Online M.Div./NE Admissions
Aspire Higher! at Holy Apostles College & Seminary
Since our founding in 1956, Holy Apostles College and Seminary has been a leader in providing degree programs 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 programs that are completely compatible with professional and family responsibilities. We make it possible for our graduate students to “Aspire Higher!”
Apply for Admissions in 5 Easy Steps.
Complete your online application, HERE
Submit Official Transcripts
An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 is strongly recommended.
Submit Two Letters of Recommendation
The first reference should be a priest, deacon, or religious
The second reference should be a professor, supervisor, or mentor
Note: Since the M.Div/NE is open to Catholics in good standing, please submit a letter of good standing from your parish priest or bishop. This can replace your first letter of recommendation if you wish.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the online class format at Holy Apostles?
A: This is a great question and one we often receive. 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! We suggest that students 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: How long does it take to finish the Master of Divinity in the New Evangelization degree program?
A: Since the Master of Divinity in the New Evangelization requires 24 graduate courses (72 credits), it is normally completed in 4 years by taking 2 courses per semester during the Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters (6 courses per year for 4 years). It is possible to finish the Master of Divinity degree program in as little as 2.6 years (8 semesters) by taking 3 courses per semester. There is a 10-year time limit from entry into the program through completion. Under extenuating circumstances, a student may request an extension in writing to the Program Director.
Q: I am not Catholic. Can I still apply for the MDiv in the New Evangelization at Holy Apostles College and Seminary?
A: While the MDiv/NE is open to practicing Catholics in good standing, our other Masters degree programs accept non-Catholic students.
Q: I am interested in the Master of Divinity program, but my undergraduate degree is in a different field. Will this affect me in applying to Holy Apostles to earn my Master of Divinity degree?
A: Great question! Anyone who has earned a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) is welcome to apply to the Master of Divinity program at Holy Apostles. Our Master of Divinity in the New Evangelization program is designed to be accessible to all students regardless of their academic background. The Master of Divinity degree includes 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 the Master of Divinity program.
Q: I have a number of graduate credits in Theology or Pastoral Studies, but no graduate degree. Will they transfer into the Master of Divinity program?
A: The Master of Divinity applicant may transfer up to 12 courses (36 credits) of related graduate coursework that has not been previously applied to another graduate degree.
Q: I have a Master's Degree in Theology or Pastoral Studies and I would also like to earn the Master of Divinity in the New Evangelization. Is there an Advanced Standing Pathway?
A: An applicant who holds an MA in Theology, Pastoral Studies, or a related field may apply for the Master of Divinity in the New Evangelization Advanced Standing Pathway. The Advanced Standing Pathway allows for the student to earn the M.Div/NE in as few as 48 credits. Applicant approval of entry into the Advanced Standing Pathway is at the discretion of the Program Director in consultation with the Academic Dean. The applicant who is approved for the Advanced Standing Pathway will receive an individualized student degree plan that considers the previously earned degree.
Q: Can I anticipate any course waivers or substitutions for courses I have already taken?
A: An applicant who completed Theology and/or Pastoral Studies courses from Holy Apostles or from another Catholic college may be granted a waiver for up to 12 Master of Divinity courses that the applicant has already completed. The applicant must have earned at least a 3.0 in the course(s) considered for waiver. If approved, the applicant will be advised on other appropriate courses to take in lieu of those that were waived.
Q: Who can write my Letter of Recommendation?
A: We request one Letter of Recommendation from a Priest, a Deacon or a Religious. This reference should be able to attest to your being a practicing Catholic in good standing. We also request one Letter of Recommendation from a Professor, a Supervisor or a Mentor. This reference should be able to speak to your responsibility, work ethic, and academic ability to succeed in a graduate program of studies. Letters of Recommendation should not be requested from a relative or from someone you supervise. These two Letters of Recommendation will be requested via email through your online admissions application. Once a letter of recommendation is received from one of your references, it will be automatically attached to your personal online application.
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: 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.
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 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 any applicant. In addition, a brief supplemental form will also be required 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 Spring Semester
Friday, December 2 - Spring 2023 Admissions & FAFSA Deadline
Friday, December 23 - LAST DAY of Priority Registration*
Monday, January 2 - FIRST DAY of Online Orientation for New Students
Monday, January 9 - FIRST DAY of Spring 2023 Semester
2023 Summer Semester
April 7 - Admissions & FAFSA Recommended Deadline
March 20 - Summer Registration Opens
April 28 - Priority Registration Closes
May 1 - Online Orientation Begins
May 8 - Summer Semester Classes Begin
2023 Fall Semester