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Undergraduate Admissions

College of Liberal Arts
 

In our mission to prepare men and women as collaborators in ministry and education, the College of Liberal Arts at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and the Institute for Ministry welcome students of all ages and economic, cultural, experiential and religious backgrounds. SHMS seeks to admit many candidates who will thrive, both in their academics and their spiritual/ministerial formation, through our numerous programs. As such, the determination of admission is an individual and selective process. Each student is assessed individually in light of several factors, including but not limited to:

 

  • Academic performance and capability.
  • Aptitude for collegiate study.
  • Recommendation of peers.
  • Educational and formational goals.
  • ACT and SAT scores (for certain degree programs).

 

Men who are interested in becoming a Catholic priest should refer to the Seminarian Admissions page.

 

In order to be considered for admission to a degree program within the undergraduate College of Liberal Arts, all new and transfer commuter students must complete the following requirements:

  • Online application and $30 admission fee

Applicants who do not have computer access will be able to complete the application form during their interview.

  • Interview with a member of the Admissions Staff

The purpose of the interview is for the Office of Admissions to learn more about the prospective student’s background and goals and to assist with any questions or concerns. Call (313) 883-8520 to schedule an appointment.  Day and evening times are available.

  • Two Recommendation Forms

Applicants must have the Admissions Recommendation forms or letters completed by persons capable of assessing (e.g. pastor, co-worker, teacher) whether or not they would be a suitable candidate for their desired program. Recommendations from family members or friends will not be accepted.   One recommendation should be from someone in parish leadership.

  • Official Transcripts

Applicants must contact each high school, college, or university at which they received academic credit to forward official transcripts.  Official transcripts must be mailed or sent electronically directly from the school to SHMS.  High school transcripts are required only by those applicants who have not completed any college-level coursework.

  • Essay/Statement of Intent

Applicants should, in approximately 500 words or one page, describe the circumstances which have led the applicant to apply, the reasons for choosing the program applied for, and some of the goals upon completion of the program.  This essay can be printed and submitted in-person, via email, or via mail.

 

Program-Specific Requirements
 

Basic Diploma in Catholic Theology

  • High-school diploma with a 2.5 GPA on a 4-point system or a GED score of at least 50.
  • Involvement in some parish ministry.

 

Basic Diploma in Music Ministry

  • High-school diploma with a 2.5 GPA on a 4-point system or a GED score of at least 50.
  • A basic competency in the student’s major instrument, demonstrated through an audition with the Director of Music.
  • Involvement in a parish music ministry.

 

Intermediate Diploma in Diaconal Studies

  • Completion of the Basic Diploma in Catholic Theology (or Pastoral Ministry)
  • Acceptance into the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program by the Archdiocese of Detroit.

 

Associate of Arts in Ministry

  • High-school diploma with a 2.5 GPA on a 4-point system in a college preparatory program, or a GED score of at least 50.
  • Transfer students, in addition to above, must have a college GPA of 2.5 on a 4 point system.
  • Satisfactory ACT or SAT scores (ACT scores are preferred) may be required for students who do not possess previous college credit.

          

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy OR Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Theology

  • High-school diploma with a 2.5 GPA on a 4-point system in a college preparatory program, or a GED score of at least 50.
  • Transfer students, in addition to the above, must have a college GPA of 2.5 on a 4-point system.
  • Satisfactory ACT or SAT scores (ACT scores are preferred) may be required for students who do not possess previous college credit.

 

Bachelor of Philosophy

  • A bachelor degree or its equivalent (which includes demonstrated competency in oral communication, writing, research, and a course in psychology or sociology).