or S.S.L. degree.
  5. Letters of Recommendation/Forms. Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation.  Each letter must accompany a completed recommendation form. The recommendation form is included in the Application for Admission. They must address your academic qualifications for graduate level study. Preferably these letters would be from persons who recently taught you. If you have been out of school for an extended period of time, one recommendation from an employer, a professional colleague, or a church or community leader will be acceptable.
  6. Scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) taken within the last five years. With the approval of the Admissions Committee, exceptions for the GRE can be made for those applicants who have done recent graduate-level study. For information about the GRE, contact: Educational Testing Service (ETS) Corporate Headquarters, Rosedale Road, Princeton, NJ 08541, USA. Phone 1.609.921.9000 or visit the GRE web site. The JST-SCU institutional code for the GRE is 4367. Official scores should be sent directly to JST-SCU Office of Admissions and Enrollment Management from Educational Testing Service.
  7. Resume. S.T.D. applicants are required to submit a resume or curriculum vitae to provide information about relevant job experience and education. Your resume should include educational background, relevant experiences, including jobs, internships, community service, activities, languages (if applicable), and research projects. Writing a resume for a graduate school application follows the same principles as writing a resume for a job. Please include dates of attendance for education, job titles and years of employment.
  8. Modern Language Proficiency Documentation. S.T.D. applicants must show evidence of proficiency in one modern language, other than their native tongue, suitable for theological research. Candidates who intend to specialize in Biblical Studies are required to demonstrate proficiency in one biblical language upon application.
  9. Research Paper. S.T.D. applicants must submit a major research paper from the S.T.L. or S.S.L. program that demonstrates capacities for research and writing.
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Maureen Beckman

Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management and Marketing

(510) 549-5016

Kristin Casey

Associate Director of Enrollment Management
(510) 549-5013

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Berkeley, CA 94709

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