The Catholic University of America

Admission:  (JCL/JCD)

All applicants should submit an application form with the required application fee no later than one month prior to the beginning of the academic term. Online application may be obtained at


February 1st is the Priority deadline for scholarship consideration for all applications to the JCL and JCD degree programs.

New Application deadlines:

July 1:
Deadline to complete all international applications for the Fall semester
July 15:
Deadline to complete all domestic applications for the Fall semester


Admission to study is open to properly qualified persons who meet the following requirements: A master’s degree in Theology or its equivalent, superior achievement, and ability to pursue graduate studies. The ability to pursue graduate studies will be evaluated on the basis of the following information, which should be submitted by the applicant together with his or her application:

Applications must include:

1. Official transcripts of undergraduate studies and any post-graduate studies.

2. Two or more letters of recommendation from officials or faculty members of institutions previously attended.

3. A letter of support from a bishop or religious superior:
Candidates for orders, deacons, priests and members of institutes of consecrated life and societies of apostolic life must submit a letter from their (arch)bishop or superior. This letter must state that the (arch)bishop or superior is assigning you to studies here, that you are in good standing in the Church, and the specific office (individual or title and address) which will be responsible for payment of your University expenses.

In addition, priests (religious and diocesan) should complete the forms required by the Archdiocese of Washington advising the Archdiocese of your residence here.

4. A personal statement addressing motivations and goals for joining the program.

5. Official GRE test scores (information can be found online at

6. Writing sample (Licentiate program only: paper, homily or article—does not need to be more than two pages).


Doctoral Students (in addition to the above)

7. Submission of a formal letter of application to the dean of the school stating why the student wishes to pursue doctoral studies.

8. One copy of the student’s licentiate thesis.