The first step in applying to the Augustine Institute is to determine which program of studies is the best fit for your needs and goals. The admissions team is happy to help you with this discernment process. Please contact Katie Murray with any questions you may have about our programs.

Graduate Certificate M.A. Theology M.A. Leadership for the New Evangelization
On-Campus & Online On-Campus & Online On-Campus Only

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • An undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0

Special Circumstances

Applicants without a Bachelor’s degree or whose undergraduate GPA is under the 3.0 admission’s requirement may be conditionally admitted. If a 3.0 is achieved, a student’s application may be reconsidered for full admission.

Non-Degree Seeking Applicants

Those who do not meet admission requirements for the Master’s program or who wish to take graduate courses without seeking the degree may be admitted into the Graduate Certificate Program or under the title of Non-Degree seeking. Non-Degree students who wish to take graduate courses will be considered on a space-available basis.

Normal requirements for admission may be waived for non-degree students who show sufficient aptitude to work at the graduate level. Such students may request to transfer from non-degree status to degree-seeking status after they have completed a full semester of course work (12 credit hours). At this time a full application must be filed with admissions. Degree seeking students will always be given priority in course registration.


The following items are required to be considered for admission:
 – Submit online Application for Admission
 – Application Fee: $25
 – *Official transcripts of all completed undergraduate and graduate work
 – Essay Response to application question
 – *Three confidential letters of recommendation.  If possible, at least one from a college professor. (view form)
 – Phone Interview with a member of the Admissions staff

International Applicants

In addition to the checklist requirements, foreign nationals must do one of the following:

Submit your TOEFL scores (Test of English as a Foreign Language) with your application (Note: The TOEFL is a very costly test). OR Request that your admissions essay be considered as evidence of competency in the English language.

You will be evaluated on your English competency by the Admission’s Committee in order to determine your capacity for success in graduate studies. It is often the case that foreign nationals for whom English is a second language are recommended to pursue coursework on a non-degree seeking basis.

*On Campus Applications
At this time, the Augustine Institute is not a SEVIS authorized school, and therefore is not authorized to issue the I-20 form, which is required for your student visa application.  The Department of Homeland Security requires a information protocol on nonimmigrant students and exchange visitors to be collected during the course of their stay.  Receiving a SEVIS authorization requires a great deal of resources and responsibility that we cannot afford at this time but may be able to achieve in the coming years as the graduate school grows.  You may wish to read further here.

Audit Students

Those who wish to audit graduate courses for no credit may take up to three courses per term. Auditors will be considered on a space-available basis. Degree seeking students will always be given priority in course registration.

If you are interested in auditing any of our courses, please contact Barbara Marchbank.

Basic Degree Requirements

  • Candidates must successfully complete a total of 36 credits to qualify for the M.A. Theology degree or 40 credits (including four semesters of the 1.0 credit practicum) to qualify for the M.A. Leadership degree.
  • Candidates must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 to earn the Master of Arts degree. Students may earn a Graduate Certificate with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75.
  • All candidates must successfully complete a comprehensive capstone assessment.
  • Students may transfer up to 18 credits from another accredited institution.

Application Deadlines

We accept applications on a rolling basis. Please contact Katie Murray at 303-937-4420 x110 for details.

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Is the Augustine Institute for you?

Increasingly, Catholics are recognizing a need to be well formed in their faith. Our students include catechists, recent college graduates, parents, lay leaders, educators, clergy and religious, and Catholics from a variety of professions. Whether you are seeking personal enrichment, catechetical certification, continuing education credits or a graduate degree in Theology, the Augustine Institute is your resource for growing in your Catholic faith.