Application Requirements for Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies – Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (MAPS-CGS)

Thank you for your interest in applying to the Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies – Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program at Aquinas Institute of Theology!

Once you have begun your online application to Aquinas, you can return to it at any time before you submit it for review.  Within the application you are able to ask questions of our admissions staff directly.

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, 314.256.8801, or click here to schedule an appointment.


Spring 2020 October 15, 2019


Admission Criteria

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  2. Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0
  3. 12 credit hours in theology, philosophy, behavioral sciences, or the liberal arts

Application Requirements

  1. Online Application
  2. Official Transcripts
    • Transcripts must come from the issuing institution and may be emailed to or mailed directly to:
      Aquinas Institute of Theology
      ATTN: Director of Recruitment & Admissions
      23 S. Spring Ave.
      St. Louis, MO 63108
  3. Resume or Curriculum Vitae
    • Your resume or curriculum vitae should include your employment and education history and will be uploaded within the application as Word or PDF document. It is helpful if you highlight relevant ministry, service, and leadership positions you have held.
  4. Written Application Components
    • Written application components will be uploaded within the application as a Word or PDF document. Documents should be on double-spaced pages with one-inch margins and twelve-point font.
    • Personal Assessment
      • In approximately 1,000 words, address the following points:
        • Articulate your vocational goals, intellectual and pastoral interests,
        • Assess your personal strengths and weaknesses for theology and ministry,
        • Note theological and ministerial questions that spark your interest and may offer insight into your reasons for applying to Aquinas Institute of Theology.
      • Reflection Paper
        • In approximately 700 words, respond to the questions below:

          • How is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd a gift to the Church?

          • What are three qualities or characteristics of Catechesis of the Good Shepherd which are important and needed by the Church today?

  5. Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Results
    • Students seeking acceptance to Aquinas Institute must take either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). The Test scores must be sent directly from the testing center to Aquinas Institute. The MAT institutional code for Aquinas Institute is 2110.
    • Students who have either an undergraduate degree in theology/religious studies or any post-baccalaureate/graduate degree from an accredited institution may request a waiver for the exam. Aquinas Institute must receive the transcripts from these institutions prior to granting a waiver. Waivers are granted at the discretion of Aquinas Institute of Theology.
    • Non-degree seeking students are not required to take the MAT/GRE.
    • International applicants who take the TOEFL do not need to take the MAT or GRE.
  6. Interview
    • Applicants are required to complete an interview with the Director of Recruitment & Admissions. Click here to schedule your interview.
  7. Three letters of recommendation
    • Applicants will provide the names and email addresses of recommenders within the application. Recommenders will receive an email with a reference form they are to fill out. Please be sure that your recommenders are aware of the application deadlines and online process, and choose them carefully to ensure that they can write on your behalf in a timely manner.
    • Applicants will request three (3) recommendations: 1) an academic reference that can speak to the applicant’s capacity to excel in graduate-level coursework, 2) a ministerial reference that can speak to the applicant’s ministerial abilities and capacity, and 3) a personal reference.
  8. Application Fee
    • A non-refundable fee of $50 is required for the application. You can pay the application fee via credit or debit card within the application.