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

Admission Requirements

  • A high school diploma
  • Five or more years of life-experience beyond high school

Applicants must submit:

  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. Official Transcripts - Submit an official transcript issued to Saint Mary's University from each undergraduate college or university attended, including an official transcript from the institution posting the applicant's completed bachelor’s degree. Transcripts must be received from the credit-granting institution in the original sealed envelope. Saint Mary's cannot accept transcripts that have been scanned, faxed, e-mailed, opened, marked, or damaged in any way. Please contact the credit-granting institution directly to order your official transcripts.  If you are submitting transcripts from countries other than the U.S., please see the international student section below.
  3. Personal Statement - A brief double-spaced typed essay stating your ministerial goals and aspirations, including your motivation for enrolling in the Institute.
  4. Letters of Recommendation - Two letters of recommendation from:
    1. a supervisor, pastor, or administrator;
    2. a colleague.

ALL application materials for applicants seeking admission to the Master of Arts in Pastoral Administration 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


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.