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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:
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:
Applicants who do not have computer access will be able to complete the application form during their interview.
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) 883-8696 to schedule an appointment. Day and evening times are available.
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.
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.
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.
Basic Diploma in Catholic Theology
Basic Diploma in Music Ministry
Intermediate Diploma in Diaconal Studies
Associate of Arts in Ministry
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy OR Bachelor of Arts in Pastoral Theology
Bachelor of Philosophy