The Graduate Admissions Process

Graduate admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis and as a result there is no deadline for applications. Applications are evaluated after submission of all required documents and an interview via video-conferencing.  

To commence the admissions process, applicants should submit the following: 

(1) A Pontifex application

(2) Copies of transcripts from all post-secondary academic institutions attended, emailed  to: admissions@pontifex.university 

(3) One letter of recommendation from a clergy member not related to the applicant, emailed to: admissions@pontifex.university 


Transfer Students and Incoming Transfer Credit

Pontifex accepts transfer students and credit for academic work from accredited Catholic institutions, and also accepts credit for studio work conducted under the supervision of pre-approved institutions and practicing artists. Incoming transfer credit is limited to 50% of the total required credits for the Master of Sacred Arts program (i.e. maximum 15 credit hours).  Given the very defined and faith-based nature of the Master of Sacred Arts program, all transfer credit is at the discretion of the Provost.


Provisional Admission for Graduate Studies

Students can be admitted provisionally without the reception of recommendation letters and sealed copies of transcripts (that is, upon reception of emailed, unofficial transcripts) as long as such letters and official transcripts are received by a deadline communicated by the Admissions Office to the applicant. 



Upon receiving admission to Pontifex University, graduate applicants must confirm their acceptance of admission by signing and returning the institutional enrollment agreement to the Pontifex admissions office. By returning this agreement, the applicant officially matriculates into Pontifex University.


The Non-Discrimination Policy for Graduate Admissions

Pontifex admits students of any race, color, religion, gender, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the institution. Pontifex does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies or programs.


Master of Sacred Arts Admissions Requirements

Admission to the Master of Sacred Arts program requires that the candidate hold an earned, accredited undergraduate or graduate degree or the equivalent thereof. Each applicant must submit transcripts evidencing his or her previous reception of the prerequisite degrees.

Exceptions may be made for those mature applicants for the Master of Sacred Arts program who can demonstrate, to the joint satisfaction of the Provost, a high level of artistic ability through submission of a portfolio, and who can demonstrate in addition, through submission of written work for assessment and through letters of recommendation, that they have the academic ability required for a Master level program.  At the discretion of the Provost, students granted admission without a prior degree may be required to complete appropriate undergraduate courses or examinations evidencing college level proficiency, or may be granted conditional admission requiring that the student maintain a grade point average of not less than 3.0 for the first 6 credits completed.

To participate in the Master of Sacred Arts program, candidates must have the use of a modern computer with a built in or accessory camera and microphone and broadband Internet access or such other high speed access as will support video streaming.  Candidates must also have an email account and word processing software. 


Tuition, Fees, and Costs for Graduate Degree Students

Each student will receive an annual tuition disclosure statement when receiving his or her acceptance letter into Pontifex University, and each year thereafter prior to registering for Winter-Semester classes. For the 2016-17 academic year, the tuition is $300 per credit hour. There is a graduation fee of $175. Tuition and fees total $9,175 assuming that the entire Master in Sacred Arts program is completed online, with no transfer credit and with each class passed upon first taking.

We also offer the option to pay the full tuition cost by 30 monthly installments of $300. If transfer credit is accepted, the number of payments is reduced and the final payment will be tailored to the exact sum required. 

No other fees are charged for online programs, but additional expenses will be incurred for (optional) residential workshops and programs, and costs will be incurred for books and other study and activity materials and students should budget a total cost of approximately $10,000.


Audit Fees

Auditors do not receive credit or a transcript but may receive e-mailed confirmation that they audited the course(s). For 2016-17, the audit fee is $100 per credit hour. The entire program may be audited for 30 monthly payments of $100.