The Graduate Admissions Process and Requirements

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 

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. 

Admission to the Master's of Sacred Arts 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's 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 Masters 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's 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. 



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.