Application Process
Application Process
Applicants to both the Master of Arts in Faith and Culture and the Certificate in Faith and Culture cannot be officially admitted until all the admissions requirements are satisfied.

All applicants must:

  • Possess a bachelor's degree or higher in any field of study from a regionally-accredited college or university (or at least be in the final semester of completion), and
  • Submit a Graduate Program Application online (preferred) or download a paper application

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Master of Arts in Faith and Culture Admissions Requirements:
MAFC students must meet graduate admission requirements and submit application materials, including academic transcripts, letters of recommendation and an essay describing student objectives and expectations of the program.  Students must also complete an interview and provide a writing sample. Upon admission into the MAFC program, students must attend a Faith and Culture Orientation and Student Retreat.

Admission is based in part on a combination of undergraduate (or advanced degree) GPA, letters of recommendation, an essay on student goals and expectations, a writing sample and a favorable interview by the CFC Admissions Committee as follows:

Criteria A

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of at least 2.75
  2. Three letters of recommendation: one personal character reference and two from people in professional and/or academic supervisory positions
  3. Favorable review by the CFC Admissions Committee


Criteria B

  1. Hold an advanced degree from an accredited institution
  2. Three letters of recommendation: one personal character reference and two from people in professional and/or academic supervisory positions
  3. Favorable review by the CFC Admissions Committee

While GRE scores are not required for application to the MA program, the CFC Admission Committee may request these scores and/or additional information from individual applicants in support of academic potential.

Applicants must submit a one- to two- page essay in which they indicate their expectations and the goals they hope to achieve in the program.
Though not required, applicants are encouraged to submit further documentation in support of their application, such as:

  • Listing of courses completed in American history, Church history, theology, ethics, philosophy, religious education or other courses considered of particular relevance to faith and/or culture
  • Evidence of certification through diocesan programs.
  • Other material which would support the candidate’s previous theological or religious education and experience.
  •  The CFC Admissions Committee welcomes GRE scores, should the applicant desire to submit them.

 After the applicant’s file is complete, the applicant must also:

  • Complete an interview with two faculty members of the Center for Faith and Culture.
  • All applicants who meet the basic criteria outlined above (A or B) will be interviewed.  In the case of long distance or undue hardship, this interview may be conducted by phone.
  • Immediately following the interview, students provide a written commentary on a subject related to faith and culture assigned by the CFC.  The commentary is completed on the same day as the personal interview.  The purpose of the writing sample is to illustrate student analytical and writing skills.

By way of exception, the CFC Admissions Committee reserves the right to waive specific requirements based on demonstrated overall potential for success.

If you are an international student, non-degree seeking student, or veteran, please review the additional admissions requirements below:

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