Application Requirements for Non-Degree Seeking (For Credit)

Thank you for your interest in applying as a non-degree seeking student 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.


Fall 2019

Priority & International: March 1, 2019
Final: August 1, 2019

Spring 2020

Priority & International: October 15, 2019
Final: December 1, 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 or philosophy (deficiencies may be made up at Aquinas)

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. 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.
    • Reflection Paper
      • Review the quotes below from “Wellspring of Hope,” a chapter in Sing a New Song (Templegate, 1999), by Fr. Timothy Radcliffe, O.P. Select a quotation below and write a reflection paper on that quote. This reflection should be no longer than 700 words and should address the following topics:
        • What does this quote mean to you?
        • What do you find challenging in it?
        • What do you find comforting?
        • What can this quote mean in your community/ministerial context?
      • Quote options:
        • “Study is a way to holiness, which opens our hearts and minds to each other, builds community and forms us as those who confidently proclaim the coming of the Kingdom.” 
        • “The intellectual discipline of our study has this ultimate purpose, to bring us to this moment of conversion when our false images of God are destroyed so that we may draw near to the mystery.” 
        • “We can never say an illuminating word about God unless we do theology differently, uncompetitively and with reverence. One cannot do theology alone.
  4. One letter 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 one recommendation from their most recent employer, supervisor, pastor, or religious superior. 
  5. 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.
  6. Note: Should a non-degree seeking student later choose to apply to a degree program, they will be required to complete additional application requirements for the respective degree program.