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Additional Application Requirements for Non-Native English Speaking & International Applicants

Thank you for your interest in applying to Aquinas Institute of Theology! Non-native English speaking and international applicants are required to submit all application requirements for their respective degree program. Additionally, applicants should review the supplementary application requirements below.

Aquinas Institute of Theology reviews each application holistically and takes into account all components of the application. If you have concerns about meeting the admission criteria or the application requirements, contact the Admissions Office.

Contact our admissions team at any time at admissions@ai.edu, 314.256.8801, or click here to schedule an appointment.

Application Deadlines

Program Application Deadline
MDiv, MA, MAPS, Graduate Certificates

Fall 2019:
Final: August 1, 2019

Spring 2020:
Priority & International: October 15, 2019
Final: December 1, 2019

MAPS-CGS October 15, 2019
EMAHCM March 15, 2019
DMin March 15, 2020

Dual MAPS-MSW
*Students must also apply to the MSW Program by their deadlines.

Fall 2019:
Final: August 1, 2019

Spring 2020:
Priority & International: October 15, 2019
Final: December 1, 2019

Dual MA-PhD
*Students must also apply to the PhD Program by their deadlines.

December 1, 2019
Non-Degree and Auditing

Fall 2019: August 1, 2019

Spring 2020: December 1, 2019

Additional Application Requirements

Demonstration of English Proficiency

To ensure a successful academic experience at Aquinas Institute of Theology, we require international and non-native English speaking applicants to demonstrate that they are proficient in the English language.

Doctor of Ministry in Preaching

Proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing English is required. Proficiency will be assessed based on the Preaching Case Study video and written documentation, as assigned in the application.

Masters’ Degrees, Certificate Programs, and Non-Degree Seeking Students

Proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing English is required. Applicants are required to take either the TOEFL or IELTS test to demonstrate proficiency. All four parts of the computer-based TOEFL test are required; only the academic part of the IELTS test is required. Exam scores must be sent directly from the testing agency to Aquinas Institute.

For admission to Aquinas Institute, the minimum TOEFL score must be 88, with a score of at least 22 in each section; the minimum IELTS score is 7.0.

Non-native English speaking applicants who possess a four-year bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree from the U.S., U.K., Canada, or Australia, or New Zealand may request to have the TOEFL/IELTS requirement waived within the application. Should the waiver be granted, applicants will be required to complete the MAT/GRE requirement.

Transcript Evaluation

Applicants who have completed a degree abroad should submit non-U.S. transcripts to an evaluation service for review. The evaluation review report must indicate what the non-U.S. transcripts are equivalent to in United States academic institutions.

Aquinas Institute will accept evaluations from any reputable transcript evaluation company. However Aquinas Institute recommends that student use Education Perspectives (EP) if they are beginning the transcript evaluation process because EP is knowledgeable of, and able to, accommodate those coming from a religious seminary or other faith-based institution. A general evaluation from Education Perspectives is required.

International Student Supplemental Application

Applicants who require an F-1 Visa to study at Aquinas Institute must complete this application in addition to the application for their respective program.

Applicants with an active F-1 Visa who wish to transfer their current SEVIS record to Aquinas Institute from another institution are exempt from this supplemental application, but must complete the Transfer Verification Form available from the Registrar’s Office.

Successful acceptance to Aquinas is required before Aquinas may issue the Form I-20 for F-1 Visa application.

Applications for international students to Aquinas Institute of Theology will not be complete without this supplemental application.

Application Components

1. A completed online application

2. Immigration Documents

Non-U.S. citizen applicants must submit a copy of any and all documents issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) for entry into the United States as a non-immigrant student, religious worker, or permanent resident. The documents include:

a) Current Passport (required of all applicants)
b) U.S. Visa (if applicant already has an active visa)
c) I-94 (if the applicant has already entered the United States)

3. Financial Support Documentation

International students must be prepared to provide evidence of financial support for the duration of their studies in accord with U.S. Immigration Regulations.

Aquinas Institute must have documentation to prove that a student will have the financial resources to support their educational and living expenses for at least the first year of study, and that, barring unforeseen circumstances, adequate funding will be available from the same or equally dependable sources for subsequent years.  This is the standard that consular and Department of Homeland Security officers will use to determine a student’s financial ability. 

Appropriate documentation can include: official award letters (for scholarships and grants) from the sponsoring institution on letterhead, a letter on bank letterhead stationary documenting personal or family funds, Form I-134 “Affidavit of Support” can also be used to document support being provided by a U.S. Citizen or U.S. legal permanent resident.

4. Nonrefundable application fee of $75. Application fee must be paid before submission of your application for review. 

Visa Process

Before being accepted

No work on the part of the international applicant needs to be done toward a Visa until after they receive a letter of admission, have confirmed intent to enroll, and have proven financial ability for studies.


After being accepted

After being accepted, Aquinas will send you the Certification of Financial Support form for the I-20 document. Filling out and returning these forms to the Aquinas Admissions Office will start the process of obtaining an F-1 visa to study in the United States. Students must meet the financial and English language requirements.

While a Student At Aquinas Institute of Theology

Student Check-in

Each semester the student is enrolled in classes, the student is required to report IN PERSON to the principal designated school official (PDSO) to check in for the semester. This check in should be completed on or before the first day of classes. At this time, students will complete a form which asks for the student’s current address and phone number. Students are required to bring a photo ID to the check in. 

Mandatory Reporting to PDSO

The student must contact the PDSO immediately if there are changes in any of the following:

  • address and housing
  • phone number
  • change in registration
  • change in degree program
  • a change in financial sponsorship

Full-Time Status
Students who study in the United States on the F-1 student visa must maintain their full time status through out their time at Aquinas.  Students may not drop a class without first receiving permission from the PDSO.

Travel outside of the United States
If students are required to travel outside the United States after their initial entrance, they must have their original I-20 form endorsed for travel.  These endorsements are good for one year and may be obtained from the PDSO.

Transfer (to or from another school)
Students with an F-1 Visa who wish to transfer their current SEVIS record to Aquinas Institute or from Aquinas Institute to another institution must complete the Transfer Verification Form available from the Registrar’s Office.