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Admission

This program has been discontinued and is not accepting applications at this time.

Admission Requirements & Process
  1. Application and Fee - A completed application form with the nonrefundable application fee of $25.00 (Check or Money Order only). The fee is waived for Saint Mary's alumni, students seeking readmission, veterans and active military personnel.
  2. Personal Statement - A brief double-spaced typed essay stating your ministerial goals and aspirations, including your motivation for enrolling in the Institute.
  3. Letters of Recommendation - Two letters of recommendation from:
    1. a supervisor, pastor, or administrator;
    2. a colleague.

According to each applicant's previous education, applicants must submit one of the following:

  • Option A: Transcript of master's degree in Catholic theology or licentiate in sacred theology
  • Option B: Transcript of master's degree in theology or religious studies, including courses in Fundamental Theology, Ecclesiology, and Moral Theology
  • Option C: Transcript of master's degree in any discipline
    • Either a.) Certificate of completion for a Roman Catholic diocesan curriculum for the permanent diaconate or lay ministry, or b) passing score on the IPM Aptitude Essays for the Study of Canon Law (see below)
  • Option D: Transcript of an earned bachelor's degree in Catholic theology with a GPA of 3.25 or better, including courses in Fundamental Theology, Ecclesiology, and Moral Theology (persons with lower than a 3.25 GPA may be admitted provisionally)
  • Option E: Transcript of an earned bachelor's degree in any discipline with a GPA of 3.25 or better (persons with lower than a 3.25 GPA may be admitted provisionally)
    • Either a) Certificate of completion for a Roman Catholic diocesan curriculum for the permanent diaconate or lay ministry, or b) passing score on the IPM Aptitude Essays for the Study of Canon Law (see below)

IPM Aptitude Essays for the Study of Canon Law (only C and E above) are brief introductory essays that demonstrate one’s understanding of Catholic doctrines and theologies regarding Jesus Christ, the Church, revelation, and morality. Persons who underachieve this requirement may seek remediation in IPM-courses specified by the program director. If a minimum 3.0 GPA is achieved therein, one may continue to courses in canon law in their second year of studies in IPM. If a minimum 3.0 GPA is not achieved, a student may not continue for studies in canon law.

Download the Aptitude Essay for Graduate Certificate in Canon Law.

ALL application materials for should be sent to the attention of IPM at the following address:

Institute In Pastoral Ministries
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #77
Winona, Minnesota 55987-1399
Fax: (507) 457-1752

Questions?

Call (800) 635-5987 x 7500 or (507) 457-7500.

Application Criteria for Students with International Transcripts

Additional application information may be required:

Please see the International Student section for additional information.

Transfer Credits

A maximum of six semester credits earned prior to matriculation at the university may be accepted in transfer upon the recommendation of the program director and with the approval of the dean as fulfilling program requirements or as electives.