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The Certificate (a non-degree program) is designed to help develop the academic and pastoral skills necessary for ordination as a permanent deacon in the Catholic Church and for other ecclesial and lay ministries.

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The Graduate Certificate in Faith and Culture program is rooted in the same course offerings as the Master of Arts in Faith and Culture degree program. If you don’t want to pursue an advanced degree in Faith and Culture, a certificate program may be the better option. It can be completed with half the credit hours and allows you to enrich your academic or professional career while earning a recognized credential.

How is the Graduate Certificate different from the Master of Arts in Faith and Culture?

The Graduate Certificate:

  • Is comprised of only the first 18 hours (core courses) of the full degree program
  • Offers the option of replacing two of those core courses with approved electives

Options are available for transferring credits if you wish to enroll in the degree program before earning your certificate. You must demonstrate a minimum GPA of 3.25 to be eligible.

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This 18-hour program includes the online study and overview of the life and thought of Saint John Paul II through his writings.

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Family Life touches all areas of ministry in the Church, and the need for prepared professional lay ecclesial ministers has never been greater. 

Specifically designed through the lens of A Family Perspective in Church and Society (USCCB, 2000), this multi-dimensional program includes solid theological and updated pastoral formation for those seeking to deepen their understanding of God’s intended purpose for marriage and family life, while preparing them to guide and serve families in professional lay ecclesial ministry.

Courses for the Certificate in Family Life Ministry are available fully online and in-person.  This program welcomes leaders of all faiths.  Learn with us, so that families can grow in faith with you!

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An associate degree offers a wonderful opportunity to set yourself up for success in a growing career field. While it can take 4 years or longer to earn a bachelor’s degree, you can earn your associate degree within 2 years.

Degrees Offered:

Admissions Requirements for associate degree

  • Completed online application
  • High school diploma or record of General Education Development Test (GED)

Admissions Requirements for Pragmatic Studies

Admission to the program requires high school completion and a current full and individual psychoeducational evaluation (FIE) that indicates an IQ within 2 standard deviations of the mean of standard scores. 

Applicants must show reading, writing, and math levels at a fourth-grade level or better (using standardized assessment tools), and one recommendation letter from a non-family member who has direct knowledge of the applicant’s academic skills and community citizenship will be required.  

Furthermore, an interview between the program faculty/ staff and the student applicant will be required for admission.  Information from all data sources (FIE, recommendation letter, interview, and high school transcript verifying completion) will be used for admissions decisions and for educational planning purposes.

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I am a high school student who will enter UST as a freshman.

Minimum requirements for admission:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcript
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.8 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)

And one of the following:

  • Minimum of 1140 on SAT (UST school code: 6880)
  • Minimum of 23 on ACT (UST school code: 4238)

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Test-Optional Candidates

I’m in college, I attended UST previously or I’m an adult looking to complete my bachelor’s degree.

Minimum requirements for admission:

  • Completed application
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Minimum of 24 credit hours completed*
  • Official transcript

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*If less than 24 hours, contact counselor for additional requirements

I plan to get a degree in nursing.

Minimum requirements depend on whether you will be a freshman or transfer student.

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I’m in high school and would like to take classes to earn college credit.

Minimum requirements for admission:

  • Junior or senior in high school or home school while taking classes at UST
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 on high school coursework, supported by official transcript
  • Admission criteria based on PSAT, SAT and ACT scores

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I have a bachelor’s degree and now want to pursue a second one, or take prerequisite courses for grad school.

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I’m a veteran looking to take college classes or complete my degree.

Transferable college-level credits UST accepts:

  • Up to 72 from a community college
  • Up to 90 from a university

You will need the following:

  • Completed application
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Minimum of 24 credit hours completed*
  • Official transcript

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*If less than 24 hours, contact Veteran Success Center for additional requirements

I have a bachelor’s degree and will be attending UST as a graduate student.

Minimum requirements for admission:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended

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Should you have any questions regarding your application please contact the Office of Admissions at or (713) 525-3500.