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

We will then write to you explaining the documentation needed and where to send it. The most important items will be  letters of recommendation, transcripts of completed degrees.

(2) When you are accepted formally to study a single course, certificate, or diploma, you do not need to resubmit documentation to undertake further study for other Sacred Arts certificates, diploma or the Master’s degree program. You simply register for the next stage when you are ready. 

Admission to the Sacred Arts Programs 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 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.

 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 Sacred Arts Programs, 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. 


 Transfer Students and Incoming Transfer Credit

Given the very defined and faith-based nature of the Sacred Arts Programs, the acceptance of transfer credit for academic work from accredited Catholic institutions, and credit for studio work conducted under the supervision of pre-approved institutions and practicing artists, are 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 Pontifex to the applicant. 



Upon receiving admission to Pontifex University, 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.


Veterans and Active Military

We endeavor to bring tuition costs down without compromising standards and to pass those savings on to all students, including veterans and military service members. Unfortunately at this time, we do not qualify for GI Bill benefits.


The Non-Discrimination Policy for Student Admissions

At Pontifex University, we treat all people with the respect they are due as persons made in the image and likeness of God. We prohibit unlawful discrimination based on a person's age, color, disability, national original, race, or sex.