All application materials for the fall semester are due by January 20.  (After this date, prospective applicants may inquire whether spaces remain available.)

You may apply online or download an application and send with supporting documents to the Office of Admissions, at the address at the bottom of this page.

If you choose to apply online, you will be asked to create a user profile, username, and password.

Apply Online:

M.T.S. Application Click here to Apply
S.T.L. Application Click here to Apply
S.T.D. Application Click here to Apply
Ph.D. Application Click here to Apply
N.D.S. Application Click here to Apply

Basic Admission Requirements:

Check! Application Fee

The application fee is $75 and is non-refundable.

Check! References

At least three letters of recommendation from faculty members of academic institutions formerly attended. Please ask the professors to compare your achievement with that of other students at your level and to evaluate your readiness for graduate studies. You will need to complete a waiver form (here) for each reference letter.

These letters must be sent directly to the John Paul II Institute by the professors via mail or email to

Check! Essays

Please refer to the individual application forms for a description of the essay topics and the requirements for each program. Essays should be formatted in double-spaced, 12-point font, and may be mailed or sent to

Check! Transcripts/Graduation Documentation

Official transcripts of all post-secondary education (sent by the institution)

An official copy of your high school diploma or transcript for S.T.L. and S.T.D. applications

Check! Test Results

Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores are required for admissions to all degree-seeking programs at the time of application.  Our institutional code is 3533, and we are listed as the Pontifical John Paul II Institute.

Check! Non U.S. citizens 

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) scores

Students for whom English is a second language must submit TOEFL scores. Our TOEFL code is 8751.

Candidates who are not U.S. citizens must submit a completed Admissions Supplement Form.  

Check! Identification

Electronic photo (headshot). May be sent to

A copy of your birth certificate and driver's license/state ID, or a copy of your passport

Check! Clergy and Religious

A letter of permission from your bishop or provincial if you are a diocesan clergy or religious


A letter of presentation if you are a lay person applying to the S.T.D. program

*A completed packet, with supporting documents, is required for each program application.