Aspire Higher! at Holy Apostles College & Seminary
Since our founding in 1956, Holy Apostles College and Seminary has been a leader in providing Graduate Degree Programs in Philosophy and Theology that are fully faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church, academically rigorous, and exceptionally affordable. In addition, since 1998, Holy Apostles College and Seminary has been a visionary leader in providing 100% online Master of Arts degree programs in Philosophy, Theology, and Pastoral Studies that are completely compatible with professional and family responsibilities. Finally, Holy Apostles College and Seminary offers a wide selection of Concentrations in each of its three MA degree programs, as well as several online Graduate Certificates and online Post Master’s Certificates. We make it possible for our graduate students to “Aspire Higher!”
Apply for Admissions in 5 Easy Steps.
Complete your online application, HERE
Submit an Official Transcript
An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is strongly recommended.
Submit Two Letters of Recommendation
The letters of recommendation can be requested through the application portal.
The first reference should be a priest, deacon, religious, or minister
The second reference should be a professor, supervisor, or mentor
Submit Your Personal Essay
Whereas the mission of Holy Apostles College & Seminary is to “Cultivate Catholic Leaders for Evangelization,” please write a 500-word essay providing a brief autobiography and your reasons for choosing Holy Apostles College & Seminary.
Pay Your $50 Application Fee (non-refundable)
We'd love to get to know you — and your goals
An Admissions counselor will contact you soon to learn more about your goals and answer any questions about the admissions process.
Graduate Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the online class format at Holy Apostles?
A: This is a great question, and one we get often! Our online learning environment allows students to pursue their education 100% online. Courses are taught asynchronously which means that there are no “live” login times required. Our online degree programs have no residency requirements which makes it easy for you to learn whenever and wherever it is most convenient for you! Students are suggested to login to their courses several times a week in order to view materials and upload assignments. In general, we suggest students dedicate approximately 7-8 hours per week per course.
The best part is that you are not alone! With graduate advisors, an online library with plenty of support, an online writing lab, and tech support, we are here to help you achieve your academic dreams and follow where God leads!
Q: I missed the admissions deadline. What can be done?
Q: Is there a finish faster option?
A: Yes! At Holy Apostles the MA programs may be completed in as little as 1.3 years. There is a 6-year time limit from entry into the program through completion.
Q: I am not Catholic. Can I still apply to Holy Apostles?
A: Yes! Holy Apostles is faithful to the Magisterium and teachings of the Catholic Church. If you believe you would be a good fit to learn within this framework – Catholic or not – we welcome you to apply. The mission of Holy Apostles is to cultivate Catholic leaders in every profession and walk in life for the purpose of evangelization. We ask our students to sincerely seek the truth in all things whether they are Catholic or not.
All Faculty make a Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity to remain faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.
Q: I am interested in your Master of Arts programs, but my undergraduate degree is in a different field. How will this affect me in applying to Holy Apostles to earn my Master of Arts degree?
A: Great question! Anyone who has earned a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) is welcome to apply to the Master of Arts programs at Holy Apostles. Our Master of Arts programs are designed to be accessible to all students regardless of their academic background. The Master of Arts degrees in Theology, Philosophy, and Pastoral Studies each include two Co-Requisite Courses as part of the program. These courses provide new graduate students with the rigorous academic foundation they need to succeed in their program of choice.
Q: Who can write my Letter of Recommendation?
A: Undergraduate applicants must request one letter of recommendation from a Priest, Religious, Academic Reference, Mentor, or Supervisor.
Graduate applicants must request one letter of recommendation from a Priest or Religious. If you are not Catholic, this may come from a Pastor or other religiously affiliated reference. This person should be able to speak on your character and faith.
Graduate applicants must also request one letter of recommendation from an academic reference or mentor. It may also come from a supervisor or volunteer coordinator. This person should be able to speak on you work ethic, learning skills, and strengths.
Letters of recommendation should not be requested from a relative or from a coworker.
The letters of recommendation may be requested through the online application portal itself. Once received, your letters of recommendation will automatically be attached to your application.
Q: When should I apply for financial aid?
A: Holy Apostles participates in the Federal Student Aid system. As a potential student you may submit your FAFSA to School Code 00138900 as soon as you are able. Please also be aware of the school deadline for receipt of your FAFSA for each semester which is found on the Financial Aid page. It does not matter whether you have been officially accepted or are in the admissions process as there is no obligation. Thus you can still submit the FAFSA found at https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa. For further information see the Financial Aid section of our website: www.holyapostles.edu/tuition-and-financial-aid/
Q: I am an international applicant. What is needed for my admissions process?
A: Thank you for your interest in applying to Holy Apostles! Because of the flexibility and convenience of our online programs, we have many international students.
If you are not living in the United States, your admissions process will be the same as outlined above.
If you are living in the United States, you must provide Holy Apostles with copies of your Visa and Passport. International students may only apply to Holy Apostles for online courses. Holy Apostles is unable to process F-1 Student Visas for international students seeking to study on campus at Holy Apostles.
Q: English is not my native language. What documents are required?
A: To confirm your command of English, please submit one of the following. Recommended scores are included below.
– A certificate or diploma confirming the completion of a secondary school where the classes were delivered in English
– A diploma confirming the completion of English Studies
– A document confirming graduation from a higher educational institution where English was the language of instruction
– An International Baccalaureate Diploma delivered in English
– SAT score of 510+ on the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
– ACT score of 24+ on the English, Reading, and Composite.
– Internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) with a score of 79+
– Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic with a score of 58+
– International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a score of 6.5.
Q: I have graduated from Holy Apostles with my Undergraduate (or Graduate) degree. I would like to pursue my Graduate (or second Graduate) degree at Holy Apostles. Do I have to re-apply?
A: Good news! You do not have to re-apply. Please complete the Additional Degree, Major, or Concentration Form. Your request will be reviewed, and any additional necessary documentation will be requested.
Q: I am part of a religious community or diocese. What is needed for my admissions process?
A: Welcome! Thank you for your interest in applying to Holy Apostles! Your admissions process is the same as other applicants. A brief supplemental form will also be required to complete in order to ensure any additional necessary information is included with your application.
Q: What are your online learning and technology requirements?
Please follow this link to view our Online Learning and Technology Requirements.
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Important Dates & Deadlines
2023 Fall Semester
July 21 - Fall 2023 Admissions & FAFSA Deadline
July 10 - Fall Registration Opens
August 18 - Priority Registration Ends
August 21 - New Student Online Orientation Begins
August 28 - Fall 2023 Classes Begin
2024 Spring Semester
December 1 - Spring 2024 Admissions & FAFSA Deadline
November 13 - Spring Registration Opens
December 22 - Priority Registration Ends
January 3 - New Student Online Orientation Begins
January 8 - Spring 2024 Semester Classes Begin
2024 Summer Semester
Gustavo M. in Texas – “After looking at many online Catholic universities I chose Holy Apostles because it has a degree I wish to earn, it is online, it has an affordable price, and it is a seminary. Teaching and defending my faith is something I really enjoy and I want to delve deeper into by attending school. I look forward to formalizing my knowledge with a degree to better evangelize and bring more people to Jesus Christ. (MA in Theology / Apologetics, Spring 2019)
Aldo L. in Louisiana – “I feel a calling to pursue teaching philosophy in an adjunct capacity. An area I would like to explore is Thomistic realism and its synthesis with our modern scientific understanding of the world. This is an area where my background in engineering can interplay with Aquinas while also further inform and sharpen my evangelization efforts. I know that Holy Apostles College and Seminary would be a challenging and fruitful place for me to continue my education towards a doctorate in Philosophy while also enriching my Catholic faith.” (MA in Philosophy / Christian Wisdom, Spring 2019)
Margaret L. in Massachusetts – “I have looked at a number of Master’s degrees at different universities and find that Holy Apostles College offers the best program which will not interrupt my work schedule and allow me to pursue my education. Moreover it offers a concentration in Apologetics which I have not found at another college and courses seemed to be geared to the orthodox teachings of the Church. I am excited at the prospect of learning with other students who love the church as much as I do and wish to serve others in and out of the Church in a coherent, intelligent and thoughtful way.” (MA in Theology / Apologetics, Spring 2019)
Angela W. in California – “Married for over 4 years and a homemaker, I am looking to expand my knowledge of the Catholic Faith through the advanced study of Catholic Theology. The knowledge gained from completing Holy Apostles’ MA in Theology program would enrich family life and assist in instilling and teaching pertinent values to others. My hope is to continually strive toward being a light that burns brightly for Christ: whether in the form of daily uplifting personal encounters with others, instructing children in the Faith, performing Christian music in ministry, or writing works that glorify God. Knowledge of Christ, His Church, and Scripture help to accomplish the goal of keeping the spiritual flame ablaze!” (MA in Theology / General Studies, Spring 2019)