St. Anthony's Admissions
St. Anthony's Cathedral House of Liturgical Studies has a rolling admissions process. Prospective students can submit an application at any time. Applications are required ONLY for individuals who wish to pursue a professional-seminary degree or one of the Houses of Study catechetical or formation programs.
To learn about any additional admissions requirements, prospective students are asked to refer to individual programs or degrees featured on this website. Graduates and qualified former students of the institution or individuals simply enrolling in a single or continuing education course do not need to complete an application (see below). These courses are recommended for late teens and adults willing to commit to intensive Bible study or just possess a genuine interest in enriching their biblical knowledge.
Admissions Package Submission
Prospective student must submit or complete the following items as part of their admissions process (see listing below).
An application form (and a non-refundable $10 USD admissions fee at this time). Before submitting your application and accompanying documents, visit the registration portal and pay the $10 admissions fee. An application will not be processed unless the fee is paid.
Mandatory interview with admissions personnel (in person, phone, or online).
Official (unopened) copy of all transcripts (documenting any undergraduate and graduate work). See note below for those who might have difficulty providing transcripts due to unforeseen circumstances, such as fire, war, etc.
A recommendation from two instructors (or employers if the applicant has not been pursuing advanced education for more than one year).
The extent and quality of involvement in Christian service (brief resume or biography).
Recommendation from student’s clergy (bishop, priest, pastor, etc.).
For international and non-native English prospective students: document English proficiency (see section below).
Background, police, and credit verification is required where appropriate (contact admissions if you have questions).
An admissions application in MS Word and pdf formats can be downloaded from the institution’s website (see below at right). Students can presently submit their applications and documents in one of two ways: 1) mail completed applications and accompanying documents to the following address with the admissions fee (check or money order made payable to St. Anthony Cathedral House of Liturgical Studies) or 2) scan and send the package to the institution via firstname.lastname@example.org (note Admission Application in the subject line):
St. Anthony's Cathedral House of Liturgical Studies
c/o Office of Admissions
P. O. Box 1846
Manassas, VA 20108-1846
Incomplete applications will not be accepted. Students will be notified if their applications are incomplete and given 30 days to respond, after which time the application will expire, all submitted documents will be destroyed, and the $10 applicable fees will not be refunded. If the student is interested in enrolling at a later time, the candidate must re-submit all documents and any applicable fees.
There are three categories of applicants applying to become a student:
New students, who have never been enrolled at the institution and wish to pursue a theological degree or one of the Houses of Study programs, must complete the application process with all pertaining documentation and any fees as required, before being officially accepted and admitted as a matriculating student. Non-matriculating (visiting) students are a special category of new students who have never been enrolled at the institution, but wish to enroll in individual courses for credit/audit, but not for a degree or diploma. These students do not need to complete the admissions process with all pertinent documentation but can simply register for the course in which they desire to enroll.
A former graduate, who at a later point in time wishes to continue his or her studies in a different or higher program, does not need to reapply, but simply state in a formal cover letter his or her intention to register (enroll) in courses. However, the student does need to complete a reactivation form and pay any applicable nonrefundable reactivation fee.
A former student can re-apply at a later time after being dismissed for one or more of the following reasons (if that issue is corrected): lack of contact, delinquent tuition payments, exceeding leave of absence period, academic dismissal, violation of the institutional honor code.
Previous education and training will be reviewed by respective institutional officials to determine how much credit may be awarded, if any, unless a waiver for a professional degree is granted by the Chancellor. See respective programs and degree prerequisites for more details.
Note: For those applicants who find it difficult to provide official transcripts with their application, they are encouraged to provide non-transcripted documentation of their courses, which should include a narrative description of the courses completed. Such a narrative should include this type of information: institution, dates of attendance, address, school contact/advisor (if available), name of courses, grades (if possible), weekly hours completed, books read, subjects covered, name of instructor (if available), etc. If course syllabi are available, these would be very helpful in creating such a narrative and/or in submitting the application. The attempt is to "challenge a course," so the applicant can transfer course credits (course) to or does not need to retake the required credits at St. Anthony. Such a challenge might also entail completing a comparable oral exam or a written assignment to gauge comprehension and proficiency in the subject matter.
ATTENTION: International (I-20) and Non-native English Speaking Students
English is generally the language of the administration and instruction at St. Anthony's (the institution is working on foreign language programs). As a result, international and non-native domestic speakers will need to become proficient in the English language to optimally function in this learning environment. Students may be required to complete an English as a Second Language course unless they can document proficiency in the language. Students who have passed college-level English with a C or better from either an accredited U.S. or an equivalent educational institution or who have earned a qualifying score on an English language assessment approved by St. Anthony's are exempt.
St. Anthony's recommends that prospective non-native English speaking students complete their language requirement using either the TOEFL iBT (Internet-based test) or the following three exams of Cambridge ESOL. These are the minimal scores that St. Anthony's will accept for admissions for international non-native English-speaking applicants:
TOEFL iBT (of four sections): Reading: 22, Speaking: 20, Listening: 22, Writing: 25. Total Score: 89 with a minimum of 20 in each section To locate one of the 7,000 TOEFL iBT testing centers and to register for the test, students should visit www.ets.org/toefl. Applicants should send their TOEFL scores to St. Anthony's.
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with Academic Writing: Minimum Band Score of 6.5-7.0
CAE (Certificate in Advanced English): lowest acceptable grade: B1
CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English): lowest acceptable grade: C1
Students who wish to take the Cambridge ESOL examinations should visit www.cambridgeesol.org to locate one of the 2,500 worldwide testing centers nearest them.
New: St. Anthony now accepts the Duolingo English test, which is more convenient and affordable than other standardized English tests. Prospective students need to receive an overall score of 110 and a minimum subscore in each section (subscores): literary: 105, comprehension: 110, conversation: 90, and production: 110.